We pronounce our name ER-SIGH-NUS.
Ursinus means bear, which is naturally our mascot. A unique name, an unmatched education since 1869.
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.
• 1,500 students
• 100% undergraduate
• 53% female and 47% male
• 28% of our incoming students self-identify as students of color.
• 30% of our incoming class are first-generation college students.
• 100% of classes taught by faculty
• 11:1 student-faculty ratio
• Average class size of 15–20 students
• 95% of faculty with terminal degrees
• 75.5% four-year graduation rate
Athletics: 25 NCAA Division III sports (ursinusathletics.com); 75% 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.
Innovation and Discovery Center
This new state-of-the-art facility symbolizes a new era for science education and undergraduate student research at Ursinus.
• Tuition: $52,050
• Room and board: $12,750
Financial Aid: 99% of students receive financial aid in the form of scholarships, grants, loans, and work-study opportunitites. The average institution award was $31,500 in the 2017–2018 year. Ursinus College has a need-blind admission
• Free on the Common Application
• Early Action: November 1
• Early Decision 1: December 1
• Regular Decision/Early Decision 2: February 1
• Creative Writing Award
• Performing Arts Scholarships—one awardee each in Music, Dance, and Theater
• Supporting Inclusive Excellence Scholarships—for students planning to major in Biology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, or Neuroscience
• Bonner Leaders Scholarship
• The Gateway Scholarship
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Degrees in Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science
Courses of Study
(majors indicated in bold)
• African American and Africana Studies
• American Studies
• Anthropology and Sociology
• Applied Economics
• Applied Ethics
• Art and Art History
• Art History
• Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
• Business (see Applied Economics)
• Computer Science
• Creative Writing
• East Asian Studies
• Educational Studies (with optional teacher certification add-on)
• Environmental Studies
• Film Studies
• Finance and Accounting
• Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies
• German Studies
• Health and Exercise Physiology
• Human Performance Assessment
• International Relations
• Latin American Studies
• Legal Studies
• Management Studies
• Media and Communication Studies
• Museum Studies
• Peace and Social Justice Studies
• Peace Corps Prep Program
• Pre-health Professions
• Religious Studies
• Student-Initiated Majors
• Teaching Certification (Secondary*)
* Elementary in Health and Exercise Physiology and languages
A liberal 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 Experiential Learning Project (XLP): an internship, an independent research project or creative project, a study abroad program, or student teaching. Ultimately, withmost 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 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 anyone 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 supplements our academic collaboration. The $29 million facility houses 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 the 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 don’t just learn—we do, and we do together: inquiring, publishing, traveling, and exploring.
Ursinus’s 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.