Tacoma, Washington, a suburb of Seattle, attracts college and university students who are seeking a prestigious education in a laid-back setting. Tacoma rates as one of the most livable areas in the country, and the downtown area is very pedestrian-friendly. Students at any of the Tacoma colleges and universities have opportunities to explore the local theater, glass and ceramic and gay and lesbian communities.
The University of Washington is one of Tacoma's most prominent colleges and universities. Its campuses in Tacoma and Seattle are highly ranked in medicine, nursing, engineering and social work. The University of Puget Sound, a distinguished liberal arts college, offers bachelor's, master's and doctorate degrees to a relatively small (around 2,000) student population. Puget Sound awards degrees in teaching, education, occupational and physical therapy; a full range of 40 majors are offered for degree studies.