Collegeville, PA
Ursinus College


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Emily
Describe the students at your school.

they are enthusiastic, energetic, academic, and care a lot about learning. which they should, considering how much the school...

Describe the students at your school.

they are enthusiastic, energetic, academic, and care a lot about learning. which they should, considering how much the school costs.

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Ursinus is best known for its academics.

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

The key to deciding on a college is to visit it many times - during the week, overnight, and particularly on the weekends. You'll learn a lot about a college by staying over on a friday night! I believe that the college experience is truly what you make it. Only by getting involved will you find your own niche in the campus. Don't wait like I did. Find as many things as you are interested in, and go for it. It will make your freshman year better than you ever imagined!

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

When looking at colleges, determine what is important to the whole family, but consider the student's wishes above other's. M...

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

When looking at colleges, determine what is important to the whole family, but consider the student's wishes above other's. Make a list of what is important, in ranking order, and determine qualifying colleges based on those criteria. However important these things are, though, it is most important to visit the college, preferably without a tour guide, as they tend to be biased (as a tour guide for my own school, I know that this is true). Wander around the campus and ask random students their favorite and least favorite aspects of the school, why they chose it to begin with and whether they would attend if they could do it again. Never base a decision on one or two people's opinions, as they could be just as biased as tour guides. Find students with interests similar to your own to question further about their experiences and opportunities. As you talk to current students, think about whether you would enjoy being friends with them. After all, your friends are your support system and helpline in college, and if you do not find yourself connecting with people, it is likely--but not absolute-- that you will have trouble succeeding.

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

The worst part is the lack of diversity on campus.

What kind of person should attend this school?

Any person dedicated to their future and willing to put as much work into their school work and social life as they're paying to attend UC should attend this school.

Lindsey
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

the science department, the athletics, the closeness of alumni and current students, the surrounding shopping, and it is a sm...

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

the science department, the athletics, the closeness of alumni and current students, the surrounding shopping, and it is a small campus

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

realize its alot of money, you can always transfer if it doesn't work out, don't slack off your freshman year

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

it so extremely expensive and the tuition keeps increasing, and i wish they did more for the athletes

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

In my search for the right college, I was often overwhelmed by the number of choices and the many factors weighing into my de...

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

In my search for the right college, I was often overwhelmed by the number of choices and the many factors weighing into my decision. Campus visits really allowed me to get a feel for the school in a physical sense, and the attitude of the tour guide helped give me a picture of the kind of people that attended the school. I would encourage students looking at colleges to carefully read over the material provided to make sure the school offers majors that interest them and other opportunities, but also to follow their gut feeling. It is very important to feel comfortable at one's school, and often the feelings evoked by a campus visit are a good indicator of the comfort level. Once in college, I would encourage students to really take their school work seriously. It is still possible to have fun. Also, classes will be much more fulfilling if students take the time to try to get to know their professors. It helps to personally introduce yourself after class, and don't hesitate to stop by during their office hours with questions.

What kind of person should attend this school?

There is a heavy emphasis on biology and the school has an especially strong science and premed program. However, all of the majors offer interesting courses, although some departments are very small. Those who attend this school should be aware that they will need to devote a significant amount of time to school work, but that there is also room for a social life. In short, hard workers who enjoy a friendly atmosphere would likely feel at home at this school.

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

I emphasize the small class sizes and the ready availability of the professors, many of whom will meet with students even outside of their office hours. Many classes are capped at 25 students and some at even less. Additionally, the advising is very good and personalized. Students are assigned an advisor in their major when they declare, and this advisor helps them to plan out their course of study as well as any internships or study abroad semesters.

Perry
What are the academics like at your school?

Ursinus offers students a remarkable education centered on its common intellectual environment (CIE). Prospective students a...

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.

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

The best advice I would give is: relax and enjoy the college search. My parents helped me look for colleges in our search. ...

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

The best advice I would give is: relax and enjoy the college search. My parents helped me look for colleges in our search. We looked at one of each size college (large -Rutgers University/ Medium-University of Delaware/small-Swarthmore College). I knew I wanted a smaller college experience. After you decide what is right for you, narrow down the school process by taking a second look at the school. I knew when I went to Ursinus, this was the school I wanted to go to. Don't worry if that doesn't happen to you, wherever you go you will fit in. I joined the cross country team and have made many friends. Join a club or sport and see your life change on campus!

What's unique about your campus?

The best thing about my school are the students that go there! I have met so many friends. It doesn't matter if you are in a sport or not, all students hang out together.

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

Making most of your college experience is strongly based on one's ability to have open eyes and open ears, to discover new th...

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

Making most of your college experience is strongly based on one's ability to have open eyes and open ears, to discover new things and reaffirm their decisions on the rest of their life.

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

Ursinus College is a small liberal arts school where students are encouraged to engage in thoughful academic discussions with...

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

Ursinus College is a small liberal arts school where students are encouraged to engage in thoughful academic discussions with their peers and professors, and at the same time to find themselves and the meaning of life by involving themselves in social and extracurricular groups.

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

My best advice on selecting the right college is to visit the school. During the visit, talk with students and professors and take time to explore the campus on your own. If you have the opportunity to stay overnight with a student, make sure to do so. You want to be sure the school offers the curriculum and activities that you are interested in. Basically, take time to get a feel for the school. Then, pick the college where you think you would be most comfortable. Make sure you can picture yourself spending four years there. Once you select a college, take advantage of all the wonderful opportunities available to you. If your school has special research programs, opportunities to work with a professor, internships, or study abroad, make sure to do as much as you can. Four years goes by very quickly and often college is the only time where you have the freedom to do things such as study abroad. Parents, you may have to set some boundaries for your child, but make sure the ultimate selection is his own. Most of all, be supportive of his decision, even if you would have made a different one.

What kind of person should attend this school?

An Ursinus student must want to be part of a small, close-knit community. She must be academically focused, but also like to be involved in student groups. The students at Ursinus are very open to diversity, so everyone seems to find there niche here. However there is not much to do on the weekends in Collegeville, so you must be content with having fun on campus.

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

Tight knit, you know everyone's face, including faculty.

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

Tight knit, you know everyone's face, including faculty.

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

I would look at the whole picture: available majors, financial aid, student life and quality of the faculty. Do your research! If you're undecided on a major, pick out your top 5 most interesting from each school. The ultimate goal is to be educated enough in a field to obtain a job. If all the available majors require further schooling, you should consider the cost of the school to decide if the undergraduate loans along with the graduate school loans are tolerable. Talk with your parents about financial aid. Figure out how much you'll have to take out in loans for four years for each school, along with how much the monthly payment will be after graduation. Research what students say about the student life and the quality of the faculty at each of the schools--they're the best resources. Start early, weigh your priorities and know what you want out of a college or university. Good luck!

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