Facts at a Glance


  • Founded in 1888 by the United Methodist Church, Puget Sound is a residential, national liberal arts college with approximately 2,400 undergraduate and 200 graduate students.
  • Seventy-four percent of Puget Sound students are from out of state; 46 states and territories and 8 countries are currently represented on campus. Nearly twenty-five percent of undergraduates identify as students of color.
  • Students choose from more than 1,200 courses in 50 areas of traditional and interdisciplinary areas of study, with a student-faculty ratio of 11:1.
  • Puget Sound is the only independent national undergraduate liberal arts college in Western Washington and the only in the Pacific Northwest with a School of Music and School of Business and Leadership.
  • Puget Sound is one of only two independent colleges in Washington state and one of five in the Northwest granted a charter by Phi Beta Kappa, the country’s most prestigious academic honor society.


  • With high acceptance rates to medical, law and other postgraduate study, Puget Sound is ranked in the top 7 percent of baccalaureate-granting institutions nationwide whose graduates go on to earn doctorates.
  • Seven months after graduation, 93% of graduates are employed, continuing their education, and engaged in public service.

Selected Accolades

  • Puget Sound is among only 40 institutions included in Colleges That Change Lives.
  • Forbes magazine named Puget Sound one of the "Top 20 Most Entrepreneurial Colleges" in the country.
  • Named in the top 20 among all colleges on Princeton Review's list of "Professors Who Get High Marks."
  • Puget Sound was recognized by The Chronicle of Higher Education as one of the top 10 bachelor's degree institutions in the United States with the highest number of Fulbright scholars. Puget Sound students are frequent recipients of national academic honors, including Fulbright Fellowships, Watson Fellowships, and more.
  • Among national colleges with less than 5,000 undergraduate students, Puget Sound consistently ranks among the top five in the number of alumni serving in the Peace Corps.

Economic Impact

  • The university, with a student population of 2,600, has nearly 700 full-time equivalent employees and in 2018, the most recent year for which figures are available, directly contributes more than $215 million to the local economy annually. This includes the salaries of its faculty and staff, the cost of construction projects, purchases of goods and services, local purchasing by students, and tourism revenue generated by the thousands of visitors to campus from across the nation.
  • In addition, Puget Sound engages in intellectual, cultural and service projects that further enhance our community and the well-being of our region. 
  • More than 75 percent of students participate in community service, among the highest participation rates in the country.