Puget Sound accepts applications for fall and spring admission. For fall entry, candidates can choose from one of three application options:
- Early Decision (binding)
- Early Action
- Regular Decision
Below you will find a complete list of requirements for first-year applicants. Make sure to also carefully review Puget Sound's admission and financial aid deadlines.
Applicants applying from schools outside of the U.S. should review the International Admissions Checklist.
If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Admission at firstname.lastname@example.org or 253.879.3211.
Complete the Common Application, including the essay and $60 application fee, and submit your application online by the appropriate deadline. If the application fee is a significant financial burden for you and your family, we encourage you to request an application fee waiver through your counselor or college adviser.
Member Questions and Writing Supplement
Please fill out this section completely. If you agree to fill out the test-optional essay questions then you will need to fill out the Writing Supplement. Your ability to access the Writing Supplement is triggered by your responses to the Member Questions. Complete these applications only if you are interested in applying for these programs.
Early Decision Agreement
Students applying Early Decision must review and sign the terms of the agreement. You can submit the agreement electronically through the Common Application Member Questions section or print out a PDF version and mail or fax a copy to our office. This document is not required for Early Action or Regular Decision candidates.
The School Report gives us information about your school, your curriculum, and your performance. Complete your portion of this form and give it to your school counselor or other administrators. You may initiate the process electronically in the Assign Recommenders section of the Common Application.
Counselor and Teacher Evaluation
We request one recommendation from a counselor or advisor at your current school and one from a teacher at your current school. The Counselor Evaluation and Teacher Evaluation forms should be completed and sent to Puget Sound by the recommender. You may initiate the process electronically in the Assign Recommenders section of the Common Application.
Arrange to have official transcripts of all work completed at the high school and/or college level forwarded directly from the school(s) attended to the Puget Sound Office of Admission. Your high school counselor can submit your transcript with the School Report section of the Common Application.
Puget Sound has a test-optional policy. First, decide whether or not you would like to have your ACT or SAT scores submitted as part of your application. If you choose to submit your test scores, official score reports can be forwarded to Puget sound directly from the testing agency.
If you do not want to submit your test scores, you can choose to apply under Puget Sound's Test-Optional plan. Please note that scores from standardized tests (SAT or ACT and TOEFL or IELTS) are required for home-schooled students and students who attend secondary schools that do not assign grades or do not instruct primarily in English.
While admission interviews are not required, they allow Puget Sound to get to know you and your interests beyond what an application can tell us. During an admission interview, students have the opportunity to ask questions about Puget Sound and explain any special personal circumstances that may have shaped high school experiences.
Interviews must take place prior to the application deadline to be considered as part of a candidate's evaluation. There are several options and formats available:
- In-person interviews are available for students visiting campus and are conducted by Admission Counselors and Student Admission Associates. High school juniors can schedule an interview in the spring semester and high school seniors and transfer students can schedule interviews throughout the academic year. To request an on-campus interview, please indicate your interest in your visit registration.
- Admission Counselors and Alumni Representatives also offer off-campus interviews in cities throughout the country from September to January.
- Virtual/online interviews (through Skype, FaceTime, or Google Hangouts) are also available with admission counselors.
- International applicants are encouraged to interview with InitialView or Vericant. (More information)
- Business Leadership Program: Students interested in joining the Business Leadership Program must submit a separate BLP application by Jan. 15 to be considered for the program.
- Honors Program: Students interested in joining the Honors Program must submit a separate Honors application by Jan. 15 to be considered for the program.
- Music: Students must audition, either in person or by recording, for acceptance to the major and/or for scholarship consideration. To audition, complete the audition application by Nov. 1 (Early Action/Early Decision applicants only) or Dec. 10 (Regular Decision applicants). Note: The Arts Supplement to the Common Application is not accepted.
Financial Aid and Scholarships
- Need-Based Financial Aid: To apply for need-based financial aid, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Designate on your FAFSA that you want your application information sent to the University of Puget Sound by including school code #003797. More instructions are available on the Student Financial Services website.
- Academic Scholarships: All incoming undergraduates are considered for the Alumni, Faculty, Dean's, President's, or Trustee scholarships. Awards are made based on the student's overall admission application, including standardized test scores (if submitted) and academic performance in high school or college. No separate scholarship application is required.
- Lillis Foundation Scholarships: Each year, two first-year students are recognized with the Lillis Scholarship, which is the University of Puget Sound’s most prestigious honor for students who combine extraordinary promise in academics and scholarship. The honor includes an award that covers the cost of tuition, room, and board for up to four years of undergraduate education at the University of Puget Sound. To be considered, candidates must submit an additional application by Dec. 15.
- Matelich Scholarships: Each year, two first-year students are recognized with the Matelich Scholarship, which is the University of Puget Sound’s most prestigious honor for students who demonstrate a capacity for a life of leadership and sustained personal growth. The honor includes an award that covers the cost of tuition, room, and board for up to four years of undergraduate education at the University of Puget Sound. To be considered, candidates must submit an additional application by Dec. 15.
- Talent Scholarships: Puget Sound offers scholarships to incoming full-time undergraduates for performance excellence in music, theatre, art, and forensics. Students interested in being considered for these awards must submit additional applications by Jan. 15.