Highlights of 2015-16

ENROLLMENT

  • Total enrollment for 2015-16 was 2,721 students, including 2,466 undergraduates and 255 graduates.
  • Puget Sound welcomed 652 academically talented and diverse students into the Class of 2019.
    • 16% are the first in their families to attend college.
    • 28% are students of color.
    • 84% are from out of state, and 68% attended public high schools.
    • Based on GPA and standardized test scores, the Class of 2019 has some of the strongest academic credentials in college history. 
  • Puget Sound enrolled at least one high school graduate from every public school in Tacoma thanks to the successful Tacoma Public Schools Commitment.

  • Puget Sound welcomed its first cohort of student-leaders from the Bay Area as the first Pacific Northwest partner of The Posse Foundation. 

TEACHING AND LEARNING

  • Grace Livingston, professor of African American studies, and Gerard Morris, director of bands and associate professor of music, were awarded the President's Excellence in Teaching Award in 2015 and 2016, respectively.
  • Puget Sound joined Peace Corps Prep, offering students the opportunity to build their expertise in international development through coursework, professional experience, and study, work, or volunteer opportunities at home and abroad.
  • Fifteen students explored a wide range of environmental issues during a semesterlong field experience across several western states as part of Puget Sound's first Southwest Semester. Read about their experience.
  • Puget Sound celebrated the appointment of the Jennie M. Caruthers Chair in Neuroscience, held by Siddharth Ramakrishnan and the William D. and Flora McCormick Chair in Biophysics, held by Rachel Pepper, with events to showcase advances in both programs and to honor the respective donors, Trustee Emeritus Marv Caruthers P'02 and William McCormick P'97.  
  • Puget Sound offers 1,200 courses annually in more than 50 traditional and interdisciplinary programs. 
  • 43% of the Class of 2015 engaged in at least one internship and 83% of the class gained other valuable work experience as part of their education.

 ATHLETICS

  • Women's soccer won it's 14th consecutive Northwest Conference title.
  • Distance runner Tyler Shipley '16 received the prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship, which he will use toward a master's degree as he pursues a career in coaching. 
  • Twelve swimmers earned All-Northwest Conference honors.
  • Football had its first winning season since 2006! (Go Loggers!)

CIVIC ENGAGEMENT

  • Puget Sound hosted the 12th annual Washington Latino Youth Summit. 
  • U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer delivered the 2016 Commencement address. 
  • Twelve community nonprofits welcomed Puget Sound interns as part of the new Summer Immersion Internship Program. Partners included: Emergency Food Network, Museum of Glass, Sawhorse Revolution, and Freedom Education Project Puget Sound. 
  • Faculty members and guest artists continued their monthly series of Art+Sci Salons at Tacoma Art Museum and on campus. 
  • Hip-hop artist and activist Jasiri X spoke at the 30th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration.

RECOGNITION

  • Puget Sound was recognized by a number of prestigious organizations in the past year.
    • Named No. 1 in Peace Corps volunteers among small colleges
    • Named a "Best Value" liberal arts college by Kiplinger's Personal Finance
    • Named among the top 20 colleges for getting a job in technology by MSN's IT Insider 

AFTER PUGET SOUND

  • Puget Sound students won 11 national scholarships, including Watson Fellowships and a Fulbright Scholarship, for continuing study or teaching abroad in 2016.
  • Seven months after graduation: 89% of the Class of 2015 was gainfully employed at companies like Hitachi Consulting, Amazon, Russell Investments, and Tableau Software; are continuing their education; or are volunteering for organizations like Peace Corps and Teach for America.