“Ursinus is a star of the first magnitude in the small galaxy of colleges that change lives.“
– Colleges That Change Lives
Thanks to a comprehensive COVID-19 testing program, residential family units, and modified classroom space, our students were able to return to campus for in-person learning in the fall of 2020. Our Office of Admission is open to visitors and we continue to use our individualized approach to admission to our advantage: We’re proud to have safely welcomed more than 3,000 guests for prospective student visits since July 2020. Visits begin in our brand new welcome center, the Schellhase Commons, which also features a small café and bookstore. For those who are more comfortable visiting virtually, or if Pennsylvania COVID-19 regulations change, we also offer a variety of virtual events and visit opportunities. We know these remain challenging times, and our goal is to make sure that students and families have the opportunity to receive the information they want—in a way they want it—and fall in love with Ursinus along the way!
⋅ 10:1 student-to-faculty ratio
⋅ Students are from 32 states and 11 countries.
⋅ Approximately 20% of incoming students self-identify as students of color, while 22% are first-generation college students.
(Tuition-$55,210; Room & Board-$13,530)
⋅ 99% of students receive need-based financial awards and institutional aid. In 2019-20, Ursinus College granted $48,000,000 in scholarship and grant monies.
⋅ Students may use Ursinus financial aid to study abroad.
- 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 100% donor funded performing arts center, $29-million-dollar interdisciplinary Innovation and Discovery Center, and the renowned Berman Museum of Art, all have been highlighted by national publications.
- 94.4% of students in the class of 2019 are either employed, in graduate or professional school, or have chosen services such as the military or a fellowship.
- All admitted, qualified domestic students will receive at least $21,000/year, with top scholarships of $40,000/year.
- Ursinus is test optional. However, the Gateway Scholarship guarantees $35,000/year to admissible applicants who earn an ACT of 28+, an SAT of 1250+, or who have an unweighted GPA of 3.85 or higher on a 4.0 scale at the time of their application. (Applicants with a GPA between 3.5 and 3.84 who have taken a rigorous curriculum will be considered for the scholarship on a case-by-case basis.)
- 35 majors, 57 minors
- 100% of graduates complete an Experiential Learning Project (XLP) as part of the core curriculum. Eligible types of projects include independent research, internship, study abroad, a creative project, or student teaching.
- Every year more than 70 students participate in Summer Research Fellows with a faculty mentor.
Areas of Study
African American and Africana Studies
Anthropology and Sociology
Art and Art History
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
East Asian Studies
Finance and Accounting
Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies
Health and Exercise Physiology
Latin American Studies
Media & Communications
Peace & Social Justice Studies
- Housing is guaranteed for all students. 94% live on campus in dormitory, suite-style, or special interest housing.
- 18% 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.
NCAA Division III, Centennial Conference:
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- 95% are confident in their abilities in creative thinking and problem solving
- 94% of students say their internships prepared them well for post-graduate work.
- 94% of students in the class of 2018 are either employed, in graduate or professional school, or have chosen services such as the military or a fellowship.
- 3,840 applications; 439 students enrolled
- Average unweighted high school GPA: 3.44
- Top 10 states represented: PA, NJ, MD, DE, NY, CT, MA, VA, TX, CA
- 22% first generation
- 20% students of color
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