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Martha Wilson

Martha Wilson

Senior Associate Director of Admission

B.A. Geology 2000
Macalester College
Master of Public Administration 2008
Eastern Washington University

What is your favorite place on campus?

My favorite spot on campus is at the top of the north stairs in Jones Circle. At that spot, you can look over Jones Circle, past our giant sequoia , and get a fantastic view of Mount Rainier. 

Another favorite spot is Collins Memorial Library. The East Reading Room is my go-to location for reading applications on a rainy day. I also love checking out the art exhibits scattered throughout the library.

I’m also a huge fan of the Slater Museum of Natural History. Here are the numbers: 29,500 mammal specimens; 23,000 bird specimens; 8,200 amphibian and reptile specimens; 6,000 insect specimens; and 13,000 plant specimens! It is a great resource for research and education. I think it is probably the location on campus that most often hears the phrase, “Wow! That’s so cool!”

What attractions should visitors be sure to see?
I think every visitor to Tacoma should check out the Five Mile Drive in Point Defiance Park (just over 4 miles from campus). It takes you past the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium and into a beautiful old-growth forest. It passes Owen Beach, lookout points with great views of the Puget Sound and the Narrows Bridge, and crisscrossing hiking trails. The best part – the drive is closed to motor traffic in the mornings so that walkers, joggers, and bikers can take over!

What’s your favorite thing about working in the Office of Admission?
My favorite part of working in admission is getting to know students. It is really inspiring to see a student progress from the admission process, to their time at Puget Sound, to graduation, and then to the amazing things they will do out in the world!