Location
Collegeville, PA
Undergrads
1,651
Tuition
$43,270
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Reviews 417 total reviews with an average rating of 3.4

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: For the price i would expect things to be a little better.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Everyone is cool with each other, it really is the perfect place to be.

5 College Freshman

Computers: Everyone gets their own computer and everything is well.

5 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: We are a liberal arts school in the middle of nowhere pa. They cant be to strict and its awesome.

3 College Freshman

Parking: I really can't say much considering i do not have a car on campus.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: i play 2 varsity sports, for us everything is good.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: We have 2 places to eat upper and lower. Many people i talk to have many more options to eat.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Everything in my is in walking distance. I dont have a car and it is not a problem.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: I know of a few people in frats and such and everyone gets along just fine.

3 College Freshman

Weather: My campus does not close for anything, other campuses like WCU has snow days but we dont.

4 College Freshman

Majors: They have something for everyone at my school, and i am happy with my major choice.

4 College Freshman

Majors: I am in the ESS program and it really helps, all the teachers know what they are talking about and i feel like i am actually learning.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Honestly my college is the best i would not want to go anywhere else.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There could be a few more things, but overall it is pretty good.

2 College Freshman

Scholarships: To do the FAFSA is so hard you need ever single move you have ever made in life to complete it. They also don't give fair amounts in my opinion.

3 College Senior

Scholarships: The admissions office (including financial aid) is a bureaucratic nightmare, but if you keep trying and get things in on time it's usually okay.

3 College Senior

Greek Life: The Greek life is actually pretty good in my opinion (I'm a part of it), but it operates differently from a lot of other schools. For example, there are no specific houses for different organizations like there are at some other schools. Parties on campus have to be registered, which means they need hosts, so usually only larger organizations like Greeks or sports teams throw parties, and often two or more organizations get together to throw parties together.

4 College Senior

Academics: The Psychology major is pretty well developed, with a good range of both required and elective courses for the psych major. There are enough professors so that most people can get the classes they want/need. The Philosophy major is also good, with a variety of professors and classes offered. The Japanese minor only has two professors, but they are both very good, and offer classes each semester for the various language levels.

4 College Senior

Athletics: There hasn't seemed to be a lot of school/fan spirit around sporting events, but to counter that some students started a club specifically for the spirit of raising school spirit. The teams are usually tight-knit and have the support of each other and their friends, and the athletic facilities are quite good.

3 College Senior

Campus Strictness: The campus is strict with things like drugs, and drinking in the freshman dorms, but people can drink in upperclassman dorms as long as it's not a party and there aren't too many people. If it is a party, the people involved could get in trouble if the party isn't registered. Cheating in classes is obviously not accepted, and while the school wants each professor to put something about attendance in their syllabi, that's usually up to the teacher. Some professors are very strict about attendance, and some don't care very much because in the end it's up to the student to do his or her own work and get to class.

College Senior

Majors: I have not had an internship. I studied abroad instead.

College Senior

Majors: Again, I have not had an internship.

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3 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: I don't go out into the "town" much, because it's basically just a college town - the college, the colleges mainstreet houses, and them behind them a bunch of neighborhood houses. Some of the professors live in the nearby neighborhood, so I've been to a few of their houses, but I wouldn't call that nightlife.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: I like a lot of the off-campus dining options, and I'm impressed with the number of non-American food restaurants there are (Japanese, Chinese, Indian, Mediterranean, etc.) for such a small town. The non-ethnic food (pizza, burgers, etc.) is also really good.

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3 College Senior

Health & Safety: Safety on campus is pretty good, with the biggest problem just being binge drinking. The health center is not very useful, since it isn't even open on weekends or after five.

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Students love this school, despite its drawbacks. It is not big or in a nice cultural area; the town offers little to do; and the food on campus definitely could use improvement. But Ursinus' strength lies in its excellent academic program, and the students and professors are a tight-knit group. There are no graduate students that teach classes here. Instead, almost all courses are taught by someone with a doctorate or the highest degree in their field. The professors have a passion for what they teach, and this bleeds into the passion students get when they learn new material. Of course, this doesn't mean that the professors are perfect. Some hold themselves in very high regard because of their degrees, others forget that students aren't quite at their level, and several assign insane amounts of work with brutal deadlines. But that's college—students are forced to manage their time and push themselves academically to new levels, and professors do their best to ensure that students successfully make the leap from high school to college.

The town of Collegeville is picturesque in parts, but it doesn't have much for college students to do. Ursinus is a secure campus with not-so-wonderful campus food, but there are lots of off-campus options. Philadelphia is close but still far enough away for Ursinus to be removed from a large-city setting. In general, this is a small school in a small town. Most students will graduate having met almost everyone who goes here, while also receiving an excellent education. Ursinus is becoming increasingly recognized in the world of colleges. Harvard, for example, has cited Ursinus as an inspiration for its own programs in academics and study abroad. The College has a lot of wonderful aspects, and it has a lot of potential to become one of the finest schools on the East Coast—that is, if students can still tolerate the food by then.

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