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Academics

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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!

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 Senior

Academics: The Psychology major is pretty well developed, with a good range of both required and elective courses for the psych major. There are enough professors so that most people can get the classes they want/need. The Philosophy major is also good, with a variety of professors and classes offered. The Japanese minor only has two professors, but they are both very good, and offer classes each semester for the various language levels.

3 College Freshman

Academics: I am finding it difficult to really nail down my major at Ursinus and find the specific courses I want to take. I would really like more from the college on what I need to do for my future

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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
11:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
132
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
60
Total FT Faculty
132
Faculty with Terminal Degree
90%
Average Faculty Salary
$79,554
Full-Time Retention Rate
90%
Graduation Rate
74%
Programs/Majors Offered
37
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
No
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 11 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 strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 12 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

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