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University of Puget Sound Data & Information Overview

145 awards Ranking Badges
Great Price Value for Your Money
87% Acceptance Rate
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How Well Is University of Puget Sound Ranked?

#287 Best Colleges in Nation
#6 Best Colleges in WA
Health Professions Highest Ranked Major
Quality Badge

2023 Rankings

In its yearly rankings, College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities to determine which ones are the best in a variety of categories, such as overall value, quality, diversity, which schools are the best for each major, and much more.

University of Puget Sound was awarded 145 badges in the 2023 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is health professions.

Overall Quality

According to College Factual's 2023 analysis, Puget Sound is ranked #287 out of 2,241 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality. This puts it in the top 15% of all schools in the nation. This is an improvement over the previous year, when Puget Sound held the #382 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Puget Sound is also ranked #6 out of 51 schools in Washington.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Puget Sound?

87% Acceptance Rate
57% Of Accepted Are Women

Acceptance Rate

With an acceptance rate of 87%, University of Puget Sound is easier to get into than many other schools. But that doesn't mean you can slack off on your application. Make sure to treat this school like any other when submitting requested materials and documents.

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University of Puget Sound Faculty

9 to 1 Student to Faculty
83% Full Time Teachers

Student to Faculty Ratio

At Puget Sound, the student to faculty ratio is an excellent 9 to 1. That's much better than the national average of 15 to 1. This indicates that many classes will probably be small, and students will have ample opportunites to work closely with their professors and classmates.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

When estimating how much access students will have to their teachers, some people like to look at what percentage of faculty members are full time. This is because part-time teachers may not have as much time to spend on campus as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at University of Puget Sound is 83%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  83 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at University of Puget Sound

76% Freshmen Retention
66% On-Time Graduation Rate

Freshmen Retention Rate

University of Puget Sound has a freshmen retention rate of 76%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  76 out of 100

Graduation Rate

Students are considered to have graduated on time if they finish their studies within four years. At Puget Sound the on-time graduation rate of first-time, full-time students is 66%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  66 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at University of Puget Sound.

University of Puget Sound Undergraduate Student Diversity

1,830 Full-Time Undergraduates
30.9% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
59.5% Percent Women

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 1,898 undergraduates at Puget Sound with 1,830 being full-time and 68 being part-time.

How Much Does University of Puget Sound Cost?

$33,562 Net Price
51% Take Out Loans
$25,888 Total Student Loans
The overall average net price of Puget Sound is $33,562. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Puget Sound

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$24,734 $24,158 $30,077 $31,947 $41,005

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Puget Sound, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Puget Sound, approximately 51% of students took out student loans averaging $6,472 a year. That adds up to $25,888 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Puget Sound is 2.1%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do Puget Sound Graduates Make?

$61,842 Avg Salary of Grads
High Earnings Boost
The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from Puget Sound make about $61,842 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. That's great news for Puget Sound students since it is 46% more than the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year.


See which majors at University of Puget Sound make the most money.

Location of University of Puget Sound

Washington State
1,830 Full-Time Undergraduates
Midsize City Campus Setting
University of Puget Sound is a private not-for-profit institution located in Tacoma, Washington. The city atmosphere of Tacoma makes it a great place for students who enjoy having lots of educational and entertainment options.

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Contact details for Puget Sound are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1500 N. Warner Street, Tacoma, WA 98416
Phone: 253-879-3100

University of Puget Sound Majors

41 Majors With Completions
566 Undergraduate Degrees
122 Graduate Degrees
During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 41 majors graduated from University of Puget Sound. Of these students, 566 received undergraduate degrees and 122 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Business Administration & Management 55 $46,383
General Psychology 51 $28,705
Political Science & Government 44 $28,059
Economics 37 $48,980
Communication & Media Studies 32 $35,004
General Biology 30 $25,376
Sociology & Anthropology 19 $24,431
Romance Languages 18 $34,720
General English Literature 18 $19,816
Computer Science 18 $57,730

Learn more about the majors offered at University of Puget Sound along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


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