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University of Puget Sound Data & Information Overview

If you want to know more about University of Puget Sound, such as what majors does it offer, how diverse it is, how well it ranks, and more, this is your one-stop resource. Want to dig deeper into a particular stat? Just click on its tile and you'll be taked to a more in-depth page on the figure. In addition, you can use the links below to quickly jump to any section on this page.

How Well Is University of Puget Sound Ranked?

Quality Badge

2021 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 25 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is psychology.

Overall Quality

Puget Sound is ranked #202 out of 1,715 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2021 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 15% of all schools in the nation.

Puget Sound is also ranked #5 out of 23 schools in Washington.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Puget Sound?

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at University of Puget Sound is 84%. That's higher than the rate at many schools, but still low enough to be considered somewhat selective. If you want to get in, you'll need good grades and to be able to show that Puget Sound is a good fit for you.

Learn more about University of Puget Sound admissions.

University of Puget Sound Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

At Puget Sound, the student to faculty ratio is an excellent 11 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 82%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  82 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at University of Puget Sound

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 86% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like University of Puget Sound enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  86 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate for someone pursuing a bachelor's degree is typically four years. This rate at Puget Sound for first-time, full-time students is 72%, which is better than the national average of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  72 out of 100

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Excellent Overall Diversity at Puget Sound

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 2,299 undergraduates at Puget Sound with 2,271 being full-time and 28 being part-time.

Puget Sound Diversity Score

For each college and university, College Factual calculates an overall diversity score that takes four factors into account: gender, ethnicity, age, and home location of the student. Then, the schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest.

With an overall score of 91.29 out of 100, Puget Sound is one of the most diverse schools in the nation.

Overall Diversity Score  91.29 out of 100
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How Much Does University of Puget Sound Cost?

The overall average net price of Puget Sound is $36,075. 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 +
$27,685 $26,537 $34,197 $36,207 $41,693

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

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Puget Sound, approximately 51% of students took out student loans averaging $8,435 a year. That adds up to $33,740 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Puget Sound is 1.1%. 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?

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 $52,700 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. This is good news for future Puget Sound graduates since it is 32% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.


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

Location of University of Puget Sound

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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Location of University of Puget Sound

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

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 43 majors graduated from University of Puget Sound. Of these students, 664 received undergraduate degrees and 110 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
Political Science & Government 89 $29,000
Business Administration & Management 68 $36,200
General Psychology 65 $29,800
General Biology 43 $31,500
Economics 27 $30,500
Communication & Media Studies 23 NA
Computer Science 22 $29,800
Fine & Studio Arts 20 NA
Biological & Physical Science 19 NA
History 19 NA

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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