Just the Facts
The name “Ursinus” (pronounced er-sigh-nus) is a Latin version of “Bear.” Ursinus was founded in 1869 and named for a 16th century reformer, teacher and thinker. Zachariah Baer (1534-83) took a Latin version of his German name and became known as Zacharias Ursinus.
Zack, as he is called on campus, was a theologian and scholar at the University of Heidelberg. His egalitarian and unpretentious spirit still exists on campus today. Learn more about the history of Ursinus College.
- Location: Collegeville, Pennsylvania
- Campus: a 170-acre suburban campus located along the Perkiomen Creek, 25 miles from downtown Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- Type: residential, private, liberal arts college
- Student body: 1,500 students from 31 states, DC and Puerto Rico, as well as 22 countries
- Demographics: 51% female, 49% male, 24% identify as people of color
- Degrees awarded: Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science in a wide range of majors and minors
- Popular majors: biology, business and economics, English, psychology, health and exercise physiology and international relations
- Student/faculty ratio: 11 students for each faculty member
- Financial Aid: 99% of students receive some sort of financial assistance.
- Accreditation: Middle States Commission on Higher Education
Our Distinctive Features
|Ursinus is consistently ranked in the top tier of National Liberal Arts Colleges and was one of five schools designated an “Up and Coming” college by U.S. News & World Report. Ursinus is ranked #82 on the prestigious national liberal arts category of the U.S. News & World Report.|
|Only 10 percent of colleges and universities in the U.S. host a chapter of the national honor society Phi Beta Kappa. Ursinus is one of them.|
|Ursinus is among 45 Colleges that Change Lives cited in a book on colleges that help students succeed (by Loren Pope, revised by Hilary Masell Oswald).|
|The Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art at Ursinus is one of only two campus museums in Pennsylvania accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.|
|Ursinus is one of 75 colleges designated to name Bonner Leaders, who set an example in service and leadership.|
|Ursinus is one of the 10 founding members of Project Pericles, and one of 29 Periclean colleges, which encourage community engagement.|
|Ursinus is one of 14 colleges in the nation designated a Peace Corps Preparatory center for students who want to prepare for international service.|
|Ursinus is one of 40 U.S. colleges selected for the rigor of their liberal arts programs whose students are eligible to compete for Watson Fellowships for post-graduate travel and study.|