Admission Requirements

A competitive applicant* will have completed significantly more work at the college-prep level. 

*Per the faculty handbook, these are the minimum academic requirements for admission.

Please refer to the Gateway Scholarship requirements to better understand the rigor undertaken by an ambitious Ursinus applicant. 

  • A candidate for admission to the first year class must be a graduate of a secondary school by the time the academic year begins. 
  • Applicants for admission must have earned a minimum of 16 academic units, which are to be distributed as follows:

Minimum Academic Credits (11 units)

  • English, Four years, Four Units
  • Mathematics (Algebra 1 and 2, and either Geometry or Pre-Calculus), Three Units
  • Lab Science, One Unit
  • Social Science, One Unit
  • Foreign Language, Two Units in One Language.

Additional Academic Credits (at least 2 1/2 units)

  • Calculus
  • Advanced Mathematics
  • Statistics
  • Computer Science
  • Solid Geometry
  • Trigonometry
  • Lab Science
  • Social Science
  • Foreign Language

Talent-Based Electives (Maximum of 3 1/2 units)

Not more than one unit will be granted for any single elective

  • Music (history or appreciation)
  • Art (history or appreciation)
  • Studio Art

Candidates graduated from a three-year high school should offer at least 12 units, which must include the basic credits above. Not more than one unit may be presented from the group designated as electives.

Applicants whose preparation does not coincide precisely with the foregoing outline may, in exceptional cases, be admitted to the college if, in the judgment of the Admission Office, they are qualified to do college work satisfactorily.