University Place received its name in the 1800s when the University of Puget Sound, a private liberal-arts college in North Tacoma, purchased land along the primary north–south route of Grandview Drive. University Place’s news is primarily covered by The News Tribune (Tacoma), and is also covered by University Place Patch, a hyper-local news website that launched in October 2010, and sometimes by news media in Seattle. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 8.56 square miles (22.17 km2), of which, 8.42 square miles (21.81 km2) is land and 0.14 square miles (0.36 km2) is water.
As of the census of 2010, there were 31,144 people, 12,819 households, and 8,476 families living in the city. The population density was 3,698.8 inhabitants per square mile (1,428.1/km2). There were 13,573 housing units at an average density of 1,612.0 per square mile (622.4/km2).
Most of University Place is in the University Place School District, which manages eight public schools. Primary schools teach kindergarten through fourth grade. Intermediate schools teach grades five through seven. Junior high is grades eight and nine. High school students are in grades ten through twelve. (Source: Wikipedia)