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Undergrad Profile

We pronounce our name ER-SIGH-NUS.

Ursinus means bear, which is naturally our mascot. A unique name, an unmatched education since 1869.

Aliberal arts and sciences education at Ursinus empowers the intellect, awakens moral sensitivity, and challenges students to improve society. It’s the foundation of an academic experience that translates to a lifetime of learning and accomplishment.

That’s how we measure value. We invest in liberal arts skills that prepare students to excel in tomorrow’s economy and job paths. How they define success is ultimately up to them, but we can guarantee our graduates are strongly positioned, more motivated, highly creative, and ready to lead. Here’s why.

At Ursinus, student success comes first. Our welcoming residential community is characterized by close relationships among students and faculty who hold themselves to the highest academic and personal standards. One hundred percent of our students complete an Independent Learning Experience (ILE): an internship, an independent research project or creative project, a study abroad program, or student teaching. Ultimately, with most students taking advantage of several of these options during their four years, we know that no two Ursinus students’ experiences will be the same.

Increasing globalization and rapid technological advances require an agile mind and the ability to drive change. Ursinus students are able to contribute so quickly in their professional and academic careers because they view today’s issues from a broadened context. They approach issues from a number of perspectives, and they find unexpected ways to collaborate. 

We believe that a worthwhile education is one that promotes lifelong inquiry. This begins in our nationally recognized seminar for all first-year students, the Common Intellectual Experience (CIE). The questions that we ask are larger than any one class: How can we understand the world? What should matter to me? What will I do, and how should we live together? Guided by some of the most provocative thinkers of the past and present, we do not accept that any one has the true answer, and we don’t think it’s enough to say that everyone has their own opinion. We debate with and learn from each other—across disciplines and across cultural and personal lines.

The Innovation and Discovery Center will supplement our academic collaboration. The $29 million facility, which is currently underway, will house both the U-Imagine Center for Integrative and Entrepreneurial Studies and the Center for Science and the Common Good. Along with the Melrose Center for Global and Civic Engagement, these centers empower our students to link their passions, combine their interests, explore new ones, and put it all together. 

The Ursinus educational philosophy is based on the belief that professor and student are equal and active partners in student achievement. Each contributes, each takes, and each grows and is fulfilled in the experience. We do not just learn—we do, and we do together: inquire, publish, travel, and explore.

Ursinus’ Philadelphia Experience takes advantage of our close proximity and partnerships with one of the nation’s largest metropolitan areas. For a full semester, a cohort of Ursinus students can live in Philadelphia and customize their own semester with Ursinus-in-Philly courses (taught by Ursinus faculty) in addition to any combination of internship, independent research, and Drexel University courses. 



Ursinus at a glance


Location: Collegeville, Pennsylvania; Greater Philadelphia


Campus: 170-acre campus fixed in the center of the suburban, residential town of Collegeville, Pennsylvania; Ursinus College straddles the wooded Perkiomen Trail and is only 27 miles from Center City Philadelphia.



• 1,681 students

• 100% undergraduate

• 52% female, 48% male

• 26% African American, Asian American, Latino, Native American, Multiracial


Academic Information: 

• 100% of classes taught by faculty

• 12:1 student-faculty ratio

• Average class size of 18

• 95% of faculty with terminal degrees

• 79% four-year graduation rate


Athletics: 23 NCAA Division III sports (ursinusathletics.com); 80% of students participate in varsity, club, or intramural sports.


Arts and Performing Arts: The Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art; Kaleidoscope includes one blackbox studio theater and one traditional, state-of-the-art proscenium arch theater. 


2016–2017 Annual Expenses:
• Tuition: $49,370

• Room and Board: $12,320


Financial Aid: Over 95% of students receive financial aid in the form of scholarships, grants, loans, and work opportunities. The average institutional award was over $27,000 in the 2015–2016 year. Ursinus College has a need-blind admission review process.


• Free on the Common Application

• Early Action: November 1

• Early Decision 1: December 1

• Regular Decision/Early Decision 2: February 1


Special Scholarships:
• Creative Writing Award 

• Performing Arts Scholarships—one awardee in each of Music, Dance, and Theater 

• Supporting Inclusive Excellence Scholarships—for students planning to major in Biology, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, or Neuroscience

• Bonner Leaders Scholarship

• The Gateway Scholarship 


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• Twitter: @UrsinusCollege

• Instagram: Ursinuscollege

• Snapchat: UrsinusCollege


Degrees in Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Sciences

Courses of Study
(majors indicated in bold)

African American and Africana Studies

• American Studies

• Anthropology

• Applied Economics

• Applied Ethics

• Art

• Art and Art History

• Art History

• Astronomy

• Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

• Biology

• Biostatistics

• Chemistry

• Coaching

• Computer Science

• Creative Writing

• Dance

• East Asian Studies

• Economics

• English

• Entrepreneurship

• Environmental Studies

• Film Studies

• Finance and Accounting

• French

• Gender and Women’s Studies

• German

• German Studies

• Greek

• Health and Exercise Physiology

• History

• Human Behavioral Development

• Human Performance Assessment

• International Relations

• International Studies Certificate

• Japanese

• Latin

• Latin American Studies 

• Management Studies

• Mathematics

• Media and Communication Studies

Museum Studies

• Music

• Neuroscience

• Peace and Social Justice Studies

• Philosophy

• Physics

• Politics

• Pre-engineering

• Pre-health Professions

• Pre-law

• Psychology

• Religious Studies

• Sociology

• Spanish

• Statistics

• Student-Initiated Majors

• Teaching Certification

• Theater

• Wellness/Fitness