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4 College Sophomore

Local Area: Collegeville itself is hardly anything the rave about, though it does have some attractions. However, it's not too far from King of Prussia mall, Philly and neighboring towns, so your options if you bother to look, are actually quite diverse.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I would say the #1 mistake UC students make is thinking "I am safe" at all times. This is a wonderful feeling to have, but you must remember that regardless of the fact that we are small, our campus is regularly patrolled and protected, and you have "so many friends and never go anywhere alone" you cannot afford to take your safety for granted. Lock your door, do not let people into your building you do not feel comfortable with, do not let a drunk friend be dragged off by some dude (or a girl). The officers are there to protect you, and they do a great job, but you have to do your part. Don't be stupid. If you want to party like an adult, you have to be responsible like one too. See something, say something,

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: We don't have a lot of people, but the ones we do have are generally attractive, fun and smart. No really. All three. There are two types of people on campus: the people who hook up and the people that date. That being said, these groups are not exclusive. Many dating relationships were born out of a hook up. However, bear in mind that though we're in college and ought to be able to act like adults and not care who banged who...we still care. And we'll still talk about it. Especially if we saw you two together. So make your choices with the knowledge that it's not just you that knows about them...it's all of Wismer, too.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: A product of being a smaller school, our Greek life is also small. Their are only about two national chapters, all the others are local. They are most known for throwing parties. Greek life is very popular-- after all, in a community this tiny, finding a niche is important. Rushing is easy, pledging is rough, as always. While I've never heard any (confirmed) stories particularly horrific, take comfort in the fact that there is absolutely no smoking, drinking or general partying during pledging. The school is very strict when prohibiting hazing. You'll be asked to do the usual stupid stuff: eat a jar of mayo, don't talk to boys, wash the PM's car, etc. You will not be forced to do anything you do not feel comfortable with, nor will you be judged for choosing to remain a GDI, Our school may be unique in that it makes you wait until your sophomore year to rush/pledge.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Possibly the best thing about our program is that the gym-- all the equipment in the workout room, the indoor track, the pool, etc-- are open, free of charge, to students. Wanna ball? Go for it. Running routes on the turf for football at midnight? Word, no one will stop you. The Perkiomen trail is next to the campus, easily accessible for runs, bike routes, etc. Almost everyone works out in some capacity.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: The closer your housing is to campus, it means two things: it's safer, and it's more expensive. Collegeville is a residential area, so there are off-campus housing options abounding...the monthly rent is a little high. The farther you venture from campus, the harder your life gets: you'll have to find a parking spot in the morning, possibly the worst time on earth in terms of availability, and in a matter of a couple blocks, the area goes from picturesque to shady. As in, the mail man will not leave packages on your doorstep shady. The dorms aren't the Ritz, but they're better sometimes than the other options.

4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: The party scene may not be massive, since we as a college are not massive. However, it is largely unhindered by admin. Keg parties, open bar parties, open to campus parties, formals, themed parties, you name it, we got it. If it's a holiday, we're drinking. If it's Saturday, we're drunk. Be careful crossing from Main Street to Reimert when you're smashed...the cars don't apply breaks liberally. Main Street house parties are okay, but where it gets wild is Reimert, because everyone pretty much ends up there. When the weather is good we'll stand outside and drink, smoke, and talk. When it's bad we're doing the same thing inside. Lots of dancing suites if you're into that, but if you're a philosophical drunk who wants to listen to new age music and contemplate the meaning of life, don't worry: we have a suite for that too. Whatever your scene is, we have it. And we'll give you a shot with it.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: It's great if you have a car, if you do not your options are limited. On main street alone (within walking distance of the school) there is a 24/7 wawa, a diner open 24 hrs and a McDonald's. There's also two pub/tavern type places next to one another, and a third up the road. Dunkin Donuts, Thai cuisine, Domino's, Chinese and Indian are all also very close. Within driving distance are "date night" type places such as PF Chang's, Olive Garden, Texas Roadhouse, Sushi, Mexican, you name it. Affordable options for students both over and under 21. Beware: when it's late at night and your stress-hunger kicks in, Wawa is going to become your go-to. Watch this, because you will easily run yourself broke. It is much easier to sign up for pea-pod delivery through the local giant and have groceries in your room, rather than spend 10 dollars per night on clubs and mac n cheese.

5 College Sophomore

Administration: We'll tell you we are a wet campus. What we mean by this is pack your floaty wings kiddies, you're going swimming. The only alcohol rules are: none in the freshman dorms and no open containers in the hallways of others. Other than that, go buck wild, but try to keep it together. The admin does not want you causing problems for the police, it gives the school a bad name. So they will try to handle it themselves, in the form of keeping an eye out for belligerent drunks. If they catch you throwing up, peeing outside, doing anything along the lines of stupid and/or disrespectful to the campus or others, prepare yourself for a citation. If you're high as a kite or drunk as a skunk but keeping yourself pulled together, they'll smile and wave and let you be on your merry way to more bad decision making. Drugs are easy to come by, though the quality is questionable.

If you bully or assault another student, plagiarize or steal, you will 100% wish all you were was drunk and coked out of your brain. They will bring the hammer down on you pretty severely for things that reflect poor character. But as far as partying goes, you'll be sent to an alcohol class and asked to keep yourself in check before they release you to the wild. There are also two bars within walking distance, though many people opt to stay on campus for the parties.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Ursinus has a ridiculously high price tag, the saving grace is their willingness to give out money.

If you play sports, have good grades and qualify for need-based aid, you are looking at a huge discount. I have known people that had financial problems after a year or two and wrote to the office asking for more aid..and received it. They are willing to help you and if they can't do anything directly, they will happily point you in the right direction.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: It's not your mom's cooking, and nowhere probably will be. That being said, they certainly try and don't miss the mark too often. There are options abounding, pizza is a fail-safe, as is the salad bar. If you are tired of Upper, there is always Lower Wismer. The catch here is that a meal credit, while good to swipe you into upper and awards you unlimited time and food, is only good for $6 and change down below. This means that you better really enjoy that burrito because that is all you're getting. The plus of lower is that the hours of operation run later than upper, though usually the wait does too.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Campus Housing is widely varied at Ursinus College. All freshmen live in the same dorms, which are generally the worst in terms of cleanliness, quality and value. However, once you have your freshman year out of the way, you are entered in the housing lottery. This is when it seriously pays to already have a roommate picked out, because you could have a great number and pick anywhere to live...or a number so low there are literally no spots left when your turn comes to pick. In this event, you are put on a waiting list which can yield results that range from fantastic to disastrous. The two best quality buildings are North and New hall, though even they are not great. Air con is minimal, heating is worse, the walls are paper thin and there are always at least four things broken. Main street houses are cute, cozy and usually pretty spacious, though you will most likely have to deal with parties on the weekends, old facilities and a general coat of filth. Speaking of filth, Riemert is the sparkling gem in the crown of bad dorms. It is the only dorm that is fully party-functional every weekend, housing multiple sports and greek organizations, and embraces an open container rule in the courtyard. To keep it functioning as a nightclub, it must have a minimum student capacity housing which is a large reason why many groups grin and bear the overwhelming stench of stale beer, one night stands, and desperation.

The dorms are certainly not the worst things on earth, but most of the time they are not anything to write home about. Beware, Ursinus is known to cram more than two students into a spacious double and call it a single...bunk beds are handy in this case.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Don't know too much but from what I hear its okay.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Not really needed for me since i mostly eat on campus

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: Definitely a great addition if you consider partying fun

4 College Freshman

Administration: I feel that other than drug policy, the strictness is fair

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: School is very pricey but they incorporated this into financial aid package which helped me a lot

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: It's okay, but there are not a lot of healthy choices to choose from especially for vegetarians. Variety is okay and value is not good at all. Way too over priced for simple items like a burger and fries.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Campus life is okay. Dorms are okay but freshman living is not great. Best options are to live in newer buildings if your lottery number allows for it. Socially there are outlets and clubs you can join but since its so small theres not much to offer.

2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The only things that are remotely good are Wawa and the diner.

4 College Freshman

Administration: The administration is very positive and always willing to help.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: The financial aid office is rather cordial but just a tad stingy with money.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: The party scene is cool for the first few weeks but then it gets old pretty quick. Its just a bunch of white people getting drunk and acting a fool. There is limited space with good music too, ugh. Sometimes it's just not fun at all.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: The food is pretty awesome. I don't think that the food is bad at all.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The housing is average, but it is kept up nicely. The cleaning staff is always keeping a do diligence to keep the place nice and tidy which is always a plus.

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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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