Collegeville, PA
Ursinus College


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Recent Reviews

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

1.) Students--stay overnight and do a "test drive" of the college--try to visit your top few schools at least two times. ...

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

1.) Students--stay overnight and do a "test drive" of the college--try to visit your top few schools at least two times. 2.)-NEGOTIATE and APPEAL financial aid packages! Basically, what these two things can be compared to is this saying: Colleges are like buying a car--you want to make sure that it feels right, fits you well, that you feel safe and a place you are going to enjoy being. You want the features that will make you comfortable--a college that will get you "milage"--but you should never pay the sticker price!!!

What's unique about your campus?

The best thing was the feeling I had with everyone--even if i didn't like them personally. We all felt like a family--the one's I didn't like were just the annoying "red-headed stepchild"

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

The amazing professors and the great nights I will never ever forget

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

I would advise students to take a personality test and see what their strengths and weaknesses are. I would also advise stude...

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

I would advise students to take a personality test and see what their strengths and weaknesses are. I would also advise students to take classes which fulfill requirements set by the college so that students may seek out which classes that interest them. I also would advise students to become as involved as they can because the first semester of freshman year can be rough, being away from home for the first time is hard. Make the most of your college experience and try as many new things as possible!

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.

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

I had wished that I had had thought more about other alternatives that I could major in before coming to this school. I was originally a biology/pre med major before entering Ursinus but now I am a business major. I wish that I had not had been so narrow minded about what I originally wanted to major in.

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

Decide what you want to do or at least have some kind of idea and choose a college based on that! It's hard to transfer after...

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

Decide what you want to do or at least have some kind of idea and choose a college based on that! It's hard to transfer after you've already spent time at an institution. Also, look into the academic aspect of the school. Decide if it's going to be challenging and if it's accredited enough to help you get a good job once you have finished college and are job hunting!

What's unique about your campus?

The small, family-like community that we had on campus. I loved that everyone knew eachother and got along, including the professors. Everyone was just very helpful and friendly to one another and i loved that!

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

How hard it is to find a job after college. I paid alot of money to go to school and I feel like it shouldn't be so hard to find a job! I also think that career services should have more job opportunities in New Jersey.

Alissa
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Historically we are best known for our Pre-Med program and our Biology department, but in recent years our English department...

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Historically we are best known for our Pre-Med program and our Biology department, but in recent years our English department and our International and Politics departments have grown in size and recognition. Our theatre program is also well known and well funded.

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

When picking a school to go to, you have to have some idea of yourself, particularly if you want to go to a smaller school. In order to go to the perfect school for you all you have to do is visit it. Simply stepping on the campus ground could be an experiance that changes you and you just know that you belong there. Going to a class could result in knowing what major you want to be when you attend the school or staying over night could tell you that there is a particular group you want to be a part of. Then when you get to there, do things you enjoy. Have fun but also study hard. Don't waste a moment because college really is the best time of your life and you won't ever get those four years back to re-do. At least, not in the same way. There is no other time in your life when you have this much freedom, so take advantage of it, but be safe while doing it. So have fun and learn.

What kind of person should attend this school?

People who are willing to push themselves for their work and their advancement in the college, people who are engaging and interested in various feilds of study and people who simply want to learn and be around others who also want to learn.

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

To make sure that the college is a place that your child will enjoy both academically and socially. Also make sure that the s...

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

To make sure that the college is a place that your child will enjoy both academically and socially. Also make sure that the school provides all of resources and courses that compliment your child's academic focus.

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

It doesn't matter what school you choose, once you pick one, try to stick with it. It is always scary to be away from home fo...

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

It doesn't matter what school you choose, once you pick one, try to stick with it. It is always scary to be away from home for the first time, but everyone is in the same boat. The first year will be extremely difficult to figure out who you can trust and form friendships with. Once you find them, you will most likely form life long bonds and you will learn a lot about yourself throughout the process. Also, remember that no one can take your education away from you. Learn as much as you can while at college and take advantage of all of the opportunities your school offers (clubs, study abroad programs, community service, etc.). Even if something seems intimidating or challenging, you will be surprised at how amazing you feel once you've accomplished what you've set out to do. The more you learn and experience in school, the more well rounded and qualified for jobs you will become. You will also have your experiences and knowledge to carry with you after you graduate. To sum it up, have no regrets and live it up!!!

What's unique about your campus?

Ursinus challenged me to think "outside of the box" and to accept or consider other people's opinions and views on a variety of topics such as religion, academics, and politics, among other things.

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

How much the tuition & room and board would increase each year. I ended up graduating much more in debt than I planned on when I agreed to attend Ursinus.

Laura
Describe the students at your school.

Lots of fraternities and sororites.

Describe the students at your school.

Lots of fraternities and sororites.

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

Don't try to reinvent yourself in the process. Sometimes students will choose a college based on who they think they want to make themselves into, rather than who they are. Trying to push yourself into a preconceived mold will only cause heartache. Choose a college where you know you can be yourself. Don't just talk to the tour guide; instead, ask random people you pass if they would go there again if given the chance. They may look at your strangely, but you'll get the best idea of how the students assimilate there. Lastly, don't think that there's a "perfect" college out there. Finding the right college is like buying a house or finding a significant other--no matter how much you love it at first, there is going to come a time when you are irritated or dissatisfied. That doesn't mean you jump ship and transfer right away. Instead, find reasons that made you fall in love with it in the first place.

What's unique about your campus?

Quality of professors and small class sizes.

Amanda
Describe the students at your school.

They're weird in a good way.

Describe the students at your school.

They're weird in a good way.

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

One of the most important aspects of a college is its physical appeal. This does not mean a lot of money has gone into the architecture and campus creation. Remember, if it looks high end, it will likley have a high end attitude. Surroundings greatly affect the attitudes, moods, and states of minds of students and faculty who spend so much tiem within them. You cannot ever get a true image of the spirit of the college community through asking one or two people- let's face it, at any college, groups form and the spirit of each is distinct. Therefore, I honestly believe it is the aesthetics and physical build of a college that will tell you the most about teh community that is constructed within it. Are the buildings old and lived in? New and Modern? Are you surrounded by greenery or city lights? Bricks, stones, sculptures? What does the physical make up of this college say to you, and how do you think it would affect your spirit, and the spirit of any friends you may make, within the next several years that you may be there?

What's unique about your campus?

Community. Its a small school, and its easy to sort out who are your real friends and who aren't relatively quickly. It's not competative, adn its easy to ask others for help.

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

Ursinus College is a small liberal arts school that opens its arms to new students, new ideas, and to great education.

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

Ursinus College is a small liberal arts school that opens its arms to new students, new ideas, and to great education.

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

My advice to parents is to not be afraid of your child getting older and growing up. They are going to college to discover themselves, it is time to let them let go of your hand and explore what the world has to offer. This college choice should not be your choice, no matter what your financial, racial, religious, or political stance is. For your child to be happy they need to stand behind their own decision and own it. To students: every college/university has something different to offer Don't judge a place by one characteristic. Be open minded and ask yourself if you can see yourself making the place a home, not just a place to learn. This home will be your home possibly for four years--you have to feel comfortable, stable, and satisfied. Also, make the decision for yourself, that is the most important thing. Leave outside voices to the outside and ask yourself, "What do I want out of the next four years?" You will feel it in your gut when you pick the right place, just let it come to you! Good luck, I hope you find what you are looking for!

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

There is nothing that frustrates me about Ursinus College.

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

Ursinus thinks very highly of itself, and many, but not all, of the students agree.

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

Ursinus thinks very highly of itself, and many, but not all, of the students agree.

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

Finding the right college takes finding a balance between gut feeling and practical concerns. Visit potential colleges before you apply, judging by that instinctive reaction you feel toward students met, classes seen, and buildings toured. Make sure the school offers the majors and programs you want; all the nice students in the world will not help you get a chemistry degree at a college of arts. Know yourself well enough to know whether you want to spend all your time with other students who like to study, enjoy interacting in small groups, or love to party. Once you arrive for freshman orientation and begin classes, making the most of the experience is up to you. Talk to the other freshmen. They are just as friendless and scared as you. People always respond to friendliness; if you approach with a smile, you will probably recieve one in return. Attend events, no matter how lame they sound on paper. Even if you don't love the speaker or performer, you might sit next to your new best friend. Armed with a smile and your unique personality, you will find friends quickly and together you can explore what your school has to offer.

What's unique about your campus?

The school has small classes and very attentive and helpful professors.

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