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Ursinus College

"Ursinus is a star of the first magnitude in the small galaxy of colleges that change lives."
-Colleges That Change Lives

C H A R A C T E R
 
  • Private, prestigious, independent, liberal arts, co-educational college founded in 1869
  • Collegeville, Pennsylvania, is just 25 miles from downtown Philadelphia.
  • Beautiful 170-acre wooded campus with 60 buildings located in a safe, Victorian town
  • Co-educational since 1880
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W O R T H   N O T I N G
 
  • Ursinus is widely recognized for its comprehensive First Year Experience program, which includes freshmen-only residence halls, outstanding advising, and a unique seminar-style course, called the Common Intellectual Experience.
  • Ursinus is a Phi Beta Kappa college and a member of the prestigious Watson Foundation.
  • Ursinus has been cited as a top school for undergraduate research. The quality of the classroom experience, the residential village, and the facilities, including the $25 million performing arts center and the renowned Berman Museum of Art, have all been highlighted by national publications.
  • An acceptance rate into medical, law, and business schools exceeding 90%.
  • 60% of our graduates employed (50% full-time and 10% part-time and/or in graduate school) and 30% attending graduate or professional school full-time. Another 7% of the class are completing fellowships or engaged in a year of service.
  • 75% of Ursinus graduates enter graduate or professional school within 5 years.
  • All students receive a laptop computer upon arrival in the fall. Your laptop is fully loaded with software you’ll need for coursework, and is replaced after your sophomore year.
  • SAT/ACT test optional.
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F A C U L T Y   &   A C A D E M I C S
 
  • 132 full-time faculty
  • 92% of full-time faculty hold the most advanced degree in their field; there are no teaching assistants.
  • 28 majors, 52 minors
  • All students must complete something from our Independent Learning Experience (ILE) as a part of the core curriculum these choices include major research, internships, study abroad or student teaching.
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C A M P U S   L I F E
 
  • Housing guaranteed for all students; 97% of students live on campus, including international, language, wellness, and science special interest houses.
  • 17% of students in fraternities or sororities
  • NCAA Division III, Centennial Conference
  • Over 85 clubs, organizations, and interest groups, including intramural sports
  • Member of Project Pericles, an organization focused on social responsibility and participatory citizenship at colleges and universities
  • 150 students a year study abroad in over 20 countries.
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L I F E   A F T E R   C O L L E G E
 
  • Ursinus College graduates are the recipients of prestigious national fellowships which jumpstart their careers, and are admitted to graduate and pre-professional schools, both at impressive rates. Nearly 98% of all graduates recently surveyed are either employed, in graduate or professional school, or completing a fellowship or service year (60 percent employed, 30 percent were in graduate or professional school, and almost eight percent completing a fellowship or service year).
  • Recent graduates are working in marketing, in finance, as therapists, teachers, in political campaigns, as arts administrators and in research labs. One has his own dance company. They are studying medicine at Drexel, Harvard, Temple, Jefferson, Emory, University of Pennsylvania and in many other programs. Ursinus offers broad preparation for legal careers (including Moot Court as part of the curriculum and participation in the American Mock Trial Association) with recent graduates at the University of Virginia, University of Maryland, New York University and other law schools. Students are pursuing master’s degrees in math at UPenn and Johns Hopkins, in business at the London School for Economics, and in medieval studies at Princeton, to name a few disciplines.
  • Many other graduates are completing highly competitive fellowships such as Teach For America, Peace Corps, AmeriCorps and City Year. Three currently are Fulbright Fellows. Each year four seniors are nominated as Watson Fellows to pursue a creative research project abroad, and Ursinus graduates are selected at high rates by the Watson Foundation. Aakash Shah, a 2010 graduate, is a Rhodes Scholar continuing his studies in public health at Cambridge University, and planning to return to Harvard Medical School.
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A C A D E M I C   P R O F I L E   O F   E N T E R I N G   C L A S S
 
  • Biology, Business & Economics, Psychology, English and International Relations are the most popular choices for incoming students.
  • 4 National Merit Scholars
  • 245 officers, captains, or editors
  • 47% of students in the top 10% of high school class
  • Ursinus is SAT/ACT optional for all students. Of those students submitting scores the middle 50% SAT composite scores are 1160-1320 (Critical Reading and Math) and the ACT middle 50% are 26-28.