|Institution Type:||Private not-for-profit|
|Campus Setting:||Large suburb|
|Highest Degree Offered:||Bachelor's|
|Level of Institution:||Four or more years|
|School Colors:||Red, old gold, and black|
The mission of Ursinus College is to enable students to become independent, responsible, and thoughtful individuals through a program of liberal education.
That education prepares them to live creatively and usefully, and to provide leadership for their society in an interdependent world.
I enjoy Ursinus so much. Such a small student body makes it easy for me to know a lot of the people I am learning with. There is always a friendly face around if I need help with something. I play soccer and run track for the college, and I've met so many new people who are genuinely nice. It is the students I go to school with who make the school. There is always something to do on and off campus, and the Campus Activities Board plans a lot of on campus movies and fun events. I've been able to maintain a healthy balance between schoolwork, athletics, work, and a social life.Read More
I came from a very large high school, so being thrust into such a small environment with a small community was a little shocking for me, and took me some time to get used to. Sometimes I overworked myself and would get incredibly stressed with classes and administrative policies (but what student doesn't, honestly) but overall there is a very friendly air to this campus. It is also not too far away from Philadelphia, if you are more of a city-goer and would like to get into that area sometimes, whether by car or by bus and train. The town of Collegeville is quiet, but that doesn't mean that UC always is! Weekends on this campus can be very fun, whether you're going out to houses on Main Street for the parties and the dancing, or you're sitting in lower Wismer for Late Night Lower just to play some video games and catch up with some friends and discuss certain areas of interest!Read More
Ursinus is a friendly place. There's simply no other way to put it. People will hold doors for you and say hi to you even if you've never met them. As one student told me, Ursinus has a serious case of the friendlies. However, there are some things of the environment some students may not like. The cafeteria, for the most part, serves the same food everyday. The hot lunch seems to be the only exception. The campus is small so it's easy to get to know the place and expect to get to know your fellow students and professors. There aren't too many of us.Read More
The college has several different programs to enhance student involvement on campus. One organization is the Campus Activities Board (CAB), and another is the Student Activities Office (SAO). CAB organizes mostly on-campus events for students, and the SAO organizes many off-campus trips. CAB has organized Casino nights (using play money to win some nice prizes), Bingo nights (again, to win some nice prizes, like a flat screen TV, microwave, etc.), movie nights (projecting a movie outside during good weather or in an auditorium). SAO mostly hosts trip off-campus, and they also reimburse up to $10 each semester per student for off-campus entertainment, like movie tickets. They have also hosted trips to a fall festival (for hay rides, corn maze, apple cider, and picking out pumpkins), annual Ball at the Bellevue (a formal dance that costs only $5 per student held at the Bellevue in Philly), and Dorney Park. Another campus organization is the Resident Hall Association (RHA), which hosts resident activities, like a coolest room competition, best Halloween decorated house, and best snow sculpture competition. Ursinus also has an organization called UCARE, which organizes community service on and off campus. There are many weekly and one-time service opportunities; some of the weekly service opportunities include volunteering at the organic garden, Wismer on Wheels (packaging food to go to homeless shelters), Head Start, and ESL tutoring of hispanic maintenance workers. Other organizations that increase student involvement are greek organizations and sports teams. Ursinus has 8 fraternities and 5 sororities on campus, and has Division 3 sports teams.Read More