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3 College Sophomore

Academics: Academics here are over rated. The school gives a lot of homework and has a pretty strict at tendency policy, but it's pretty easy to get an A in any class if you were able to get A's in high school AP classes. In fact, this is more of an AP high school than a college.

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5 College Sophomore

Academics: Professors are thorough in what they teach students.

4 College Junior

Academics: Professors are accommodating and want/push students to learn and do their best. Registration is easy, help is available if anyone is confused, but I wish there were more class options in the art field, like Bookmaking II, printmaking II or something else more adventurous of an art form. Though I know that the teachers will support branching out to other fields, they can't help to teach it/master other fields

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5 College Sophomore

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

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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!


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Ursinus offers many incredibly challenging fields of study, and students often dig deep into their reserves to think critically about the problems professors give them. Ursinus College is one of the top undergraduate schools for research, and it has remarkable science professors. But don&'t worry—other departments are not neglected in favor of the sciences. History, English, and the arts all play a role in shaping the campus. Students work very hard to achieve good grades but not to the point of vicious, cutthroat competition that is seen at other schools. If anything, Ursinus students seem to be united, working together to overcome the academic obstacles thrown their way.

Academics are the College's strong point. The faculty is genuinely concerned with the students, and the teachers are extremely dedicated to their particular fields of study. Professors are required to take a sabbatical every once in a while to rededicate themselves to their specialty and focus on what they are passionate about. Their exuberance rubs off on students, making everyone here want to constantly achieve more. Ursinus students work very hard and learn a tremendous amount in four short years.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
Total FT Faculty
Faculty with Terminal Degree
Average Faculty Salary
Full-Time Retention Rate
Graduation Rate
Programs/Majors Offered
Academic/Career Counseling?
Remedial Services?
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 79%
  • 20 to 49 students: 20%
  • 50 or more students: 1%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: No
Life Experience Credits: No
Degrees Awarded
Bachelor's degree
Most Popular Majors
  • Biology and Biological Sciences: 7%
  • Economics and Econometrics: 6%
  • Health, Outdoor, and Physical Education: 3%
  • Psychology: 5%
Graduation Requirements
  • Arts/fine arts
  • English (including composition)
  • Foreign languages
  • Mathematics
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Other Academic Offerings
  • Double major
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Student-designed major
  • UN semester
  • Washington semester
Best Places to Study
  • Myrin Library
  • Pfahler Hall of Science
Tips to Succeed
  • At Wismer, go for the garlic breadsticks.
  • Avoid Zack's during rush hour (11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.).
  • Choose classes you will like.
  • Do your homework. It sounds stupid, but it's true. Classes are challenging, and doing the homework makes them infinitely less challenging.
  • Don't neglect the core requirements—this is a liberal arts school, after all. Just because you have to take a science class doesn't mean you can't enjoy it.
  • If you have a problem with anything, report it. Amazingly enough, there are people who listen to your complaints and will actually try to do something about it.
  • Participate in class. Even if your test scores are low and your paper grades are horrible, participating shows the professor you care. Plus, it almost always helps boost your grade.
  • Research your professors and classes. Don't be afraid to email professors you don't know to ask about a class.
  • Use the library. Just because you have your own room and computer doesn't mean you'll get work done. Laptops are portable, and the library has a wireless network.

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 25 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How often do you:    Based on 15 responses

  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 15 responses

  • 7% This was my dream school.
  • 73% This was one of my top choices.
  • 20% This was a school I settled for (safety school).


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