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Ursuline enrolls approximately 1,000 students with about a third of them being graduate students. Many of the graduate students take classes on a part time basis.
Ursuline College’s campus sits on 62 acres. The center of campus is Lake Elissa where all our academic buildings and residential halls face. Students can have an easy walk around campus, most of the buildings are connected which is great in the winter season. The farthest walk across campus is roughly seven minutes from Smith Hall to Mullen Academic Center.
Yes. 100% of first-year students last year received scholarships or institutional grants. The average student financial aid package was over $39,000 last year.
The average net price to attend Ursuline is the second lowest of all private liberal arts colleges in the state of Ohio, according to the U.S. Department of Education's College Scorecard (2020).
Absolutely. In fact, we strongly encourage campus visits. Assessing whether or not Ursuline is a "fit" can best be determined after time on campus. There are a number of options during the visit: a campus tour, an interview with an admission officer, visit a class, meet with a faculty member or coach, and the opportunity to stay overnight in one of our residence halls with a current student. To schedule a campus visit, go to ursuline.edu/visit.
Ursuline College admits graduate students on a rolling basis. We recommend prospective students apply for fall semester by July 1; spring semester by December 15; and summer semester by May 1. For the Counseling and Art Therapy program: June 1 for fall semester; October 1 for spring semester; March 1 for summer semester.
SDAP is our second-degree accelerated program for Nursing students. It is a 15-month program. You can apply on our website; the application is free. There are a few different application materials that are different from our traditional programs, like a letter of graduation or anticipated graduation, completion of 8 credit hours of sciences before application review, etc. Be sure to check in with your admission counselor or this weblink to make sure you know what you need.
Yes. Students applying for admission must meet both the general requirements for admission to all graduate programs and the specific requirements of the program of study. For individual program admission requirements, refer to the program's web page.
Notice of Nondiscrimination
Ursuline College does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education program or activity that it operates and is required by Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 and its implementing regulation, 34 C.F.R. 106, not to discriminate in such a manner. This requirement extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its implementing regulation to the College may be referred to the College’s Title IX Coordinator, to the Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, or to both.
The College has designated a Title IX Coordinator to coordinate its efforts to comply with its responsibilities under this part, whose contact information is shown below:
Deborah L. Kamat, Director of Compliance/Title IX and Disability Coordinator
2550 Lander Road, BL105
Pepper Pike, Ohio 44124
Any person may report sex discrimination, including sexual harassment, in person, by mail, by telephone, or by email, using the contact information listed above, or by any other means that results in the Title IX Coordinator receiving the person’s verbal or written report.
International students are defined by their citizenship. If you are not a citizen, dual, or permanent resident of the United States then you are an international student.
There is no application fee for our undergraduate application. There are fees that apply to our graduate programs. Reach out to your counselor about waiving your fee.
There is not a separate application for international students. As part of your application you will indicate your citizenship status and any additional international student requirements will be added to your materials list.
Yes, it will depend on your student type (first-time, transfer, second degree, etc.). In general, we will need a transcript evaluation for all international transcripts and an English language proficiency test for students who do not live or study in an English-speaking country.
Yes, we do require an English proficiency test if you are not a citizen from an English-speaking country or in the U.S. taking courses.
There are not any need-based scholarships for international students. Ursuline offers Academic Merit Scholarships at time of admission for traditional first-degree programs. Ursuline’s athletic department also offers scholarships to those students who they wish to have as a part of their NCAA II athletic roster. To contact athletics, go over to Ursuline Arrows and fill out the “Become an Arrow” form for the sport which you wish to speak to the coach about. Read more about financial aid for international students here.
Apply to the college. Your application is also your application for scholarship. Upon admission into the college, you will be notified of your academic scholarship.
Ursuline has a holistic review process, for determining Academic Merit Scholarships. We review to see what English Proficiency Test or College Readiness Test the student has taken. If a student has taken an ACT or SAT, then they will be considered for our traditional first-year scholarship bracket. If a student took an ILETS or TOFEL, then they will be considered for our transfer scholarship bracket.
Students can apply and come into Ursuline as undecided if they are unsure of which major to choose. During your academic orientation an academic advisor will help you find some introductory classes that might be a good fit for a major based off your interests.
We have one program specifically for second-degree students. It is a second-degree accelerated program (also known as SDAP) for those students who are interested in becoming a Registered Nurse with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.
Double check that we have all your required materials submitted in your application portal. If we do, then you will hear back on a decision within two weeks of the last item submitted. If you haven’t already completed your Declaration and Certification of Finances, then you can start that process. Or reach out to your admission counselor for a tour of campus, in person or virtual.
As an international student, you are not eligible to study part time in the United States. Students are required to have a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester to be considered in good standing for their Visa.
International students are not eligible to participate in a mostly or fully online program. To keep your visa in good standing you must have the majority of your coursework to be in class.
Yes, this will be a separate cost outside of your estimated costs noted in your Declaration and Certification of Finances form. You can check out this link to learn more about how to obtain health insurance while studying in the U.S.
Pepper Pike is located on the eastside of Cleveland, OH. We are just 20–30 minutes away from downtown Cleveland where students can venture out and try different things like: the West Side Market, A Christmas Story House, our eclectic food scene, or checking out one of our major, minor, or pro sports teams. However, minutes from campus there are many local spots students frequent: Legacy Village, Beachwood Mall, Pinecrest, the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage, and many of the Cleveland Metropark sites (also known as the Emerald Necklace).
Check out This is Cleveland for all information about living, studying in, working, and exploring Cleveland!
Students at Ursuline are not required to live on campus, but most of our first-year students elect to live on campus – 80% do their first year. It is a great way to get acclimated to life on campus and in the U.S.!
Ursuline is known as the 9th safest campus in the nation!
Most programs at Ursuline College require some sort of internship, clinical or practicum experience for degree completion. Our office of Career Services helps students to get their OPT & CPT paperwork complete so they can be compliant with their Visa status.
All students are required to participate in an Academic Orientation. For first-time undergraduate students we offer orientations in June or July, or you can request a late August date for those students who live out of the state or country so they can seamlessly move in and register for their classes in one trip. Transfer students also will attend orientation in June, July, or you can request a late August date. If you are an SDAP student, the Nursing department will contact you about your orientation date. First-time students and transfer students can go here to register for your academic orientation.
Possibly. You only need to submit your official high school transcript/GED if you are transferring in less than 24 semester hours and/or have less than a 2.5 cumulative GPA.
Yes. Ursuline College requires that you submit official transcripts from all schools that you previously attended, even if the school wasn’t accredited or you failed the classes.
Yes. We understand that returning to school is a big decision. If you have an unofficial transcript from all schools attended, the admission counselor would welcome the opportunity to review your transcripts and let you know what you would have remaining at Ursuline.
You are likely the typical student that UCAP supports! Whether you have been out of school one month or 20 years, we have support services in place to help you every step of the way. Ursuline offers academic advising, career counseling, career exploration, one-on-one tutoring, accommodations assistance, personal counseling, and the list goes on. We are here for you!
With nine starts per year, there are plenty of opportunities for you to jump in and take a class. How quickly you start really depends on how quickly you can complete the application and submit your transcripts. While we can get you started with your unofficial transcripts, you will have one semester to secure your official transcripts.
Since the UCAP tuition is already discounted, internal scholarships are not available. We do encourage and welcome students to seek outside scholarships to help defray their costs. The UCAP admission counselor can provide you links to resources that will help you with your search.
If you submit the tuition deferment form, a copy of your company’s policy, along with a check for $25, the College will defer your need to make a payment until the course has ended. Tuition is due in full 30 days after class ends.
Approximately 225 new graduate students start every year.
Yes. Students need to submit all transcripts including one for a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution, and any additional undergraduate or graduate academic coursework whether or not credit was earned, the program was completed, or the credit appears as transfer credit on another transcript.
Yes. Ursuline will accept electronic transcripts from other institutions through a third-party transcript service. Transcripts scanned directly by a student will only be accepted as “unofficial.”
Interviews are required for some graduate programs.
After you have submitted your application, you will receive an email giving you login instructions for the application portal.
Yes, students working toward an undergraduate or master’s degree at Ursuline College may borrow through the Federal Direct Stafford Student Loan programs to assist in financing their graduate education. The form must be completed each year and must list Ursuline College's School Code of 003134 to ensure our receipt of the processed results.
Graduate students may borrow up to $20,500 per year through the Stafford loan program based on enrollment and eligibility. Repayment of these student loans is deferred if students maintain at least half–time enrollment (at least 3 credits per semester) and for six months after enrollment on at least a half–time basis is ceased. For more details, visit the financial aid page.
Yes. Students eligible for tuition reimbursement from their employers who elect to use the reimbursement to pay their tuition and fees must complete a Tuition Deferment Form/Application found in the Student Service Center. Funds must be paid to the college within 30 days following the conclusion of the semester to which the deferment is applied. There is a $25 Enrollment Fee for the semester and students must provide credit card information on which the semester’s fees will be charged if payment is not received by 30 days after the last class of the current semester in which the deferent is set up for. For more information, visit the Student Service Center or call 440 646 8309.
Yes, graduate students can reside on campus in Smith Hall. Please contact Gina DeMart-Kraus, Director of Residence Life, for more information.
In most years, approximately 100 first year students will enroll at Ursuline.
Ursuline reviews all applicants holistically. That means we read everything you send in with your application. The average GPA for last year's incoming class was approximately 3.6.
Yes, students can send more than one recommendation.
Ursuline College grants advanced placement credit to entering first-year students who have earned a score of 3, 4, or 5 on a College Advanced Placement Examination. Enrolling students should have a report of the examination scores sent directly to the Office of Admission. Use our AP chart to see which AP courses will count for Ursuline College credit.
Ursuline College encourages students to take the strongest high school curriculum available and applauds the effort of students who choose IB when it is an option. Ursuline awards credit for scores of 5 or higher on HL exams. As with AP credit, student must have an official copy of their score sheet sent to Ursuline College.
High school students enrolled in college courses at regionally accredited institutions of higher education will have the opportunity to transfer their college credit to Ursuline as long as that credit appears on an official college transcript.
For credit to transfer to Ursuline, it must:
If a direct equivalency to an Ursuline course can be established, the transferred credit may satisfy a specific requirement for your Ursuline degree program. If the equivalent course is not offered or required by Ursuline, the course will transfer in as elective credit, counting toward the total number of credits needed to earn a degree, without satisfying a specific course requirement.