University of Puget Sound

689 reviews
  1. Tacoma, WA
  2. 4 Year
B+
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Value
    A-
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    C+
  5. Athletics
    C+
  6. Party Scene
    B-
  7. Professors
    A
  8. Location
    B
  9. Dorms
    B
  10. Campus Food
    B
  11. Student Life
    C+
  12. Safety
    C+
University of Puget Sound is ...
Private not-for-profit
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
Northwest Conference
Address
1500 N. Warner Street
Tacoma, WA 98416

University of Puget Sound Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
79%
SAT Range
1110-1330
ACT Range
25-30
Application Fee
$50
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required

Cost

Net Price
$38,590/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $32,409/ year
  • $30-48k
    $32,368/ year
  • $49-75k
    $36,614/ year
  • $76-110k
    $39,013/ year
  • $110k+
    $39,526/ year

Academics

Professors
A
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
11:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
87%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.39 responses
64%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.36 responses
50%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.36 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
2,525Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
2%
Pell Grant
12%
Varsity Athletes
20%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 19 responses
Report
  • Passionate
    53%
  • Great conversation partners
    21%
  • Try to hard to be what they think is cool
    11%
  • Boring Hipster
    5%
  • Lazy
    5%
  • Self absorbed
    5%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
100%
Poll
48%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.48 responses
Poll
69%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.64 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 19 responses
Report
  • Place of growth and self discovery
    37%
  • Hipster
    21%
  • Pretty
    21%
  • Perfect
    11%
  • Arrogant
    5%
  • Study hard, play not so hard
    5%

After University of Puget Sound

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$51,500/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
76%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
91%
National
83%
65%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.23 responses

Reviews

689 reviews
  • Excellent
    67
  • Very Good
    260
  • Average
    271
  • Poor
    56
  • Terrible
    35
University of Puget Sound is the total experience. You'll find world-class professors in every department, who not only love their topics, but love teaching and are great at it! Even better - the academic atmosphere extends beyond the classroom. Puget Sound students love to learn, discuss what they are learning, and apply it. The campus also has a strong focus on diversity and offers numerous opportunities to actively engage in important social topics effecting our culture and the world today. I miss the Puget Sound community, with all of it's intellectualism and social justice minded individuals. I have yet to find such a stimulating community anywhere else.
  • Recent Alumnus
  • Sep 11 2015
Something you notice when you move here is that everyone is extremely considerate and people are always holding doors open for you if you come up behind them. I feel so a lot more willing to speak up or introduce myself to people because of the general atmosphere of kindness. The campus and surrounding area is very beautiful, and it's widely encouraged to go out and enjoy the outdoors through Puget Sound Outdoors club or with field trips for your classes. The professors are all very smart and the majority of them are good teachers. A lot of them are amazing! The student body can generally be divided up into hipsters, athletes, and hippies, but it also seems like everyone here has or does something cool and unusual. Tons of people here have already done a lot of traveling abroad and student activism is becoming a very big part of student life.
  • College Freshman
  • Nov 22 2015
I'm a psychology major and I haven't had a bad teacher in this department. I'm also an english minor, and in that department as well, not a bad teacher yet. In general, I just haven't really had any bad teachers. They're always nice and willing to answer your questions. They're always avaible during office hours and they're all extremely knowledgeable about their topic. Overall, UPS has incredible academics. Sometimes the work load gets to be a bit much but it's worth it. The classes are interesting and entertaining, even the homework isn't really that bad even when there's a lot of it. Even registration isn't bad, I know a lot of people at other schools complain about it, but here it's not that bad. There's few enough students that you can generally get what you want and even if you don't, teachers are usually pretty willing to let you in anyways, if there's space in the class room. UPS is just an amazing school. Great teachers, great classes, great everything!
  • College Sophomore
  • July 10 2013