Location
Collegeville, PA
Undergrads
1,651
Tuition
$43,270
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Reviews 443 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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4 College Junior

Academics: Expect to be doing your work and going to class or you will fail. But it is a great school if you want to receive a unique education and enjoy doing so!

5 College Junior

Academics: Great professors! They actually know you by name. Each department is basically a community within the whole Ursinus community. There is a lot to participate in within your field and opportunities to receive help when it is needed!

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4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Professors expect you to come to class. Freshman dorms more strict than other buildings.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: i received a scholarship from the school because of personal achievement.

4 College Junior

Athletics: nice pool and gyms, up to date equipment

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5 College Junior

Campus Strictness: It's hard to get into a lot of trouble.

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5 College Junior

Campus Housing: Housing lottery is done poorly. However, I love all the dorms on campus.

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4 College Junior

Diversity: For a small liberal arts college with a strange name, I would say campus is pretty diverse.

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4 College Junior

Athletics: The atheltics building is great, needs to be bigger.

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5 College Junior

Nightlife: You can rage whenever you want! Reimert is where most partying happens, and on Main Street. Parties are registered through the school so they are regulated but they are a great time!

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3 College Junior

Weather: Main Street and most of Campus floods when it rains! Awesome hills of snow sledding though!

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4 College Junior

Majors: Be sure in what you want to do for the rest of your life.

Ursinus focuses a lot on Science.

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4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Campus Safety enforces rules and such.

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4 College Junior

Transportation: It's easy to catch a bus and most upperclassmen have cars and are willing to drive. Not much is in walking distance but necessities are.

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5 College Junior

Drug Safety: I'm not gonna lie, alcohol usage is a big part of the social scene at Ursinus. Heavy drinkers are praised. However, everyone at Ursinus just wants to have a good time and if you hanging out with everyone and not drinking is your idea of fun people will not judge you as long as you're down to have fun otherwise. No one pressures anyone. Most drinking takes place in Reimert and on certain Main Street houses.

Campus Safety patrols and keeps things under control and punishment is dealt when people are doing something stupid or breaking rules.

5 College Junior

Guys & Girls: I think Ursinus has fairly attractive students! I think people actually care about what they look like and try to look their best. I think its a very fashionable school; people dress well. Although it is very common for sweats and workout gear as well. The school is very nonjudgmental. I say the girls at the school are better looking (in general) than the guys.

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4 College Junior

Campus Dining: I don't have any complaints about the food. Sometimes they don't have anything I really like but most days I think there is a lot of variety and options.

5 College Junior

Scholarships: I got the financial aid I needed. It's not hard to get financial aid at this school. I don/t know of anyone who pays in full.

4 College Senior

Drug Safety: We really don't have any problems other than the weekend throw-up in bathrooms and the occasional student having to go to the hospital for alcohol poisoning. Typical college.

2 College Senior

Athletics: Not many people attend athletic events at Ursinus. The gym is nice but small and both athletes and other students have to share it so it gets really crowded.

3 College Senior

Parking: It can be hard to get a spot and the spots fill up really quickly so you will probably end up in the gravel parking lot behind New which is kind of far away. It also costs a lot to park - $90 a year.

3 College Senior

Campus Housing: For the most part the rooms are a good size. Everyone gets along and there really are no problems. It can get really dirty on weekends and reimert is always disgusting. Everything is close to classes - it takes about 5 minutes to get anywhere on campus.

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3 College Senior

Nightlife: There is a lot of drinking and parties but it is VERY repetitive.

2 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: There are a few options but if you don't have a car you can't really get to them. Marzella's is a good pizza place with $1 slices after 9pm but they don't stay open very late. Off campus dining is not so great since collegeville is basically no-where-ville.

3 College Senior

Greek Life: Not many national sororities or fraternities. There is a lot of tension between the locals and the nationals. Greek life isn't huge but then again we are a small school to begin with.

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Overall ExperienceWhat's This?

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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