The University of Puget Sound is a private, national, 4-year liberal arts college located in north Tacoma, WA. The compact, 97-acre campus includes three main quads: 2 residential and 1 academic. The school boasts a Tudor-Gothic architectural style that fits in with the Pacific Northwest environment. Founded in 1888 by what is now the United Methodist Church, the school is governed today by an independent board of trustees. Students enjoy an atmosphere of independent thinking, with options to participate in spiritual or interfaith activities. The city of Tacoma is known for its individualistic arts scene and dramatic waterfront, and provides a home for various manufacturing and lumber-related industries, as well as close proximity to the tech center of Seattle.