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  1. Academics
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  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
    C
Puget Sound is a highly rated private university located in Tacoma, Washington in the Seattle Area. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 2,487 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the Puget Sound acceptance rate is 79%. Popular majors include Business, Psychology, and Biology. Graduating 80% of students, Puget Sound alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $35,000.
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
Northwest Conference
Address
1500 N. Warner Street
Tacoma, WA 98416
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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

Acceptance Rate
79%
Application Deadline
January 15
SAT Range
1110-1330
ACT Range
25-30
Application Fee
$60
SAT/ACT
Neither required nor recommended
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes

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Cost

Net Price
$40,416/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $28,479/ year
  • $30-48k
    $33,907/ year
  • $49-75k
    $36,126/ year
  • $76-110k
    $36,825/ year
  • $110k+
    $41,820/ year
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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
61%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.41 responses
51%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.41 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
2,487Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
1%
Pell Grant
13%
Varsity Athletes
17%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 24 responses
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  • Passionate
    42%
  • Great conversation partners
    21%
  • Try to hard to be what they think is cool
    13%
  • Boring Hipster
    8%
  • Self absorbed
    8%
  • Friendly
    4%
  • Lazy
    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.53 responses
Poll
67%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.69 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 24 responses
Report
  • Place of growth and self discovery
    42%
  • Hipster
    17%
  • Pretty
    17%
  • Arrogant
    13%
  • Perfect
    8%
  • Study hard, play not so hard
    4%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$49,000/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
80%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
94%
National
83%
65%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.23 responses
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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!
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The University of Puget Sound has a beautiful campus and genius professors. Most, if not all courses can be quite difficult if a student is irresponsible and does not make studying their utmost priority. However, there is much to be learned from every and any class. I have enjoyed all my classes here so far. The students, faculty, and staff are all very friendly and kind. If you are a student here or are thinking about applying to this university, the University of Puget Sound is the school for you because as the saying goes "Once a logger, always a logger."
UPS is a good school if you're unsure about what you want: whether you don't know if college is for you,you're uncertain of your path in life, or you just need some time to find yourself, enrolling at UPS will help you gain clarity. Of course, that isn't because the school is some meach of self-discovery or temple of existential guidance. UPS is mediocre in every way. Mediocre academics, mediocre people, mediocre vibes and all in a mediocre place. That's not necessarily a bad thing though. Want to explore a new subject? The classes are not hard so testing interdisciplinary waters is very low steaks. Want to test the social scene? You're guaranteed a 6/10 night out which means that while you might not have a night to remember, you also won't have one to forget. If mediocrity is freeing, then UPS is a paradise of unshackled masses. In a weird way, I love it for that: while its hard to rise, it's equally hard to fall. I take comfort in that guarentee.