Colleges That Change Lives

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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 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
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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.
  • 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.
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C A M P U S   L I F E
 
  • 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
  • NCAA Division III, Centennial Conference
  • 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.
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L I F E   A F T E R   C O L L E G E
 
  • 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.
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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 Health and Exercise Physiology are the most popular major choices for incoming students.
  • Of the nearly 3,000 applicants in 2013-2014, 83% earned high school GPAs above 3.00 and 56% earned GPAs above 3.50. The average incoming GPA in 2013-2014 was 3.53/4.0.