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  1. Academics
    B+
  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+
1500 N. Warner Street
Tacoma, WA 98416
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
Northwest Conference
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.

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
88%
SAT Range
1110-1330
ACT Range
25-30
Application Fee
$65
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Accepts Common App
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$39,990/ 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
$23,458/ 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
61%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.46 responses
52%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.46 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
2,348Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
16
Undergrads Over 25
1%
Pell Grant
17%
Varsity Athletes
17%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 29 responses
Report
  • Passionate
    34%
  • Great conversation partners
    17%
  • Try to hard to be what they think is cool
    14%
  • Boring Hipster
    7%
  • Liberal
    7%
  • Self absorbed
    7%
  • Arrogant
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
99%
Poll
45%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.58 responses
Poll
68%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.74 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 29 responses
Report
  • Place of growth and self discovery
    34%
  • Arrogant
    14%
  • Hipster
    14%
  • Pretty
    14%
  • Overrated
    10%
  • Perfect
    7%
  • Home away from home
    3%

    After College

    Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
    $52,700/ year
    National
    $33,028
    Graduation Rate
    75%
    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

    University of Puget Sound Reviews

    752 reviews
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    Great faculty, awful staff, entitled students. Many of the professors I had were informative, accommodating, and supportive. If I could rate based on academics alone, the rating would be much higher. However, there was so much red tape that got in my way. I attended a good number of colleges in order to get my undergraduate degree, and UPS made it so hard to transfer credit how it should have been transferred -- a common problem with every single person who tried to transfer a credit. The school itself is hypocritical. "We're so green!" they say, yet they water the already wet grass constantly and accept money from fossil fuel companies. "We care about the individual!" -- BS! They care about graduation rate, nothing else. Every college I went to had it's problems, but UPS was worst than most. Now I have an EXPENSIVE, useless degree from a no-name school. Do not go here unless you like being frustrated and wasting money.
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    Faculty was great, staff was USELESS! I graduated during the pandemic and the school didn't even send my grad packed until AFTER the supposed "virtual graduation" (something they didn't give any details on and I've heard was incredibly lame anyways). At first, the school was going to hold our graduation on THE SAME DAY as the class of 2021 graduation -- a rip off to both the class of 2020 and 2021! They only changed the date to the day BEFORE the class of 2021 graduation after lots of protest from both classes and their families. Professors did fine with online learning. Not their fault and they handled it as best they could.
    Recent grad. Education & opportunities make UPS a top school. Students at UPS are passionate & invested, which shows in class discussions. Professors are active in their fields & care about students. There are many clubs/ internships/leadership positions to build your resume. Active student body. For study abroad, you can go for a week, a summer, or a whole year (look up PacRim). There are research grants to study in China. winter break trips, etc. Research grants to study in China are available to undergrads! If you have a need & ask for help, you'll find it. Tutoring, counseling, library copies of textbooks, loaner graduation cap/gowns, campus dining funds, etc. UPS is a great place to go if you want a career in the PNW. There’s an active alumni network, but its ltd to the West Coast and NY. Lots of jobs in Seattle for graduates. I quickly got job offers. Tacoma is fun (if you can stand the rain).