At Puget Sound, we’re committed to engaging with our neighbors. We’re proud to give back to our community and work hand-in-hand with our local partners to strengthen Tacoma today and invest in our shared future.
We’re committed to improving access to postsecondary education and increasing the number of students from underrepresented populations who attend college. Since 1995, we’ve invested in improving access to postsecondary education by offering year-round academic support to students in Tacoma.
Our Civic Engagement & Leadership program connects Puget Sound students with volunteer and service learning opportunities in Tacoma. We strive to help students understand local environmental, health, and social justice issues and make a positive impact in the community while forging long-lasting partnerships between our campus and local nonprofits.
We’re putting our faculty and student research knowledge to work to benefit our community. This initiative pairs organizations and governments with expert scholarship aimed at solving real-life problems, developing policy, and educating the public.
FEPPS provides a rigorous accredited college program to incarcerated women in Washington and creates pathways to educational opportunity after women are released from prison, increasing women prisoners’ economic and personal empowerment, contributing to family stability, and reducing recidivism through college education.
Changing our nation’s discourse on race begins in the classroom. The Race and Pedagogy Institute (RPI) is a community collaboration focused on educating students and teachers at all levels to think critically about race and act to eliminate racism. The initiative hosts a national conference on race and education on campus every four years, as well as regional summits each year.
We believe we can be good stewards of our environment and encourage sustainable, equitable growth. The Sound Policy Institute seeks to restore and sustain the natural environment of the South Sound while balancing the needs of a healthy, prosperous, and just community.
Get a world-class education right here in Tacoma. At Puget Sound, we’re committed to meeting the full demonstrated financial need for a limited number of eligible students who graduate from Tacoma’s public high schools through a combination of scholarships, grants, loans, and work study.