University Of Puget Sound

University Of Puget Sound

The University of Puget Sound, also known as UPS or Puget Sound, is a private, liberal arts college situated in the North End of Tacoma, Washington, United States. It was established in 1888 by the Methodist Episcopal Church in downtown Tacoma. The university offers bachelor and master degrees in diverse areas of study. The student body consist of students from more than 45 states and over 12 countries.

Puget Sound's athletics department sponsors more than 20 men's and women's sports teams. They are nicknamed the Loggers. The sports teams compete in the NCAA's Division III Northwest Conference. Loggers participate in sports such as football, golf, soccer, and softball. The campus is also home to a wide variety of student clubs and organizations.

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University of Puget Sound
1500 N Warner
Tacoma , WA 98416
General Phone: (253) 879-3100

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University of Puget Sound Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts207Asian studies, foreign language and literature, German language, French language, Spanish language, Classical languages, English, interdisciplinary studies, economics, ...
Science107biology, biochemistry, call and molecular biology, biological and physical sciences, science and society, chemistry, geology, physics
Therapy and Counseling99psychology, physical therapy
Business and Management99business management, MIS
Education and Teaching63education, curriculum and instruction, educational supervision, school counseling, music teaching
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy49exercise science, occupational therapy
Media29communication studies
Art Studies25art studies
Religion and Philosophy16philosophy, religion
Music9music, music performance, music management
Computer Science and Engineering9computer science
Drama and Performing Arts7drama

Number of programs and degrees for University of Puget Sound in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree61136
Master's degree885
Doctor's degree - professional practice381

University of Puget Sound Student Body

In 2007-2008, University of Puget Sound had a total enrollment of 2,772 students (2,619 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 44%
Women 56%
Full-Time 100%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 90%
Graduate 10%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 73%
Black 3%
Hispanic 4%
Asian 9%
American Indian 1%
Unknown 9%
(Foreign Students) 0%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 41%
20-21 40%
22-24 11%
25-29 4%
30-34 1%
35-39 0%
40-49 0%
50-64 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

(International Students)1%
New Mexico1%
New York1%
New Jersey1%

University of Puget Sound Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 86 %

University of Puget Sound Room and Board (2007)

University of Puget Sound offers campus housing for 1,634 of its 2,619 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Tacoma, Washington for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Washington Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

University of Puget Sound Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal570675
SAT Math570665
ACT Verbal2530
ACT Math2529
ACT Composite2529

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT84%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT51%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

University of Puget Sound Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 33,975
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 33,975
Room and board $ 8,760
Room charge $ 4,890
Board (meal plan) charge $ 4,100
Books and supplies $ 1,000
Other expenses $ 2,300

Financial Aid:
University of Puget Sound participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 379700)

University of Puget Sound Faculty

University of Puget Sound has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track2732
Non-tenured and not on tenure track2046

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year1*1*
All faculty totalcalendar year1*1*

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year58$98,51121$94,861
Associate professoracademic year28$72,55820$73,000
Assistant professoracademic year30$60,54545$59,300
Instructoracademic year10$66,73122$64,143
All faculty totalacademic year126$81,182108$69,738

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

University of Puget Sound Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Northwest Conference
Basketball Northwest Conference
Baseball Northwest Conference
Track Northwest Conference

University of Puget Sound Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Management Information Systems, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Science

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Curriculum and Instruction
Education, General
Educational, Instructional, and Curriculum Supervision
Music Teacher Education

Liberal Arts
Asian Studies/Civilization
Classics/Classical Languages, Lit & Linguistics, General
Economics, General
Economics, Other
English Language and Literature, General
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General
French Language and Literature
German Language and Literature
History, General
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Spanish Language and Literature

Mathematics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric

Music Management and Merchandising
Music Performance, General
Music, General

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Kinesiology and Exercise Science
Occupational Therapy/Therapist

Religion And Philosophy
Religion/Religious Studies

Biological and Physical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology
Chemistry, General
Geology/Earth Science, General
Physics, General
Science, Technology and Society

Therapy And Counseling
Physical Therapy/Therapist
Psychology, General

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