Reimagining the Liberal Arts:
Celebrate, Rededicate, Anticipate
About Ursinus College
Ursinus College is an undergraduate liberal arts college offering 60 programs of study, a comprehensive core curriculum, research opportunities, and academic rigor. Its first-year program, The Common Intellectual Experience (CIE), stands at the heart of our College’s mission, providing our students with a breadth of diverse literature which prompts them to wrestle with meaningful issues regarding humanity and our place in the universe.
Chartered in 1869, Ursinus is named for the distinguished 16th-century Reformation Scholar Zacharias Ursinus of the University of Heidelberg. The College’s rich legacy includes a historical relationship with the United Church of Christ. Today Ursinus College is independent and non-denominational, enrolling 1,750 students from 35 states and 12 countries.
A 12:1 student/faculty ratio enables a learning environment in which as engaged faculty teaches, mentors, and partners with students in a process of intellectual growth, personal development, civic engagement, and multi-faceted achievement.
In addition to requiring in-depth study in one or more major fields, students are also asked to complete a broad-based core experience and one or more independent learning experiences (ILE). Ursinus maintains a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa and its students frequently receive Fulbright Scholarships, Thomas J. Watson Fellowships, Udall Scholarships, Goldwater Scholarships, Kemper Foundations Scholarships, and UNCF-Merck Foundation Research Stipends, among several distinguished awards. Aakash Shah, 2010, is Ursinus College’s first Rhodes Scholar.
In addition to their dedication to excellent teaching, the superior work of the Ursinus faculty is reflected in the grants and honors awarded each year, including Howard Hughes grants to fund science curricular enhancements and research, and National Science Foundation awards. In other areas, grants from foundations such as Mellon, Teagle, and the National Endowment for the Arts have supposed faculty and programs from politics to the performing arts.