Tacoma, WA
University of Puget Sound


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Recent Reviews

Sierra
What is your overall opinion of this school?

The University of Puget Sound is great for students focusing in any of the humanities, arts, politics, economics, or environm...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

The University of Puget Sound is great for students focusing in any of the humanities, arts, politics, economics, or environmental sciences. The professors are very invested in their students and encourage thinking/exploring beyond what is covered in class.

Kathryn
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Though University of Puget Sound has an acronym in common with the United Postal Service (UPS), the campus itself looks nothi...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Though University of Puget Sound has an acronym in common with the United Postal Service (UPS), the campus itself looks nothing like the many shipping warehouses located around the country. Instead of maintaining a fleet of brown delivery trucks, the campus is packed with students' and professors' vehicles each day of the week, and is home to a fleet of vans used by groups such as Puget Sound Outdoors (PSO). The campus itself is reminiscent of Hogwarts with its staunch brick buildings that crawl with ivy. Classrooms in Jones Hall look like something out of an old movie made in England about school children, and though there is a great charm in the history of the buildings, they are certainly not outdated. The classes themselves are relatively small, the largest being around 30 students, which bodes well for conversations and connections between students and professors. All of the professors are willing to discuss school work with students, and are also happy to talk about their research and other things going on around campus or Tacoma. Professors also clearly care about what they are teaching and try to make their courses challenging and engaging. The campus is relatively small, which makes it extremely walk-able, and it is easy to get from class to class. Not everybody at UPS takes their education as seriously as you might expect which was a slight surprise, but it is important to remember that there are also many people who are there to learn and put in the work.

Darby
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The University of Puget Sound is the best place for me. I really enjoy the class size because I feel as though the teacher re...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

The University of Puget Sound is the best place for me. I really enjoy the class size because I feel as though the teacher really knows and cares for me. I also enjoy the curriculum: with the university's core requirements I have opportunities to learn about different subjects I probably would not have. I also run DIII cross country and track which is great because the team is supportive, the facilities are perfect, and the level of rigor is fitting for me. The people at University of Puget Sound are what make the campus what it is. I have met some though provoking, funny, safe, and nice people since I have been at school and I feel myself around them.

Katherine
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Overall the school left me wishing for more. The school is beautiful, class size was great, I almost always had access to ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Overall the school left me wishing for more. The school is beautiful, class size was great, I almost always had access to my professors and there was lots of things to do. However, my academic experience could have been so much better. As a student I didn't feel listened to when I had concerns with other aspects of the school. I was constantly ignored by the administration when my concerns arose. My professors either graded entirely on exams or on their own opinion of students. The student culture can also be incredibly alienating. Theres definitely little groups for every type of person, but the school is overwhelmingly liberal and very hipster. As open minded as the community wants to portray themselves, there is a major political leaning that is incredibly close-minded and often found myself being chastised for even bringing up another view. Nearly all campus jobs were work-study only, making it a bit difficult to find a way to earn a bit unless it was written into your financial aid. The athletics are not excellent but they exist, and several rec sports are available. In all, I wouldn't attend this school again, its too expensive for the shotty education I received.

Kenna
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The University of Puget Sound is a nice community to be a part of, with the warm welcoming of orientation and the encourageme...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

The University of Puget Sound is a nice community to be a part of, with the warm welcoming of orientation and the encouragement from students and staff alike, but it isn't perfect. There is very little diversity, with a predominantly white campus, and most people share the same political views. Now, having the same views isn't necessarily a bad thing, but there is almost a hive mentality when it comes to "dealing with" students with different views. This school praises its acceptance, while most of the students only want to hear what they believe in. This is not the school's fault per say, but the students are what make up the school, and we're honestly getting a bad wrap because of it. This doesn't make it an awful place to attend, but things could definitely be better in this regard. The campus is beautiful and most of the staff is kind and easy to talk to, but just like any other school, there are professors that will never be as nice as you'd like them to be. That's life though, I suppose.

Kaela
What is your overall opinion of this school?

I have had some really exceptional professors who motivated me to learn. Most professors are very accessible via office hours...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I have had some really exceptional professors who motivated me to learn. Most professors are very accessible via office hours or by appointment, and I have found that they are there for students 100%! There are lots of opportunities to get involved in clubs, sports, or academic extracurriculars. The campus is absolutely beautiful and I'm proud to show it off to visitors. At freshman orientation, students are given lots of resources to succeed, including meeting other first-years and having an academic faculty and student adviser.

Zoe
What is your overall opinion of this school?

I am very happy I am attending UPS. I have made many good friends here, and I am receiving a really great education. Having c...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I am very happy I am attending UPS. I have made many good friends here, and I am receiving a really great education. Having come from an area where not many people agreed with me politically, it is really refreshing to go to a school that shares many of the same values. I will say that it is what you would expect of a private liberal arts school: expensive and not diverse. As a person in the middle class, it hasn't been a walk in the park funding this education, but the financial aid office has been super helpful. This school definitely draws mainly wealthier white people, but since the school is more liberal I think they're working on it (at least I hope so). One thing I definitely appreciate is how politically active and conscious the student body is. Overall, since a lot of money goes into the school it has nice facilities, and is in a nice residential area that isn't too far from some shopping and restaurant districts.

Neil
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My University is what it is. It's a privately owned liberal arts university. It has towering brick buildings that remind peop...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

My University is what it is. It's a privately owned liberal arts university. It has towering brick buildings that remind people of Hogwarts, and vines growing up and down everywhere. It has negative aspects such as investment in fossil fuels and hardly-updated dorms, but the fact of the matter is, most people I know are absolutely proud to call this university their own. This is due to not only the dedicated people who work here, but the students and friends that make it worthwhile. I think it's an excellent school for it's size and reputation.

Haley
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I loved my time there, I particpated in a varsity sport, was a part of greek life, and loved my major and minor. My only comp...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I loved my time there, I particpated in a varsity sport, was a part of greek life, and loved my major and minor. My only complaint about the school is that it is so politically liberal that it can be distracting/get in the way of school. I'd even use the word "aggressive" for a percentage of the student body & their liberal agendas. I grew up mildly conservative from a suburban town, and loved opening my eyes and gaining new perspectives, but I also thought there was a line that could have been drawn. Now out of school, I see that there will always be niches of people who are so liberal that they protest anything, but more or less there is a balance in the "real world" and that school was just a unique pocket of it.

Paloma
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The University of Puget Sound is a very unique campus and is loved by all it's students. Many of the applicants, including my...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

The University of Puget Sound is a very unique campus and is loved by all it's students. Many of the applicants, including myself, are awarded generous financial aid packages that help them attend this wonderful liberal arts college. All the professors are kind and attentive to each individual student's needs.

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  • 2,508
  • Tuition & Fees
  • $46,552
  • Acceptance rate
  • 79%

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