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Change of Course

Course proposals are submitted and reviewed each year, resulting in an ever-evolving selection of new classes. Some of the new options this fall include:

  • Just Asking Questions: The Power, Psychology, and Politics of Fake News and Conspiracy Theories
  • Corporate Social Responsibility and Law
  • Elementary Hindi
  • Anime Bodies: Metamorphoses and Identity

Seen and Heard

Puget Sound in the spotlight


The Princeton Review recently named Puget Sound one of the 20 most beautiful campuses in the country. (Obviously.) Kudos to our amazing facilities and grounds crew members, who keep our campus looking stunning!

President Crawford was the featured guest for Episode 74 of the Nerd Farmer Podcast, hosted by 2016 Washington State Teacher of the Year Nate Bowling. Listen at

KUPS 90.1 FM The Sound was named one of the 15 Best College Radio Stations by The Princeton Review. Listen anywhere at

Logger entrepreneurs need to look no further than the City of Destiny when starting their businesses. Tacoma was ranked one of the top 10 college towns in the country for startups, according to a study by telecommunications provider

Puget Sound was named a leading college for women who pursue doctoral degrees in STEM subjects, according to research conducted by the Council of Independent Colleges and NORC at The University of Chicago.


Getting To Know You

In the span between move-in day and the start of classes, Orientation offers first-year Loggers many opportunities to get acquainted with their new home in the City of Destiny. Perhaps no activity does this better than the more than 30 small-group immersive experiences facilitated by Orientation leaders that encourage students to step out of their comfort zones and into the great Pacific Northwest.

Eating Our Way Through Tacoma: A Historical and Ethnic Look at the Neighborhoods of Tacoma
Using delicious local cuisine as the point of departure, students learn about and explore Tacoma’s diverse neighborhoods and tumultuous past while visiting ethnic grocery stores, learning native foodways at Fort Nisqually Living History Museum, and trying their hands at making dumplings and other local delicacies with the help of EAsT Kitchen and the Eastside Community Center.

Day Hiking and Canoeing or Sea Kayaking
For those wanting to escape the city and breathe in the fresh air of the mountains, a day hike in the Olympics and canoeing or kayaking on Hood Canal are great ways to start the year. Accommodations may be rustic—tents and cabins—though they do include showers and running water.

Northwest Urbanism: City, Space, Community, Nature
Students explore the history of regional urbanization, public spaces and community, maritime commerce, and more over three days touring Tacoma neighborhoods, historic port towns on the Olympic Peninsula, and various locations around Seattle, including the Seattle International District.

Fast Facts: Class of 2023

  • 6: Number of countries in which members of the Class of 2023 attended high school (Canada, China, the Czech Republic, France, Kenya, United States).
  • 17: Number of languages spoken by members of the Class of 2023.
  • 27: Number of students who took a gap year before arriving at Puget Sound.
  • 9%: Percentage of the class with a family member who attended Puget Sound.