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  • 11/05/2017

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 of 27

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    They are good with financial aide, so if you really want to go here (and by all means, if you like it there don't let one unhappy customer change your mind) don't let the high sticker price scare you. Also, if you don't get enough aide when you receive your award letter, call or email them. You will almost certainly get more aide.

    What to do for fun

    If you have a car, there's the King of Prussia Mall and a Target nearby. The school hosts off campus events, but only on weekends and there are only a couple most of the time.

    In three sentences

    It's a little too small, and because of that the school can't put enough money toward things that are important to me, like the Arts, activities and events. There is very little to do on and off campus, and students are doing hard on campus jobs like campus safety dispatch and Resident Advisers (RA's) and getting paid very little, RA's don't even get board paid for. There are so many good people here, and I have made wonderful friends, but I am not happy here.

  • 12/22/2016

    Reviewer is A current student here. Reviewer has not been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 2 of 27

    Categories Comments
    Academic Rigor

    Ursinus pushed me to a whole new level. I learned how to balance my time between playing a varsity sport and taking rigorous classes. Ursinus made this a much smoother transition for me.

  • 12/01/2015

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 3 of 27

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus is very safe. Campus safety is very friendly and easy to contact if you are worried walking back to your dorm late at night, or if you have an injury or disability and need help getting around campus.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who may be interested in a career in medicine or the sciences.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are many art sculptures around campus, from donations and other sources, that liven up the campus.

    What to do for fun

    The gym is open to all students and includes a work out area and swimming pool. There is also an indoor track with a basketball court open in the same building. You can also hang out with friends nearly anywhere, or use the projector in classrooms to watch movies. King of Prussia mall is about thirty minutes away, as well as other shopping outlets and a movie theater.

    Food and Dining

    The food is sufficient enough to live another day. They provide the essential food groups. The dining hall (Wismer Hall) consists of a buffet style option (upper floor)or a made-to-order area (known as lower Wismer). It can get a bit old after awhile though. There is a convenience store on campus open at night, as well as a Wawa nearby and shopping outlet with other stores.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is fairly decent. You are allowed to bring your own fridge, microwave and air conditioning unit if you live in a dorm without air conditioning. All dorms have heating systems. It is the standard dorm set up with a bed, closet or drawer, and desk. There are dorms that have certain interests, such as gaming, community service, and writing. There is also no fee for doing laundry.

    Academic Rigor

    Most courses are very academically demanding. They require you to have good control over time management, since at times it may seem like there is not nearly enough time to get things done, or to balance schoolwork with sports or other activities. Classrooms and academic buildings are open all day and night (if not you can call campus safety to open it for you), so there are often empty classrooms you may use to study in.

    Tips for prospective students

    This is a good school if you are looking for a college that is relatively small in student population and campus size and academically challenging. There is not much to do off-campus if you do not have a car. A campus tour can get you more familiar with the atmosphere around Ursinus.

    In three sentences

    Ursinus is a small, suburban liberal arts college. Students are serious about their academics and extracurricular activities. The campus is very safe and students and everyone (students, faculty, adminstration) is friendly.

  • 08/08/2015

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 4 of 27

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus safety here are literally the best people in the world. They are hilarious, generous, and so sweet. If you ever are too afraid, drunk, or cold, to walk to different (far) campus buildings on/off campus, you can call them and they'll give you a ride to where you need to be. They'll never bust you or intervene in your affairs unless something is interfering with your personal safety or others. They're just all around great people. You won't find a better set of people anywhere else.

    Great for these types of students

    UC is perfect for students that like smaller class sizes, one on one interactions, and personal relations with the professors and students. Ursinus is also great for students that want to do research with their departments. The physics, math, biology, psychology, and chemistry departments all have numerous different types of labs and student run projects that you can apply for.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are a set of fountains by the science building that run on rain water. Senior year during graduation week the seniors throw a huge party in the courtyard of the party dorms and take turns sliding down the fountains naked. A very odd but hilarious tradition here.

    Bang for the buck

    UC is a private school and it's tuition reflects that. This academic year (2015-2016) tuition (including room and board) is up to $59,600. This is a scary high amount but the financial aid office does a wonderful job of helping you get great scholarships, grants, and loans. Most of the time when you get your financial aid packet from the office, your tuition is almost cut in half making it closer to a state school tuition.

    Food and Dining

    Wismer is the name of the dining hall at UC. The upper floor is a single meal swipe and is buffet style set up in different stations around the room. The quality of the food most days is subpar but you won't get sick. It's perfect for people who want to eat a lot, or a lot of small different things. The yogurt bar and salad bar are phenomenal. The hours of the dining hall are honestly terrible and the freshmen are told when they can and can't use their swipes each day. The lower Wismer area is set up in stations that you would find a mall and you order through a kiosk. The food down stairs is much better, but not better for you. It's also very difficult to get a full meal for under the price of a meal swipe ($6.25) so you have to use a swipe and dining dollars which are also connected to the meal plan.

    Dorm Life

    Freshman dorms are never nice. It's just how it is. The atmosphere of the dorms are exciting and welcoming. Doors are always open down the hallways for you to meet others and socialize. When it comes time to pick housing for other years your options increase drastically and you're open to a range of different houses and dorms to choose from. When you live on campus housing (which is offered on and off campus) you never have to worry about cleaning the bathroom or vacuuming the hallway because the school hires a servus to do that for you. You also have access to the laundry room for free, you just need to supply your own laundry detergent. No lugging around quarters here!

    Academic Rigor

    The classes here are difficult, regardless of your major. However, the professors here are extremely caring and will do all they can to make the lessons clear and will always assist you during office hours or appointments that you schedule with them. The school also offers free peer tutoring for numerous subjects, both one-on-one and in group settings. It's a great chance to learn and study in a ridicule free area and a great place to learn different types of study tricks.

    Tips for prospective students

    Try to get to know your professors and attend office hours when you can. The class sizes are small so when you get to know your professor and put in the effort it is always noted and helps in the long run- especially if you begin to struggle on a topic. Also, all work and no play makes Johnny a dull boy, isn't a bad quote to live by at UC. Academics should take priority, but make sure to take a break to work out, go for a walk, or go out. You'll go nuts if you sit in the library all day, the statues will start to creep you out.

    In three sentences

    UC is a very warm welcoming and close knitted community. Its hard to find someone on campus that isn't friendly or someone that you don't know due to the small campus and 18,000 students that attend. The professors are all phenomenal and go out of their way to make sure that you succeed in every way possible.

  • 07/07/2015

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 5 of 27

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    There are a lot of clubs and groups on campus along with sororities and fraternities you can join.These groups of people plan, organize, and sometimes sponsor multiple events for the school populus to either participate in, enjoy, or both.

    Food and Dining

    Wismer and Lower Wismer are the two cafeterias provided by the school along with the C Store which is like a 7-11 on campus. Off of campus, within walking distance, are a good amount of nice restaurants along with a CVS and a WAWA.

    Dorm Life

    There are quiet and normal halls along with single gender and co-ed. Everyone is usually mindful of the other people living around them and will turn down their music if it's bothering your studies. There are quiet hours that start before midterms and finals and last until testing is over. There are also houses the school owns that count as housing as well; here small to moderate groups of students live together with a resident adviser.

    Academic Rigor

    Each department is challenging in it's own right and for different reasons. The history and language departments are challenging because of the level and amount of writing they teach and expect you to do. The science and math departments are challenging because they test your comprehension and application skills. The art and music departments are challenging because they not only test your comprehension of the material but also your ability to perform it. Who doesn't enjoy a little challenge every once in a while?

    Tips for prospective students

    Students looking for a school with an active nightlife and loud parties might want to look elsewhere; the students here tend to be more docile and pay more attention to their studies. That does not mean that there is nothing to do on campus; the activities board and many other student run organizations work tirelessly to provide and schedule a wide array of venues for the students and staff to enjoy when everyone needs a study break.

    In three sentences

    This school is a small yet well rounded place full of smart and talented people. It may not look like much, but the beautiful campus houses its students in an open and friendly environment. The beautiful campus grounds ensures that you will always be able to find a quiet place to think, study, and meditate.

  • 11/06/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 6 of 27

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    You always feel safe! You get to meet every officer and they are very down to earth.

    Bang for the buck

    Ursinus is a huge investment if you want to come here. It's a liberal arts school and you are paying for the attention you want because you aren't just a number, you are a student with a name. The cost of attendance does increase every year but they do give you a ton of financial aid so it's no where near the 60,000.

    What to do for fun

    There isn't much to do in this town if you don't have a car. There is a bus so you can go into the city and to the outlet malls but if you don't want to waste money you can watch movies in the classrooms at night which is really fun and there are some parties like every other school.

    Food and Dining

    We only have two dining halls to choose from which is upper wismer and lower wismer. Upper has some good food but it isn't great but there is a variety of options. Lower Wismer has less options and less of a cafeteria feeling but it's much better than upper (in my opinion).

    Dorm Life

    Living in the dorms are pretty fun and the majority of the people do live on campus. The campus is small and away from the city so there are some limited options for living. There are only two fairly newer dorms to choose from but that is only for upperclassmen. The freshman dorms are smaller and you do have to bring an a/c unit if you want it.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics are pretty challenging. They do test your abilities but although it may seem difficult, as stated before the professors are willing to help. There is also a writing center that will be made available

    Tips for prospective students

    The school is small so if you want to have one on one attention you will get it. There is many research opportunities so if you have the opportunity you should take charge of it. Also maintain communication with your professors because they are the ones to write you recommendations for any programs that you might want to apply to in the future.

    In three sentences

    Ursinus is a great liberal arts school with a tight knit community. Ursinus has a rigorous academics to ensure you are prepared to your fullest capabilities upon graduation. The students, faculty and staff are all there to help you succeed and are easy to approach especially in the small environment that Ursinus provides.

  • 08/15/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 7 of 27

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Awesome staff and great security. I always feel safe.

    Greek Life

    There is a lot of involvement in Greek Life at Ursinus. Not everyone takes part but it is there. They aren't the stereotypical greeks you might expect. They are accepting and friendly and involved in a lot of community service and activities. You cannot rush as a freshman though.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are many odd statues on campus. They're always adding new ones too! There is also the labyrinth that you can walk through and if you stand in the middle and clap there is an awesome echo that you have to experience to understand!

    Bang for the buck

    Ursinus is very expensive and I would like to see things improve more with the spike in tuition.

    What to do for fun

    Philadelphia isn't far, just a bus and train trip that isn't bad with the bus stop right outside the school. We are also close to the largest mall, The King of Prussia. Also there are outlets stores close by. Campus also has something going on most of the time. There is always a club meeting, movie showing or a trip going on.

    Food and Dining

    Wismer, the dining hall, isn't half bad. Upper is buffet style with many stations that can get boring and bland at times, but mostly I am able to find a good balance. Lower has great food. There are 4 different food stations and each one has something different. The food is better quality as well.

    Dorm Life

    It's tough with it being such a small school. If something goes wrong in a friendship or romantic relationship, be prepared to see that person at every meal and you will probably have class with them and share a lot of mutual friends. But the small campus does have perks. Shyer people can stand out and not feel embarrassed and it's really easy to make good, close friends with a lot of people.

    Academic Rigor

    Definitely a tough school. Very tough and thorough, especially the science courses. I am always pushed and challenged to do my best.

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely join clubs and get involved. There is a lot to do on campus and the clubs are always looking for great leaders. Also, community service is a big part of Ursinus.

    In three sentences

    Ursinus College is a very small and personal school. It is easy to stand out and do well with the enormous amounts of encouragement you will get along the way. It's a great place to discover yourself.

  • 05/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 8 of 27

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I always feel safe on campus. Campus safety officers are always walking around. Pete is awesome.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is definitely known on campus. They do a lot of fundraisers and activities within the community, but you do not have to join greek life to have fun.

    Clubs and Activities

    Check the website! It's honestly ridiculous how many clubs and organizations there are on campus. Don't be afraid to get involved either. Everyone is very friendly. Fighting for Ophelia is the best ;)

    Great for these types of students

    Hard working, fun-loving, determined.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are so many unusual traditions and locations on campus. If you come for a tour I'm sure your tour guide will have a few stories. We have a fountain on campus that the seniors slide down naked the night before graduation.

    Bang for the buck

    Ursinus seems expensive but they give out a lot of financial aid.

    What to do for fun

    Hang out with friends, walk to Wawa right down the street, the notorious 'Wismer Hang' where we stay in the dining hall for as long as possible. Ursinus is what you make of it.

    Food and Dining

    Average. I wish it was open later. Meal credits at Lower Wismer should be worth more.

    Dorm Life

    So much fun. Friends are always around.

    Academic Rigor

    Professors definitely push your limits a little bit but they're always there if you need help. Their expectations aren't completely ridiculous, especially not the first year.

    Tips for prospective students

    Small class sizes give you better opportunities to connect with professors. Definitely get to know them! Also, get involved, you'll make some great friends!

    In three sentences

    Ursinus is a great school filled with some of the nicest people I've ever met. The fact that it is a small school makes it easier for it to feel like home. The campus is beautiful and the people are inspiring.

  • 02/19/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 9 of 27

    Categories Comments
    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is one dorm called Reimert where many sports teams, fraternities, and sororities get suits. The whole place is set up in a u-shape and is sort of like a motel. It's really fun.

    What to do for fun

    There are a ton of things going on on campus all the time and the malls and movies theaters aren't very far.

    Food and Dining

    The food is pretty good compared to other places. It does get a little old having the same options every day but you can totally improvise!

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are really clean and nice, our bathrooms are cleaned every morning. Living in a hallway with a ton of people is really fun and there are activities almost every week.

    Academic Rigor

    The first year is said to be the hardest. Some of the intro classes are intense but once you get through them the rest is cake!

    In three sentences

    Ursinus is a beautiful college with a lot of really great people. The professors are great and always available. There is always something fun happening and everyone fits in somewhere!

  • 02/19/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 10 of 27

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I have never felt UNsafe at Ursinus. Small school, lots of nice and friends campus safety officials, and Collegeville is far from a dangerous town.

    Greek Life

    20% of the Ursinus student body is Greek and there are 320 members of the Greek Community. Also, the Greek GPA has, on average, a higher GPA than the rest of the student body and spend a lot of there time doing community service.

    Clubs and Activities

    Ursinus has nearly 100 clubs, ranging from the campus radio to Ninjutsu Club. Also, if there is activity you are interested in and there hasn't been a club created for it yet, you can personally create one.

    Great for these types of students

    Hard working, yet like to have fun. Those seeking a smaller school. Independent and can learn on there own, yet likes the intimacy of small class sizes. Liberal Arts seeking.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Riemert. The frat/sorority building and the one place you can find everyone partying on a Saturday night. 3 floors of heaven.

    Bang for the buck

    The average student aid received from Ursinus is about $23,000. 60% of graduates employed and 30% attending graduate or professional school full-time. Another 7% of the class are completing fellowships or engaged in a year of service. 75% of Ursinus graduates enter graduate or professional school within 5 years. An acceptance rate into medical, law, and business schools after graduating from Ursinus exceedes 90%.

    What to do for fun

    Ursinus is close to Phoenixville, King of Prussia, and Philadelphia. Tons of things off campus to do and nightly events on campus to enjoy, such as magicians, artists, silly craft making for the dorms, and lots of others.

    Food and Dining

    The only bad thing about Ursinus. The food is not quality and gets old extremely fast.

    Dorm Life

    Everyone in my building seems to get along great with each other and there is a sense of community and hominess. Also, Ursinus has several houses on its campus including quiet houses, same-sex and coed houses and special interest houses.

    Academic Rigor

    Moderate, enough to give you something to do, but you wont be up every night studying until 2 am.

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely visit the campus before you make any final decisions.

    In three sentences

    Being such a small school, everyone knows and respects each other. There is a strong sense of community and common interests among many. Private undergraduate liberal arts school.

  • 01/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 11 of 27

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    There are many events offered by the school and there is shopping places very close.

    Food and Dining

    The food is nothing special but it is better than a typical college.

    Dorm Life

    The freshman dorms are typical and are nothing special, but the main street housing and upperclassmen dorms are nice.

    Academic Rigor

    Based on your major some courses are harder than others. The sciences are very well known at this school and are very rigorous.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure that you are prepared to work hard and put academics first, especially in the science majors.

    In three sentences

    This is a very small but close school. This school definitely test you academically and is a challenge but it has a lot to offer. This school will set you up for success in the future.

  • 12/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 12 of 27

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus safety at Ursinus is pretty good. They're very nice and available 24/7. Campus safety doesn't charge you if you need them to let you into your room or building. They are not extremely strict on the weekends with parties, but do what is necessary.

    Greek Life

    There are fraternities and sororities and they members seems to be a lot nicer than members of Greek organizations at other schools. There doesn't seem to be much hazing.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a lot of clubs and activities at Ursinus, but not many abnormal ones, because of the size of the school.

    Great for these types of students

    Ursinus is good for students who are able to lock themselves up in the library and study for hours on end. It's good for quiet and shy people who like to be familiar with the people they go to school with.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The campus has a lot of modern art and statues. It's pretty weird in my opinion but it makes Ursinus unique. Ursinus also has the Berman art museum, which is apparently pretty good. There's a thing on campus( for looks) that has water running down it and I;ve heard that at the end of every year, the seniors get drunk and slide down it.

    Bang for the buck

    Ursinus is very expensive. About $54,000 a year(without scholarships or financial aid). The school is very nice, but there is nothing particularly fantastic about it that justifies it being so expensive.

    What to do for fun

    There are parties on the weekend on campus. Alcohol is allowed on campus, except in the freshman dorms. The partying at Ursinus isn't too crazy because of its size, but not bad considering its size. Collegeville itself is pretty small, but there are a few bars in town. There's a movie theater nearby also.

    Food and Dining

    The food here is not bad. There is less of a selection and the hours are not as good on the weekends. There is a cafeteria upstairs, which is buffet styled. Downstairs there are different stores for food(grill, sub place, coffee shop, etc.) that you can pay for with your own money or with dining dollars (freshman meal plans come with 50 dining dollars).

    Dorm Life

    There is nothing particularly wonderful or terrible about living at Ursinus. The RA's are very friendly and helpful . The North and New buildings, which are not for freshman, are very nice but can be hard to get into.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are fairly difficult but not impossible. The difficulty of the classes probably has something to do with the fact the a normal student at Ursinus only takes four classes per semester, rather than five.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't come here if you're looking for a big party school or if you don't want everyone to know who you are. The school is very small. It's not a good idea to skip classes here. Don't let you new freedom get the best of you.

    In three sentences

    Ursinus College is a very nice, small school with a beautiful campus. The professors and most of the students are very friendly and familiar. The school can become boring.

  • 10/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 13 of 27

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Very friendly and alert.

    Clubs and Activities

    SUN, Step team, Bonner Leaders

    What to do for fun

    Whatever you want.

    Food and Dining

    The dinning hours should be longer. I wish there were more food options.

    Dorm Life

    I love my roommate and my dorm. I am living in the better freshman building.

    Academic Rigor

    Study hard

    Tips for prospective students

    Study hard but learn how to balance the things that you like to do. Make sure you make the right choices and that you make as many connnections as possible.

    In three sentences

    This school is a great place. Before I decided to attend I came for a tour and they want you here, they make you feel welcome as if you are already a student. You are not just more money but you are the next of the new generation. I just wish there was more diversity.

  • 08/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 14 of 27

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There are always campus safety people riding in bikes and carts all around campus throughout the day. Ursinus is pretty safe. People in general have no qualms about leaving laptops and textbooks unattended in the library. Buildings are locked up at night and students have to go the the campus safety office to get the door unlocked to do research.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life is really active at Ursinus. Sophomores are eligible for Greek recruitment. There is a low tolerance for hazing.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are numerous clubs ranging from fencing to Japanese club to quiz club. Also there is a student run committee that overseas off campus activities.

    Great for these types of students

    Ursinus is great for people who don't want to live in the middle of the city but still want the option of hanging out in Philadelphia during the weekends. The college is wonderful for academically driven students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is an observatory on the fourth floor in Pfaler (chemistry, environmental studies building). It's not open all the time but it is definitely worth checking.

    Bang for the buck

    Ursinus bookstore is getting a lot better with offering more rental books than previous years. In terms of financial aid, Ursinus gives a good amount of financial aid each year to full time students.

    What to do for fun

    There are many clubs at Ursinus and surrounding restaurants. A not well known club is Riff Club where friends gather on Friday nights to watch bad movies and make fun of them. If I want to go off campus, the Philadelphia Premium Outlets, Target and Petco are a few minutes away.

    Food and Dining

    Ursinus does not have an all day open buffet but the food is getting better each year. There is a really good vegetarian section and the dining services people are really friendly.

    Dorm Life

    All campus houses are within walking distance to the main campus. Rooms vary in size from really small to enormous.

    Academic Rigor

    Organic Chemistry is one of the most rigorous science classes at Ursinus. Some student opt to take it during the summer somewhere else. There is a lot of opportunity to do research with the professors. Ursinus prepares students really well for graduate school.

    Tips for prospective students

    One good tip is to don't leave all the hard classes for junior and senior year. Take a challenging course freshman year to really see what you're getting into and to lessen the workload in the following years.

    In three sentences

    Ursinus College is an excellent college to go to for the sciences. The campus with its random sculptures and numerous trees is really pretty throughout the year. It is a small college located 25 miles from Philadelphia.

  • 06/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 15 of 27

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is on constant patrol. All student are provided with a number for campus safety and all students are usually safe. Ursinus College is known to be a safe campus in which all its students can thrive in.

    Clubs and Activities

    This college has a diverse range of clubs that are introduced in the beginning of the year. Students will be able to choose and be involved within most of the clubs at any time throughout the year. Activities are usually provided by clubs and organization within campus. There is never a lack of activities!

    Great for these types of students

    Ursinus College is great for most students. I would say that those that benefit the most out of Ursinus College are those that are not afraid to ask questions about things that they have trouble with and those that really put the extra effort to learn.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    On campus there are multiple art structures. There is also a river very close to the campus itself.

    Bang for the buck

    Scholarships here are just amazing. Financial aid will help you to their utmost capabilities to help you get an education you deserve. That aside, the class sizes and responsiveness of the professors really are worth the tuition costs.

    What to do for fun

    Collegeville, as a city, is quite boring. That being known, the campus board does everything it can to keep the students entertained over weekends and special holidays. There is a campus activities board where their purpose is solely create events that students can attend on campus. If campus life isn't enough, the city of Philadelphia and New York is a drive away.

    Food and Dining

    I rate so because of the variety of food available on campus. There is a main cafeteria which rests on the top floor containing a buffet style layout with multiple options. Below this main cafeteria lies a food court including a cafe, sub station, and it's very own lounge.

    Dorm Life

    Due to the size of the school and of the student body, getting to know other peers is fairly easy and the friends made within these halls will last for the rest of your undergraduate life at Ursinus.

    Academic Rigor

    As a student majoring in science, the course within the science field are tough in the regard that lots of effort is required on the student. Classes in subjects related to biology and chemistry really require that extra couple hours outside of class each day.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get to know professors because most professors are willing to give you that help as long as you put the effort in. Be involved in the various programs available such as organizations or student government.

    In three sentences

    Ursinus is a college where you will leave with a greater understanding in your field that you choose. It will forge strong relationships with peers and professors, who are all there to build support for your future. The private and smaller setting of this campus will always be considered a place of fond memories when you graduate.

  • 05/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 16 of 27

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There really is no need for campus safety because nothing ever goes wrong, but they're all really cool guys who just want to help you.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is not necessary to make friends or have a social life, but I have many friends involved and they love it.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are numerous activities for all interests, especially volunteering and intramural sports.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for work hard play hard students. The week is swamped with work, and on the weekends all the stress gets let out through some major partying.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There's the labyrinth that echoes when you clap.

    Bang for the buck

    It's super expensive, but the education and opportunities you receive is (pretty much) worth it.

    What to do for fun

    There's not too much to do around town, so you and your friends have too be creative, but I've had tons of fun.

    Food and Dining

    Sometimes the food is great, sometimes there is almost nothing to eat. But I'm a vegetarian and I always find something.

    Dorm Life

    Living in the freshman dorm was a great experience.

    Academic Rigor

    this depends on your professors and your major, but as a biology student it is a lot of work.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be ready for a lot of work. Weekends can get sloppy but you just need t find the right group of people.

    In three sentences

    It's a very small school. You will work hard. It's a great experience.

  • 05/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 17 of 27

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    Campus Safety

    Ursinus and the surrounding areas feel exceptionally safe, especially when you consider its proximity to Philadelphia and King of Prussia. The campus safety team on campus is exceptionally vigilant, caring, and hard working individuals who students can rely on for rides across campus, escorts at any time of day or night, or any other concern that they may have. Recently inaugurated President Bobby Fong, is working hard to add to the campus' feeling of safety by adding more pathways lights for nighttime, installing more help/emergency stations, upgrading and updating electronic and timed lock systems, as well as set up a committee for any type of disaster response from sudden injury to sexual misconduct.

    Greek Life

    Ursinus is by no means Greek or DIE, and you aren't even allowed to consider joining a Fraternity or Sorority (rush) until after the completion of your Freshman year. Ursinus offers both National and local Fraternity and Sorority options for interested students, which all are required to do additional community service hours for the college on top of their required hours. There are extremely strict anti-hazing laws at Ursinus that prevent any type of negative effects that come about as a result of Greek Life hazing procedures.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are way too many clubs and activities to get involved in at Ursinus, all of which are eligible to receive funding through the school as well as AFAC. Ursinus offers clubs, honor societies, student-faculty committees, students government, both local and National Fraternities and Sororities, varsity athletics, club athletics, and intramural athletics. If you cannot find a club, activity or organization here for you at Ursinus, then you can simply start your own!

    Great for these types of students

    Ursinus is great for the ambitious and conscientious, self-driven student. Since there are no cakewalk courses here, UC is for students who are ready to challenge themselves in EVERY area of academia. Also students who contemplate the meaning of life, what are place is in the universe, and what it means to be human will thrive here at Ursinus.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Celebration of Student Achievement day or (CoSA) is a once a year event where some students present their findings in what they've learned over the year, reveal findings or breakthroughs in research, or just sit back and enjoy the fun filled day of presentations and NO CLASSES! The Campus is also home to the seemingly never ending Perkiomen Valley Trail, the luscious and beautiful Hunsberger Woods, UC's very own Organic farm. It is also rumored that the graduating seniors sneak out the night before graduation to take the annual slide down the ramp-shaped fountains outside of the Pfahler Science Building.

    Bang for the buck

    Ursinus is expensive, but the school makes up for it with EXTREMELY generous gifts of financial aid and merit scholarships. The level of education received here is worth almost twice what you pay for it. Most importantly the connections and people you meet here can pay you any dividends you may have lost by attending a state school at least tenfold!

    What to do for fun

    Ursinus is only a short drive from historic Phoenixville, the brand-new Providence shopping center, The Philadelphia Premium Outlets, The legendary King of Prussia Mall, and of course Philadelphia. If that doesn't bring out the shopper in you, you can unwind with some free weekend food, video games, and more at Late Night Lower. If the social scene is your calling there are creatively themed house parties every weekend and of course the beats are also banging in the campus self-proclaimed party dorm, Riemert.

    Food and Dining

    Students have a choice between two dining halls, and a convenience store for meal options. The upper dining hall is an all you can eat buffet with a legendary salad bar, while the lower dining hall is a made-to-order style experience that range from subs, salads, flat bread pizzas, wraps, bowls, sandwiches, and even gourmet coffees and teas.

    Dorm Life

    Underclassmen are all in the same two dormitories, which are well accommodated. Upperclassman can choose between residential houses turned dormitory style housing, two brand new clean and fresh dorms, or even Special Interest Housing (SPINT). All in all the community feel of Ursinus' campus DEFINITELY is a direct result of the camaraderie in all of UC's dormitories.

    Academic Rigor

    Ursinus is as intense as its heavily ambitious, achieving students and professors make it. It's academic rigor can easily compare to that of Ivy League schools. Be prepared to work your hardest, but also reap an uncountable amount benefits from your hard work.

    Tips for prospective students

    Prospective students should definitely visit Ursinus to get a feel for it's culture. Students interested in Ursinus should come with questions to ask faculty and current students. If you're on the fence about attending come out for a visit (or a second one) to Ursinus; it can make all the difference in your college decision!

    In three sentences

    Ursinus College is a tight-knit close community of ambitious students who love to learn and professors who love to teach. The curriculum is like that of no other college because it focuses on shaping students to be honorable members of society and not just intelligent thinkers. There is something for everyone at Ursinus or a least a way to be able to reach it.

  • 05/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 18 of 27

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    The college has a campus activities board that put together a lot of fun activities. During Halloween, there was a a hay ride, and they always plan trips to the movies.

    Food and Dining

    To be completely honest the food here is not that great.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life is awesome. You just have to learn to get along with everybody which is pretty easy. The people here are very nice.

    Academic Rigor

    As a neuroscience pre-med major, I can only speak for the science department, and it is extremely rigorous. As I said, the science department rivals some Ivy League schools.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you come prepared to do a lot of work. Get help from the teachers when you need it, because they are always there to help. Don't get caught up in the party life, and learn how to budget your time.

    In three sentences

    It is an amazing institution! Their science program is top tier, and rivals some Ivy League schools. They have a 96% acceptance rate into graduate schools

  • 04/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 19 of 27

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    Food and Dining

    Not many options and most of those options aren't the best

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are okay nothing fancy but not cramped like some schools.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are definitely difficult, but as long as you do the work you will be fine. The professors are always willing to help you too.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are looking to come here for something other than a science you may want to re think that decision because the school is really geared towards science based majors

    In three sentences

    If you are looking for a smaller school Urisnus is where you'll wanna go. Almost every class is 20 kids or less and that really helps you to learn better. The professors are really nice and are always willing to go the extra mile to help.

  • 07/27/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 20 of 27

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    Great for these types of students

    Students who want small classes, are involved, and like to know a lot of other people they are attending school with, whether it be professors, students, campus safety, or advisers. Its also a great campus for prospective college athletes, as the athletic programs at the school are strongly growing. A majority of the students participate in sports, and its a great way to meet people. The school also has a great biology program, which is fairly difficult, but there are a lot of outlets for help, such as tutors, Student Instruction sessions, and the Center for Writing.

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely go for an interview when applying. It made a world of a difference when I applied. I felt like the school really wanted to get to know me, and I was so passionate about what I wanted to do-study psychology, play soccer, and run track- that they really enjoyed my interview. Also, it's really helpful to go to the freshmen orientations. They are a lot of fun and a great way to meet some of the people you will be going to school with for the next four years. Don't be afraid to get involved in a lot of activities, from sports to clubs. Attend as many events as you can, such as sporting events or the school's Relay for Life.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition has recently gone up, however the school has helped to compensate for it. They offer good financial aid packages and there are plenty of jobs on and off campus. The school is also right outside of Philly, so it's location makes it easier to find jobs and internships. The school also offers work study in some of their financial aid packages.

    Am enjoying being here

    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.

    Am learning a lot

    I have had so many great professors. The class sizes are fairly small, except for a few introductory courses. The teachers always give their office hours and are very open to help students. The liberal learning criteria ensures that students take classes in a variety of subjects, and because of that, since taking my humanities requirement I have decided to minor in history. I have learned so much in my past two years and I know there is plenty more to come

  • 06/23/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    21 of 27

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    Great for these types of students

    Those who like small campuses or a small close community. Students who are looking for a well-rounded academic background, as well as a liberal arts education. Someone who truly loves learning and loves the feel of an intellectual environment, and loves having fun, with or without the books in hand!

    Tips for prospective students

    As everyone will say, get involved! Although the community is small, getting involved in clubs or sports or other activities will always introduce you to new people of similar interests who may become your very close friends! Be more than your grades; although it is important to do well in classes, and in there you should do the best you can, you should always try to branch out and do more - do things you did not think you would do! Get an idea for a honors thesis - if that is something you're interested in doing - and work on it little by little. Watch out for opportunities which may slip by you if you don't pay attention. And (again, I say this because I just got back from England), look to Study Abroad if you wish to travel to another country!

    Bang for the buck

    Yes, UC is expensive. However, you do get quite a bit for those expenses, such as the small classes, the many clubs and societies, the attention from professors, and - and I say this because I just came back from an Abroad experience - a chance to Study Abroad in several countries! In addition, you have the opportunity to do research in any field, not just the sciences! Plus, there are plenty of merit and need-based scholarships which you can watch out for. Plus, there is always outside scholarships, and there are professors on campus who would gladly point you in the right direction to get some more cash if you need it, and would be more than happy to assist you with essays and the like.

    Am enjoying being here

    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!

    Am learning a lot

    This fall semester I will be a senior at UC and I have to say that in my years here I have definitely learned more than I ever thought I would. Since the school is small, the classes - most notably the upper level classes - are small as well, allowing for each individual student to be more than just another filled seat in a large lecture hall. Professors are very helpful and are always willing to meet with students to assist them with any work they have and answer any question which is brought forth. The student community is very engaged in learning, so discussions inside and outside of the classroom will bring forth a learning experience as well.

  • 11/15/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 22 of 27

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for independent students who like to participate in class and can find a balance between classes and a social life.

    Tips for prospective students

    No matter what school you choose, but especially in a small school, get involved early to make friends. These people might turn out to be some of the most awesome people you know.

    Bang for the buck

    The tuition is not cheap. However, the small class sizes and quality of teaching make going here worth it. The food could be better.

    Am enjoying being here

    It's easy to find people with common interests at such a small school. There is a large number of club opportunities as well as weekend socialing.

    Am learning a lot

    All of the professors are interested in their students and what they have to say. While some classes can be a lot of work, for the most part I am enjoying everything about all the classes I am taken and have taken in the past.

  • 10/12/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    9 out of 9 people found this review useful. 23 of 27

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    This is a school for two types of students. If you are that kid who struggled in high school and received mostly low Bs and Cs, this school is going help you become the best you possibly can be. If you put the work in and make an honest effort at improving yourself intellectually, you will be a different person by the time you are a senior. Ursinus is also for that A-/B+ student in high school who probably took a couple of APs and honors. You might have been in the top 10-15% but you felt like an idiot compared to the kids in the top 5%. This is a place where you can shine. You have all the resources available to you and professors who can help you improve to the same level as those top 5% kids in high school. If you're a kid who likes taking advantage of great professors who care, then you will love it here. Promise.

    Tips for prospective students

    You need to like the small town feel. There are maybe 1600 students here; that's smaller than a lot of high schools out there. If you don't like seeing the same people day in and day out and get bored of a structured schedule, this isn't the school for you. It's a good idea to come in with AP/IB credits, as they count for the core requirements and even for the majors. (As of October 2010 anyway.) There are a good number of programs that are offered in many big time universities that aren't offered here and most of the upper level courses are offered on rotation. (As in the class might be offered once every two or three years.) So make sure you have a good idea of what you want to study.

    Bang for the buck

    Look, I'm not going to lie. Ursinus is a very expensive school. If you can somehow get the cost down by getting an Ursinus Scholarship or Creative Writing Scholarship, the cost is worth it. However, even if you have to pay the full 50k+ amount to get here, I would still say the education you receive here is worth it.

    Am enjoying being here

    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.

    Am learning a lot

    The professors teach very well here. They have office hours where they will drop what they are doing immediately to help you and even if they're busy they'll generally be willing to give you a helping hand. Most classes are either Monday Wednesday Friday for 50 minutes or Tuesday Thursday for 1hour 15 minutes each. You'll cover a surprising amount of material in that time, believe me. Even if you don't know a professor, if you just introduce yourself to him or her they are more than willing to receive you with open arms.

  • 10/02/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 24 of 27

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    Great for these types of students

    I think it's a great school for anyone who would prefer a smaller school. We don't have just one type of student, although we're not very racially diverse, although that's mostly due to the location of the school. I know that I chose Ursinus because it's known for having a great Biology and pre-Med program, and also because I noticed how well you get to know your professors at a small school.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you want a campus job your freshman year, you should apply for one as soon as you have access to careernet, around early August. The meal plan can be a bit confusing, but all freshmen have a 19 meals per week plan. After freshman year, you can choose 19, 14, or 10 meals per week. All of the options cost the same, but an additional amount will be charged if you select additional dining dollars. Dining dollars are like currency that can be used at Zack's, Jazzman's, and the Convenience store. Meal credits can only be used at upper Wismer and Zack's (at Zack's, they're currently valued at $5.25). When choosing which freshman dorm to live in, BWC has more triples, which has less floor space per person, and BPS has doubles, a couple quads and suites, and a few singles. Suites have two separate doubles with their own bathroom, and quads are just a large room for 4 people. It seems that the quads are only ever assigned to girls because the college seems to think they need less privacy. I lived in a quad freshman year, and my roommates and I started getting on each others' nerves by the end of the year. I would suggest that if you live in a triple or quad, you should schedule privacy times each week when each person can have the room to him/herself. Try to be open-minded because you have no idea how much you're going to change and grow over the next 4 years!

    Bang for the buck

    Ursinus offers many scholarships, merit and need-based. There's a scholarship weekend in the spring for high school seniors to interview for merit-based scholarships. Also, finding on-campus jobs is relatively easier at Ursinus than at many of the schools my friends attend. You can start an on-campus job as soon as you start your freshman year, and you can apply for a job by early August before freshman year. Also, a laptop is provided for all 4 years, including receiving a new one after sophomore year. Laptop insurance is one of the fees charged with tuition. And resident halls are nicer that at many other schools. The freshman dorms are closest to the various campus buildings, and each building has a kitchen, lounge (with big screen TV), and free laundry facilities. And unlike at many other colleges, you can select the specific room you want to live in each year, through a lottery process.

    Am enjoying being here

    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.

    Am learning a lot

    Since Ursinus is such a small school, you get to know your professors a lot better than you would at a larger school. This makes it a lot easier to contact them outside of class, and they just want to see you succeed. So, from my experiences with many of my professors, they'll help you out in ways professors at larger schools wouldn't. You're able to start laboratory research in your second semester of freshman year, and there are ample opportunities for independent study in any field! Professors will often go out of their way to help you find an internship or the contacts to conduct the research you're interested in. The tutoring program is also very good! Tutoring is free for students, and the tutors get paid by the college. I'm currently a tutor for the college, after receiving help from a tutor in a couple courses. Also, Ursinus has recently started a program called Ursinus is talking about... which features a specific book, play, or other media each semester. Then, throughout that semester, there will be several programs regarding the issues presented in the topic, including lectures, concerts, discussions, presentations, and more. This is sort of continuation of the idea of the common intellectual experience (CIE), which is sort of a freshman forum in a small class setting, which address topics mostly in history, English literature, and philosophy.

  • 12/19/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 25 of 27

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students who are hard working during the week but still want an environment where they can relax on the weekends.

    Bang for the buck

    Even though the college is expensive, the level of education you will receive and the memories you will make are totally worth it!

    Am enjoying being here

    It may take some time getting to small town life, but everyone is so friendly and outgoing that everyone seems to enjoy being at Ursinus!

    Am learning a lot

    You will learn so much while at Ursinus. I've only been here for one semester so far and have grown mentally so much!

  • 08/20/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 out of 5 people found this review useful. 26 of 27

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    I chose Ursinus because I didn't want to feel like a number. Students who enjoy being in smaller classes, and communicating directly with professors and other students will thrive at Ursinus. It is really a community of intellectuals, so students who enjoy learning and experiencing new things should definitely consider applying.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply! My SAT scores slightly lower than the range of their averages, but I took a chance and I got accepted. They really look at a student from all angles, not just your GPA and class rank.

    Bang for the buck

    Ursinus is definitely expensive- which is something that shouldn't be overlooked when choosing a school. However, Ursinus was recently ranked in the top 10 schools for graduate salary vs. price of degree by SmartMoney Magazine. Also, being a private school, they have a large endowment fund, and aid very well.

    Am enjoying being here

    Ursinus is not only a great environment for learning, it's also a great environment for living. Being such a small school, the campus feels more like a neighborhood than a network of buildings. There is always something going on on campus, whether it be a free concert or comic show, to a special exhibition in our art museum, entertainment is easy to find. Also, the campus is about 30 minutes outside of Philadelphia, with public transportation available via SEPTA busses and trains.

    Am learning a lot

    At Ursinus, learning is infectious. Everyone is so knowledgeable, and so eager to teach and pass along information to others. Being a liberal arts school, you get to learn so many things that you might not be exposed to at traditional four year schools.

  • 07/14/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    11 out of 11 people found this review useful. 27 of 27

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students who benefit from small classes and wish to build strong bonds with not only their professors but their advisers as well would love to attend this college. While the work load is a bit strenuous at times, students are never alone. Advisers, professors, librarians, and programs such as the Writing Center are always available for students when they need it. Ursinus College is for students who are serious about there education but also wish to have the opportunity to have a terrific social experience. Ursinus never forgets that the students are still young and enjoy having fun. Programs are in place to ensure that parties are safe, and for those who are still underage, that there is an alternative to drinking. If you like to have fun, but are serious about learning, this college is right for you!

    Tips for prospective students

    In coming students should be sure to attend all events during Freshmen orientation. Be friendly and open to all student. You never who could become a great friend. Don't get stuck in your books throughout the school year. Be sure to have fun and take advantage of everything the school has to offer. While you might be homesick within the first few weeks, try not to go home unless it is necessary. Everyone makes lots of friends the first few weeks of school and you don't want to miss the opportunity.

    Bang for the buck

    Though the school's price may seem very overwhelming at first glance, the Financial Aid department works hard with the students to lessen the burden of paying for school. Jobs are also very available on and off campus. The education provided with the lively social environment is truly worth the cost.

    Am enjoying being here

    There are so many different things to do at Ursinus that I am never bored. Students have have the opportunity to attend parties or throw parties, watch movies in the many lounges, or attend the many different forms of entertainment that the school has provided. Entertainment ranges from magicians, to comedians, to speakers. The school hopes to not only educate students, but allow them to grow socially as well.

    Am learning a lot

    The professors are always there for students anytime the student needs help. It is important to the university that the students truly understand the material, instead of just squeezing by. All of the professors have a wide range of knowledge and allow that knowledge to rub off onto the students.