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 2,300 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 is a private, nonprofit school in an urban setting in Tacoma, Washington. University of Puget Sound was founded in 1888 and now enrolls around 2,210 students a year, including 1,898 undergrads.
University of Puget Sound offers housing for up to 1,741 students. Most students live off campus,.
University of Puget Sound's endowment was valued at $378.614 million in 2021. The institution spends around $19,896 for each full-time student enrolled. University of Puget Sound employs one full-time professor for every 9 undergrads enrolled.
|2021 University of Puget Sound Admissions Facts At-a Glance|
|Overall Acceptance Rate||86%|
|Early Decision Acceptance Rate||67%|
|Mean ACT score||28|
|Mean SAT score||1234|
University of Puget Sound's regular decision application deadline is January 15. All regular decision applicants will be notified by March 15.
University of Puget Sound offers early decision and early action.
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The deadline to apply early to University of Puget Sound is on November 1, 2021, which is coming up soon!
67% of applicants that applied early decision in 2021 got in to University of Puget Sound.
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It is moderately difficult to get into University of Puget Sound. Around 86% of applicants get into University of Puget Sound each year. Out of 5,230 applications received in 2021, 4,518 students were offered admission.
University of Puget Sound reports that no students were waitlisted or admitted off the waitlist in 2021.
University of Puget Sound is considered moderately difficult to get into. Every admissions committee has a different way of evaulating applicants, but most look at a combination of grades, test scoes, activities, as well as essays and recommendations. To apply to University of Puget Sound, applicants must submit the following items.
|Area||Required||Recommended||Required for some||Details (if any)|
|Written Essay or Personal Statement||√|
|Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale)||3|
|Letter(s) of Recommendation||2|
|Transcript of High School Record||√|
Admitted students have an average high school GPA of 3.6 out of 4.0. The mean SAT scores for students who get into University of Puget Sound is 1234. The mean ACT score for University of Puget Sound students is 28.
Visit the Admissions tab above for more on how to apply to University of Puget Sound.
University of Puget Sound is a test optional school. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.
Out of all applicants, 67% submitted the SAT. 33% submitted the ACT.
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Yes! University of Puget Sound provides on-campus housing for up to 1,741 students.
University of Puget Sound students are active in the school's Puget Sound Outdoors, Repertory Dance Group and Ka Ohana me ke Aloha. Log Jam (opening weekend of fall semester), Ka Ohana me ke Aloha Luau/Spring Family Weekend, and and Midnight Breakfast are a few of the events that the campus rallies behind each year.
Click the Student Life tab above to learn more about the student body and campus life at University of Puget Sound.
University of Puget Sound meets 84% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $42,535 a year.
The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021
Some aid is awarded ona first-come, first-serve basis, so fill out the FAFSA early. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! No one should ever pay to fill out the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid, (FAFSA), so don't give your money (or info!) to any website that claim you do.
There is no one way to define a "good" college or university. Acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how selective an institution is, but they don't tell you how happy or successful students are.
Retention, graduation rates, and job placement statistics can help you understand how satisfied students are with their school experience, and how effectively an institution prepares students for careers.
About 76% of students who start at University of Puget Sound come back for their second year of college. Out of the 663 students who started at University of Puget Sound as first-time freshman, 450 graduate within four years.
University of Puget Sound's six-year graduation rate for undergrads is 77%. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61% for public schools, and 67% for private, non-profit schools.
Job placement and student debt statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers. Graduates in the class of 2021 had an average of $30,797 in student loans per borrower. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.
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University of Puget Sound is located in the urban setting of Tacoma, Washington, less than an hour from Seattle.
If you want to see University of Puget Sound for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 5 to Tacoma, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Seattle-Tacoma International.
You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what University of Puget Sound and Tacoma are like without leaving home.
First-Year Applications are Due
The deadline for Fall first-year applications to University of Puget Sound is Jan 15.
The deadline for Fall transfer applications to University of Puget Sound is Mar 1.
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The median ACT score of an admitted student to University of Puget Sound is 28. Students with an ACT score of 31 and above have a good chance of getting into University of Puget Sound. Students with an ACT score that falls between 26 and 31 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 26 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.
Composite SAT Range
Math SAT Range
Reading SAT Range
1330 and Above
1150 to 1330
1150 and Less
The median SAT score for University of Puget Sound students is 1234. Applicants with SAT scores of 1330 and above have a good chance of being admitted to University of Puget Sound, while applicants with SAT scores between 1150 to 1330 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1150 have a low chance of being offered a spot at University of Puget Sound.
Wondering what life at University of Puget Sound is like? There are approximately 2,210 students enrolled at University of Puget Sound, including 1,898 undergraduate students and 312 graduate students. 96% percent of students attend school full-time, 29% percent are from WA and 71% percent of students are from other states.
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