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Academics

Located just outside of Philadelphia, Ursinus College has done a remarkable job of building a "close-knit community" dedicated to helping students succeed with strong academics and "plenty of opportunities for leadership involvement through clubs, student jobs, and internships." The "liberal arts curricula [encourages undergrads] to explore different fields" and potentially uncover new academic areas of interest. Even better, there's a tremendous "focus on research." Students also rush to highlight the "science and pre-health prep program[s]," duly noting Ursinus' "high medical school acceptance rate." Some of that success can be likely be attributed to "small" classes, which are a staple here. As one firstyear student brags, "My smallest class size is seven and my largest is twentyone." She continues, "I receive...[so much] attention that [it] makes it feel as though I have a seal team of PhDs looking out for me, and that is truly amazing." Indeed, professors here are "very supportive, intelligent, and passionate about the subjects they are teaching." And they work hard to make sure they're accessible. As one student shares, "Their office hours are incredibly flexible (at certain times and by appointment as well). I've gone into some professors' office hours three times a week for the entirety of the semester, I've had professors come in on Sundays to help, and I've been to their houses for dinner....I've grown substantially...with their help."

Student Body

Students at Ursinus speak enthusiastically about their classmates. Of course, it's difficult to say something negative about people who "are always smiling" and "very welcoming." Undergrads do admit that the majority of their peers are "white [and] middle class": "While the college is homogeneous…in ethnic terms, it is ideologically very heterogeneous." As one undergrad explains, "I have encountered many ideas and beliefs that have challenged my own... [which] I very much appreciate." Students also stress that their classmates are "hardworking" and "down to earth." Moreover, as you might expect with college students, these undergrads also "tend to be curious." Indeed, "Everyone has something they really want to know more about." Interests and passions seem to run the gamut at Ursinus; you'll find everyone from "athletes [and] bio nerds [to] theatre kids" along with "prep[s and] hipsters." You "truly get a bit of everything here." Another happy student concludes, "Ursinus is a school where everyone fits in and you are encouraged to be yourself no matter how weird you may be. [It's a place that] appreciates people with different backgrounds, interests, and abilities."

Campus Life

We've been assured that "there's never a dull moment" at Ursinus. After all, the college "offer[s] so many activities [with which] to get involved." Extracurricular clubs range from a "pre-medicine help group...to a nerf club where [members] battle on the weekends in academic buildings." Community service is also pretty popular here, too. For example, "on Saturdays, groups of people will generally wake up and volunteer at the soup kitchen or go to the local nursing home and either visit or sing songs to them." Once the weekend rolls around, you can certainly find "a lot of parties." Then again, that's probably a given considering that "many students are [involved] in Greek life." However, if you aren't down for drinking it's not a problem. There "are always people who will just hang out and watch movies or play silly board games." Students who love to laugh will be delighted to learn that Ursinus sponsors a number of "comedy events," either "hosted by the UC improv club or...a guest comedian [brought in by the school.]" Finally, the "Campus Activities Board also puts on events multiple times a month that can be anything from trivia to Pinterest nights." It's virtually impossible not to have fun here!

Overview

Applicants
3,488
Acceptance Rate
78%
Average HS GPA
3.34

GPA Breakdown

23%
Over 3.75
17%
3.50 - 3.74
19%
3.25 - 3.49
17%
3.00 - 3.24
20%
2.50 - 2.99
2%
2.00 - 2.49
1%
1.00 - 1.99

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Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
560 - 660
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
550 - 650
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
24 - 30

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines

Early Decision — December 1

Early Decision II — February 1

Early Action — November 1


Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Non-Academic

Character / Personal Qualities

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
11:1
Total Faculty
171
with Terminal Degree
137

105
Women
66
Men
28
Minority
7
International

Most frequent lab / sub section size
2 - 9


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
75%
Graduate in 5 years
77%
Graduate in 6 years
77%

Majors

  • AREA, ETHNIC, CULTURAL, GENDER, AND GROUP STUDIES.

  • American/United States Studies/Civilization.
  • East Asian Studies.

  • BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.

  • Biochemistry.
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General.
  • Exercise Physiology.
  • Neuroscience.

  • COMMUNICATION, JOURNALISM, AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Mass Communication/Media Studies.

  • COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES AND SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Computer Science.

  • EDUCATION.

  • Education, General.

  • ENGINEERING.

  • Pre-Engineering.

  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS.

  • English Language and Literature, General.

  • FOREIGN LANGUAGES, LITERATURES, AND LINGUISTICS.

  • French Language and Literature.
  • German Language and Literature.
  • Spanish Language and Literature.

  • HISTORY.

  • History, General.

  • LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES, GENERAL STUDIES AND HUMANITIES.

  • General Studies.

  • MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS.

  • Mathematics, General.

  • MULTI/INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES.

  • Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution.

  • NATURAL RESOURCES AND CONSERVATION.

  • Environmental Studies.

  • PARKS, RECREATION, LEISURE, AND FITNESS STUDIES.

  • Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General.

  • PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES.

  • Philosophy.
  • Religion/Religious Studies.

  • PHYSICAL SCIENCES.

  • Chemistry, General.
  • Physics, General.

  • PSYCHOLOGY.

  • Psychology, General.

  • SOCIAL SCIENCES.

  • Applied Economics.
  • Economics, General.
  • International Relations and Affairs.
  • Political Science and Government, General.
  • Social Sciences, General.
  • Sociology and Anthropology.

  • VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS.

  • Art/Art Studies, General.
  • Dance, General.
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General.
  • Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other.
  • Music History, Literature, and Theory.
  • Music.


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

Experiential
Internship

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


Joseph DeSimone
Received National Medal of Technology and Innovation;pioneer in 3-D print

Cynthia Fisher
Businesswoman/entrepreneur; managing director WaterRev, LLC

Ryan A. Costello
First Ursinus graduate to serve in the U.S. Congress

Aakash Shah
Rhodes Scholar; Emergency Doctor & Exec Dir. Be Jersey Strong

Dan Mullen
Head coach of Mississippi State since 2008, took team to Orange Bowl

Vonnie Gros
Head coach of only US team to win an Olympic medal women's field hockey

Gerald Edelman
(deceased) –1972 Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
75%
Graduate in 5 years
77%
Graduate in 6 years
77%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

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

Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Dates

Application Deadlines
Feb 1
Notification Date
Mar 15

Required Forms

FAFSA
State Aid

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$35,326

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$34,433

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,792

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
73%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$39,026

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$31,410

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$52,050
Required Fees
$0
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,000

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$4,250
Transportation for Commuters
$750

On-Campus Room and Board
$12,750
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

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

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

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

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)

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

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
1,507
Foreign Countries Represented
20

Demographics

4.31%
Asian
7.14%
African-American
6.80%
Hispanic
74.21%
Caucasian
2.02%
Unknown
2.02%
International

53% female
47% male
99% are full time
1% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
94%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
94%

Campus Environment
Suburban

Housing Options

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

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Institute for Student Success

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Shammah Bermudez

College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
No

Dictionary allowed in exams
No

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
No

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
No

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
Yes

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
100
Number of Honor Societies
17

Number of Social Sororities
5
Number of Religious Organizations
5

18% join a fraternity
32% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

36% participate in intercollegiate sports

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


Sustainability

85/99
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
20%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
No

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
No

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
No

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
No

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
No

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
No

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
Yes

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Yes

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Yes

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

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dell

Campus Visits Contact

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

Phone
610-409-3200

Email
admission@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
Hunsberger Woods is a wooded, 35-acre tract that the College jointly owns with the Borough of Collegeville. It is adjacent to the Ursinus Organic Farm.

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)
Providence Town Center (3 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. The local Providence Town Center provides several dining options as well as a movie theater.

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: M-F, 9:00 a.m - 3:00p.m.; Saturday a.m. by appintment
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
M-F, 9AM to 3PM, also on some Saturdays from 9AM to noon

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit
admission@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.


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