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Founded in 1869 and coeducational since 1880, Ursinus College is a private, non-sectarian, coeducational liberal arts college with a reputation for academic excellence, a historic commitment to equality and inclusivity, and an individualized approach to education that is made possible by the close relationships among students and faculty. Ursinus is named for Zachariah Baer (1534-83), a 16th century reformer, teacher and thinker who took a Latin version of his German name and became known as Zacharias Ursinus. Located in suburban Philadelphia, the 170-acre campus includes historic academic buildings, the Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art, and the Kaleidoscope Performing Arts Center. The campus also includes an organic farm and Hunsberger Woods, a 35-acre tract co-owned with the Borough of Collegeville.

Learn more about the history of Ursinus College.


Ursinus College is approved by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Education and is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The college is approved to award Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degrees.

Enrollment and Academic Profile (Fall 2018)

  • 1,435 degree and non-degree seeking-students (Fall 2018 census)
    • 378 first–time, first-year students 
  • 384 students in the Class of 2018 were awarded B.S. or B.A. degrees; 71 second majors
  • Member of Phi Beta Kappa and the Annapolis Group

Student Body (Fall 2018 full-time students)

  • 51% female and 49% male
  • 23% of students are students of color*
  • 39% of domestic students are from out-of-state
  • 2% of students are international

93% of degree-seeking students live in college ­owned, ­operated, or ­affiliated housing


  • Ursinus College Bears compete in the NCAA Division III Centennial Conference; 25 varsity teams 
  • Mascot is the grizzly bear; school colors are red, gold and black


  • Six Year Graduation Rate 78.7% (Fall 2012 entering cohort)
  • 93.4% of student in the class of 2017 are either employed, in graduate or professional school, or have chosen service such as the military or a fellowship.
  • Recent graduates have received Rhodes, Fulbright, Goldwater, Kemper, Udall, and Watson Fellowships and Scholarships

Cost of Attendance 2018-19

  • Tuition $52,050; Room & Board $12,750
    (Additional costs may apply)

Total Employees

  • 354 full-time and 85 part-time faculty and staff (Fall 17 IPEDS)


  • $136.8M end of fiscal year 2017

*Students of color include American Indian or Alaska Native, Asian, Black, Hispanic, Native Hawaiian and students indicating two or more races (excludes international students)

Institutional Research 9/18/18

This page is updated after each fall term census