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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Depends on where you're coming from. Because the majority of students here come from affluent families with vacation-homes in Manhattan or whatever they get freaked out whenever there's any violence near campus. We've had a couple altercations revolving around firearms around campus in the past year. That is incredibly rare but we are in Tacoma, the North End, which is the more affluent part of Tacoma but we're at the edge of the Southern border. Still, I come from LA and a predominantly lower-income part of LA and gunshots and car chases and helicopters hovering every night are common and I still sleep totally fine here. It is incredibly safe compared to other places in the state or even county. Campus Security is also really great unless they're responding to you having locked yourself out again but if you ever feel unsafe in or around campus campus security can pick you up or help you get to safety if there is an actual threat around. Also there are well-placed alarm/alert posts (?) where you can push a button and it calls security and lights up until someone gets there but there are still dark, quiet areas of campus where danger could lurk but with a bit of common sense you can gauge for yourself when and where you feel safe on campus.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: This school is really great at making you or helping you be a great student. The faculty and staff are usually absolutely wonderful and haven't ever made me feel hopeless. They are professional yet friendly and I truly do love everyone I met here but there's a lot of social issues the school board needs to be addressing. There are some ways our money could probably be used differently for better purposes but the staff try to make the students feel heard and while that doesn't create change immediately, it's a start and we're lucky to have all the opportunities we do just by being here.

Its a great place to learn and get an education but also a great place to learn and grow as a person if you really open yourself up to that. Sure there's a large part of campus that is rich and white that don't care about trans, ethnic, or economic issues but if you stick with the people who are trying to have their voice be heard, it can be an incredibly enlightening and beautiful experience. Also frustrating but in the bigger picture it's really awesome.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Employers like seeing this school's name on your resume. This school helps you build an awesome resume. CES has a "Take a Logger to Work Day" Job shadowing event it's been hosting now for it's second year over winter break where they connect with alumni and other community members to find people willing to let a logger shadow them in whatever company wherever across America for a day. It's a wonderful way to make connections, there's definitely lots of alum that come and have talks to students and are great connections to have as well. There is a huge chance you'll have a job in the field you want once you graduate. That is totally true but keep in mind the debt you might be accruing in the meantime...

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: It's hella expensive to live on campus. The housing lottery has been a controlled mess but this year they tried something new and it was a HUUGE mess. So I don't know what it'll be like moving forward. Campus is split up into two "quads" North quad and South quad. There are several different buildings in each quad and a rivalry. TP2 is shorthand for Todd/Phibbs, second floor and for some reason there's always shenanigans or just random things happening around here that either make you want to join them or hate them. So places have character and history. This campus is really beautiful and it's incredible to wake up and have such a gorgeous view all the time (depending on where you live but you have a good chance of at least seeing lots of grass and trees). Accessibility can be an issue, not all the dorms have elevators I don't think but the rest of campus is definitely wheelchair accessible.. I don't know about friendly because we are located on a bluff and have slight slopes pretty much everywhere. It's a gorgeous campus, your room just might not be. Oh, and be warned there's tons of crane flies in the beginning of the fall semester and then they die and then the spiders come inside. The spiders can be an issue, the common house spider in Washington is brown and kinda really creepy and dangerous-looking.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: For people that thrive in having a family like that and making friends this way it works. Some drop out but there still doesn't seem to be resentment between those who drop out of greek life because of the expenses or whatever reason. They don't throw that many parties... There are galas and formals but those are for greek members only (I think). If they do throw parties I know they don't allow first-years in anyways.. but most parties you'll find will be on off campus houses nearby.

The Greek Life system here is pretty casual. Not wild. They essentially have cool events together, bonding, they study together and do community work and what not. It can be really time consuming is what I also hear.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Our football team has generally always been kind of a joke.. but recently we've been getting a lot better and there's been more talk about the team. Also our gym is currently under construction. A new gym and swimming pool is coming our way so that's cool.

Non-average sports are bigger on campus than I expected. Not necessarily because lots of people attend games to cheer other on, but rather, lots of people are involved in a sport like basketball, baseball, soccer, track, lacrosse, rugby, volleyball, softball, crew (mens&womens). Even if it's intramural there's a lot of athleticism around. Mostly everyone goes for hikes or walks nearby or on campus (walking on campus not hikes). We do have a rock climbing wall that I hear is kinda decent just not the largest but that was a common complaint with the whole rec center, not having enough equipment, space or time without the sports teams doing their team weight room stuff. It's getting better though.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: There's a lot of work to be done regarding how the finances of the school are handled and how that affects student diversity. That being said, there isn't much diversity amongst faculty or students it is a predominantly white, upper middle-class school. The faculty do care about the students and they take the time to make sure if you need help, you at least know where to find it but going to their office hours or getting a tutor is up to you. There are so many fantastic resources on campus from the Career and Employment Services (CES) or The Center for Writing, Learning, and Teaching (CWLT) is a great resource for all students and students who want a part time job on campus can also apply to be tutors; this place is just an awesome resource. Student life on campus can be hit or miss, there are some fun activities and events. Getting involved in clubs is one certain way to stay busy, there's lots of outings and events either on/off campus. Living on campus can be okay except that kitchens are student responsibilities and if they stay messy for long enough they get shut down for the rest of the year for the entire building. There's also always students trying to smoke in the buildings that set off the fire alarms (some vapes have set them off several times).

The school vibe always starts off feeling like everyone is closed off and every first-year (or transfer) feels as if they don't know anyone and like everyone already has their own friend groups and that nobody likes them and that this college probably isn't the right choice for them.. but it gets better either by the next semester or second year.

Stop by/learn about "The Yellow House" a.k.a. The Center for Integrational Cultural Education (C.I.C.E) this is the best place on campus. If you are a Student of Color, want to be involved with LGBT+ clubs, hear about talks about religion and politics, America as a stolen land, and a bunch of other great, interdisciplinary topics? Then ASK ABOUT THE YELLOW HOUSE!!

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: As a non-Greek, the Greek life is seperate. I can fully find people to hang out with, about half the campus, but about half are Greek. You would fit in with either choice.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: People here are amazing. They are liberal and accepting. The rain is light, yet consistent and beautiful. The classes are small and this allows for great discussion. TA's aren't often used because the teachers are so available.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Pretty safe on campus but there have been some incidents off campus, or people coming on campus causing trouble (that's bound to happen on an open campus). I have mostly felt safe at all times.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The problem with having small classes is it's hard sometimes getting the classes you want. But I love the small classes besides that. The Professors are nice and personable.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I live in Anderson/Langdon which is widely considered the best dorm for Freshmen, it's the newest and the cleanest

3 College Freshman

Athletics: The student body isn't really concerned with sports.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Overall University of Puget Sound is pretty great. There has only been a few professors I didn't really like. Although it is overly expensive.

2 College Sophomore

Diversity: Diversity is lacking. I have friends who are minorities who feel comfortable and who do not feel comfortable. It's something the school is actively working on. We just got a new president who is black, gay, and a first generation college student so I am hoping that he will help work on increasing diversity and acceptance.

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5 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Marijuana is legal in Washington, so the rules for marijuana on campus are very similar to that of alcohol. There is no three strikes type of policy. If you get written up you will have to talk to the dean, but it isn't a huge deal. It's all based on the severity of the offense and if you just get caught drinking in your dorm room its never a big deal. RA's are also fairly understanding.

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5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Security is always around and available to help when needed, but they are not intrusive. Security will even pick you up off campus if you are drunk or do not feel safe walking home with no questions asked. Luckily, Washington has the call for help law in place which allows individuals to call for help if another is in danger, and not get in trouble if they are intoxicated. This makes it so people feel comfortable calling security or 911 if someone is in trouble, without having to worry about themselves. We also have Green Dot program during orientation that teaches about sexual assault and consent. People can get Green Dot certified, and it is a requirement for all greeks and athletes to complete the certification.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: There is a two year on campus living requirement, and after freshman year the majority of students have the option for on campus houses or suite style apartments. The other dorm option is pretty basic, but nicer than many other schools. Compared to most schools, the dorms on campus are very nice. Greek houses are also on campus, so sophomores needing to live-in are able to live in their houses which is also great.

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4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I am in a sorority and it was where I found my place on campus. The greeks on campus are pretty involved, and do community service/philanthropy pretty regularly. There are plenty of events that houses throw that include non-greeks. There is a new sorority joining campus next year (tri delta). There are currently 4 sororities (pi beta phi, alpha phi, gamma phi beta, and kappa alpha theta) and four fraternities (beta theta pi, sigma chi, phi delta theta, and sigma alpha epsilon). All chapters are nationally recognized. Houses have fairly good relationships with each other as well. With any school, there are problems in greek life. Luckily UPS has people addressing these problems and working internally on making greek life safe and accepting for all.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: I have played intramural and had a lot of fun. Varsity teams tend to stick to themselves, but have a positive presence on campus. Sports aren't a huge deal, but they do get some attention. The ratings for facilities here are probably very poor, but the school is in the process of building a brand new athletic center and the parts that are open are very nice. It will be done late summer 2016 and is going to be much, much nicer than the current facilities.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: It was a tough adjustment at first, but I really began to love UPS during my second semester freshman year. The professors are accommodating and understanding, and you really get to know them. Classes are small which makes getting to know professors and students well. I am in a sorority and love it, but Greek life doesn't rule the campus. The campus is beautiful and the location is great. After awhile, you really start to like Tacoma. The one major problem I have with the school is its lack of diversity.

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5 College Freshman

Athletics: There is something for everyone, whether it be varsity sports or club sports.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I live in a newly updated building so the bathrooms and communal areas are nice and new. My dorm is also really big but I know of people who have really small dorms. The rooms are pretty inconsistent between building and even within the same building. The cleanliness depends on the other people who live on the floor but there are cleaning people that come every week day.

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Freshman can't go through recruitment until second semester so that hasn't happened yet but I'm planning to go through it. Some people see the greek houses as snobby but overall people are impartial to whether or not a person is in a house or not. People in the houses are very active throughout the school and have plenty of friends outside of the greek circle.

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3 College Freshman

Athletics: There isn't a lot of school spirit when it comes to the sports. Minimal students make appearances at games and if they do, it's not for the whole game. The facilities are decent but a few are currently getting redone.

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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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