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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’s “high medical school acceptance rate.” Some of that success can likely be attributed to “small” classes, which are a staple here. As one first-year student brags, “My smallest class size is seven and my largest is twenty-one.” 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 “premedicine 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!

Contact & Visit

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 Center
Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art
Innovation and Discovery Center
Schellhase Commons
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 Visiting Center
Monday-Friday, and select Saturdays
9-3 PM
610-409-3200

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: M-F, 9:00 a.m - 3:00p.m.; Select Saturday's
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

Limitations
admitted seniors only

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.

Admissions

Applicants: 3,834
Acceptance Rate: 80%
Average HS GPA: 3.52







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