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UNIVERSITY OF PUGET SOUND, TACOMA, WASHINGTON

Tacoma, WashingtonLOCATION
UniversitySCHOOL TYPE
Estd 1888Established Year
  2701Enrollment

University of Puget Sound: Rankings, Courses, Admissions, Tuition Fee, Cost of Attendance & Scholarships

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Located in Washington, USA, the University of Puget Sound is a private, not-for-profit university providing educational degrees in various fields of study. The university is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). Educational degrees are provided at the bachelor, masters and doctoral degrees at various fields like business, economics, science, arts and engineering.

University of Puget Sound Campus

Puget Sound is one of only two independent colleges in Washington State and one of five in the Northwest granted a charter by Phi Beta Kappa, the country’s most prestigious academic honor society. More than 90 percent of students receive need-based financial aid or merit scholarships making education affordable. The institute has a student population of 2,600 and the students represent 46 states and 8 countries. The institute offers a residential learning experience with a large number of housing options.

University of Puget Sound Rankings

  • The University of Puget sound was ranked 100th in Best Value Colleges 2020 in America by the U.S.News;
  • The Niche ranked the University of Puget Sound in the 6th place in terms of Top Universities in Washington 2020;
  • In terms of most liberal colleges in America, the University of Puget Sound was ranked 103 by the Niche.

Highlights

Type of institutePrivate
LocationWashington, USA
Housing facilitiesAvailable
Financial aidScholarships, loans, grants, work-study.
Programs offeredUG and PG
Official websitehttps://www.pugetsound.edu/

University of Puget Sound Campus

  • The campus of the Puget university is spread over 97 acres and is located in an urban setting;
  • Downtown Tacoma has a thriving museum and theatre district, while 6th Ave, Proctor, and the Hilltop district offer great coffee, live music, and the best Vietnamese pho around.
  • Additionally, there are a plethora of locally-owned galleries, restaurants, food trucks, and pop-up shops to visit.
  • Almost 63% of the classrooms on the campus have less than 20 students to encourage deeper involvement and engagement.
  • A major promoter of student engagement is Associated Students of the University of Puget Sound or ASUPS (“Ay-sups”) which is a student body Government.
  • The university entails over 100 student organizations working towards different fields and causes. These organizations are free to join by the students of the university;
  • The campus is located in close proximity of 28 miles to the Seattle Tacoma international airport;
  • 23 NCAA Division III Northwest Conference sports teams are a part of the college life.

University of Puget Sound Residence

  • The university permits on-campus as well as off-campus housing to international students. Approximately, 66% of the students live on campus.
  • Puget Sound requires all students to live on-campus for their first two academic years with the university.
  • Some of the residence halls and its features are :
Residence HallCapacityFacilities ProvidedStudents accommodated
Anderson Hall165Single/Double/Triple/Quad Beds, Lounge, Kitchen, Internet, Cable, Free LaundryFirst Year Students
Harrington Hall85Single/Double/Triple Beds, Lounge, Kitchen, Internet, Cable, Free LaundryFirst Year Students
Opennheimer Hall74Single/Double/Triple Beds, Lounge, Kitchen, Internet, Cable, Free LaundryUpperclassmen Students
Regester Hall78Single/Double Beds, Lounge, Kitchen, Internet, Cable, Free LaundryFirst Year Students
Schiff Hall80Single/Double/Triple/Quad Beds, Lounge, Kitchen, Internet, Cable, Free LaundryFirst Year Students
Seward Hall115Double/Triple/Quad Beds, Lounge, Kitchen, Internet, Cable, Free LaundryFirst Year Students
Smith Hall75Single/Double/Triple/Quad Beds, Lounge, Kitchen, Internet, Cable, Free LaundryTransfer And Returning Students
Todd Halls200Double Beds, Lounge, Kitchen, Internet, Cable, Free LaundryFirst Year Students
  • Other setting such as apartment style houses, suite-style living, Greek housing style is also available for students on the campus ;
  • The university requires all on-campus students to register for a meal plan.
  • Off-campus housing facilities in areas around the campus such as north end neighborhood is also available to students;

University of Puget Sound Programs

  • Programs in various fields are offered at these levels of study- Bachelor, Graduate and postgraduate levels;
  • The University of Puget Sound also offers combined degree programs such as the 3-2 engineering program;
  • A varied range of 44 undergraduate degrees and 3 graduate degree programs are offered at University of Puget Sound ;
  • The most popular major programs include social sciences, business management, biomedical sciences, psychology, and foreign languages.
  • The retention rate here is 81%.
  • Also, the institute offers 100+ study abroad programs in more than 40 countries.

University of Puget Sound Application Process

Application portal: Common portal or University Application portal

Application fee: USD 60 (non-refundable)

Deadlines:

Important Admission DateApplication Submitted ByNotification
Early Decision AdmissionNov 1December
Early Action AdmissionNov 1February
Regular Decision AdmissionJan 15BeginsMar 15

Academic Requirements:

  • Minimum GPA required is 3.57.
  • Standardized test scores: ACT ( average score 25-30), SAT (Average score 1160-1340)
  • The acceptance rate of the university is 88%.

Supporting documents required: the following documents must be provided during the application process-

  • A complete application form;
  • Officially evaluated institutional transcripts;
  • Personal interview;
  • One letter of recommendation;
  • English language proficiency scores;
  • Standardized test scores (ACT or SAT)
  • Financial statement.

The institute is Test-Optional and SAT or ACT scores are not mandatory.

English proficiency Test scores

Tests acceptedMinimum scores
TOEFL (iBT)80
IELTS6.5
DET105

University of Puget Sound Cost of Attendance

The tables below represent the cost of attending Puget. The cost of living may vary according to individual needs.

ParticularsCost Of Attendance (Yearly) (USD)
Tuition Fee53,520
Student Government Fee280
Room Charges7,230
Meal Plans6,250
Total67,280

Indirect Costs

Estimated Indirect CostsAnnual Costs in USD
Books and Supplies1,000
Transportation500
Personal/Miscellaneous1,906
Total3,406

University of Puget Sound Financial Aid and Scholarships

  • Merit scholarships are available for international students. No additional application is required. Students are automatically considered for these scholarships, ranging from 15,000 - 26,000 USD, when they apply to Puget Sound.
  • A few scholarships available to international students however are –
    • Lilies foundation scholarship- it is a merit based scholarship offered to students demonstrating excellent academic records. A completed application must be submitted by 15 December. Based on the application, 10 students will qualify for a personal interview out of which 2 will be given the scholarship. A minimum GPA of 3.7 is required. The scholarship covers the tuition fee, residence and meal charges for the student;
    • Matelich Scholarship- It is another merit based scholarship awarded to promising students on the basis of their personality and overall impression. A completed application must be submitted by 15 December. Based on the application, 10 students will qualify for a personal interview out of which 2 will be given the scholarship. A minimum GPA of 3.50 is required. The scholarship covers the tuition fee, residence and meal charges for the student;
    • Talent Scholarship: Applicants must demonstrate talent in art, forensics, music, or theatre. Recipients are expected to share their talents through performance or other forms of demonstration. Auditions and/or scholarship applications are required. The award amounts are: Arts Scholarship (3,500 USD); Forensics Scholarships (1,000 - 3,000 USD per year); Theatre Scholarships (1,000 -1,500 USD per year). The deadline is January 15.
  • Need based scholarship is not available to international students from the university;
  • Alternative forms of help such as scholarships from own government, private loans and grants can be availed by the students. Students can also work on-campus.

University of Puget Sound Alumni Network

  • The institute has an alumni network of 35,000 members spread across 50 states and 56 countries.
  • A few alumni benefits: LinkedIn recommendations, career services, access to internship opportunities, discounts and access to events organized by the university.
  • A few notable alumni: bill barsma (former mayor of Tacoma), Charlie Lowery (NBA player), Sean Parnell (governor of Alaska), George Obizor (Nigerian ambassador to US), Jeff Smith( TV chef).

University of Puget Sound Placements

  • Seven months after graduation, 93% of graduates are employed, continuing their education, and engaged in public service. The median starting salary of an alumnus is estimated to be USD 48,800.
  • Career and Employment Services (CES) is located in Howarth 101 where students can network with alumni, search for jobs, and learn skills such as resume making and much more.
  • Students can find vacancies on Handshake portal or may attend career fairs organized by the institute annually.
  • The graduation rate of the university is 76%
  • The college organizes frequent fairs, Alumni Knowledge Night, and seminars to encourage exposure among its students.
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University of Puget Sound Overview

Institution TypePrivate (Not for Profit)
Student Population2832
FAFSA Code003797
Application Cost$60
Accreditation NWCCU
Average Cost of Attendance$49,510 / Year
Student : Faculty Ratio1 : 1

Admission & Dates

Early action Deadlines

November 01

Application Deadline

April 01

Application Results

Regular decision Deadlines

January 15

Application Deadline

April 01

Application Results

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Test Scores for International Applicants

ExamsAvg. ScoreMin. ScoreMax. Score% Submitted
Language Proficiency
TOEFL-85- -
IELTS-6.5- -

University of Puget Sound Acceptance Rate

83.9%

Acceptance Rate

5958

Total Applicants

2832

Total Enrolled

Male
Female

38.4%

Male

61.6%

Female

Undergraduate
Undergraduate Program83.9%
Total Applicants3035
Total Enrolled2545
Graduate
Graduate Programs83.7%
Total Applicants343
Total Enrolled287

University of Puget Sound Enrollment

Enrollment
University of Puget Sound Enrollment2832
Undergraduate Enrollment2545
Graduate Enrollment287
Graduation Rate
Average Graduation Rate73.1%

Attendance Cost

$49,510

Attendance Cost

The table shows average yearly cost of attendance for international students. Amount may vary with the course opted, nature of accommodation, and personal spending habits of a candidate. Check Program wise Fees

Tuition Fees
Undergraduate Programs$49,510 / Year
Post Graduate Program$60,975 / Year
On Campus Accomodation
Books & Supplies$1,000 / Year
On campus, Room & Board$12,120 / Year
On Campus, Other Expenses$2,300 / Year
Off Campus Accomodation
Off campus (not with family), Room & Board$12,120 / Year
Off campus (not with family), Other Expenses$2,300 / Year
Off campus (with family), Room & Board$2,300 / Year
Off campus (with family), Other Expenses$2,300 / Year
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Top Accreditations [Institutional & Program Wise]

Institutional Accreditations
Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
Program Wise Accreditations
Music ProgramsNational Association of Schools of Music
ProgramsAmerican Occupational Therapy Association
Physiotherapy ProgramsAmerican Physical Therapy Association

Faculty

Total FacultyFull TimePart timeGraduate Assistants
41073142965-
RANKING
  • 2019

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    RANKED  #173

    Overall (National)

    nearest ranking

    College rating

    based on 3 students ratings

    8.2/10

    8.3/10academic
    8/10infrastructure
    8/10placements
    8.3/10faculty
    7.7/10extracurricular
    8.7/10accommodation

    Reviews

    A
    Afreen pau, INDIA Master of education [m.ed] counseling
    University of Puget Sound
    Alumna/alumnus , Batch : 2018
    8.5
    STUDENT SATISFACTION RATINGS

    LIFE OF AN INDIAN AT UPS

    I got to know about this university while looking for universities and colleges offering M.Ed programs in the US. After considering several criteria like course fees, curriculum, etc. I finally decided to apply for admission to this university and also a few other universities. I had applied at my university by filling a form online through their website, I paid around a $60 application fee for that.


    Course Curriculum - 

    It was interesting as well as confusing at times for me, it included a part-time internship at a local school, it focused on developing skills that are required in the field of counseling like understanding mental health, human behavior, etc.

    8 /10
    academic
    9 /10
    faculty
    9 /10
    infrastructure
    8 /10
    accomodation/food
    8 /10
    placement
    9 /10
    extracurricular
    09, May 2020 read more
    D
    Darby m, USA Buisness leadership program
    University of Puget Sound
    Current student , Batch : 2022
    9
    STUDENT SATISFACTION RATINGS

    NICE AND HONEST REVIEW OF UPS

    I made a large spreadsheet of all the colleges I got accepted to. I listed the price, location, program, size, and study abroad. I picked my school because it was the best fit for me. It was also in the location I wanted which was pretty important to me.


    Course Curriculum - 

    I really enjoy the curriculum here. Because it is a liberal arts school, the core requirement allows me to try different subjects which I really like. As for the Business Leadership Program, the classes are good and appropriate for the major.

    9 /10
    academic
    9 /10
    faculty
    10 /10
    infrastructure
    10 /10
    accomodation/food
    9 /10
    placement
    7 /10
    extracurricular
    16, Mar 2019 read more
    E
    Erin, USA Liberal arts
    University of Puget Sound
    Alumna/alumnus , Batch : 2019
    7
    STUDENT SATISFACTION RATINGS

    UPS

    Location and I enjoyed the idea of a liberal arts school rather than a big state school. Plus I got a scholarship and that made the decision easier. The campus itself is beautiful and I liked a lot of the classes I saw when I visited.


    Course Curriculum - 

    I enjoyed the arts-focused classes more and thought we read and discussed interesting stuff. UPS offers a wide range of subject matter which is great because they really encourage everyone to try different things with the core curriculum requirement.

    8 /10
    academic
    7 /10
    faculty
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    infrastructure
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    accomodation/food
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    placement
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    15, Mar 2019 read more
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    Bus Station

    Alder St N & N 13th St0.18 Km
    Alder St N & N 13th St0.2 Km
    11th St N & Warner St0.26 Km
    11th St N & Lawrence St0.33 Km
    11th St N & Union St0.34 Km
    11th St N & Warner St0.34 Km
    15th St N & Alder St0.42 Km
    15th St N & Cedar St0.48 Km
    11th St N & Adams St2.74 Km
    11th St N & Union St2.76 Km
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    Book Store

    UPS Book Store0.23 Km
    Stargazer Comics1.08 Km
    Culpepper Books1.15 Km
    Teaching Toys & Books1.26 Km
    Destiny City Comics2.68 Km
    King's Books2.69 Km
    Bates Technical College: Downtown Campus2.82 Km
    Christian Science Reading Room3.1 Km
    Tacoma Community College Bookstore3.7 Km
    University Book Store3.8 Km
    Value Village4.17 Km
    Dightman's Bible Book Center4.27 Km
    Half Price Books4.64 Km
    Tacoma Book Center4.71 Km
    Atomic Comics & Toys4.72 Km
    Revolving Books5.14 Km
    FYE5.16 Km
    Elmo's Adult Videos & Books6.14 Km
    Castle Megastore6.81 Km
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    Shopping Mall

    The Mustard Seed Shopping Center0.7 Km
    Soap & Clay1 Km
    Tulaup City1.69 Km
    Sixth Avenue Plaza2.16 Km
    Westgate North Shopping Center2.77 Km
    Tacoma Central2.78 Km
    Highland Hill Shopping Center2.93 Km
    Fircrest town center3.78 Km
    Village Square Shopping Center3.78 Km
    James Center4.07 Km
    Michael's Plaza4.28 Km
    Point Ruston4.4 Km
    Vees Boutique4.67 Km
    Sunglass Hut at Macy's5.11 Km
    Tacoma Mall5.16 Km
    Sunglass Hut5.2 Km
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    Airport

    Helipad2.23 Km
    MultiCare TG Heliport2.23 Km
    Saint Joseph Hospital Heliport3.19 Km
    Tacoma Narrows Airport Bldg G7.01 Km
    Northwest Pilots7.05 Km
    Tacoma Narrows Airport7.28 Km
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    *All distance are measured radially. Actual distance may vary

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