Every March as students admitted to colleges mull their choices, colleges and universities search for ways to show how they stand out from the pack. But we at Ursinus did not have to look far to confirm that Ursinus boasts some distinctions that other liberal arts colleges cannot claim.
So, in the spirit of March Madness, I offer you a “Sweet Sixteen” list of ways that Ursinus is truly distinctive, and I hope it will make you even more proud to be a Bear:
- Ursinus is one of only 15 percent of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges profiled in The Princeton Review’s The Best 378 Colleges (2014), and cited for a high degree of professor accessibility and professor interest in students.
- Ursinus is included in a Washington Monthly ranking called Best Bang for Your Buck, which features colleges and universities that do the “best job of helping non-wealthy students attain marketable degrees at affordable prices.” The exclusive list includes 349 “best bang for the buck” schools out of 1,572 colleges and universities in the broader rankings.
- Ursinus is one of 322 colleges profiled in The Princeton Review’s Guide to Green Colleges 2013.
- Ursinus’s Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art is one of only 163 college and university museums accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.
- Ursinus is one of only 8 percent of colleges and universities in the U.S. to host a chapter of the national honor society Phi Beta Kappa, America’s oldest and best known academic honor society.
- Ursinus students applying to law school have a 100 percent admitted rate in the last three years.
- Ursinus students applying to medical school in the last five years average a 75 percent acceptance rate of gaining admission.
- Ursinus, through its Office of Career and Professional Development, surveys its graduates and finds that 97 percent are either employed, pursuing post-graduate study, in the military, or completing a fellowship or public service commitment.
- Ursinus is among 40 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 the 10 founding members of Project Pericles, and one of 29 Periclean colleges, which encourage community engagement.
- Ursinus is among 26 schools recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for joining the Food Recovery Challenge, a program that encourages colleges, universities, and other organizations to donate and divert as much of their excess food as possible.
- 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 16 colleges and universities nationally where students are eligible for Kemper Scholarships in economics-based internships.
- 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 one of the top five National Liberal Arts Colleges designated an “Up and Coming” college in the 2014 U.S. News & World Report.
Ursinus College is the one college that can boast all of these distinctions.
There are other distinctions to be sure, and in the coming months the President’s Perspective will look more in depth at some of these. In the meantime, let me know if you would like to hear more about any of these initiatives, and whether you have ideas on other “Ursinus distinctives” to explore.
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