Rankings & Recognition

Rankings and recognitions don't tell the full Puget Sound story, but we are certainly excited when other organizations highlight some of the amazing things that happen on our campus. Of course, the best way to find out if Puget Sound is the right place for you is to visit campus and talk with our students and faculty.


Colleges That Change Lives is a highly-regarded college guide that focuses on liberal arts institutions where professors are passionate about their teaching and mentoring, and where students can meet and exceed their own expectations for personal and intellectual growth. The book describes Puget Sound as having a “smart, fascinating curriculum” and thoughtful professors who “earn shining endorsements” from their students.


In 2014, Puget Sound made The Princeton Review's honor roll in three “Top-20” listings, including number 11 for both “Most Accessible Professors” and “Best College Radio Station,” and number 20 for “Best Science Lab Facilities”


Puget Sound has been included in Princeton Review's Guide to 322 Green Colleges. This guide highlights institutions that "demonstrate a strong commitment to sustainability in their academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation."


Seven Puget Sound faculty members have received Carnegie Foundation Washington State Professor of the Year awards, more than any other institution.


Puget Sound is a top producer of graduates who earn doctorates among baccalaureate institutions, according to the National Opinion Research Center (NORC). #1 in Washington State, #5 on the west coast, and in the top 10% nationwide.


Puget Sound students have earned more than 50 national scholarships during the past three years, including Fulbright, Rhodes, Goldwater, Watson, Critical Language, Boren, Princeton in Asia, and Udall Scholarships.


Puget Sound is included in the Fiske Guide to Colleges 2017, a selective list of the "best and most interesting" colleges and universities in the U.S., Canada, and U.K., based on academics, campus setting, student life, financial aid, housing, and more.


University of Puget Sound has been named a No. 1 producer of Peace Corps volunteers among small schools in the 2016 rankings of colleges and universities across the country.


Puget Sound is a top producer of graduates who enter Teach for America. As of August 2011, Puget Sound was tied in 17th position among small schools.


Puget Sound is one of only 50 U.S. institutions to be recognized in 2012 as a Civic Learning Leadership Institution by NASPA. As a participant, Puget Sound will continue developing new efforts and partnerships that encourage students to be engaged, active citizens; to serve their communities; and to undertake leadership roles both on and off campus.


Puget Sound is named in the college guide, Colleges of Distinction. The guide seeks to recognize colleges with engaged students, great teaching, vibrant community, and successful outcomes.


The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education gave Puget Sound a gold STARS rating for its sustainability efforts on campus.  STARS (Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System) is a new nationwide framework that allows colleges to assess their sustainability work. So far, only 37 colleges across the country have been rated Gold.


The Advocate ranked Puget Sound as one of the top 20 campuses in the nation for LGBT students. Puget Sound has also been awarded 4.5 out of 5 stars by the Campus Pride Index.


Puget Sound made the list of top-ranked schools in the 2016 Best Colleges rankings for participating in federal initiatives helping veterans and active-duty service members pay for their degrees.