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Located minutes from the Sound, Seattle, and Washington's state capital, Olympia, the University of Puget Sound is well positioned to deliver a terrific education. Their undergraduate departments include a full range of humanities, business, STEM, and arts disciplines. The 2,300 students enrolled enjoy small class sizes that have an average student-to-faculty ratio of 11 to 1, which means that everyone's questions are answered. This also means that it's hard to hide when you haven't done the reading. Budding professionals will likewise find ample opportunities for experiential learning in booming Tacoma or nearby Seattle, one of the nation's hottest technology centers.
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Overview of University of Puget Sound
When students have a bit of down-time, they find that the campus and surrounding area is brimming with fun and enriching activities. Culture mavens can venture into Seattle for performances and museums. There are also loads of performances on campus that include jazz and rock concerts, lectures, and films. Outdoor lovers will be sure to explore the surrounding environment that spans oceanic adventure to some of the most fantastic forests anywhere on the planet. Greek students likewise have plenty of options with four fraternities and five sororities to choose from.
Student-athletes and those who love watching college sports will also be thrilled to live on campus. The university fields teams in baseball, basketball, crew, cross country, tennis, and volleyball, to name a few.
|School Type||Private not-for-profit|
|Campus Setting||City: Midsize|
|Student Faculty Ratio||11:1|
|High School GPA||Required|
|High School Rank||NA|
|High School Transcripts||Required|
|College Prep Courses||Required|
|TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)||NA|
|Application Deadline||August 1|
|Common Application Accepted||Yes|
Tuition Cost & Financial Aid
University of Puget Sound is a private, non-profit institution. As such, its tuition rates tend to reflect what students might find at an out-of-state public university. The total bill for classes, including books and fees, is around $53,000. When living expenses are tallied, the total gross cost at Puget Sound is $68,000.
This cost is offset by their fantastic financial aid, however. In fact, 99% of all full-time, first-year students receive grants and scholarships that average over $26,000. To further help cover costs, 52% receive aid in the form of student loans that average $7,400.
Once all costs and financial aid packages are tallied, the average net cost of UPS is $39,000. Of those who receive Title IV funding, the lower income students pay the least at $27,000. The highest income bracket pays a net price of $42,000.
|Average net price||2018-2019|
|Average Total Aid||$26,508|
|Students Receiving Financial Aid||100%|
|Room & Board||$13,000|
- Tuition In-State - $51,740
- Tuition Out-of-State - $51,740
- Books and Supplies - $1,000
- Room & Board - $13,000
- Other - $2,406
Academics are the core of any university and the University of Puget Sound delivers a top-quality academic experience for its students. Not only are first-year students retained at high rates, but the school graduates a high percentage of scholars, as well. It's not surprising to learn that UPS also delivers a terrific faculty-to-student ratio that results in an academic environment that is both nurturing and intensive.
UPS reports that its retention rate is 81%. This statistic measures the percentage of first-year students that return for their second year at UPS. It's commonly thought that when so many students return to campus, they are doing so because they are satisfied and even impressed with the curriculum, instructors, and campus resources.
In fact, a large portion of their students not only return for a second year but also remain through graduation. UPS reports a 76% graduation rate and a 20% transfer-out rate. Thus, there's a better-than-chance likelihood that students will graduate, and the rest often complete their degrees elsewhere.
Student Population Total
Student Population 2,666
Most Popular Programs & Majors
(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)
|All Social Sciences Majors||112 Total Graduates / 20%|
|Political Economy||36 Graduates|
|Political Science and Government, General||24 Graduates|
|Economics, General||19 Graduates|
|Sociology and Anthropology||18 Graduates|
|All Biological & Biomedical Majors||73 Total Graduates / 13%|
|Biology/Biological Sciences, General||43 Graduates|
|Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology||19 Graduates|
|All Business Majors||71 Total Graduates / 12%|
|Business Administration and Management, General||59 Graduates|
|International Business/Trade/Commerce||7 Graduates|
|Management Information Systems, General||5 Graduates|
|All Psychology Majors||64 Total Graduates / 11%|
|Psychology, General||64 Graduates|
|Visual and Performing Arts||38 Total Graduates / 7%|
|Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General||9 Graduates|
|Music, General||7 Graduates|
|All Other Diplomas||37%|
Outcome & Salary
Students and their families are usually very interested to learn what sort of return they can expect to see from their educational investment. While an education is often considered to be worth more than any salary or bonus check, it's still important to project what sorts of earnings will result from one's specific bachelor's degree.
The highest paid alumni from UPS hold bachelor's degrees in business administration and earn a base salary of $36,000. On the lower end, those who graduate with degrees in Romance languages, literature, and linguistics report early-career median salaries around $25,000.
|College Grads Early Career Salary||$55,700|
|College Grads Average Salary||$71,993|
|College Grads Mid Career Salary||$112,700|
|Return on Investment (ROI)|
|10 Year Salary Earnings Potential||$719,930|
|20 Year Salary Earnings Potential||$1,846,930|
|Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year||$156,044|
|10 Year Projected ROI||$563,886|
|20 Year Projected ROI||$1,690,886|
|No College Education Salary Comparison|
|National Average Salary||$38,792|
|10 Year Projected Income||$387,920|
|20 Year Projected Income||$775,840|
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