University of Puget Sound

1500 N Warner St, Tacoma, United States
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Overview of University of Puget Sound

About this school

The University of Puget Sound is a private, church-affiliated university. Founded in 1888, it became a four-year college in 1913 and gained university status in 1960. It is larger than most small colleges, with more than 50 academic majors, an academically competitive student body and opportunities for students to engage in independent research, internships and interdisciplinary programs, such as Asian studies and international political economy. The northwest offers recreational opportunities in the mountains, 30 miles from campus and on the Sound, three miles away. Its 97-acre campus, with Tudor Gothic red brick buildings constructed during the 1950s and 1960s, is located in Tacoma, 35 miles from Seattle.
  • Institution Type


    Private

  • Undergraduate Students


    • Undergraduate Students:2,413
    • Men:962 (39.9%)
    • Women:1,451 (60.1%)

Location

Admission Information

Freshman Admission Requirements

Difficulty of Admission


Admission to University of Puget Sound is moderately difficult: more than 75% of freshmen were in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT I or over 18 on the ACT; about 85% or fewer of all applicants accepted.

High School Preparation


  • High School Graduation:

    High school diploma required and GED is accepted

  • High School Program:

    College preparatory program is recommended

Required Or Recomended High School Units


SubjectRequired UnitsRecommended Units
English
-
4
Mathematics
-
4
Science
-
4
Foreign Language
-
3
Social Studies
-
3
History
-
3
Academic Electives
-
-

Examinations Required


ExamRequiredScores Due Date
SAT or ACT
Considered if submitted
Not reported
SAT Only
-
-
ACT Only
-
-
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT
-
-
SAT Subject Tests Only
-
-
Essay/TestStatusScores Due Date
SAT Essay Component Policy
Not reported
ACT Writing Test Policy
Accepted with or without writing component
Use of SAT/ACT Essay
SAT: No policy as of now ACT: No policy as of now

Admission Details

Admissions Office


Address
1500 North Warner Street
City, State, Zip
Tacoma, WA  98416
Phone
(253) 879-3211
Fax
(253) 879-3500
Email

Application Dates And Fees


Regular Admission Deadline
January 15
Application Fee
$60
Application Fee Waiver
Available
Regular Admission Notification
Not reported
Accept Offer Of Admission
By May 1 or within 2 weeks if notified after May 1
Waiting List Used
Yes
Defer Admission
Student can defer admission
Transfer Admission
Transfer applications accepted

Early Admission


Early Decision Offered
Yes
Early Decision Deadline
November 15
Early Decision Notification
Not reported
Early Action Offered
Yes
Early Action Deadline
November 15
Early Action Notification
Not reported

Application Form


Common Application
Accepted, supplemental forms required
Universal College Application
Not accepted
Electronic Application

Other Application Requirements


Interview
Not Required
Essay Or Personal Statement
Required for all freshmen
Letters Of Recommendation
2 required for all freshmen
Other
-
Financial Need
Financial need is a consideration in the admissions process

Selection of Students

Factors involed in acceptance process.
4 star = most important, 1 star = least important.

FactorImportance
Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Tests
Class Rank
Recommendations
Essay
Interview
Level of Applicant's Interest
Extracurricular Activities
Volunteer Work
Particular|Talent/Ability
Character/Personal Qualities
First Generation to Attend College
State Residency
Geographic Residence
Relation with Alumnus
Religious Affiliation/ Commitment
Ethnicity
Work Experience

Profile of Fall Admission

Overall Admission Rate


Overall Admission Rate
84% of 5,958 applicants were admitted
Women
87% of 3,436 applicants were admitted
Men
80% of 2,522 applicants were admitted

Students Enrolled


Students Enrolled
646 (13%) of 4,997 admitted students enrolled
Women
365 (12%) of 2,977 admitted students enrolled
Men
281 (14%) of 2,020 admitted students enrolled

Grade Point Average of Enrolled First-Year Students


Average GPA
3.51
375 And Above
34%
3.50 - 3.74
25%
3.25 - 3.49
22%
3.00 - 3.24
13%
2.50 - 2.99
6%
2.00 - 2.49
-

SAT Score of Enrolled First-Year Students


Sat Math
619 average |570-680 range of middle 50%
• Score 700 - 800
17%
• Score 600 - 700
42%
• Score 500 - 600
36%
• Score 400 - 500
5%
• Score 300 - 400
0%
• Score 200 - 300
0%
Sat Critical Reading
634 average |580-690 range of middle 50%
• Score 700 - 800
23%
• Score 600 - 700
50%
• Score 500 - 600
24%
• Score 400 - 500
4%
• Score 300 - 400
0%
• Score 200 - 300
0%

ACT Scores of Enrolled First-Year Students


Act Composite
28 average |25-31 range of middle 50%
• Score 30 - 36
33%
• Score 24 - 29
53%
• Score 18 - 23
13%
• Score 12 - 17
1%
• Score 6 - 11
0%
• Score 5 Or Below
0%

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition & Expenses

Cost of Attendance


  • Books & Supplies: - $49,776 (75.85954645208486%)
  • Room & Board: - $12,540 (19.111192392099486%)
  • Other Expences: - $1,000 (1.5240185320653499%)
  • Tuition & Fees: - $2,300 (3.5052426237503047%)
Books & Supplies
Room & Board
Other Expences
Tuition & Fees

Payment Plans


University of Puget Sound accepts installment plan, deferred payment

Applying for Financial Aid

Financial Aid Office


Email
-
Website
Net Price Calculator Url

Application Process


Application Deadline
Priority deadline January 15
Award Notification Date
On a rolling basis beginning March 15
Methodology For Awarding Institutional Aid
Federal Methodology

Forms Required


Forms RequiredFiling Cost
FAFSA| Code is 003797
Free

Profile of 2017-18 Financial Aid

First-Year Student


Financial Aid Applicants
465 (78.8%) of freshmen
Found To Have Financial Need
362 (77.8%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
362 (100.0%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
59 (16.3%) of aid recipients
Average Percent Of Need Met
79%
Average Award
$35,650
• Need-Based Gift
Received by 361 (99.7%) of aid recipients, average amount $29,392
• Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 273 (75.4%) of aid recipients, average amount $6,998
• Merit Based Gift
Received by 34 (9.4%) of aid recipients
Merit Based Gift
230 (39.0%) of freshmen had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $17,530

All Undergraduates


Financial Aid Applicants
1,512 (63.3%) of undergraduates
Found To Have Financial Need
1,251 (82.7%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
1,251 (100.0%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
220 (17.6%) of aid recipients
Average Percent Of Need Met
77%
Average Award
$34,720
• Need-Based Gift
Received by 1,240 (99.1%) of aid recipients, average amount $27,487
• Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 961 (76.8%) of aid recipients, average amount $8,339
• Merit Based Gift
Received by 121 (9.7%) of aid recipients
Merit Based Gift
1,119 (46.8%) of undergraduates had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $16,352

Borrowing


2016 Graduates with Loans
49%
Average Indebtedness Of 2016 Graduates
$34,791
Parents Borrowing Plus Loans
-
Parents Of Students Receiving Aid
9.0%
Parents Of Students Not Receiving Aid
1.0%

Financial Aid Programs

Scholarchips And Grants


Need Based Available
Federal Pell grants, SEOG, State scholarships, Institutional scholarships, Private scholarships
Non Need Based Available
Academic scholarships, Creative arts/performance scholarships, Special characteristics (minority, religious affiliation, other scholarships)

Non-Need Awards


Academic Interest/Achievement
Biological Sciences, Business, Communication, Computer Science, English, Foreign Languages, Humanities, International Studies, Mathematics, Physical Sciences, Premedicine, Social Sciences
Creative Arts/Performance
Art/Fine Arts, Debating, Music, Theater/Drama
Special Achievements/Activities
Community Service, Leadership, Religious Involvement
Special Characteristics
Children of Faculty/Staff, International Students, Veterans, Veterans' Children

Employment


Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available, other work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
$3,070

Academics & Instruction

Academics Overview

Academic Calendar System


Semester

Summer Session


Offered

Graduation Requirements

General Education/Core Cirriculum


Required

Computer


Not required

Foreign Language


Required

Math/Science


Required for all students

Faculty & Instruction

Full-Time Faculty


233

Part-Time Faculty


55

Full-Time Faculty With Ph.D./Terminal Degree


75%

Regular Class Size


  • 2-9 students: - 15% of classes
  • 10-19 students: - 46% of classes
  • 20-29 students: - 31% of classes
  • 30-39 students: - 6% of classes
  • 40-49 students: - 1% of classes
  • 50-99 students: - 1% of classes
% of Classes
2-9
10-19
20-29
30-39
40-49
50-99
# of Students

Discussion Section/Lab Class Size


  • 2-9 students: - 27% of discussion sections/labs
  • 10-19 students: - 68% of discussion sections/labs
  • 20-29 students: - 5% of discussion sections/labs
% of Sections/Labs
2-9
10-19
20-29
# of Students

Advanced Placement

International Baccalaureate


Accepted

Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations


Accepted for placement and credit

Sophomore Standing


Available through AP examinations

Academic Resources

Libraries


Library Available On Campus
Yes
Holdings
864,184

Computing


Computer Ownership
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Computers Available On Campus
329
Internet E Mail Access
Not reported

Academic Support Services

Remedial Instruction


Not Offered

Tutoring


Available

Services for Students Requiring Accommodations


Available

Services for Students with Accessibility Needs


University of Puget Sound provides hearing impaired services, speech disorders services, visually impaired services, wheelchair access

Undergraduate Retention & Graduation

Returning First-Year Students


85.9%

Students Graduating Within 4 Years


71.6%

Students Graduating Within 5 Years


77.2%

Students Graduating Within 6 Years


78.1%

Programs & Majors

Undergraduate Education

Undergraduate Majors (40)


  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Asian Studies/Civilization
  • Biochemistry
  • Biological and Physical Sciences
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Chemistry, General
  • Chinese Language and Literature
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Computer Science
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Economics, General
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • Foreign Languages and Literatures, General
  • French Language and Literature
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • German Language and Literature
  • History, General
  • International Economics
  • Japanese Language and Literature
  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science
  • Management Information Systems, General
  • Mathematics, General
  • Molecular Biology
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, General
  • Music Management
  • Music Performance, General
  • Music Teacher Education
  • Music, General
  • Natural Sciences
  • Philosophy
  • Physics, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Psychology, General
  • Religion/Religious Studies
  • Science, Technology and Society
  • Sociology
  • Spanish Language and Literature
  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric

Most Popular Disciplines


Offered

Professional Degree Programs


Not reported

Special Programs


Cooperative work study program, Student-designed major, Double major, Honors program, Independent study, Internships, Study abroad, Summer session

Study Abroad


Social sciences, Business/marketing, Biological/life sciences

Online Degrees


Engineering

Graduate and Professional Education

Master's Degrees Offered


Master of Arts in Teaching, Master of Science in Occupational Therapy, Master of Education

Master's Programs of Study (6)


  • Counseling Psychology
  • Counselor Education
  • Education--General
  • Elementary Education
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Secondary Education

Campus Life

Location & Geography

Population


203,446

Nearest Metropolitan Area


97 acres

Environment


Urban environment

Campus Size


Seattle

Weather


Temperature
35.2 average low in January, 69.9 average high in September
Rain
151 rainy days per year

Available Transportation


Nearest Airport
20 mile(s) from campus in Seattle
Nearest Bus Station
3 mile(s) from campus in Tacoma
Nearest Train Station
3 mile(s) from campus in Tacoma

Housing

College Housing


College offers housing to students

Types of Housing


Coed housing, disabled student housing

Students of College Housing


65% of all students

Housing Restrictions


Freshmen and sophomores are required to live on campus

Freshman Housing Guarantee


Freshmen are guaranteed housing

Students Living Off Campus/Commuting


35%

Security

24-Hour Emergency Phone/Alarm Devices


Available

24-Hour Security Patrols


Available

Late-Night Transport/Escort Services


Available

Electronically Operated Housing Entrances


Available

Personal Support Services

Health Service


Offered

Personal Counseling


Offered

Child Care


Not offered

Sports & Recreation

School Athletics


Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division III
Mascot
Loggers
School Colors
Maroon and white

Intercollegiate Athletics (Women)


FactorOfferedScholarships Given
Baseball
Basketball
Cheerleading
Crew
Cross-Country Running
Football
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Swimming And Diving
Tennis
Track And Field
Volleyball

Intercollegiate Athletics (Men)


SportOfferedScholarships Given
Baseball
Basketball
Cheerleading
Crew
Cross-Country Running
Football
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Swimming And Diving
Tennis
Track And Field
Volleyball

Recreational Sports


Intramural Sports
basketball, football, soccer, softball, volleyball

Student Activities

Activities And Organizations


University of Puget Sound offers choral groups, drama theatre, radio station, student newspaper, national fraternities, national sororities, puget sound outdoors, repertory dance group, ka ohana me ke aloha, student theatre productions, relay for life

Sororities


27% of women participate

Fraternities


28% of men participate

ROTC


Army ROTC is offered off campus

Student Body

Co-educational


Yes

Number of Full-Time Undergraduates


2,390

Undergraduates


All Undergraduates
2,413
Women
1,451
Men
962

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.


  • 0.1% American Indian/Alaskan Native
  • 6.2% Asian
  • 1.2% Black/African-American
  • 8.5% Hispanic/Latino
  • 8.6% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
  • 0.3% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
  • 71.4% White
  • 3.6% Unknown

International Students


0.6% from 10 countries

Average Age


20

Number of Graduate Students


288

Student Resources

Study resources