The University of Puget Sound has been recognized by Colleges of Distinction for its strong undergraduate business program and exceptional career development program. This is a testament to Puget Sound's commitment to going beyond traditional education, fostering an active learning environment that prepares students for success in their chosen careers.


“The College of Distinction designation signifies our commitment to providing an exceptional undergraduate education,” said President Isiaah Crawford. “Our institution's innovative approach, featuring initiatives like the experiential learning degree requirement, guarantees that all students can translate classroom knowledge into practical applications for real-world success. This approach fosters intellectual curiosity, critical thinking, entrepreneurship, and the skills necessary to flourish in today's dynamic business landscape.”


Award-Winning Business Education

To earn recognition for a strong business program, Colleges of Distinction considers factors such as a history of stability and accreditation, a well-rounded curriculum with diverse majors and minors, and a commitment to practical experiences. Puget Sound's School of Business & Leadership delivers on all these aspects. It offers a comprehensive curriculum with majors in business administration, international business, and the selective Business Leadership Program (BLP). Students gain a strong foundation in core business areas while developing critical thinking and soft skills through research, collaboration, and practical experiences like internships and consulting projects. 


Career Ready Students

Puget Sound's Office of Career & Employment Services is a key factor in its College of Distinction recognition. To be recognized for exceptional career development, a school must provide comprehensive and accessible services throughout a student's academic journey. This includes early integration in the first year, with resources woven into the curriculum. Puget Sound excels in these areas, providing a holistic approach that ensures graduates are prepared to thrive in their careers, including services like online tools, personalized counseling, and workshops that empower students to develop their job readiness skills. 


“A college degree opens the door to many opportunities,” said Tyson Schritter, chief operating officer at Colleges of Distinction. “But a truly worthwhile education prepares students to thrive once they walk through that door. Puget Sound‘s curriculum encourages meaningful student-faculty collaboration through experiential learning that is relevant and applicable to the real world.” 


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About Colleges of Distinction
Since 2000, Colleges of Distinction has been committed to honoring schools throughout the U.S. for true excellence in higher education. The member schools within the Colleges of Distinction consortium distinguish themselves through their dedicated focus on the undergraduate experience. Its website provides dynamic college profiles, customized tools, and resources for students, parents, and high school counselors. For more information, and to learn how to become a College of Distinction, visit

About University of Puget Sound

A nationally ranked residential liberal arts 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 scholars, 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.