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5 College Sophomore

Facilities: That's a tough question; there are a lot of things to choose from. I think everything is unique about Ursinus. The statues we have are pretty unique; they catch everyone's eye and the ones of people are so realistic that my parents always mistake them for real people. It is hilarious. The Main Street houses are also awesome and the housing tuition is the same for it. This semester, I will be living in Clamer Hall. I like it because it looks like a castle. It's farther from school, but closer to the market, which I go to at least semi-weekly, so it's helpful.

3 College Freshman

Facilities: The buildings themselves are pretty old, aside from the brand new dorms. But the college keeps up with them and renovates often.

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4 College Freshman

Facilities: The professors are very passionate. The classes are very small, and this allows them to know your name and personality. At the end of the semester many professors invite the class over for dinner, for general discussion and also to discuss how the semester went.

1 College Junior

Facilities: The campus is ugly, it doesn't make sense. Bio 101 is crazy, and not in the "I feel good about this" kind of way...NOOOO!!! Take that class at a community college! The neuro program seems fine so far. Dr Bish is great! There is literally nothing to do unless you party!!! Best advice: choose another school! Trust me...you can do better! The tuition is not worth it!

2 College Junior

Facilities: Literally spend 55,000 dollars for a school with a crappy gym, horrible food, no nightlife off campus to speak of. Professors that are just average, and on top of that it is hard to get classes now with the reforms of the Fong Dynasty (the new President). If you're a smart kid with money to spend, by all means don't go to Ursinus, there is literally no reason for people to come here unless you play a sport. Although I was a baseball player and still, it wasn't worth it. There are tons of other schools that offer way better programs in better areas with more diverse and stimulating activities and people. Do not waste your time or money here unless you want to go to med school. Even then I would think twice.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 305th
    Greenest Campuses
  • 345th
    Best Performance Venues
  • 570th
    Best Athletic Facilities
  • 669th
    Best Library
  • 917th
    Best Student Centers

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

The facilities are extremely nice. The campus has a good mix of old and new buildings, making it a classic and traditional campus as well as a forward-looking, modern school. The gym and Wismer Center are both space-age, and Kaleidoscope Performing Arts Center is extremely industrial. Pfahler, Bomberger, and Berman are very old buildings (Bomberger dates back to the 1800s), and the inside of each is impressive. Pfahler, in particular, has a dazzling appearance—the outside is largely unchanged since the 1920s, but, thanks to a renovation, the inside is gorgeous and has been transformed to ensure that forward-thinking scientific research is continually achieved.

Bomberger, the oldest classroom building on campus which underwent a renovation in 2006, includes a beautifully restored auditorium and offices. Of course, there are some facilities that are not so impressive. Ritter Center is a relic from the 1970s; originally built as a "temporary" building, it still stands. In general, there are true bright spots on the campus, but there are also a couple of not-so-great facilities.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
Campus Size
170 acres
Student Centers
Wismer Center
Campus Library?
Main Libraries
Myrin Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • Jazzman's Café
  • Olin Plaza
  • Wismer lower lounge
Bar on Campus
Bowling on Campus
Coffeehouse on Campus
Jazzman's Café
Movie Theater on Campus
"Green" Initiatives
There are many sustainability programs on campus. One is BikeShare, where students, faculty, and staff are able to sign out bikes during daylight hours for $10 an academic year. EcoReps places student sustainability volunteers in dorms around campus, with the role of implementing sustainability awareness events.
School Slang
  • Failure Hall: Pfahler Hall
  • The Kiosk: Generally speaking, Olin Plaza. There really is a kiosk in Olin Plaza, but students use the term in a general sense when deciding on a meeting location.
  • The PAC/The `Scope : The Kaleidoscope Performing Arts Center
  • The Quad: BPS freshman dorm center
  • The Wiz: Wismer Dining Hall
  • Greek Week: The Ursinus Greek community has at least one of these a year. It's an event where Greek organizations get together and compete for the prize of being the best Greek club.
  • Sliding before Graduation: Situated between Pfahler, Thomas, Reimert, and BWC, there is a pair of fountains that have a downward slope, which students slide down before graduating.
Urban Legends
J.D. Salinger, who was a student at Ursinus in 1938, supposedly based descriptions in his novel, "The Catcher in the Rye," on actual experiences at Ursinus.
Favorite Things To Do
Between classes, students often stop by Jazzman's Café to get a jolt of caffeine. Airband, held once a year, is a lip-sync/dance-routine contest and fundraiser that draws a huge crowd—even professors participate. There are always two or three plays a semester, and student art is on display at the Berman Museum of Art. For the more fit, the Bakes Fitness Center is the place to be, with state-of-the-art gym equipment, a huge field house, a swimming pool, and a dance studio. You can surf the wireless Internet, go to the free gym, relax at Jazzman's Café, watch an Eagles game in the Wismer lower lounge, attend a play, go to the on-campus museum, or watch Ursinus sports, especially women's rugby—the largest sport on campus.
Student Organizations Web Site
Student Newspaper
The Grizzly
Student Activities Offered
  • Campus ministries
  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • International student organization
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Model UN
  • Music ensembles
  • Pep band
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student newspaper
  • Student-run film society
  • Television station
  • Yearbook
Air Force ROTC: No
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: No

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 12 responses

Very poor
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

How would you describe the student center/union?    Based on 13 responses

  • 23% The student center is in need of a major renovation.
  • 38% The student center serves its purpose but is not a popular hangout.
  • 31% The student center is great but isn't central to student life.
  • 8% The student center is state-of-the-art and the hub of student life.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 13 responses

  • 8% I hate my school and have no school spirit.
  • 0% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 62% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 31% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.


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