Ursinus College

Ursinus College students walk across campus on an autumn day

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

Ursinus College
Admission Office
Collegeville, Pennsylvania 19426
610.409.3200
admission@ursinus.edu
ursinus.edu
⋅ 1,650 students, nearly equal numbers of men and women
⋅ 12:1 student-to-faculty ratio
⋅ Average class size: 15
⋅ Students are from 35 states and 12 countries.
⋅ Approximately 21% of incoming students self-identify as students of color, while 25% are first-generation college students.
⋅ Comprehensive Fee: $62,920
(Tuition-$50,360; Room & Board-$12,560)
⋅95% of students receive need-based financial awards and institutional aid. In 2015-16, Ursinus College granted $40,000,000 in scholarship and grant monies.
⋅ Students may use Ursinus financial aid to study abroad.

Ursinus College students smile for graduation photos

Ursinus College students in an art class

Ursinus College students walk to class on a spring day

Ursinus College varsity basketball player makes a break on the court

Ursinus College students play in the orchestra

Character
  • 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

Worth Noting
  • 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 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. The laptop is fully loaded with software needed for coursework and is replaced after the sophomore year.
  • SAT/ACT test optional

Faculty & Academics
  • 132 full-time faculty
  • 92% of full-time faculty hold the most advanced degree in their field; there are no teaching assistants.
  • 31 majors, 64 minors
  • All students must complete an Independent Learning Experience project as part of the core curriculum. Eligible types of projects include independent research, internship, study abroad, creative, or student teaching.

Areas of Study
For the most current listings, please check the college website.

Areas of Study (majors in bold)
Accounting
African American and Africana Studies
American Studies
Anthropology

Applied Ethics
Arabic
Art
Art History
Astronomy
Astrophysics
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Biology

Biostatistics
Business and Economics
Chemistry

Chinese
Classics
Coaching
Computer Science
Creative Writing
Dance
East Asian Studies

Economics
Education, Elementary
Education, Secondary
English
Environmental Studies

Film Studies
Finance
French
Gender and Women’s Studies
Geography
Geology
German
German Studies
Greek
Health and Exercise Physiology
History

Human Behavioral Development
Human Performance Assessment
Interdivisional Studies
International Business
International Relations
International Studies Certificate
Japanese
Latin
Latin American Studies
Management
Mathematics
Media and Communication Studies

Modern Languages
Music

Neuroscience
Peace and Social Justice Studies
Philosophy
Physics

Politics
Pre Engineering
Pre Law Studies
Pre Medical Studies
Psychology
Religious Studies

Sociology
Spanish

Statistics
Student-Initiated Majors
Teaching Certification
Theater
Wellness and Fitness Education

Campus Life
  • Housing is guaranteed for all students. 97% live on campus in dormitory, suite-style, or special interest housing.
  • 17% of students in fraternities or sororities
  • Over 100 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.

Varsity Sports

NCAA Division III, Centennial Conference:

Men’s Sports
Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Football
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track & Field
Wrestling

Women’s Sports
Basketball
Cross Country
Field Hockey
Golf
Gymnastics
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track & Field
Volleyball

Life After College
  • They came into Ursinus curious, engaged, and ambitious. Throughout their four years they cranked it up a notch. At the end of it all, they graduated equipped — in knowledge, skill, and judgment — not simply to make a living but to make a life of purpose. They are future physicians, lawyers, psychologists; they are young public servants, artistic directors, Peace Corps volunteers, and scholars. Ursinus alumni have been made better by having attended Ursinus, and have made Ursinus better by having been students here.
  • At Ursinus, the proof of graduate success is in the data. Ursinus graduates are immediately employed upon graduation 67% of the time. Of that same graduating cohort, 30% go directly into graduate programs of study. The rest serve their communities as volunteers for initiatives as geographically close to Ursinus as Philly Fellows, and as globally recognized as the Peace Corps. Ursinus graduates get jobs and pursue graduate education across the nation. For students, success is partly about pushing boundaries and achieving goals; for Ursinus, success is also about transparently and consistently showing its worth as a great investment. For each year over the past decade, roughly 2 out of every 3 Ursinus graduates get a job right away out of college, whereas 1 out of 3 goes directly into graduate work. Within five years of graduation, 75% of Ursinus alumni have pursued graduate education, earning degrees from some of the nation’s most prestigious universities. Recent students have received national recognition through such awards as Rhodes, Fulbright, and Watson. In sum, Ursinus students develop the qualities necessary to live a purposeful life.

Academic Profile of Entering Class
  • 2,731 applicants in 2014-2015; 430 students enrolled
  • 23 states and 16 countries (dual, international, and permanment residents) on campus; top states include PA, NJ, MD, NY, and MA.
  • 51% female/49% male; 21% students of color; 25% first-generation
  • Top academic interests include Biology, Business, Health Exercise Physiology, and Neuroscience.