TACOMA, Wash. — The University of Puget Sound is pleased to announce a 13% increase in first-time college students, with 58 more students enrolled in the Fall 2023 incoming class compared to the previous year.

"The increase in first-time college students is a testament to the great work of our enrollment division and speaks to the outstanding quality of a Puget Sound education. It reaffirms our commitment to academic excellence and underscores our dedication to student success," said Isiaah Crawford, president of the University of Puget Sound. 

In addition to the increase in first-time students, the university continues to be a preferred destination for transfer students. This year, Puget Sound welcomed 42 new undergraduate transfer students, 6% more than the previous year. The university's ability to attract and support transfer students highlights its reputation for providing a seamless transition and a nurturing academic environment.

Diversity remains a key focus at Puget Sound, with the minority student population accounting for 29.8% of the student body. The university takes pride in fostering an inclusive community that celebrates and values diversity.

Despite the challenges faced by higher education institutions, the University of Puget Sound remains optimistic about the future. The university's commitment to academic excellence and student support has earned it a national ranking of 89th among the Best National Liberal Arts Colleges by U.S. News & World Report. Additionally, Puget Sound has been recognized as one of the Best Colleges for Veterans and ranked #84 among Best Value Schools.

Puget Sound is excited to welcome its incoming class and continue providing an exceptional educational experience. With a diverse and vibrant student body, dedicated faculty and staff, and a commitment to student success, Puget Sound is poised to make a lasting impact on the lives of its students.

About Puget Sound

A nationally ranked residential liberal arts college in Tacoma, Washington, University of Puget Sound enrolls 1,600 undergraduate students from across the country and around the world, as well as 250 graduate students in counseling, education, 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.