#4 Best Private Colleges in Washington

University of Puget Sound

Tacoma, Washington

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University of Puget Sound overview
Location Tacoma, Washington
Online pugetsound.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Midsize City
University of Puget Sound overview
Size Small
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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University of Puget Sound is a private liberal arts college located in Tacoma, Washington, approximately 35 miles south of Seattle. Founded in 1888, the institution resides in a primarily residential area and spans a 97-acre campus, notable for its Tudor-Gothic architecture. It offers a range of undergraduate programs, with particular recognition in Music, Business, and International Relations, as well as a School of Occupational Therapy for graduate studies. With a focus on a liberal arts education, the college provides a curriculum that encourages interdisciplinary and experiential learning. The University of Puget Sound has a moderately selective admissions process. The majority of students reside on campus, with housing options including traditional residence halls, Greek houses, and theme-based living-learning communities.

In the most recent statistical year 5,345 prospective students applied, and 4,418 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 405 enrolled in the school.  1,934 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 89 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $57,330 plus fees of $296. University of Puget Sound is ranked 182 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












University of Puget Sound is rated within the top 29% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 8 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Very High
University of Puget Sound overview
SAT 1170/1390
ACT 27/32
GPA 3.56

Applications Accepted

University of Puget Sound overview
Applications Due Jan 15, 2024
Applicant Competition Very Low
Application Fee $65

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for University of Puget Sound
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,000
Other Fees$296
Room and Board $14,430
Budget for Other Expenses$2,514
Total One Year Cost$75,570

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$57,600 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

73% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by University of Puget Sound students
Subject Percent of Class
Social Sciences 21%
Business 11%
Biology 9%
English and Literature 9%
Visual and Performing Arts 9%

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