Student Snapshot and Outcomes
What do 8 competitive mathematicians, 168 community service volunteers, 115 team captains, 51 musicians, 3 published authors and a glassblower have in common? They are members of the Ursinus College fall 2014 entering class—intelligent, motivated, and academically curious.
The Princeton Review cited a “healthy extracurricular lifestyle” as a contributor to academic success at Ursinus College. (Only the top 15 percent of America’s 2,500 colleges and universities are included in the publication.) Ursinus students are known for their curiosity and innovative thinking.
They study across the disciplines, make connections across subjects and apply multiple perspectives to problems and issues. These traits reflect a 2014 employer survey from the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U).*
Ursinus is committed to accessible education, historically admitting students, regardless of economic circumstances, who demonstrate they can succeed at Ursinus. Ursinus is among the top 50 schools in anew, rankings project from the New York Times based on commitment to accessibility. “The Most Economically Diverse Top Colleges” examines 100 top colleges and universities from across the U.S. that have four-year graduation rates of 75 percent or higher, and ranks them based on the share of firstyear students who are Pell grant (for lower income households) recipients, and on the net price of attendance for low- and middle-income families. Ursinus College is 32nd on this list.
*It Takes More Than a Major: Employer Priorities for College Learning and Student Success. The survey finds that nearly all employers surveyed said that “a demonstrated capacity to think critically, communicate clearly, and solve complex problems is more important than [a candidate’s] undergraduate major.” The employers give priority to skills that will help employees contribute to innovation in the workplace.