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Ursinus College: Narrative Description


Box 1000, Main St.
Collegeville, PA 19426-1000
Tel: (610)409-3000
Admissions: (610)409-3200
Fax: (610)489-0627
E-mail: [email protected]
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Independent, 4-year, coed. Awards bachelor's degrees. Founded 1869. Setting: 168-acre suburban campus with easy access to Philadelphia. Endowment: $105 million. Research spending 2003-04: $154,811. Educational spending 2003-04: $9892 per student. Total enrollment: 1,499. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 11:1. 1,801 applied, 73% were admitted. 48% from top 10% of their high school class, 79% from top quarter, 94% from top half. 3 National Merit Scholars, 9 class presidents, 7 valedictorians, 73 student government officers. Full-time: 1,484 students, 53% women, 47% men. Part-time: 15 students, 87% women, 13% men. Students come from 28 states and territories, 14 other countries, 37% from out-of-state, 0.3% Native American, 3% Hispanic, 7% black, 4% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 2% international, 0% 25 or older, 91% live on campus, 0.3% transferred in. Retention: 88% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: social sciences and history; area/ethnic studies; psychology. Core. Calendar: semesters. ESL program, advanced placement, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, double major, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships. Off campus study at Howard University, American University, Butler University. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early admission, early decision, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, 2 recommendations, a graded paper. Recommended: interview, SAT Subject Tests. Required for some: SAT or ACT. Entrance: very difficult. Application deadlines: 2/15, 1/15 for early decision. Notification: 4/1, 2/1 for early decision.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $50. Comprehensive fee: $38,800 includes full-time tuition ($31,450) and college room and board ($7350). Part-time tuition: $1048 per credit.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 105 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities, local fraternities, local sororities; 26% of eligible men and 38% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Environmental Action Committee, Habitat for Humanity, Campus Activities Board, Christian Fellowship, Multicultural Student Union. Major annual events: homecoming, Air Band Competition, Spring Fling. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, student EMT Corps for first aid/emergency first response. 1,329 college housing spaces available; all were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Myrin Library plus 2 others with 200,000 books, 155,000 microform titles, 900 serials, 17,500 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $837,357. 350 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Collegeville is 25 miles northwest of Philadelphia. Within a one-hour drive are museums, libraries, historical sights, educational institutions, recreational facilities, and theaters. Part-time employment is available.

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