|Students who got into UC say:|
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| | Get average test scores and show up to the interview sober, you will be fine. I would recommend visiting the school and arranging an overnight to make sure that this is somewhere that you want to apply. It's a small school and some people are turned off by that. After a visit, I would recommend sitting through classes and meeting with professors. As far as you actually getting into Ursinus, get the application in as early as possible so you don't have to worry about it. Make sure you emphasize your extracurriculars and schedule an interview when you come for a tour. An interview will never hurt your chances of getting in and it is highly recommended. Show that you have a very strong interest in Ursinus and come ready with questions. Keep in touch with your Admissions counselor so that they know you really want to be here! I would encourage anyone interested in a very strong and unique college experience to apply to Ursinus College.
How I got in was simple- I did well and proved to the school that I had potential to succeed. My grades were above average (93% for the toughest curriculum and 3.6 in college classes) and SAT/ACT scores were at the average, but my class rank was horrible (I went to a really small public school in a class of geniuses). I showed commitment to clubs and sports and a pattern of achieving success. This you have to do for every school. What set me apart from the other applicants was that I used UC's application (It has a ton more essays and questions than the Common App, so the admissions people will get to know you better) and I made sure my answers were simple and full of information to show who I really was. Also, when I submitted my graded paper, I didn't choose one that was a 100% "Another Excellent Job!" paper in a crap class. Instead, I used a paper I wrote for my AP English Lit class on a controversial book that was covered in red ink and had tons of illegible notes (and a coffee stain) on it. My grade was good in terms of the class, a 89/87, but nothing outstanding. Why did I choose a paper that showed I was flawed and not perfect? It showed how tough my school could be when it came to grading us, and it also showed that the teachers cared enough to point out all of the little things which made my writing much better. The comments referred to my progress and improvement in the class, showing that I work hard for my grades. Plus, the coffee stain with the apology scribbled in the margin gave my paper character. Another plus is the same teacher who wrote my letter of recommendation graded that paper, so the letter was put into perspective better. So my advice to any prospective applicants is to let their personalities come out in the application and to interview so you can show your enthusiasm for learning and your potential success.
| Political Science|| Jun 13 2005 |