B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Value
    A-
  3. Diversity
    B+
  4. Campus
    B
  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
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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
$50
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

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
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
2,459Undergrads
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 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 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 of Puget Sound has allowed me a chance to achieve a higher education by providing me with financial aid. I have chosen to pursue a B.S. in Biochemistry and UPS has variety of classes to fulfill my major and prerequisites for medical school. The University has helped me progress academically by challenging my knowledge, critical thinking, and work ethic skills. I was able to excel and pass all of my first year courses with the help from the Center for Learning, Writing, and Teaching. The CWLT's mission was executed to perfection by providing a support faculty to create opportunities for all Puget Sound students to achieve their academic goals. However, I would like this institution to be a more diverse campus that is a safe space for people of color. As an individual who identifies as a Latina, I believe that this University must expand its faculty and student body in order to honestly portray this space as a diverse and inclusive campus for all.
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I chose The University of Puget Sound because when I stepped foot on campus, my heart told me it was home. The campus is very beautiful. Though in the beginning I did have some issues because I felt like an outsider, I had a hard time with making friends since I am very shy and quiet. With the help of one of my professors he helped me come out my comfort zone. I was introduced to new clubs and I tried to be as involved as possible and now I felt as if I had really found my safe place at this school. This university provides so much outside resources and our professors will put their best effort in to make sure we achieve our goals. Most importantly, we have a large support system. There is someone who is always willing to help.
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.