Founded in 1888, the University of Puget Sound is a 4-year liberal arts college in the Seattle metro area. UPS awards bachelor’s degrees in over 50 traditional and interdisciplinary fields of study and a number of programs feature experiential learning opportunities such as internships and service projects. For students who wish to learn in a new culture, Puget Sound offers over 100 study abroad opportunities in more than 45 countries. The Puget Sound campus includes several centuries old sequoia trees and the university is a short drive from Mount Rainier.
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UPS is the most welcoming, understanding, accepting, and loving community I have ever a part of. It is a place for challenging your mind, enriching your soul, and discovering yourself. Puget Sound is not only my school, but it is my home.
Madeleine from Altadena, CA
The University of Puget Sound is a small liberal arts college in Tacoma, Washington. It features many different classes on a beautiful campus in North Tacoma, close to the waterfront.
Puget Sound aims to make you a well-rounded citizen. Professors all know the purpose of liberal arts studies is to achieve this. Students can and do manage to do a little bit of everything.
there are days when it will be raining and you will have piles of homework and a to-do list the length of shopping receipt, and you will ask yourself how you got tricked into attending this school, but then, there will be moments when you will have a completely unique experience that will make-up for all the dreary days put together. you may find yourself on orcas island with the sailing team or shaking your hips during the school-wide luau or snow shoeing on mt. ranier or watching street performers at pike place or volunteering at project homeless connect. you may find yourself talking to a local entrepreneur or handpicking blueberries or riding the ferry to the tipi camp on vashon island and that is when you will know that you made the right choice.
Juliette from Tacoma, WA
the campus is small but beautiful, the classes and professors are (mostly) fantastic, and the food is healthful and largely sustainable. it may get old by the end of your first year, but compared to most other schools, the food here is gourmet--especially if you're vegetarian or vegan. there are great study abroad programs, the dorms are pretty nice and spacious, and there are tons of opportunities for fun things like hiking, sailing, and watching some of the interesting and amusing performances the students put on.