The university is located in a diverse, international community of approximately 200,000 residents, the second-largest city in the Puget Sound region and the third-largest in the state. Tacoma has become known for its art and cultural scene and was recently named one of the nation’s Most Livable Communities. Tacoma is located in a region of diverse ecological settings and abundant outdoor, art, and cultural offerings and activities. It’s 32 miles south of Seattle, 31 miles north of the state capitol, Olympia, and 18 miles south of Sea-Tac International Airport. It is situated on the Commencement Bay shores, with the Cascade Mountain Range to the east and the Olympic Mountains to the West.

The area provides abundant amenities, activities, and destinations. The university is within minutes from the thriving downtown area, which has undergone an exciting renewal to include boutique shops, coffee houses, and various restaurants. Tacoma boasts ample support for local businesses and products as well as multiple lively farmers’ markets. Exciting attractions include The Point Defiance Park and Zoo, the Tacoma Museum of Glass, Chambers Bay Golf Course, and the Tacoma Art Museum. The city and region support various living options, from Craftsman bungalows in the North End to urban living in the downtown area. Residents are proud of the city’s history, cultural diversity, and current renewal. Tacoma lives up to its nickname in numerous ways – the City of Destiny.

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