Students Say

Set in Collegeville, Pennsylvania, this “small, close-knit college community” offers “an exceptional academic record” and “small-school atmosphere,” which “provides accessibility to professors and successful students, enabling a better learning experience.” This is “a campus filled with motivated students and professors who worked toward every student’s success.” “Academic integrity” is “high,” “yet fostering leadership, community and personal growth [is] also extremely prided.”

Overview

Applicants
2,672
Acceptance Rate
83%

Test Scores

SAT Reading
520 - 630
SAT Math
530 - 630
ACT Composite
23 - 28

Deadlines

Early Decision
January 15

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Non-Academic

Character / Personal Qualities

Overall

Students Say

Set in Collegeville, Pennsylvania, this “small, close-knit college community” offers “an exceptional academic record” and “small-school atmosphere,” which “provides accessibility to professors and successful students, enabling a better learning experience.” This is “a campus filled with motivated students and professors who worked toward every student’s success.” “Academic integrity” is “high,” “yet fostering leadership, community and personal growth [is] also extremely prided.” The “greatest strengths” of Ursinus’s program “are probably the focus on community service, the strength of the academic programs, and programs such as CIE (common intellectual experience, an entire class [where the focus is on] the whole campus reading and discussing the same books or movies.” Ursinus is also known for its “strong biology and science program,” which “allow students to maintain strong connections in other fields, from art to education.” Classes “are small,” and professors “are accessible and have extensive knowledge in their fields.” The academic bar here is high. Professors expect “students to be engaged.” They “tend to be very attentive to your performance in class and are available to help if you need it.” While “[professors] expect a lot from you, and it is challenging,” the workload is “very doable because of the relationships with professors and students.” Overall, this small, rigorous program is “about creating free-thinking, intelligent, [and] contributing members of society” and “letting people be who they are without fear and while accomplishing learning beyond the classroom.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
12:1
Total Faculty
172
with Terminal Degree
135

88
Women
84
Men
20
Minority

Most frequent class size
2 - 9
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
98%
Graduate in 5 years
100%
Graduate in 6 years


Degrees

Bachelor's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Internship

Prominent Alumni


Gerald Edelman
Nobel Laureate in Neurophysiology

Joseph M. DeSimone
Chemist, award winner, creator of safe solvents

Ismar Schorsch
Retired Chancellor Jewish Theological Seminary

Hermann Eilts
U.S. Ambassador, architect of Camp David Accords

J.D. Salinger
Novelist

Loretta Finegan, MD
Pediatric AIDS research

Joseph Melrose
Former US Ambassador to Sierra Leone

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
83
Application Deadlines
Feb 15
Notification Date
Mar 15

Required Forms

FAFSA
Forms CSSProfile

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$29,165

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$28,486

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,640

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$35,360

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
78%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$22,007

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Institutional

Scholarships and Grants
Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Overall

Students Say

Ursinus students are “well-rounded, mature, and friendly.” Everyone at Ursinus “has an interest in their academics as well as their social life.” “Because of various requirements, students interact with all sorts of students with different majors, especially our CIE class, which requires a lot of introspection.” Most students “can find a group of students they fit in with easily.” The typical student “has a core group of friends, friends that they have classes with, many are involved with some kind of sport (intramural or collegiate), and many are involved with community service.” While some tout the stereotypical badge of being “uppermiddleor middle-class, involved in a sport in some way”; however, by in large the student body here is “very open to other beliefs and opinions” and “willing to branch out into different areas other than their specified major.” Overall, a “supportive and friendly” atmosphere pervades. Ursinus students “are all hardworking and must go above and beyond to compete academically.” Students at Ursinus tend to balance their “very studious” academic aspirations “with an active and healthy extracurricular lifestyle.” They’re “outgoing to others [and] involved in campus and in the society.” “Many students are athletes,” and “About 20 percent of the campus is affiliated with a Greek organization.” In a sentence, “Ursinus students are overachievers.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
1,681
Out of State
46%

International
Foreign Countries Represented
16

Demographics

52% female
48% male
46% are out of state
99% are full time
1% are part time

Overview

Students Say

During the week, “mostly everyone goes to class and then to the library or another study room to finish homework and study.” “There is always something happening on campus, which is contrary to the big misconception about smaller schools.” “Because the student population is low, everyone receives e-mails about everything going on.” In addition, there “is a large athletic population, and games are highly attended.” “Almost every night there is some party going on, and on weekends it can get crazy, but the drinking scene is easily avoidable.” Others agree, “The school offers a lot of weekend activities for those of us who do not partake in drinking. They have movie nights, casino nights, game show nights, special dinners, [and] a lot of off campus events.” While “the town [of Collegeville] is small, they are expanding and building upon it. Philadelphia is close as is King of Prussia, Phoenixville, Skippack, and Limerick so students have places to go off campus and have fun.” “Most students stay on weekends and either attend a campus event or hang out with friends.” “Partying does happen; it happens only Thursday through Saturday because most students are extremely serious about their academics.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
96%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

Quality of life rating
84
First-Year Students living on campus
97%

Campus Environment
Suburban
Fire safety rating
84

Housing Options

Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
International Student
Other
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
100
Number of Honor Societies
17

Number of Social Sororities
6
Number of Religious Organizations
5

18% join a fraternity
24% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

Men's Sports (Bears)
12 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Football
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Wrestling
Women's Sports (Bears)
13 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Field Hockey
Golf
Gymnastics
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups: S.U.N., Sankofa Umoja Nia (Multicultural); A.L.M.A. (Association of Latinos Motivated to Achieve); S.A.S.A. (Southeast Asian Students Association)

Sustainability

Green Rating
82

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
813

Average Number of PC's per Lab
15

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
Yes

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
Yes

Undergraduates that Own Computers
100%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dell

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Richard Floyd
Dean of Admission

Address
Ursinus College
P.O. Box 1000
Collegeville, PA 19426

Phone
610-409-3200

Email
admissions@ursinus.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
The Kaleidoscope Performing Arts Centerl
Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art
Pfahler Hall of Science
Ursinus Organic Garden
floy Lewis Bakes Athletics Center
Wismer Center houses campus bookstore and dining facilities. Victorian dormitories along Main Street and traditional campus buildings give Ursinus a classic college ambience.

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Philadelphia (30 miles)
Valley Forge National Park (8 miles)
Hunsberger Woods trails (on campus)
King of Prussia Mall (9 miles)
Kimmel Center, Philadelphia (35 miles)
Because Ursinus is within easy driving distance of Philadelphia, all of the attractions of this exciting major metropolitan area are available to Ursinus students.

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: M-F, 9-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m.; Saturday a.m. by appintment
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
M-F, various times

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit
dclavin@ursinus.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Trains, buses, shuttles from Philadelphia connect with taxis and buses to campus from King of Prussia, Norristown and Philadelphia

Driving Instructions to Campus
FROM THE PA TURNPIKE: lt;brgt; Exit at Valley Forge #326. Just beyond the tollgates, take the exit to 422 West/Pottstown. Travel approximately 8 miles to the Route 29/Collegeville exit. At the bottom of the exit ramp turn right onto Route 29 North. Proceed three miles to the traffic light by McDonald's. Turn left onto Main Street. The campus is approximately one-half mile up the hill on the right. The Admissions Office is located in first floor of Corson Hall, which is the second building on your right.lt;brgt;lt;brgt; FROM PHILADELPHIA: lt;brgt; Via 76 (the Schuylkill Expressway), take Exit 328A to Route 422 West/Pottstown, just before the Pennsylvania Turnpike tollgates. Travel eight miles to the Route 29/Collegeville exit. Follow directions above.lt;brgt;lt;brgt; FROM READING: lt;brgt; Take Route 422 Bypass East to Collegeville exit. Turn left onto Route 29 North and Follow directions above.lt;brgt;lt;brgt; FROM NORTHERN NEW JERSEY: lt;brgt; Take Route 202 South. About 40 minutes after crossing the PA border, you will cross Route 63 and come to Route 73 West. Turn right and proceed until you reach the intersection of Route 73 and 363. Turn left on Route 363 South. Proceed to Germantown Pike and turn right onto Germantown Pike. Proceed for several miles until you come to the Perkiomen Bridge. Cross over the bridge (stay in the left lane) and follow signs to the left for Main Street. Proceed approximately one-half mile up the hill; the campus is situated on the right. (OR Take the New Jersey Turnpike to the PA Turnpike and proceed from there.)lt;brgt;lt;brgt; FROM DELAWARE and SOUTHERN STATES: lt;brgt; In Delaware take Route 202 North to the exit marked Route 422 West/Pottstown. Travel approximately 8 miles to the Route 29/Collegeville exit. At the bottom of the exit ramp turn right on Route 29 North. Follow directions above.lt;brgt;lt;brgt; FROM N.E. EXTENSION of PA Turnpike: lt;brgt; Exit at Lansdale exit 31 and turn right on Route 63 to Route 113. Turn left on Route 113 South approximately 10 miles. Make a left onto Route 29 South (Amoco gas station across the street). Follow approximately 2 miles. At the stop light in Collegeville turn right on Main Street and proceed through the traffic light at the McDonald's. The campus is approximately one-half mile up the hill on the right.

Local Accommodations
Marriott Courtyard (484) 974-2600 lt;brgt; RADISSON VALLEY FORGE 610-265-1500 lt;brgt; COMFORT INN 610-962-0700 lt;brgt; HAMPTON INN AND SUITES Oaks 610-676-0900
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Key Stats

2,672
Applicants
1,681
Size
83%
Acceptance Rate
1160
SAT Scores

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