University of Puget Sound

1500 N. Warner Street, Tacoma, WA 98416
Tel: (253)879-3100
Private not-for-profit | 2,852 students
The University aims to develop in its students capacities for critical analysis, aesthetic appreciation, sound judgment, and apt expression that will sustain a lifetime of intellectual curiosity, active inquiry, and reasoned independence. A Puget Sound education, both academic and co-curricular, encourages a rich knowledge of self and others, an appreciation of commonality and difference, the full, open, and civil discussion of ideas, thoughtful moral discourse, and the integration of learning, preparing the University's graduates to meet the highest tests of democratic citizenship. Such an education seeks to liberate each person's fullest intellectual and human potential to assist in the unfolding of creative and useful lives.

School Overview:

University of Puget Sound
CountyPierce County, WA
Title IV EligibleParticipat
Carnegie ClassificationBaccalaureate Colleges--Liberal Arts
Institution LevelFour or more years
Institution ControlPrivate not-for-profit
Instructional Staff Total
(research/public service staff included)
257 staff115 staff
Student Body
Total Enrollment2,852 students1,633 students
# Full-Time Students
2,761 students1,434 students
# Part-Time Students
91 students137 students
# Undergraduate Students
2,583 students 1,507 students
# Graduate Students
269 students129 students
% American Indian/Alaskan
% Asian
% Hawaiian
% Hispanic
% Black
% White
% Two or more races
Finances and Admission
In-State Tuition Fees
Out-State Tuition Fees
Tuition Notes2008-2009 Undergradu
Percent Admitted54%64%
SAT Reading (25-75%)570-688450-570
SAT Math (25-75%)580-660460-573
ACT English (25-75%)25-3119-25
ACT Math (25-75%)25-3018-25
ACT Composite (25-75%)26-3020-25

School Notes:

  • The University of Puget Sound is an independent predominantly residential undergraduate liberal arts college with selected graduate programs building effectively on a liberal arts foundation. The University, as a community of learning, maintains a strong commitment to teaching excellence, scholarly engagement, and fruitful student-faculty interaction.
  • Puget Sound blends study in traditional liberal arts disciplines (the arts, humanities, and natural and social sciences) with opportunities for discovery at the intersections of knowledge. Puget Sound offers distinctive interdisciplinary programs in Honors; Asian Studies; International Political Economy; and Science, Technology and Society, just to name a few. Whether in the classroom or laboratory, on stage, or in the gallery, through academic internships or via projects in the greater community, students will find ample avenues for communicating ideas and testing your theories. Over 1,200 courses in 40 major programs, research study summers, popular theme houses, language program houses, frequent campus lectures and seminars, and academic-residential programs provide a rigorous intellectual framework for study. Puget Sound students are also eligible to be selected for membership in the honor societies of Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, and Mortar Board.
  • The University of Puget Sound is the only nationally ranked liberal arts college in Western Washington, and one of only two independent colleges in Washington granted a charter by Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s most prestigious academic honorary. In addition, graduating seniors at Puget Sound have received Watson Fellowships at a rate of better than one per year and have earned nearly a dozen Fulbright awards in the last four years.
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