About Ursinus College

Founded in 1869, Ursinus College. is a Private college. Located in Pennsylvania, which is a city setting in Pennsylvania, the campus itself is Suburban. The campus is home to 1,556 full time undergraduate students, and 0 full time graduate students.

The Ursinus College Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 11:1. There are 121 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at Ursinus College include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.

Quick Facts

Acceptance Rate82%
Application Deadline1-Feb
Application Fee0
SAT Range
ACT Range

Admissions at UC are considered Less Selective, with ,32% of all applicants being admitted.

In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 15 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.

94% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 70% were in the top quarter, and 33% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.

STUDENT LIFE

We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at Ursinus College.

0%
“We”re apathetic”
13%
“We know about current events and vote”
73%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
13%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
0%
“We save it for the classroom”
6%
“Sometimes, but not often”
63%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
31%
“All the time, including weekends”
0%
“I”m always terrified”
6%
“I only go out in groups”
6%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
88%
“I feel extremely safe”
25%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
25%
“We bought the gear”
50%
“We live for the big game”
0%
“It”s not really our thing”
6%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
81%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
13%
“We”re a very artistic group”
0%
“Haven”t met them”
0%
“Available in class”
31%
“They keep regular office hours”
69%
“They”re always available”
6%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
56%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
38%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
0%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
6%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
13%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
56%
“We only party on weekends”
25%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
13%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
75%
“There might be people who do”
13%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
0%
“There”s a huge drug scene”
0%
“We”re apathetic”
13%
“We know about current events and vote”
73%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
13%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
0%
“We save it for the classroom”
6%
“Sometimes, but not often”
63%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
31%
“All the time, including weekends”
0%
“I”m always terrified”
6%
“I only go out in groups”
6%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
88%
“I feel extremely safe”
25%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
25%
“We bought the gear”
50%
“We live for the big game”
0%
“It”s not really our thing”
6%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
81%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
13%
“We”re a very artistic group”
0%
“Haven”t met them”
0%
“Available in class”
31%
“They keep regular office hours”
69%
“They”re always available”
6%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
56%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
38%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
0%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
6%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
13%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
56%
“We only party on weekends”
25%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
13%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
75%
“There might be people who do”
13%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
0%
“There”s a huge drug scene”

Ursinus College REVIEWS

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  • How would you rate on-campus housing?

    84 Students rated on-campus housing 3.9 stars. 20 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate off-campus housing?

    56 Students rated off-campus housing 2.6 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus food?

    85 Students rated campus food 3.2 stars. 14 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus facilities?

    85 Students rated campus facilities 4.1 stars. 39 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate class size?

    84 Students rated class size 4.6 stars. 71 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate school activities?

    85 Students rated school activities 4.1 stars. 38 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate local services?

    85 Students rated local services 4.2 stars. 42 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate academics?

    85 Students rated academics 3.8 stars. 34 % gave the school a 5.0.

What's your overall opinion of Ursinus College?

22 Students rated Ursinus College

Jeffrey - 09/27/2022

I think it is a good liberal arts school. I have the unfortunate perspective a student attending during the pandemic, however I feel we handled it about as well as any other school could've. The overall culture is one where the students are ambitious and involved, we truly do want to change the world each in our own small way and Ursinus does a pretty good job of helping us achieve that.

Kristen - 09/17/2020

It’s a great place for a certain kind of student. If you like small class size/a good sense of community where you will get to know your classmates and professors, unique opportunities (regarding study abroad, internships, research, etc), challenging but rewarding academics, and meaningful extracurriculars/sports experiences, Ursinus is a great fit for you.

Ryan - 08/08/2020

The education that I received at UC helped me tremendously throughout my career. The academic rigor often felt frustrating as a student but when I left and worked with people who had attended more prestigious universities I was more than able to hold my own. I worked for several years before returning to graduate school to pursue an MA/MBA at two highly prestigious universities. I was able to outperform the majority of my peers in these institutions and it felt like less work than I did as an undergrad at UC. UC is wildly undervalued but seems to be on its way up. I just passed through the campus and was amazed by the new buildings!

Megan

Ursinus College has some of the strongest academics from what I have seen and heard in the Philadelphia area. I have taken classes at three other colleges or universities nearby as well. Furthermore, Ursinus professors are without a doubt the best professors around. They will always find office hours for you, and they never skip classes. However, Ursinus could definitely use some updates to the classrooms such as old desks, new boards, and other new materials. The campus does a decent job with providing activities for people, especially as an alternative to drinking. I also know that this is something they are actively putting more effort and money into, as it has already gotten better in my four years there. Ursinus could put more money into its club sports, in which many students partake. We have very active and rigorous club sports team, but the school gives them little funding and horrible options for field or gym space.

Ursinus College FAQS

  1. What is the Acceptance Rate at Ursinus College?

    The fall 2020 acceptance rate for Ursinus College is 82%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.

  2. What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

    Relax, it's not as hard as they make it sound in high school. Also, get to know your professors as humans and not just teachers. Many of them are extrememly awesome people.

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  3. Describe the students at your school.

    Ursinus students study hard during the week and they play hard on the weekends. Ursinus students also frequently participate in study abroad and research opportunities.

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  4. What's unique about your campus?

    I feel that the best aspect of my school is the strong academic orientation of the school. I like how I am able to have an active social life while still keeping my grades up and the pressure to join Greek life doesnot conflict with my studies and my ability to make friends. Ursinus is a supportive academically, socially, and emotionally. These were all of the characteristics which I pursued in a school when applying to colleges.

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  5. What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

    I think the food is the worst part about my school. After four years fo school it is very hard to like the food that i am forced to eat on a daily basis . it gets old after a while, but i guess whats the case with every school.

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  6. Describe your favorite campus traditions.

    My school is best known for their pre-med and biology programs and their international relations and pre-law progams. They are known for gymnastics and field hockey.

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  7. What kind of person should attend this school?

    Someone who can afford tuition. If you're not going to grad school afterward, forget about finding a job.

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  8. What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

    There is nothing that frustrates me about Ursinus College.

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  9. Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

    Ursinus is a fantastic school for anyone who is genuinely interested in working hard and seeing it pay off.

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  10. What kind of person should not attend this school?

    People who like to party a lot, people who like the city life and pepole who get bored easily. The school is very small and is in a small town.

    Read all  10 answers
  11. Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

    Ursinus is a small, liberal arts school that can relate to it's student body. There are things for everyone to do on campus, you just need to look around. Many of the students party Thursday-Saturday nights, but they are still able to get the required work done with superb results. The atmosphere does not interfere with the majority of the student body's work.

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  12. What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

    Football, parties

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  13. What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

    The level of difficulty in the courses, and also the course load and amount of work that is required for classes. Also, the expectations of teachers

    Read all  8 answers
  14. What are the academics like at your school?

    Ursinus offers students a remarkable education centered on its common intellectual environment (CIE). Prospective students and parents should take note. There is good evidence that education increases significantly when students start from a common base. For example, colleges, such as Ursinus, that recruit students who are equally well prepared, will learn far more in class. That is common sense, because the professor can adapt his or her teaching to all the students without the burden of trying to accomodate a few who are either not ready for the course material, or who are well beyond it. When you add to that a program such as Ursinus' CIE, you have the basis for world class education. Having spent time on the campus on several occasions recently, I can attest that is the experience of students on this campus west of Philadelphia.

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  15. What is your overall opinion of this school?

    Overall, I love this school and couldn't imagine being anywhere else. Although students frequently complain about the dining services, most are content with the other features of campus and are proud to be Ursinus students. Students here often cite the high quality of teaching as one of the hallmarks of an Ursinus education.

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  16. What is the stereotype of students at your school? Is this stereotype accurate?

    Ursinus has an eclectic mix of students, many of whom are involved in athletics, greek life, and other campus organizations. Generally speaking, most students are dedicated to their studies.

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Student Body

Students

53%

female

47%

male

1,556

Total Undergrad Enrollment

N/A

Total Grad Students

42%

Out-Of-State

56%

In-State

2%

International

Organizations

86

Student Organizations

7

Fraternities

5

Sororities

Housing

Yes

On-Campus Housing

93%

of students living on campus

Student Diversity

% American Indian/Alaskan Native
N/A
% Asian/Pacific Islander
4%
% Black or African-American
6%
% Hispanic/Latino
6%
% White or Caucasian
74%

TUITION & AID

All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA. Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.

100% of students attending Ursinus College receive some sort of financial aid. 22% were awarded federal grants. While 68% received federal loans. Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.

Cost Out of State

$49,370

Tuition and fees(Out of state)

$1,000

Books and Supplies

$12,320

Room and Board

62,690

Total On Campus

Actual Cost By Income Level(W/Financial Aid)

Family Income
Cost
$0 - $30K
$20,857
$30 - $48K
$23,792
$48 - $75K
$25,367
$75 - $110K
$28,139
$110K & UP
$33,999

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