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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Value
    A-
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    B+
  5. Athletics
    B-
  6. Party Scene
    B-
  7. Professors
    A
  8. Location
    B+
  9. Dorms
    B+
  10. Campus Food
    B+
  11. Student Life
    B
  12. Safety
    B-
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
Northwest Conference
Address
1500 N. Warner Street
Tacoma, WA 98416
From University of Puget Sound

Founded in 1888 in a vibrant port city in the Pacific Northwest, University of Puget Sound is an independent, residential, and predominantly undergraduate liberal arts college, with graduate programs in education and health sciences. Our beautiful 97-acre campus supports connection with the world it serves, from the tide flats of Tacoma to the Pacific Rim and beyond. A Puget Sound education is rooted in an inspiring confluence of histories and cultures and ideas, and centered on our 2,600 students who are open-minded, outward-reaching, and passionate about putting their educations to work. Guided by our motto To the Heights, we seek to educate the whole person, and to give each student space to discover and room to rise to meet new challenges both locally and globally. Puget Sound offers a small community of independent thinkers, a launch pad for adventurers, and an incubator for entrepreneurs. We are makers, shakers, and doers—and we never stop learning.

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University of Puget Sound Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Application Deadline
January 15
Acceptance Rate
84%
SAT Range
1110-1330
ACT Range
25-30
Application Fee
$60
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Accepts Common App
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$40,065/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$21,534/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
100%

Academics

Professors
A
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
11:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
87%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.39 responses
63%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.43 responses
53%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.43 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
2,390Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
23
Undergrads Over 25
1%
Pell Grant
16%
Varsity Athletes
17%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 26 responses
Report
  • Passionate
    38%
  • Great conversation partners
    19%
  • Try to hard to be what they think is cool
    15%
  • Boring Hipster
    8%
  • Self absorbed
    8%
  • Arrogant
    4%
  • Friendly
    4%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
100%
Poll
47%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.55 responses
Poll
66%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.71 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 26 responses
Report
  • Place of growth and self discovery
    38%
  • Arrogant
    15%
  • Hipster
    15%
  • Pretty
    15%
  • Perfect
    8%
  • Overrated
    4%
  • Study hard, play not so hard
    4%

    After College

    Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
    $52,700/ year
    National
    $33,028
    Graduation Rate
    78%
    National
    49%
    Employed 2 Years After Graduation
    92%
    National
    83%
    65%
    of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.23 responses
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    University of Puget Sound Reviews

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    Puget Sound was my dream school. I loved every second of it. The dining options are amazing, the people were very liberal and accepting, and my professors were very passionate and knowledgeable of their fields. Academics are quite challenging. The campus is gorgeous. I loved the red brick ivy covered buildings. The only downside is the hefty price tag and the lack of diversity on campus. Most students come from very affluent and upper middle class families and are ignorant of their privilege. If you’re not white and come from a more humble background don’t disclose that you’re poor to your white friends. They’ll see you as their ghetto token minority friend.
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    The University has the most beautiful campus I've ever seen. The professors are exceptional not only in their field, but as people as well. The SUB (Student Union Building) has great food! There is always a lunch cart special with rotating food options, ad a delicious salad bar. Also, if you do not know President Crawford, you should get to know him. He is basically a celebrity on campus and is the kindest man around!
    Very wonderful History and Gender and Queer studies departments. The academics are solid and the smaller class sizes are really wonderful. I started out in bio but switched to humanities, so I can say that if you're a STEM person, skip this school. The programs are underwhelming. If you're into activism there are some fantastic ways to engage. The campus radio station KUPS is a fantastic experience and it's easy even if you go in with zero experience. The gym facilities are really nice, there's a good pool, rock climbing, dance studio, tennis courts, the whole deal. The dining hall is pretty decent as far as college food goes, though for those of us with complicated dietary restrictions it is definitely a hellscape. I would recommend trying to live in Anderson/Langdon hall, it is the nicest dorm. The dorms are a mixed bag. It is an inaccessible campus for mobility issues. Safe place for LGBTQIA students.