Local College Opportunities


PLU is offering a new scholarship for students who are College Bound eligible, attend a high school in the 253 area code, and have a 3.70 or better weighted cumulative GPA. Students who qualify will be awarded full tuition for their four years at PLU through a combination of federal, state, PLU grants and scholarships, and the College Bound Scholarship.​


  • College Bound Scholarship eligible 
  • Attend a Washington high school within the 253 area code 
  • 3.70 or higher weighted cumulative GPA (if your high school does not weight GPAs, PLU will do so when you apply) 
  • Entering PLU as a first-year student

Click here to apply to PLU and the 253 Bound Scholarship.

Please contact the Office of Admission at 800-274-6758 or admission@plu.edu with any additional questions about the 253 PLU Bound Scholarship or applying to PLU.

Pathways to Promise - UW Tacoma


 Pathways to Promise aims to create college readiness and a college-going culture in South Sound teenagers.


A partnership program at the University of Washington Tacoma. 

Pathways to Promise works to create a college-going culture in local schools and organizations – not focused just on UW Tacoma, but considering any post-secondary education – and to develop college readiness in these students. 
In return, it gives students in partner districts and organizations the opportunity to enter UW Tacoma by providing transparent admissions criteria, making the college application process less opaque.


  • Tacoma Public School Student
  • Meet the minimum course requirements (CADRs, or College Academic Distribution Requirements),
  • GPA of 2.75 or higher, score 480 or higher on each section of the SAT or 21 or higher on the ACT
  • Submit a complete application including a well-written personal statement, and enroll at UW Tacoma immediately following their senior year will have assured admission to a high-quality UW Tacoma education.
Please contact the UW Tacoma Student & Enrollment Services/Student Transitions at
Phone: 253.692.4421
Email: pathway@uw.edu

Tacoma Commitment - University of Puget Sound
For over 125 years Puget Sound has been proud to be part of the Tacoma community. As the oldest college in the city, Puget Sound has a rich history of partnership with Tacoma, including many opportunities specifically for local students.

University of Puget Sound is committed to meeting the full demonstrated financial need of admitted Tacoma Public Schools (TPS) applicants for first time, first year undergraduate study beginning with the 2016-17 academic year. Please carefully read the information on admission requirements and financial aid below. If you have any questions, we're here to help! You can reach our Office of Admission at admission@pugetsound.edu or 253.879.3211.

Admission Requirements

Puget Sound requires that applicants submit the Common Application, a School Report, Teacher Evaluation, Transcripts, and the ACT or SAT if applying with test scores by January 16, 2018. For the Class of 2019, the average high school GPA of admitted students was a 3.53 earned in a rigorous curriculum such as Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) or the equivalent, and the middle 50% range of standardized tests was 1670-1970 on the SAT and 25-30 on the ACT.