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University of Puget Sound: Narrative Description


1500 North Warner St.
Tacoma, WA 98416
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Independent, comprehensive, coed. Awards bachelor's, master's, and first professional degrees and post-master's certificates. Founded 1888. Setting: 97-acre suburban campus with easy access to Seattle. Endowment: $190.2 million. Research spending 2003-04: $695,000. Educational spending 2003-04: $12,180 per student. Total enrollment: 2,892. Faculty: 258 (221 full-time, 37 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 11:1. 4,554 applied, 70% were admitted. 38% from top 10% of their high school class, 74% from top quarter, 95% from top half. 34 National Merit Scholars, 41 valedictorians. Full-time: 2,564 students, 58% women, 42% men. Part-time: 52 students, 62% women, 38% men. Students come from 46 states and territories, 14 other countries, 70% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 3% Hispanic, 2% black, 8% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 0.5% international, 2% 25 or older, 59% live on campus, 4% transferred in. Retention: 85% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: social sciences and history; business/marketing; biological/life sciences; psychology; English. Core. Calendar: semesters. Advanced placement, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, co-op programs and internships. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early admission, early decision, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, 2 recommendations, SAT or ACT. Recommended: minimum 3.0 high school GPA, interview. Entrance: very difficult. Application deadlines: 2/1, 11/15 for early decision plan 1, 12/15 for early decision plan 2. Notification: 4/1, 12/15 for early decision plan 1, 1/15 for early decision plan 2.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $40. Comprehensive fee: $33,610 includes full-time tuition ($26,700), mandatory fees ($180), and college room and board ($6730). College room only: $3680. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. Part-time tuition: $3370 per unit. Part-time tuition varies according to course load.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 65 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities, theme houses; 18% of eligible men and 21% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Hui-O-Hawaii, Repertory Dance Group, Film and Theatre Society, outdoor programs, Lighthouse. Major annual events: Homecoming/Reunion/Songfest Weekend, Hui-O-Hawaii Luau/Spring Family Weekend, Mistletoast Holiday Festival. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access, 24-hour locked residence hall entrances. 1,651 college housing spaces available; 1,550 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen given priority for college housing. Options: coed, women-only housing available. Collins Memorial Library with 349,088 books, 356,705 microform titles, 10,169 serials, 24,850 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $4.8 million. 314 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Founded in 1888, the campus is located in residential North Tacoma. Thirty miles south of Seattle and easily accessible from Interstate 5, Tacoma is a dynamic city of 187,200 people. The university occupies 38 buildings on a 97 acre park-like campus; architecture is Tudor Gothic with its distinctive red-brick pattern arches and porticoes. Located close to the shores of Puget Sound and a short distance from ski slopes and the Pacific Ocean, the University is also the center for much of Tacoma's cultural life. Tacoma also features Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium, many parks, a public library system, museums and hospitals.

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