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The name “Ursinus” (pronounced er-sigh-nus) is a Latin version of “Bear.”

Ursinus College is a selective, residential college with 1,500 students that is widely recognized for its Common Intellectual Experience (CIE) freshman course. Founded in 1869, Ursinus is an undergraduate liberal arts institution that provides a rigorous curriculum that empowers the intellect, awakens moral sensitivity and challenges students to improve society.

Ursinus College offers Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees in more than 60 majors and minors. The student to faculty ratio is 12:1, and the average class size is 15-to-20. The tree-lined, 170-acre campus abounds with sculptures and artwork and is located 25 miles northwest of Philadelphia in Collegeville, Pennsylvania. Ursinus College is a member of the NCAA Division III Centennial Conference and fields 25 varsity teams. For more information, visit

- Ursinus is consistently ranked in the top tier of National Liberal Arts Colleges and was one of five schools designated an “Up and Coming” college by U.S. News & World Report.

- One of 100 Best colleges for sports lovers—Money Magazine, Sports Illustrated.

- Ursinus featured in Forbes’ list of 2016 Top Colleges in America.

- Best in State for the CPA pass rate.

- Only 8 percent of colleges and universities in the U.S. host a chapter of the national honor society Phi Beta Kappa. Ursinus is one of them.

- Ursinus is among 44 Colleges that Change Lives, cited in a book on colleges that help students succeed (by Loren Pope, revised by Hilary Masell Oswald).

- Ursinus is one of 75 colleges designated to name Bonner Leaders, who set an example in service and leadership.

- Ursinus is one of 14 colleges in the nation designated a Peace Corps Preparatory center for students who want to prepare for international service.

- Ursinus is one of 40 U.S. colleges selected for the rigor of their liberal arts programs whose students are eligible to compete for Watson Fellowships for post-graduate travel and study.

- Ursinus is a national winner in the Environmental Protection Agency’s Food Recovery Challenge.

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