In terms of academics, Puget Sound is a prestigious liberal arts university noted for its reading- and writing-intensive core curriculum. Depending on the major, there may be less writing, say in the sciences versus communications or English. However, students are required to take a broad range of classes that are cross-disciplinary to promote a well-rounded education. The core curriculum consists of two freshman seminars focused on reading and writing in a college setting, as well as natural sciences, fine arts, mathematics, foreign language, and social science. During orientation, freshman students are assigned an adviser and peer adviser. If you are unsure of your major and decide to switch, you can choose a new adviser within that major who will help you with registration, scheduling, and any other general questions. Peer advisers are upperclassman who check in on freshman and answer any questions that may arise.
There are three programs that require an application process upon admission: the School of Music, the Honors program, and the Business Leadership program. Other popular departments include the sciences, psychology, and exercise science. Classes are taught by professors with occasional guest speakers. They are readily available to discuss questions and meet with students during their office hours or by appointment. If students would rather seek help from their peers, the Center for Writing, Learning, & Teaching has student tutors and writing advisers. Also, some classes have a course assistant or TA dedicated to helping students in a particular class.