The common application includes the admission essay, activity log, and space for additional information. Information for transfer students is available on our website.
If you have any questions about the application process or the status of an application, feel free to contact us!
Puget Sound is a liberal arts college with a wide variety of academic programs in the sciences, humanities, social sciences, and fine arts. Our most popular majors are International Political Economy, Biology, English, Business & Leadership, and Psychology. Puget Sound also has strong programs in Asian Studies, Music, Environment Policy & Decision-Making, Neuroscience, and
Tacoma is a vibrant, mid-sized city about 35 miles south of Seattle. Downtown you’ll find a museum district, a theater district, restaurants, shops, and the Thea Foss Waterway. Tacoma is right on the Puget Sound and within two hours of Olympic and Mount Rainier National Parks. Visitors and locals enjoy exploring Tacoma’s diverse neighborhoods and natural wonders.
Our campus is located in residential North Tacoma within walking-distance of neighborhood business districts (Proctor, 6th Avenue, and Old Town). A 10-minute trip will take you to the 702-acre Point Defiance Park, which includes a zoo & aquarium, gardens, forest, Owen Beach, and stunning views. A 10-minute trip in the other direction will take you to Tacoma’s busy downtown. Public transit and bike lanes surround the campus, so it is easy to get around town without a car.
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In terms of "fit," the typical Puget Sound student has two or three interests or passions that they
The climate in the Pacific Northwest is mild: our summers aren’t too hot, and our winters aren’t particularly cold. In the winter, we do see a fair amount of rainy gray days. But students at Puget Sound tend to do just fine. They are active, engaged, and generally pretty busy. Even if they’re headed into the city or up to the mountains, the weather doesn’t hold them back. About a third of our students come from sunny
Outstanding undergraduate education in the liberal arts and sciences. We’re able to offer a wider range of courses and majors than most small liberal arts colleges. All our classes are taught by outstanding faculty, who have won more Washington State Professor of the Year awards than any other institution. Our location is distinctive as well, offering a residential campus, outdoor recreation, urban amenities. And while our campus is incredibly beautiful and our academic facilities are top notch, anyone who attends Puget Sound (or works here) will tell you that it’s the community on campus that makes the Puget Sound experience as amazing as it is. Students are intellectually ambitious, but the academic culture on campus is more cooperative than competitive. Faculty set a high bar for students while remaining supportive and accessible. The workload is heavy, yet students are happy and make time for many co-curricular activities while maintaining a social life. The culture is laid back and students are friendly, but graduates consistently land top jobs and gain acceptance to top graduate programs in the country.
As an independent college, we recognize our responsibility to help meet the financial need of students who want to invest in a rigorous liberal arts education. Award packages typically combine scholarships and grants, loans, and student employment. Our academic merit scholarships range from $15,000 to $19,000. We also offer scholarships in music, art, forensics (i.e. speech and debate), and community leadership. Scholarships based on academic interests are available as well. As our athletic programs are NCAA Division III, we do not offer any athletic scholarships or preferential aid awards for varsity athletes.
The total cost for room, board, tuition, and mandatory fees last year combined was about $50,000. More information is available on our Student Financial Services website.
Puget Sound is a small liberal arts college. Typically, a student who’s a good fit for a small liberal arts college will enroll full-time, live on campus or within walking distance of campus for all four years, and take advantage of academic and co-curricular resources beyond minimum graduation requirements. The student who isn’t interested in co-curricular and extra-curricular aspects of their education (such as research with faculty or joining clubs and organizations) is probably not a fit for a residential liberal arts college like Puget Sound.
In applications, we look for students who are intellectual, adventurous, multi-dimensional, independent, friendly, autonomous, hard-working, mature, open-minded, beneficent (driven to effect positive change in the world), internationally interested, and excited about ideas.
We’re also looking for students who are a match for an education in the liberal arts and sciences. Some of the most popular majors on campus are biology, English, psychology, international political economy, and politics and government. We also offer programs of note in fields traditionally less served by liberal arts colleges, such as Asian Studies,