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University of Puget Sound Overview

Located in Tacoma, Washington, University of Puget Sound is a private not-for-profit institution. The location of the school is great for students who enjoy the amenities of city life.

What Is University of Puget Sound Known For?

664 Undergraduate Awards
$45,410 Avg Cost After Aid
84% Acceptance Rate
  • The 1% student loan default rate at Puget Sound is better than the national rate of 10.1%. That's a good sign that you may be able to pay off student loans easier than your peers at other schools can.
  • The doctor's degree is the highest award offered at Puget Sound.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 82% of the faculty were full-time.
  • After graduation, Puget Sound bachelor's degree recipients go on to jobs where they make $52,700 a year. That's about 29% more than their peers at other schools.
  • It takes the average Puget Sound student 4.1 years to graduate. This is pretty good when compared to the national rate of 4.4 years.

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University of Puget Sound Rankings

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Puget Sound.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#23 Most Popular Germanic Languages Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#79 Most Popular Religious Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#132 Most Popular Political Science & Government Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Where Is University of Puget Sound?

Location of University of Puget Sound

Contact details for Puget Sound are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1500 N. Warner Street, Tacoma, WA 98416
Phone: 253-879-3100
Website: www.pugetsound.edu
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/univpugetsound
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/univpugetsound

How Do I Get Into Puget Sound?

You can apply to Puget Sound online at: www.pugetsound.edu/admission/apply/

Admission Requirements for Puget Sound

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank neither required nor recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program recommended
Recommendations required
SAT or ACT Scores neither required nor recommended
TOEFL neither required nor recommended

How Hard Is It To Get Into Puget Sound?

84% Acceptance Rate
60% Of Accepted Are Women
With an acceptance rate of 84%, Puget Sound may not be as selective as some schools, but you should not take admittance for granted. Be sure to submit the best application you can.

Approximately 40% of accepted students are men and 60% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 80%, and the acceptance rate for women is 87%.

Can I Afford University of Puget Sound?

$45,410 Net Price
51% Take Out Loans
1.1% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Puget Sound is $45,410. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Puget Sound, approximately 51% of students took out student loans averaging $8,435 a year. That adds up to $33,740 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Puget Sound is 1.1%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

University of Puget Sound Undergraduate Student Diversity

2,271 Full-Time Undergraduates
59% Women
29% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 2,299 undergraduate students at Puget Sound, with 2,271 being full-time and 28 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Puget Sound

There are also 309 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 2,271 full-time undergraduates at Puget Sound, 41% are male and 59% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Puget Sound

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of University of Puget Sound students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Puget Sound Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 155
Black or African American 42
Hispanic or Latino 229
White 1,532
International Students 10
Other Races/Ethnicities 303

Geographic Diversity

Washington students aren't the only ones who study at University of Puget Sound. At this time, 39 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 9 countries are represented at Puget Sound. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, Canada, and South Korea.

University of Puget Sound Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Political Science & Government 89 0 0 89
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 0 32 38 70
Business Administration & Management 68 0 0 68
General Psychology 65 0 0 65
General Biology 43 0 0 43
Economics 27 0 0 27
Communication & Media Studies 23 0 0 23
General Education 0 23 0 23
Computer Science 22 0 0 22
Fine & Studio Arts 20 0 0 20
Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences 19 0 0 19
Writing Studies 19 0 0 19
History 19 0 0 19
Mathematics 19 0 0 19
Biological & Physical Science 19 0 0 19
Romance Languages 18 0 0 18
Sociology & Anthropology 18 0 0 18
Health & Physical Education 17 0 0 17
Student Counseling 0 15 0 15
General English Literature 15 0 0 15
Music 14 0 0 14
Physics 13 0 0 13
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 11 0 0 11
East Asian Languages 11 0 0 11
Drama & Theater Arts 11 0 0 11
Religious Studies 10 0 0 10
Geological & Earth Sciences 10 0 0 10
Germanic Languages 9 0 0 9
Science, Technology & Society 9 0 0 9
Natural Resources Conservation 9 0 0 9
International Business 7 0 0 7
Ethnic Studies 6 0 0 6
Chemistry 6 0 0 6
Management Information Systems 5 0 0 5
Philosophy 5 0 0 5
Classical Languages & Literature 4 0 0 4
Curriculum & Instruction 0 2 0 2
Sociology 2 0 0 2
Teacher Education Subject Specific 1 0 0 1
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 1 0 0 1
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 0 0 0
International Relations & National Security 0 0 0 0
Arts & Media Management 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 664 72 38 774

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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