University of Puget Sound

The University of Puget Sound is a liberal arts school located in Tacoma, Washington, in the United States. It offers bachelor's degree programmes in Fine Arts, Sciences, Social Sciences, and Languages among others. The University of Puget Sound programmes are licensed by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).

  • Average Tuition USD 46,875
  • Acceptance Rate 79%
  • Students 2,870
  • Total Annual Cost USD 59,756
  • Campus Setting City

School Description

The University of Puget Sound was founded by the Methodist Episcopal Church in 1888 in downtown Tacoma. The school was formerly known as College of Puget Sound. In 1903, the school was "reborn" and re-incorporated as a different entity, with different trustees, and a different name: the University of Puget Sound.

Puget Sound is the only independent national undergraduate liberal arts college in Western Washington. It is one of only two independent colleges in Washington state and one of five in the Northwest that has been granted a charter by Phi Beta Kappa, the country’s most prestigious academic honor society. The University of Puget Sound has a student body of 2,600 students who are representative of 44 states and 16 countries around the world.Puget Sound University offers on-campus jobs in its various departments and facilities including Wheelock Student Center, Residence Life, and Pamplin Sports Center. Puget Sound offers 1,200 courses each year in more than 50 traditional and interdisciplinary areas of study. Students at the University of Puget Sound can join any of its 100 run student clubs and organizations. 

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Master Programs

  • 1500 N Warner St, Tacoma, WA 98416, United States


    USD 32,985 Tuition Fee

    Instructional programs that focus on the theory and practice of learning and teaching, and related research, administrative and support services.

  • 1500 N Warner St, Tacoma, WA 98416, United States

    Occupational Therapy

    USD 46,875 Tuition Fee

    A program that prepares individuals to assist patients limited by physical, cognitive, psychosocial, mental, developmental, and learning disabilities, as well as adverse environmental conditions, to maximize their independence and maintain optimum health through a planned mix of acquired skills, performance motivation, environmental adaptations, assistive technologies, and physical agents. Includes instruction in the basic medical sciences, psychology, sociology, patient assessment and evaluation, standardized and non-standardized tests and measurements, assistive and rehabilitative technologies, ergonomics, environmental health, special education, vocational counseling, health education and promotion, and professional standards and ethics.

  • 1500 N Warner St, Tacoma, WA 98416, United States

    Physical Therapy

    USD 37,520 Tuition Fee

    A program that prepares individuals to alleviate physical and functional impairments and limitations caused by injury or disease through the design and implementation of therapeutic interventions to promote fitness and health. Includes instruction in functional anatomy and physiology, kinesiology, neuroscience, pathological physiology, analysis of dysfunction, movement dynamics, physical growth process, management of musculoskeletal disorders, clinical evaluation and measurement, client assessment and supervision, care plan development and documentation, physical therapy modalities, rehabilitation psychology, physical therapy administration, and professional standards and ethics.

  • 1500 N Warner St, Tacoma, WA 98416, United States


    USD 32,985 Tuition Fee

    A general program that focuses on the design and provision of teaching and other educational services to children or adults with special learning needs or disabilities, and that may prepare individuals to function as special education teachers. Includes instruction in diagnosing learning disabilities, developing individual education plans, teaching and supervising special education students, special education counseling, and applicable laws and policies.

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Admission Requirements

  • Minimum GPA 2.50
  • Minimum SAT 1670
  • Minimum ACT 25
  • Average SAT Score 1220


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    Established in 1888


    Puget Sound recently was recognized by The Chronicle of Higher Education as one of the top 10 bachelor's degree institutions in the United States with the highest number of Fulbright scholars.


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          • Testimony
            2003-2007, Bachelor of the Arts

            I really loved the small classes and one-on-one work with professors. The classes were interesting and challenging and I enjoyed my time there. The campus has tons of extracurricular activities, like KUPS, the student run radio station. The culture is very diverse, but it is definitely a liberal arts school and not everyone would thrive in this environment. Perhaps not the number one pic for science/technology, but highly recomended for arts and social sciences and such. Second best perk: the campus is absolutely gorgeous.

          • Testimony
            2004-2008, Bachelor of the Arts

            It may sound contrite, but the biggest take-away from my four years at UPS was that I learned how to do research both for academic purposes and the real world. Professors encouraged and required me to really think about and be aware of the process... that's something you don't get at most institutions.

          • Testimony
            1979-1983, Bachelor of the Arts

            The opportunity to study in the Honors Program at the University of Puget Sound changed my life in profound ways. It taught me that learning is a lifestyle, not a four-year degree. It taught me to ask questions, do my own research and form independent opinions. I am deeply grateful for the education as well as the life-long friendships formed at UPS.