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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.

1 College Freshman

Facilities: I wouldn't send your child here. I have recently developed a strong hate for this school after a friend of mine was sexually attacked and nothing was done even thought they went throughout the proper channels.

1 College Freshman

Facilities: I don't feel safe here.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: There's events almost every couple of weeks to stay busy.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 125th
    Greenest Campuses
  • 289th
    Best Library
  • 338th
    Best Performance Venues
  • 799th
    Best Student Centers
  • 1261st
    Best Athletic Facilities

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Juliette Witous
Sonoma, CA
Grad Year
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There is no building not to be proud of at Puget Sound. Even the fitness center, which has been deemed incapable of catering to the growing number of students, will soon be expanding with a panoramic view of Mount Ranier. Some have called our campus the Harvard of the Northwest with its brick buildings and ever-changing ivy. There have been many recent additions, including the Weyerhaeuser Center for Health Sciences and the beautiful Commencement Walk, which derived its name from walk that graduating students take before Commencement. This path stretches through campus from the Fieldhouse, past Warner Gym, with diverging paths to campus dorms, and continues until it reaches the steps of Collins Memorial Library, where many of us find ourselves well into the wee hours of the night during mid-terms and finals.

Everything on campus is within walking distance, taking only a few minutes to get to the next class. Overall, it takes about 10 minutes to cross campus—that is, if you don't talk to anyone. A few special features of the school include the greenhouse located atop Thompson, the ceramics building, the print-making studio, the KUPS radio station, Oppenheimer Café (made completely of glass in the shape of a rare gem), and the fourth floor of the library, which you will most likely be hearing more about if you decide to attend. The buildings are not only state of the art but incorporate many art installations such as the infamous Chihuly glass structure in Wyatt and the mosaic piece in Harned Hall.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
Campus Size
97 acres
Student Centers
Wheelock Student Center
Campus Library?
Main Libraries
Collins Memorial Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • The Cellar
  • Diversions Café
  • Oppenheimer Café
  • Todd Field
  • Wheelock Student Center
Bar on Campus
Bowling on Campus
Coffeehouse on Campus
  • Diversions Café
  • Oppenheimer Café
Movie Theater on Campus
Rausch Auditorium in McIntyre Hall
School Slang
  • ACA: Academic & Career Advising, a service to help students get the right classes at Puget Sound
  • AL: Anderson/Langdon, a large residence hall in the North Quad
  • Arboretum: A large, popular grouping of trees on the north end of campus that is great for a walk or a Capture the Flag game
  • ASUPS: Associated Students of the University of Puget Sound, the University's student government
  • Cascade: An online gateway to registration, student jobs, and more
  • CC: Community Coordinator, a student who is responsible for the residence life of several campus houses
  • CES: Career & Employment Services, an office that helps you find an internship or job. The services they provide are even available after you graduate.
  • CHAWS: Counseling, Health, & Wellness, the school's health service
  • Chihulies: The collection of blown glass artwork featured in Wyatt Hall that was donated by artist Dale Chihuly
  • Circle: A grassy circle outside of Jones Hall were many barbecues are hosted
  • Crosscurrents: A student writing publication
  • GHC: Greek Housing Coordinator, a resident assistant for the Greek houses
  • Info Booth: A booth in the student union where students can get tickets to concerts or lectures or pick up bus schedules
  • IPE: International Political Economy, a popular cross-departmental major
  • Moodle: The site where you can look at your courses to print out readings, write on discussion boards, and check homework
  • OIS: Office of Information Services, the office that maintains the campus network
  • Passages: The outdoor adventure portion of freshman orientation
  • Perspectives: The community service portion of freshman orientation
  • Prelude: The academic portion of freshman orientation
  • The Sound: The campus radio station, 90.1 FM
  • TP: Todd/Phibbs, two large, connected residence halls located in the South Quad
  • Trail: The student newspaper
  • The Hatchet: The Hatchet is a school icon that used to trade hands between graduating classes. It would disappear for years on end and then mysteriously reappear. After reappearing in 2000, it was on display in a high security, alarm-sensitive case in the student center until it disappeared on the eve of graduation in 2002.
  • Log Jam: The first weekend that students are back from the summer, everyone gathers at Jones Circle for a barbecue and music and to meet old friends and make new ones. A helicopter flies by to take pictures of the party and drops several ping-pong balls to the ground that are marked with prizes.
  • Luau: The Luau is a dance and dinner hosted by the Hui O Hawaii club where more than 2,000 University and community members come together to share a traditional Hawaiian meal-including an underground pig roasting-and plenty of Hawaiian belly dancing.
  • The Rail: The Rail is an organized set of parties every year during Halloween weekend. To attend the parties, students have to purchase a ticket in advance, which allows them access to several houses on a street, each of which has a different theme.
Urban Legends
  • Be sure to watch out where you walk during finals week- there is a clover in the floor design of the student center. If you step on it, it means you will have bad luck on your next test.
  • Ted Bundy buried his first victim right under the Thompson fountain.
  • The reason the doors to the Memorial Fieldhouse are so large is so that elephants could get in the building, as it was once used as a circus venue.
Favorite Things To Do
After class, students can meet up with friends and see a movie on campus for just $1, or they can listen to the campus radio station, 90.1 KUPS, while they unwind from classes in their dorms. To get active, many students work out at the Olympic weight room or cardio room located in the Fitness Center, tackle the student-run rock climbing wall, play at the tennis pavilion, or use the racquetball court or pool. Nature lovers can take in a breathtaking view of Mount Rainier from the steps of Jones Hall, or more laid-back students can relax in the student-run café and sip coffee while reading.
Student Newspaper
The Trail
Clubs and Organizations on Campus
At the beginning of every academic year, Log Jam gives students the chance to check out various club opportunities that they may find interesting. There is free food, entertainment, music, and sometimes even a fireworks show.
Student Activities Offered
  • Campus ministries
  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • International student organization
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Opera
  • Pep band
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student newspaper
  • Student-run film society
  • Symphony orchestra
  • Yearbook
Air Force ROTC: No
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: Yes

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 33 responses

Very poor
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

How would you describe the student center/union?    Based on 36 responses

  • 8% The student center is in need of a major renovation.
  • 22% The student center serves its purpose but is not a popular hangout.
  • 39% The student center is great but isn't central to student life.
  • 31% The student center is state-of-the-art and the hub of student life.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 33 responses

  • 12% I hate my school and have no school spirit.
  • 9% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 52% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 27% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.



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