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Reviews 478 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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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.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Most sophomores live in main street houses and they tend to be very popular. They're "off campus" but much of the property in Collegeville is owned by the school.

3 College Freshman

Administration: It's a wet campus, so underage drinking isn't enforced. You're not supposed to have alcohol in the freshman dorms, which most people do not follow but the repercussions aren't awful. Weed is seen as much worse than alc and the consequences follow that.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: There's a big merit scholarship that goes up to about 21k/year, and the college pays for more of your need-based tuition.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: Rugby parties are usually pretty great, some suites are better/safer than others...Lacrosse is widely known to be awful. There's always something to do on weekends and you'll always be able to find alcohol.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: It's probably better than other campus's food, and Simple Servings is always pretty solid.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Marzella's Pizza is inexpensive and is open until 10, Wawa is open 24 hours but that's the only real late-night dining.

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The freshman dorms and RA's are pretty great and focus on building the community of the freshman. As a rising sophomore, I've noticed that there are a lot of opportunities to see the housing options beyond freshman year. I've been to a few of the Main St. houses, which also has special interest housing such as the arts/writing house, the international house, and queer house. There are two upperclassmen dorms that are located on campus and are pretty popular.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Main streets are the bomb yooo

5 College Sophomore

Academics: Solid in my department, it varies depending on the major.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: I barely go off campus because I want to make the most of my meal plan, and the food in wismer is pretty good. it's not incredible, but it's very enjoyable, especially the salad bar.

4 College Sophomore

Local Area: it's pretty close but also isolated from philly.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: literally no one lives off campus unless they already live in town or they're married. Off campus housing is your parents home.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: They give a lot of aid and they're super helpful if you call the financial services office.

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4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: There are many non national options to choose from and they do a lot for the community.

College Sophomore

Majors: do not currently have internship

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I absolutely love Ursinus. There's a new event each year called Mayday - it's a free outdoor concert for all students. It was a huge success in it's first year and it will continue to happen annually. There are events on campus every week in addition to parties.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Students do very well after leaving Ursinus. A huge number pursue a doctorate or a master's. We have a very high acceptance into each of these.

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3 College Sophomore

Local Area: The "local" atmosphere is mostly the Philly area. A lot of students end up living in the general Philly area, but not specifically in the college town.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Food: The food system is set up rather poorly. There also aren't late night options on campus. There are currently actions being taken on campus to fix this however.

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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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