Here are some of the answers to our most frequently asked questions about applying to Puget Sound. Don't see what you're looking for? Get in touch with your admission counselor!

Students apply to Puget Sound through the Common Application, which the university uses exclusively for undergraduate admission. The website will provide you with the all of the necessary forms and allows you to easily submit your application to University of Puget Sound and other Common Application schools.

A completed application will include: the Common Application, a Secondary School Report, a Counselor Evaluation, a Teacher Evaluation, your high school transcript(s), and optionally, scores from the SAT or ACT. See our application checklist for more information.

Standardized test scores (ACT and SAT) are optional for US Citizens, US Permanent residents, undocumented students who are attending US high schools, and certain international students. We no longer require test-optional essay questions. Standardized tests are required for students who have been home-schooled and for those who attend secondary schools that do not assign grades.

All materials that the University of Puget Sound believes are needed to make an admission decision are a required part of the application, so it is not necessary to send in additional materials. If an applicant would like to send in a brief writing sample or additional letter of recommendation he/she is welcome to. Please send additional materials to:

University of Puget Sound
Office of Admission
1500 North Warner St #1062
Tacoma, WA 98416-1062

Puget Sound offers three application plans for first-year candidates:

Early Decision applications are due Nov. 1 with notifications released in December. This option is designed for students who know University of Puget Sound is their first-choice college. You are expected to enroll at Puget Sound if an Early Decision offer of admission is made. You also agree to withdraw all other college applications once this offer is made. If you are not certain of this decision, the Early Decision program may not be appropriate for you. 

Early Action applications are due Nov. 1 with notifications released in December. Early Action is a non-binding early notification admission plan. 

Regular Decision applications are due Jan. 15 with notifications released before April. 

The application fee for first-year admission is $65. The Common Application online offers a credit card option for paying the application fee.

Any checks sent to the university should be sent to:

University of Puget Sound
Office of Admission
1500 North Warner St #1062
Tacoma, WA 98416-1062

If you are applying with a fee waiver, you may submit your Common Application without a payment.

When making admission decisions the Admission Committee considers the following: content and rigor of high school course selection, grade point average, SAT or ACT scores (if submitted), class rank (if available), personal essay, co-curricular interests, teacher and counselor recommendations, and a recommended interview.

Admission is selective. Through our competitive admission process, we take great care to match an applicant's academic and personal accomplishments with our goal of enrolling an academically talented and diverse student body.

While there is not a set pre-college curriculum, the following courses will better prepare you for the quality of work required at Puget Sound:

English: Four years
Mathematics: Three or four years
History/Social Studies: Three years
Foreign Language: Two or three years of one language
Natural/Physical/Laboratory Science: Three or four years
Fine/Visual/Performing Arts: One year

The Common Application Solutions Center is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It has an average response time of under one hour.

The university encourages student achievement in the Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate programs. We will award college credit to students who have earned scores of 4 or 5, and in some areas of 3, on their Advanced Placement examinations and scores of 5 and higher on International Baccalaureate higher level examinations.

Up to 16 units of transfer credit will be accepted through successful completion of course(s) through accredited colleges and universities, including concurrent enrollment programs (such as Washington’s Running Start and College in the High School programs). For more information, including transfer restrictions, please review our transfer credit policy.