University of Puget Sound

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1500 N. Warner Street

Tacoma, WA 98416

Phone: (253) 879-3100
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
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Jan. 15
application deadline

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U.S. News Rankings

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U.S. News rank Category Name
#76 Overall Score: 60 out of 100. National Liberal Arts Colleges

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University of Puget Sound is a private institution that was founded in 1888. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,578, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 97 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. University of Puget Sound's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Liberal Arts Colleges, 76. Its tuition and fees are $41,868 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

A nationally acclaimed undergraduate liberal arts college in an economically vibrant and beautiful area of the country, the University of Puget Sound enrolls 2,650 students from nearly all fifty states and fifteen countries. Puget Sound combines a residential undergraduate experience with unusual majors (International Political Economy; Science, Technology, and Society; and Neuroscience) and an emphasis on civic engagement, research, and internships. Puget Sound graduates secure jobs at nationally and internationally recognized firms and gain admission to the most selective graduate and professional schools. Graduates are admitted to medical school, law school, and dental school at rates well above the national average, and they earn prestigious fellowships, including Rhodes, Fulbright, National Science Foundation, Rotary, and Watson.

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School type private, coed college
Year founded 1888
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting city
2012 Endowment $250,468,000


When applying to University of Puget Sound, it's important to note the application deadline is January 15, and the early decision deadline is November 15. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due January 15. The application fee at University of Puget Sound is $50. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 82.7 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 82.7%
Application deadline January 15
SAT/ACT scores must be received by January 15

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at University of Puget Sound is 12:1, and the school has 55.5 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at University of Puget Sound include: Business Administration and Management, General; Political Science and Government, General; Psychology, General; Biology/Biological Sciences, General; and History, General. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 86.5 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 12:1
4-year graduation rate 69%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business Administration and Management, General 11%
Political Science and Government, General 8%
Psychology, General 6%
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 5%
History, General 5%

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Student Life

University of Puget Sound has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,578, with a gender distribution of 42.8 percent male students and 57.2 percent female students. At this school, 57 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 44 percent of students live off campus. University of Puget Sound is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 2,857
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

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Campus Info & Services

University of Puget Sound offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, health service, and health insurance. University of Puget Sound also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at University of Puget Sound, 40 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at University of Puget Sound.

Students who have cars on campus 40%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At University of Puget Sound, 63.5 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $24,447.

Paying for college doesn't have to be difficult or devastating. Go to the Paying for College knowledge center to get advice on raising cash and reducing costs.

Tuition and fees $41,868 (2013-14)
Room and board $10,780 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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