University of Puget Sound earned a top spot in Money’s newest rankings of colleges across the United States. Puget Sound received 4 out of 5 stars, placing it among the top universities in 2023 for education quality, affordability, and graduate outcomes.

“I’m pleased to see publications like Money continue to recognize the exceptional value of a Puget Sound education,” said President Isiaah Crawford. “Puget Sound is committed to preparing graduates with the knowledge and skills to meet the challenges of an ever-changing world—and excel in their chosen fields.”

Money analyzed data from 736 colleges across the country, ranking them on 26 factors, including graduation rates, access to faculty, net price of a bachelor’s degree, alumni salaries, economic mobility, and return on investment. After scoring the colleges, the editors of Money grouped them into six ratings, from 2.5 stars to 5 stars.

“To help families make informed decisions about where to spend their tuition dollars, Money’s latest Best Colleges offers a practical analysis of more than 700 four-year colleges, focusing on affordability and student outcomes,” Education Editor Kaitlin Mulhere wrote on the publication’s website. “We’ve redesigned our analysis this year to place colleges into one of six star ratings rather than in a numbered ranking. While the underlying methodology is similar to previous years, the new rating system can help families with their college search by highlighting the variety (and diversity) of high-value colleges in the U.S.”

The complete list of the Best Colleges in America 2023 can be found at In addition to receiving a 4-star rating from Money, Puget Sound was also recently named one of Best Value Colleges for 2023 by The Princeton Review and one of the most innovative national liberal arts colleges by U.S. News & World Report.

About University of Puget Sound

A nationally ranked residential liberal arts and sciences college in Tacoma, Washington, University of Puget Sound enrolls 1,800 undergraduate students from across the country and around the world, as well as 300 graduate students in education, counseling, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and public health. A low student-faculty ratio provides Puget Sound students with personal attention from faculty members who have a strong commitment to teaching and offer 1,200 courses each year in more than 50 areas of study. Puget Sound graduates include Rhodes and Luce scholars, notables in the arts and culture, scholars and scientists, entrepreneurs and elected officials, and leaders in business and finance locally and throughout the world. A top producer of Fulbright U.S. Students, Puget Sound is the only nationally ranked independent liberal arts college in Western Washington, and one of just five independent colleges in the Northwest granted a charter by Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s most prestigious academic honor society.

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