B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Value
    A-
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    C+
  5. Athletics
    C+
  6. Party Scene
    B-
  7. Professors
    A
  8. Location
    B
  9. Dorms
    B
  10. Campus Food
    B
  11. Student Life
    C+
  12. Safety
    C+
University of Puget Sound is ...
Private not-for-profit
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
Northwest Conference
Address
1500 N. Warner Street
Tacoma, WA 98416

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

Acceptance Rate
79%
SAT Scores Range
1110-1330
ACT Scores Range
25-30
Application Fee
$50
SAT/ACT
Neither required nor recommended
High School GPA
Required
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Test Scores and GPA for University of Puget Sound

Cost

Net Price
$38,590/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $32,409/ year
  • $30-48k
    $32,368/ year
  • $49-75k
    $36,614/ year
  • $76-110k
    $39,013/ year
  • $110k+
    $39,526/ year

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
64%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.36 responses
50%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.36 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
2,525Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
2%
Pell Grant
12%
Varsity Athletes
20%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 19 responses
Report
  • Passionate
    53%
  • Great conversation partners
    21%
  • Try to hard to be what they think is cool
    11%
  • Boring Hipster
    5%
  • Lazy
    5%
  • Self absorbed
    5%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
100%
Poll
48%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.48 responses
Poll
69%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.64 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 19 responses
Report
  • Place of growth and self discovery
    37%
  • Hipster
    21%
  • Pretty
    21%
  • Perfect
    11%
  • Arrogant
    5%
  • Study hard, play not so hard
    5%

After University of Puget Sound

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$51,500/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
76%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
91%
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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University of Puget Sound is the total experience. You'll find world-class professors in every department, who not only love their topics, but love teaching and are great at it! Even better - the academic atmosphere extends beyond the classroom. Puget Sound students love to learn, discuss what they are learning, and apply it. The campus also has a strong focus on diversity and offers numerous opportunities to actively engage in important social topics effecting our culture and the world today. I miss the Puget Sound community, with all of it's intellectualism and social justice minded individuals. I have yet to find such a stimulating community anywhere else.
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Something you notice when you move here is that everyone is extremely considerate and people are always holding doors open for you if you come up behind them. I feel so a lot more willing to speak up or introduce myself to people because of the general atmosphere of kindness. The campus and surrounding area is very beautiful, and it's widely encouraged to go out and enjoy the outdoors through Puget Sound Outdoors club or with field trips for your classes. The professors are all very smart and the majority of them are good teachers. A lot of them are amazing! The student body can generally be divided up into hipsters, athletes, and hippies, but it also seems like everyone here has or does something cool and unusual. Tons of people here have already done a lot of traveling abroad and student activism is becoming a very big part of student life.
Puget Sound is very academically rigorous. In general, many of the tenured faculty are very knowledgeable, and there are multiple forms of tutoring available both in the Center for Writing Learning and Teaching and in department buildings. Socially speaking, there are a large number of clubs that encourage drop-in participation. Unfortunately, the campus isn't very inviting after orientation; if you are used to saying hi to people on the street, you won't find it here. The parties also aren't very good.