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Admission

  1. How do I apply to Puget Sound?
  2. What is included in the application?
  3. What are the optional application questions? Do I have to answer them?
  4. What if I have additional materials I would like to submit?
  5. When is the application due?
  6. What is Early Decision (ED)?
  7. What is Early Action (EA)?
  8. How should I pay my application fee? What if I have a fee waiver?
  9. What does the Admission Committee consider when making a decision for admission?
  10. What courses do you recommend incoming first-year students take in high school?
  11. Where can I get help if I am having problems with the Common Application?
  12. What are the average GPA and SAT/ACT scores for the incoming class? 
  13. How do I apply Early Decision to the School of Music?
  14. How do I find out who my admission counselor is?
  15. Does Puget Sound accept Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate program courses for credit?
  16. Will my community college credits transfer to Puget Sound?
  17. How do you use the information related to academic and behavioral discipline in the "Discipline & School Interruption" section of the Common Application?
  18. How do you use the information related to criminal history in the "Discipline & School Interruption" section of the Common Application?

1. How do I apply to Puget Sound? 

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.

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2. What is included in the application? 

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

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3. What are the optional application questions? Do I have to answer them? 

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. Standardized tests are required for students who have been home-schooled and for those who attend secondary schools that do not assign grades. Students choosing not to submit test scores as part of their application will be required to answer two short-answer (100 words or less) essay questions as a supplement to their application.

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4. What if I have additional materials I would like to submit? 

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

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5. When is the application due? 

The university offers both early and regular decision application plans. Applications are due on the deadline by 11:59 p.m.  in the candidate's local time zone.

Early Decision

  • Deadline: Nov. 15
  • Notification: Dec. 15

Early Action

  • Deadline: Dec. 1
  • Notification: Jan. 15

Regular Admission

  • Deadline: Jan. 15
  • Notification: Begins March 15

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6. What is Early Decision (ED)? 

Early Decision 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.

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7. What is Early Action (EA)?

Early Action is a non-binding early notification admission plan. The deadline for Early Action is Nov. 15. You will be notified of your admission decision by Jan. 15. 

8. How should I pay my application fee? What if I have a fee waiver?

The application fee for first-year admission is $60. 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

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

9. What does the Admission Committee consider when making a decision for admission? 

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.

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10. What courses do you recommend incoming first-year students take in high school?

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

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11. Where can I get help if I am having problems with the Common Application?

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.

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12. What are the average GPA and SAT/ACT scores for the incoming class?

Please refer to our fact sheet for academic statistics about the most recent incoming class. 

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13. How do I apply Early Decision to the School of Music? 

This page has all the information you need to apply to the School of Music under Early Decision. 

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14. How do I find out who my admission counselor is? 

Admission counselors are assigned to different regions of the country. You can find your regional admission counselor on our admission webpage. Always feel free to call or email your counselor with any questions that you may have.

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15. Does Puget Sound accept Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate program courses for credit? 

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.

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16. Will my community college credits transfer to Puget Sound? 

Students that have taken community college coursework after high school graduation may be able to transfer their community college coursework for credit at Puget Sound. All credit transfers are reviewed on a case-by-case basis for credit transfer. Learn more about Puget Sound's transfer credit policy.

Transfer credit for college courses taken prior to high school graduation are also viewed on a case-by-case basis. For more information, please review our Running Start Policy.

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17. How do you use the information related to academic and behavioral discipline in the "Discipline & School Interruption" section of the Common Application?

Responses to these questions about your  background are one piece of information that can help us learn more about you. If you answer “yes” to any of these questions, be assured that it does not disqualify you from admission; we encourage you to use this opportunity to share with us the circumstances of what occurred as well as what you learned from the experience. We conduct a holistic review of each candidate for admission as we seek to enroll a talented and diverse group of students who bring a variety of experiences and perspectives to the campus community.

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18. How do you use the information related to criminal history in the "Discipline & School Interruption" section of the Common Application?

In 2016, Puget Sound joined with the White House and colleges across the country as a founding partner in the Fair Chance Higher Education Pledge. Puget Sound’s pledge confirms “fair chance” practices already in place or in development, including considering criminal justice questions only in the later part of a holistic read of all student admission files and giving all prospective students an opportunity to explain any criminal justice involvement and their preparedness for postsecondary study. Read the announcement to learn more about the pledge, Puget Sound’s fulfillment of that pledge, and other justice work under way at the university.

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