Diversity, Inclusion and Access

“We insist that our campus community champion the humanity of all of its members.”

 The strategic plan at Ursinus was built on the belief that liberal education is an engine of individual change and social mobility, capable of transforming students into leaders. To that end, one of the seven pillars is to intensify our commitment to diversity and inclusion. The Office of Admission is proud to lead this charge, bolstering efforts to recruit a student body that is representative of the many facets of diversity-geographic, racial/ethnic, socioeconomic and gender. Through new programming and a comprehensive recruitment plan, we are working tirelessly to represent the third pillar of our strategic plan.

Intensify our Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

While diversity marks a starting point, inclusion is an ongoing process. As part of that process, all members of our community will continue to develop a thoughtful, reflective, and empathetic understanding of others. We insist that our campus community champion the humanity of all of its members; we commit to breaking down the barriers faced by marginalized people, recognizing the particular constraints and pressures that affect members of underrepresented groups on this campus and in our world. A nuanced appreciation of diversity is a cornerstone of our educational philosophy, a moral imperative, and an essential part of twenty-first century citizenship. By devoting our resources and energy, we will build an inclusive culture, in which every individual, regardless of background, is poised to excel and to find respect for one another at Ursinus.

Diversity Statistics

  • Geographic diversity: Ursinus has 1,500 students from 31 states, DC and Puerto Rico, as well as 22 countries (dual, international and permanent).

  • Racial/ethnic: In the fall 2018 incoming class: 

    • African American: 9%
    • Hispanic: 10%
    • Asian: 4%
    • Native American: <1%
    • Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: <1%
    • Two or more races: 4%
  • Socioeconomic: In the fall 2018 incoming class, 25% of our students are Pell eligible. 
  • Gender diversity: 54% male, 46% female; <1% non-gender binary.
  • First Generation: 30% of the fall 2018 incoming class are first-generation students.