Welcome to the Class of 2020; Ursinus’s Sesquicentennial Class

Ursinus welcomes the class of 2020 and its nearly 400 students. This historic class will graduate during the 150th year anniversary of the college, which completed its first academic year in 1870.

Our newest members of the Ursinus community represent a diverse group including a nationally certified scuba diver, a nationally ranked badminton player, a published novelist and multiple TED Talk participants.

The Class of 2020 includes 47 incoming legacy students, 13 Advanced Placement Scholars, five class presidents and 56 students involved in performing arts. Of the incoming class, 25 percent are first generation students and 38 percent are varsity athletes. They hail from 23 states and 10 countries.

The new class enjoys volunteering and community service (56 percent) and participating in student government (53 percent).And, they are a cultured group: nearly all (93 percent) were members of a cultural club at their high schools.

First-year orientation included an academic convocation during which students learn about Ursinus history, and get an overview of Ursinus’s robust first-year advising program.

Following convocation they attend their very first class in The Common Intellectual Experience, discussing the first readings, Plato’s Allegory of the Cave, and Euripides’ Medea.

First-year students completed a day of community service or community awareness events on Saturday, Aug. 27. Then they meet at Phoenixville’s Colonial Theater for a showing of Pleasantville, a Common Intellectual Experience event.

Upperclassmen returned Aug. 28. This fall also marks the launch of the pilot Philadelphia Experience. Fifteen students will live and attend special classes throughout the city, and complete internships there. – W.G.