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Reviews 775 total reviews with an average rating of 3.3

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4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I am in a sorority and I like it a lot. It is big on our campus but it is fine to not be in Greek life. No one is treated any differently. It is very safe on our campus at well, there is no hazing aloud.

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College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I haven't lived off-campus myself, but I have seen and been to the houses around campus. They are fairly nice and they are at least good for there purpose. They are nice to live in temporarily too. Usually big enough to split with three others and that makes the cost more manageable.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Places within walking distance of campus. They are good and there is slight variety but not a lot. With a car there are a lot more options.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: My school has a very beautiful, unique campus. The opportunities are endless, but as are many schools. The academics and activities that are offered are once in a lifetime. The social scene is always fun and inviting. The facilities are countless, and being updated everyday. It is overall a wonderful place to be.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: All the facilities involved in campus life are great with nothing to complain about. There are many hangout spots, and always something for everyone to do. The campus has high standards and expectations due to a great school reputation. The school is very environmentally friendly.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Being very close to Seattle, there is always something to do. But Tacoma is a pretty laid back town and therefore you can always find peace and quiet. Many activities are offered and the attitude is always inviting. The culture is diverse, but it only makes the city better.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: The mix of guys and girls is perfect and fairly evident. Students are mostly focused on their schooling, therefore dressing up and looking great all the time is not a priority. Relationships are open, but not overwhelming. Social life is very evident, most students are looking to have fun all the time. Interests vary and are very broad.

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: The strictness at Puget Sound is very lenient, but the right amount of force is used. No complaints what so ever. The rules never have affected the students negatively.

3 College Freshman

Academics: My specific major is actually not offered at my school, the university being a liberal arts university. So I work around the classes that I will need for graduate school, and it is nice that I am not the only one. The process of figuring out what to do what challenging at first, but we made everything work and I am satisfied.

4 College Freshman

Academics: The academics are amazing at Puget Sound and I have no complaints. The registration process is simple, and the counselors walk you through it all. The school and student body is very small compared to other schools, so one on one attention is always given. The professors all genuinely care about their students and are looking for them to fully succeed. Curriculum is difficult, but most students attending are there for that reason and like a good challenge.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: I have never had a problem with the off-campus dining. I never run out of options. The city is not too big or too small, therefore there are many things to choose from. The cost is average as you would find in most places. Students discounts are offered as well, as long as your aren't too far away from campus. Most everything is within walking distance.

5 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The on campus dining is absolutely nothing to complain about. They offer a very wide variety of foods and a pretty reasonable meal plan. We only have one dining hall, but many options. The quality of the food is excellent as well, and I can always eat healthy and/or hearty.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: The school is very expensive, but all students do and have received some form of financial aid. I would suggest applying for as many at the school as possible, because the better the chances you have of receiving them are.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Although the academics are quite challenging, everybody attending The University of Puget Sound are there to succeed. I have had a lot of fun and have met many new individuals. My school has a very beautiful campus and lots of activities to be involved in. I would choose my school 100% over other schools because it is the most comfortable place to be. I feel safe, have fun, eat well, participate, and never feel left out or judged.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I have not personally been involved or even been around any type of violence what so ever, especially not sexual violence. The campus is small, therefore providing a safe and secure environment for all students. Even In the heart of Tacoma, Washington, I have never, ever felt not at ease.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Most students are all very involved in the sports, whether varsity or intramural. All students enjoy sporting all teams and the school spirit is always up to par. Our sports succeed quite nicely, not the best in the country so to say, but enjoyable to watch and play. Athletic facilities are present, some nicer then others. The university never fails though to update things in an extremely timely manner; facilities are being updated from their original state very surely.

3 College Senior

Weather: As someone who is greatly affected by cold weather, but comes from an even colder part of the country, the weather can makes things kind of difficult sometimes. The winter can be really grey and sad, but there isn't too much snow (there is rain, but it's not as much as everyone says AND it is often a light drizzle or even just a mist).

5 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: I love the restaurants near campus! The staff know and love UPS students too, so we've got a great relationship

4 College Senior

Parking: It gets busy when there are events going on throughout campus, but you can usually find a spot and it's free

5 College Senior

Majors: I am a double major (Studio Art and Spanish Language, Culture and Literature) and absolutely adore the departments. All of the Spanish professors are wonderful personality-wise, are very intelligent, and truly care about their students. The art department is also great as the professors constantly push you to become a better artist.

College Senior

Majors: I have not had an internship

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I am not involved in greek life

3 College Sophomore

Computers: I usually just use my own computer

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: there is a variety of facilities, but mostly in old condition

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I have had a positive experience living on campus


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Juliette Witous
Sonoma, CA
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There are days when it will be raining and you will have piles of homework and a to-do list the length of shopping receipt, and you will ask yourself how you got tricked into attending this school. But then there will be moments when you will have a completely unique experience that will make up for all the dreary days put together. You may find yourself on Orcas Island with the sailing team or shaking your hips during the school-wide luau or snowshoeing on Mount Ranier or watching street performers at Pike Place or volunteering at Project Homeless Connect. You may find yourself talking to a local entrepreneur or handpicking blueberries or riding the ferry to the Tipi camp on Vashon Island, and that is when you will know that you made the right choice.

Sometimes students wonder what it would be like to attend a larger state school, but the community that comes with a smaller population is irreplaceable. Because one interacts with their fellow classmates in all walks of life, from the classroom to the dance studio or football field, an intimacy results that would otherwise be less likely at a larger school. Such intimacy is promoted through the classroom as well, with class sizes ranging from 8 (in the upper levels) to 30 (at the largest). With this comes a great opportunity for networking. This may also help explain the overall respect and friendliness students have toward one another, realizing that fellow peers may have a shared interest or important contact. On a similar note, what is starkly different from high school is the lack of hierarchies and drama. Students respect one another and are friendly regardless of any characteristic differences. There aren’t really popular groups, as students tend to have a wide variety of friends rather than a small clique of friends.

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