Since 1869, our commitment to the highest quality academic and residential college experience has been recognized by all who know us. College rankings are pervasive and can provide useful information—if you use them correctly. Remember that rankings and guidebooks are always someone else’s opinion, not yours, and therefore can never fully reflect how you might fit in at Ursinus. To make an informed assessment, you must visit and gather as much information as you can from students, faculty, and graduates of the college.
Colleges That Change Lives
Ursinus is among 40 “Colleges that Change Lives,” cited for the ability to help students succeed. Originally written by Loren Pope, the book was revised and updated in 2012 by Hilary Masell Oswald.
Ursinus’s chapter quotes Pope: “Ursinus is a star of the first magnitude in the small galaxy of colleges that change lives.” It goes on to state that of the students, “each has his or her own tale of transformation.” The book notes a growth in students’ skills and self-confidence during four years at Ursinus, “how their aspirations rise, and how their perspectives broaden.” And it praises Ursinus professors: “The dedication to teaching is legendary.” It notes that students have in common, “civility, character, and an eagerness to learn” and declares that “rigor matters.”
U.S. News Best Colleges
Ursinus was one of only five National Liberal Arts colleges designated an Up and Coming College by U.S. News & World Report in 2013. This designation reflects colleges that have made the most promising and innovative changes in the areas of academics, faculty, student life, campus, or facilities. U.S. News ranks Ursinus in the top tier of National Liberal Arts Colleges at Number 75.
Kiplinger's Personal Finance
Kiplinger’s Personal Finance has included Ursinus College on its list of the country’s best values in private colleges. Kiplinger’s annual list ranks 100 private universities and 100 liberal arts colleges. The 2014 lists represent the colleges that provide high-quality academics at a reasonable cost. The colleges, according to Kiplinger, “exemplify the attributes parents and students look for in higher education, including small class sizes, a good freshman retention rate and a high four-year graduation rate.” The magazine points out that although private schools can carry higher sticker prices than in-state prices at public schools, one must figure in financial aid to get the sticker price. Kiplinger’s rankings measure academic quality and affordability. more>
Washington Monthly includes Ursinus College in a new ranking called Best Bang for Your Buck colleges and universities. The list is U.S. colleges in America that do the “best job of helping non-wealthy students attain marketable degrees at affordable prices.” The exclusive list includes 349 “best bang for the buck” schools out of 1,572 colleges and universities in the broader rankings. Ursinus College is 54th on a list of only 70 liberal arts colleges. Ursinus is #263 of all 349 schools which made the list. more>
Guide to Green Colleges
Ursinus is annually included in The Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 Green Colleges. The Princeton Review, in collaboration with the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), cites the most environmentally responsible “green colleges.” It notes that Ursinus has made “important strides” in campus sustainability practices, including the organic farm, wetlands and bike-sharing program.
Fiske Guide to Colleges
The Fiske 2013 guide notes Ursinus’ “attention from faculty.” “At Ursinus you can truly make a name for yourself,” it quotes one sophomore. The Fiske Guide notes that “Professors draw praise for their skills in the classroom;” and “Ursinus is on the rise.”
The Princeton Review
The Princeton Review has cited Ursinus College as one of the country’s best colleges for undergraduate education, for its academic rigor and campus culture in its 2013 edition of the annual college guide, “The Best 377 Colleges.” Only 15 percent of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges are profiled in the guide. Based on student response, the guidebook describes Ursinus as a “close-knit college community” which “offers an exceptional academic record.” The culture “provides accessibility to professors” . . . enabling a better learning experience.” This is “a campus filled with motivated students and professors who worked toward every student’s success.”
The Yale Daily News Guide
The Yale editors say that Ursinus is “known for the close relationships between faculty and students,” developed from the first days of The Common Intellectual Experience, the required freshman course. “This liberal studies seminar epitomizes the value that the staff at Ursinus puts on the development of conversational skills and well-roundedness of its students.” It cites “activities galore” and mentions everything from The Grizzly to the scuba club. Finally, it calls Ursinus “a place where tradition and history matter.”
Parade Magazine has listed Ursinus as a top school for pre-Med in its 2011 Parade’s College A-list.