It was a dark and dreary day… We were worried we were going to get wet. We entered the Ursinus Admissions office early on the second day of our tour where we were met by Assistant Director, Erin Dickerson. She quickly brightened our day.
Ursinus is a fantastic Liberal Arts College that produces top-notch students. Three-fourths of the graduating seniors go on to graduate school and 95% of the graduates in ’07 are either employed or in graduate school. The most populated majors are biology, business & economics and english. Every student has an opportunity to study abroad or hold internships.
Retention is very important to the college. Every student is issued a laptop and this is upgraded during their sophomore year (a great reason to stay at UC). There are more than 80 clubs for students to be active in, something for everyone. Freshmen are required to enroll in the Common Intellectual Experience (two seminars in their first year) which helps them employ the critical thinking process throughout their education and life. They also cluster the freshman in the centrally located residence halls to promote good college habits. There is a 13% diversity in the student body and students are strongly encouraged to become involved in the campus community (there are many minority associations to belong to). A special Bridge Program has been set up to help underrepresented students in the transition to college. These students arrive on campus three weeks prior to the start of classes. UC certainly focuses on the success of the first-year students which creates a strong foundation for future learning.
The faculty serve as advisors to all students in the first year and meet with students often. Advisors are there to support the students personally and academically with first year jitters. There is also a Career Services Office on campus that works with students on research opportunities and helps them to create a body of work to show potential employers or post-graduate school. Advising in subsequent years falls within the major course of study the student has chosen.
There are several financial aid opportunities for students who want to attend Ursinus. $27 million was given to students last year in aid. If you want to attend, they will find a way to help with the financial responsibilities. Visit http://www.ursinus.edu/ for admissions requirements and to read more about this thoughtful college.
And just in case you were wondering…we got soaked while leaving the building. Sadly, we were not able to take a walking tour of the campus. What we could see by driving around was very pleasing and comfortable looking.