Our Educational Philosophy

The Ursinus educational philosophy encourages students to think for themselves, so that they may become mature, responsible independent adults in an interdependent world.

Ursinus students do not just learn science—they do science.  They do not merely write—they also publish. They learn foreign languages, then travel to other nations to use those languages in the context of the cultures from which they sprang.

The Ursinus educational philosophy is based on the belief that professor and student are equal and active partners in student achievement. Each contributes, each takes, and each grows and is fulfilled in the experience.

Student Research

  • <span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1042-ursinussummer-a-moral-investigation"><img src="/live/image/gid/76/width/339/height/208/crop/1/7530__mg_2307_edit.rev.1436720379.jpg" alt="Krista Snyder discussing the ethics of cognitive-enhancing drugs with faculty mentor Professor Kelly Sorensen." class="lw_image" width="339" height="208" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/76/width/339/height/208/crop/1/7530__mg_2307_edit.rev.1436720379.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/76/width/339/height/208/crop/1/7530__mg_2307_edit.rev.1436720379.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1650" data-max-h="1100"/></a></span><div class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/1042-ursinussummer-a-moral-investigation">#UrsinusSummer: A Moral Investigation</a></div>
  • <span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/2687-ursinus-alumna-wins-research-award"><img src="/live/image/gid/31/width/339/height/208/crop/1/src_region/0,0,626,750/20763_Acton_Headshot2.rev.1520459235.jpg" alt="Riley Acton, Class of 2015, Mathematics and Business & Economics" class="lw_image" width="339" height="208" data-max-w="626" data-max-h="750"/></a></span><div class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/2687-ursinus-alumna-wins-research-award">Graduate Economics Research on Tuition Earns Alumna Praise</a></div>
  • <span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1029-ursinussummer-wild-food-for-thought"><img src="/live/image/gid/40/width/339/height/208/crop/1/7420__mg_2245a_edit.rev.1436016574.jpg" alt="Summer Fellow McGillis '16 stands by a linden tree with edible leaves on the Ursinus campus." class="lw_image" width="339" height="208" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/40/width/339/height/208/crop/1/7420__mg_2245a_edit.rev.1436016574.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/40/width/339/height/208/crop/1/7420__mg_2245a_edit.rev.1436016574.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1650" data-max-h="1100"/></a></span><div class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/1029-ursinussummer-wild-food-for-thought">#UrsinusSummer: Wild Food for Thought</a></div>
  • <span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/225-catching-up-on-the-news"><img src="/live/image/gid/26/width/339/height/208/crop/1/751_summer-fellow.rev.1404413103.jpg" alt="Summer Fellow Lindsay Doyle with English Professor Rebecca Jaroff." class="lw_image" width="339" height="208" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/26/width/339/height/208/crop/1/751_summer-fellow.rev.1404413103.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/26/width/339/height/208/crop/1/751_summer-fellow.rev.1404413103.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1200" data-max-h="800"/></a></span><div class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/225-catching-up-on-the-news">Catching Up on the News</a></div>
  • <span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/228-hold-the-bug-spray"><img src="/live/image/gid/40/width/339/height/208/crop/1/763_summer-fellow-bio1.rev.1405015385.jpg" alt="Summer fellows Jamie Faselt (r) and Phoenixia Rene." class="lw_image" width="339" height="208" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/40/width/339/height/208/crop/1/763_summer-fellow-bio1.rev.1405015385.jpg 2x" data-max-w="1000" data-max-h="650"/></a></span><div class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/228-hold-the-bug-spray">Hold the Bug Spray</a></div>
  • <span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/341-water-quality-in-ocean-city"><img src="/live/image/gid/40/width/339/height/208/crop/1/1318_lagoons-2.rev.1408127777.jpg" alt="Michael Gasbarro studies water quality with biology professor Kate Goddard Doms." class="lw_image" width="339" height="208" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/40/width/339/height/208/crop/1/1318_lagoons-2.rev.1408127777.jpg 2x" data-max-w="821" data-max-h="526"/></a></span><div class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/341-water-quality-in-ocean-city">Water Quality in Ocean City</a></div>
  • <span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1099-ursinussummer-taking-a-passion-for-research-beyond"><img src="/live/image/gid/40/width/339/height/208/crop/1/8042_2015reu_poster_2_of_62.rev.1440759871.jpg" alt="Brendan Phillips '17 at his summer presentation" class="lw_image" width="339" height="208" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/40/width/339/height/208/crop/1/8042_2015reu_poster_2_of_62.rev.1440759871.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/40/width/339/height/208/crop/1/8042_2015reu_poster_2_of_62.rev.1440759871.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1192" data-max-h="741"/></a></span><div class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/1099-ursinussummer-taking-a-passion-for-research-beyond">#UrsinusSummer: Taking a Passion for Research Beyond Campus</a></div>
  • <span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/361-fighting-pests-with-math"><img src="/live/image/gid/40/width/339/height/208/crop/1/src_region/58,12,864,818/1690_math-pests.rev.1411570761.jpg" alt="Summer fellow Cara Sulyok with professor Mohammed Yahdi." class="lw_image" width="339" height="208" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/40/width/339/height/208/crop/1/src_region/58,12,864,818/1690_math-pests.rev.1411570761.jpg 2x" data-max-w="864" data-max-h="944"/></a></span><div class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/361-fighting-pests-with-math">Fighting Pests with Math</a></div>
  • <span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/360-joint-alignment-and-heart-health"><img src="/live/image/gid/40/width/339/height/208/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1650,1160/1687__mg_4870_edit.rev.1411568327.jpg" alt="The HEART Lab" class="lw_image" width="339" height="208" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/40/width/339/height/208/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1650,1160/1687__mg_4870_edit.rev.1411568327.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/40/width/339/height/208/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1650,1160/1687__mg_4870_edit.rev.1411568327.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1650" data-max-h="1160"/></a></span><div class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/360-joint-alignment-and-heart-health">Joint Alignment and Heart Health</a></div>
  • <span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1067-ursinussummer-what-do-reality-shows-say-about"><img src="/live/image/gid/40/width/339/height/208/crop/1/src_region/0,0,960,720/7762_reality-tv.rev.1438702656.jpg" alt="#UrsinusSummer project by Erin Klazas ’16" class="lw_image" width="339" height="208" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/40/width/339/height/208/crop/1/src_region/0,0,960,720/7762_reality-tv.rev.1438702656.jpg 2x" data-max-w="960" data-max-h="720"/></a></span><div class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/1067-ursinussummer-what-do-reality-shows-say-about">#UrsinusSummer: What Do Reality Shows Say About Women?</a></div>
  • <span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/2294-summer-fellows-explore-interests-in-20-year-campus"><img src="/live/image/gid/40/width/339/height/208/crop/1/7685__mg_2264_edit.rev.1438011299.jpg" alt="Former Summer Fellows worked with Professor of Biology Rebecca Kohn in lab studying the worm c-elegans." class="lw_image" width="339" height="208" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/40/width/339/height/208/crop/1/7685__mg_2264_edit.rev.1438011299.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/40/width/339/height/208/crop/1/7685__mg_2264_edit.rev.1438011299.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1650" data-max-h="1100"/></a></span><div class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/2294-summer-fellows-explore-interests-in-20-year-campus">Summer Fellows Explore Interests in 20-year Campus Tradition</a></div>
  • <span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1090-ursinussummer-twin-researchers-study-salamander"><img src="/live/image/gid/40/width/339/height/208/crop/1/8004_jr-sumrresrch_002.rev.1440535001.jpg" alt="Chris and Keven Hoogheem working in lab" class="lw_image" width="339" height="208" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/40/width/339/height/208/crop/1/8004_jr-sumrresrch_002.rev.1440535001.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/40/width/339/height/208/crop/1/8004_jr-sumrresrch_002.rev.1440535001.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1650" data-max-h="1100"/></a></span><div class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/1090-ursinussummer-twin-researchers-study-salamander">#UrsinusSummer: Twin Researchers Study Salamander Regeneration</a></div>
  • <span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/340-studying-the-antillean-manatee"><img src="/live/image/gid/40/width/339/height/208/crop/1/1317_serafy.rev.1408124946.jpg" alt="Summer Fellow Xy Serafy." class="lw_image" width="339" height="208" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/40/width/339/height/208/crop/1/1317_serafy.rev.1408124946.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/40/width/339/height/208/crop/1/1317_serafy.rev.1408124946.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1243" data-max-h="837"/></a></span><div class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/340-studying-the-antillean-manatee">Studying the Antillean Manatee</a></div>
  • <span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/339-a-more-enriching-experience-through-art"><img src="/live/image/gid/40/width/339/height/208/crop/1/1306_hillel-art-2.rev.1408122984.jpg" alt="Professor Deborah Barkun (left) and Olivia Schultz look at artwork on display at Hillel House." class="lw_image" width="339" height="208" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/40/width/339/height/208/crop/1/1306_hillel-art-2.rev.1408122984.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/40/width/339/height/208/crop/1/1306_hillel-art-2.rev.1408122984.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1307" data-max-h="837"/></a></span><div class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/339-a-more-enriching-experience-through-art">A More Enriching Experience Through Art</a></div>
  • <span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1051-ursinussummer-using-worms-to-decode-parkinsons"><img src="/live/image/gid/40/width/339/height/208/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1650,1100/7684__mg_2193_edit.rev.1438011297.jpg" alt="Brennan McFarland ’16 (left) and Rebecca Kohn, professor of biology and associate dean of the college, work on C. elegan..." class="lw_image" width="339" height="208" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/40/width/339/height/208/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1650,1100/7684__mg_2193_edit.rev.1438011297.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/40/width/339/height/208/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1650,1100/7684__mg_2193_edit.rev.1438011297.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1650" data-max-h="1100"/></a></span><div class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/1051-ursinussummer-using-worms-to-decode-parkinsons">#UrsinusSummer: Using Worms to Decode Parkinson’s Disease</a></div>