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Ursinus College





Educational Resources

Libraries

Literary papers of writer Linda Grace Hoyer Updike, Ursinus 1923, mother of novelist John Updike; a Pennsylvania German archive; the Ursinusiana archives and a collection of student art work. The library also has access to 6020 electronic periodicals via database aggregators including Lexis-Nexis Academic Universe, Lexis-Nexis Environmental and Expanded Academic ASAP index. It also holds access to Early American Imprints Series I: Evans, 1639-1800. The Berman Museum of Art at Ursinus College includes a collection of over 3,000 works by artists ranging from Henry Moore to Louise Nevelson to Francoise Gilot.

  • Member of library consortia.
  • 406,000 books, serial backfiles, and other material including government documents.
  • 2,269 current serial subscriptions.
  • 201,000 microforms.
  • 30,300 Audio/Visual items.
  • 3,800 e-books.

Museums & Art

The Kaleidoscope, the college's new performing arts center, opened in April of 2005 with a 350-seat proscenium arch theater, an experimental black box theater, an outdoor stage, a set design studio, lighting and sound center; the Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art, with a sizable collection of paintings, drawings, etchings, sculpture and other works of art; the Floy Lewis Bakes Field House and Fitness Center; the Pfahler Hall of Science with state-of-the-art lab equipment, including Bruker 300 MHz NMR, Perkin Elmer Spectrum 1000 FTIR, LKB Isothermal Calorimeter, Hewlett Packard 1800A GCD GC-MS, Hewlett Packard 5890 Series II GC equipped with a 5971A MS, BAS 100W Voltammetric Analyzer, Varian Cary 1 UV-Visible Spectrometer, Perkin Elmer Lambda 2S UV-Visible Spectrometers, Hewlett Packard 8450A UV-Visible Spectrometers, Perkin Elmer 603 Atomic Absorption Spectrometer, Hewlett Packard 1090 HPLC, Perkin Elmer Series 4 Chromatographic System, a photographic darkroom, and the state-of-the art Marsteller Observatory on the building's roof; Thomas Hall, life sciences building, with advanced laboratory equipment, including a scanning electron microscope, flow cytometer, spectrometers, light microscopes and tissue culture facility; Bomberger Hall, where the three-manual, 62-rank Heefner Memorial Organ is the dominant feature; and a major collection of outdoor sculptures which dots the 170-acre campus.

Computing

Requirements

  • Students are not required to take a computer course.
  • Students are required to own or lease a computer.
  • Recommended computer operating system: Microsoft

Campus Resources

  • 1,825 computers for student use in locations such as computer center/labs, residence halls, library, student center
  • 308 Internet connections in libraries.
  • 1,124 Internet connections in classrooms.
  • 97 Internet connections in Laboratories.
  • 2,228 Internet connections elsewhere on campus.

Student accommodations

  • Email accounts are available to all students.
  • Internet access is available to all students.
  • Student web-pages are permitted.
  • Online class registration is available.
  • 100% of college-owned hosting units are available for internet access.

Wireless Internet Hotspots

  • Wifi is available in all the libraries, in some classrooms, in administrative/faculty offices and work areas, in some of the college-owned, operated, or affiliated housing
  • Campus wireless internet hotspots are not available.
  • Approximately 345 students can be on the network at once.

Services

Basic

nonremedial tutoring, placement service, health service, health insurance, other

Counseling

minority student, career, personal, academic, psychological, birth control, religious

Career

on-campus job interviews, internships, resume assistance, career/job search classes, alumni network, interest inventory, interview training, other

Campus Safety

24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc)

Campus Life

Housing

Overview

  • The school offers housing for students.
  • 95% of students live in school housing.
  • The school will provide assistance for off-campus housing

Types of housing available

  • 36% of housing units are Singles.
  • 55% of housing units are Doubles.
  • 9% of housing units are Triples.
  • In total, there are 44 housing buildings.

Room Accessories

  • 100% of rooms are equipped with sprinkler systems.
  • 100% of rooms are equipped with fire alarms.
  • 100% are equipped with high-speed internet connections.

Extracurricular

  • 85% of students remain on campus over the weekends, on average.
  • Alcohol is permitted on campus.
  • Popular events on campus: Concerts by the Ursinus Jazz Ensemble and Concert Band, the Meistersingers and College Choir, Music at Noon, plays by Ursinus College Theater are always sold out, dance recitals by the Ursinus Dance Company draw large crowds, Homecoming, Spring Fling, Battle of the Bands, Poemplooza, and for fun and fund-raising, the annual Airband competition.
  • Student activities: choral groups, concert band, dance, drama/theater, jazz band, literary magazine, music ensembles, pep band, radio station, student government, student newspaper, student film society, television station, yearbook
  • In total, there are about 80 organizations on campus.
  • Honor societies: Phi Beta Kappa; Alpha Psi Omega; Beta Beta Beta, Kappa Mu Epsilon, Omicron Delta Epsilon, Phi Epsilon Kappa, Pi Nu Epsilon, Phi Alpha Theta, Phi Sigma Iota, Pi Sigma Alpha, Psi Chi, Sigma Pi Sigma, Sigma Tau Delta, Sigma Xi, Theta Chi, Lambda Pi Eta, Cub and Key Society, Whitian Society
  • Religious organizations: (Appears as submitted by school) Chapel Group (Ecumenical), Newman Society (Roman Catholic), Hillel (Jewish), IMAAN (Muslim), Intervarsity Christian Fellowship
  • International organizations: (Appears as submitted by school) Southeast Asian Student Association, SUN(Sankofa Umoja Nia, ) ALMA (Association of Latino Students Motivated to Achieve, ) German Club, Japanese Club, Le Cercle Francais, Spanish Club
  • Other organizations: (Appears as submitted by school) Student interest and academic organizations: Alternative Spring Break Club, Association for Computing Machinery, Athletic Training Club, Beardwood Chemical Society, Blue Note Jazz Society, Brownback-Anders Pre-Medical Society, Chess Club, College Democrats, College Republicans, Ursinus Dance Company, Exercise and Sport Science Club, Film Society, Gay/Straight Alliance, German Club, The Grizzly (newspaper), Haines-Barnard Pre-Legal Society, International Relations Club, Investment Club, Japanese Club, The Lantern (literary magazine), Le Cercle Francais (French Club), Mathematical Association of America, Men's Rugby Club, Newman Association, Organization of Commuting Students, Politics Association, Women's Rugby Association, Psychology Club, Residence Hall Association, The Ruby (yearbook), S. C. U. B. A. Dive Team, Society of Physics of Students, Spanish Club, Students for Creative Anachronism, Students Together Against Rape (STAR), Table Tennis Association, UC Blue Skies Environmental Organization, Ursinus Folksong Society, Ursinus Forensics Society, Ursinus College Academic Competition Team, Ursinus Student Government Association (USGA), Ursinus College Outdoors Society, Voices in Praise, World Cultures Club, and WVOU (radio station). Musical and cultural group include proTheatre, College Choir, Meistersingers, Concert Band. Community Service clubs include Best Buddies, Norristown State Mental Hospital Volunteer Program, Student Emergency Response Volunteers and America Reads. Greek organizations on the Ursinus campus currently include the fraternities Alpha Phi Epsilon, Beta Sigma Lambda, Chi Rho Psi, Delta Mu Sigma, Delta Pi Sigma, Phi Kappa Sigma, Pi Omega Delta, Sigma Chi Delta, Sigma Rho Lambda and Zeta Chi. The sororities are Alpha Sigma Nu, Kappa Delta Kappa, Omega Chi, Phi Alpha Psi, Sigma, Sigma, Sigma, Tau Sigma Gamma, and Upsilon Phi Delta. The presidents of these organizations serve on the Greek Presidents Council, the governing board for all fraternities and sororities. Ursinus has 25 teams that compete in the Centennial Conference: football, men's and women's soccer, women's field hockey cross country, volleyball, men's and women's basketball, indoor track, women's gymnastics, men's and women's swimming, wrestling, men's baseball, women's softball, men's and women's lacrosse, men's and women's golf, men's and women's track and field, men's and women's tennis
  • Student papers: (Appears as submitted by school) The Grizzly (weekly)

Travel

  • Nearest airport(s) (distance in miles): Philadelphia (30), Allentown, PA (35)
  • Nearest train(s) (distance in miles): Philadelphia (25)
  • Nearest bus-station(s) (distance in miles): King of Prussia (10)
  • Public transportation serves the campus.
  • Not all students are permitted to have cars on campus.
  • 55% of students have a car on campus

Employment

  • School employment is available.
  • 43% of undergrads are employed with average earnings of 1,800
  • Freshman are not discouraged from working.

Greek Life

  • There are 8 fraternities
  • 0 fraternity houses
  • 17% of students are fraternity members
  • There are 7 sororities
  • 0 sorority houses
  • 28% of students are sorority members.

ROTC

  • Army ROTC: Not offered
  • Navy ROTC: Not offered
  • Airforce ROTC: Not offered
  • Additional Policies

    class attendance policies set by individual instructors, hazing prohibited






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