University of Puget Sound Programs
Because Puget Sound holds a commitment to making college affordable and admits students regardless of their ability to pay, we rely on donations to scholarship funds to help our students achieve their dream of a quality education. More than 63% of our students rely on need-based aid to fund their education and more than 90% receive some form of financial assistance.
Weyerhaeuser Center for Health Sciences
Breaking ground in 2010, the Center's programs prepare students for the dynamic fields of health and behavioral sciences. Distinctive health science programs (undergraduate studies in exercise science, psychology, and neuroscience, and graduate studies in occupational therapy and physical therapy) offer academic, research, and clinical opportunities. Community partnerships support real-world preparation of students who evaluate and treat 300 community patients annually at on-campus community clinics.
Center for Strategic Issues
The Civic Scholarship Initiative connects faculty and students with citizens of the Puget Sound region in projects of mutual concern. By investing the university's intellectual capital, the initiative provides real-world laboratories for faculty and students to pursue their research and teaching objectives while partnering with regional organizations to solve problems, develop policy, and educate the public on issues of regional and national significance, including homelessness, the economy, the environment, and more.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
Academic excellence defines Puget Sound. Our students earn Fulbright, Watson, Goldwater, and Udall scholarships and fellowships; they are admitted to medical school at a rate above the national average; we are consistently among the nation's most recognized producers of Peace Corps volunteers. Our faculty has earned the Carnegie Foundation's Washington State Professor of the Year award more often than faculty at any other college. With 75% of students completing study abroad, they graduate globally focused, civically engaged, and committed to making a difference in the world.
A huge challenge facing students is financial assistance to help pay for college. Eight of ten Puget Sound students receive financial aid. They represent a wide range of personal circumstances, some with only a modest gap between the cost of education and what they can afford while others could not attend without significant financial assistance. There are many opportunities for donors to support students in their quest for education. Goal - $50 million