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University of Puget Sound
Tacoma, WA
The University of Puget Sound is a private, church-affiliated university. Founded in 1888, it became a four-year college in 1913 and gained university status in 1960. It is larger than most small colleges, with more than 50 academic majors, an academically competitive student body and opportunities for students to engage in independent research, internships and interdisciplinary programs, such as Asian studies and international political economy. The northwest offers recreational opportunities in the mountains, 30 miles from campus and on the Sound, three miles away. Its 97-acre campus, with Tudor Gothic red brick buildings constructed during the 1950s and 1960s, is located in Tacoma, 35 miles from Seattle.
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Institution Type Private
Coeducational Yes
Undergraduate Students 2,508
   Women 1,500 (59.8%)
   Men 1,008 (40.2%)
Graduate Students 283
Entrance Difficulty Moderately difficult
Overall Admission Rate 83% of 6,098 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered Yes
Early Decision Offered Yes
Regular Admission Deadline January 15
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA 3.55
SAT Math 540-650 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading 560-680 range of middle 50%
SAT Writing
ACT Composite 26-30 range of middle 50%
Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Academic GPA X      
Standardized Tests     X  
Essay X      
Extracurricular Activities   X    
Cost of Attendance $61,652
  Tuition and Fees $46,552
  Room and Board $11,800
Average Percent of Need Met 77%
Average Freshman Award $32,274
Average Indebtedness of
2016 Graduates
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Academic Calendar System Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum Required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates 237
Regular Class Size 2-9 students: 16% of classes
10-19 students: 45% of classes
20-29 students: 32% of classes
30-39 students: 5% of classes
40-49 students: 1% of classes
50-99 students: 1% of classes
Tacoma Population 203,446
Nearest Metropolitan Area Seattle
Freshman Housing Guarantee Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing 100% of freshmen, 66% of all students
Athletic Conferences NCAA Division III
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Ethnicity of Students from U.S. 0.2% American Indian/Alaskan Native
6.5% Asian
1.0% Black/African-American
8.1% Hispanic/Latino
8.6% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.3% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
73.5% White
1.8% Unknown
International Students 0.5%
First-Year Students Returning 85.7%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years 69.8%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly Not reported