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  • Home / Why Ursuline? / Arrow Advantage

    Arrow Advantage

    We've made changes to help keep you healthy and safe, and keep you with us!

    Arrow Advantage
    Arrow Advantage
    Arrow Advantage

    We have made many adjustments since the COVID-19 outbreak, all with the goal of protecting health and safety. Here are a few initiatives to keep you healthy and keep you focused on your Ursuline education and the better future you're building!

    Small Classes = Room to Breathe

    At Ursuline, we're well positioned to resume in-person classes for the fall 2020 semester. That's because our class sizes were already small. We can spread out and achieve social distancing in existing classrooms and laboratories much more easily than large colleges can. You'll get to know your professors and classmates face to face, while maintaining important distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Digital Blend

    Our classrooms are being equipped so that for each class session, some students can meet face to face while others participate in the class remotely. Using this flexible, blended learning model, we'll provide regular in-classroom instruction for all students.

    Scheduled for Health

    Fall semester classes run from August 24 to November 24, when we break for Thanksgiving. After Thanksgiving, the last two weeks of classes will be taught online. This way, students and faculty who travel for the holiday, won't unintentionally bring illness back to campus with them.

    Fall 2020 Athletics

    Following all NCAA regulations and CDC guidelines for health and safety, we're planning to resume athletic competition in fall 2020. Go Arrows! We expect three teams will return to campus - and competition - after Thanksgiving: basketball, swimming and  track.

    Double Room to Yourself

    You'll have a double room to yourself in our Grace or Murphy residence halls for the price you would normally pay to live in a double room with a roommate. We are happy to offer this accommodation as another way to limit the spread of disease and keep our students safe.

    Ursuline has also reduced the price for rooms in Smith, the suite-style residence hall for juniors, seniors and (when space is available) grad students. The 2020-2021 cost was lowered from $8,406 to $7,700. Each Smith suite has four individual bedrooms, a kitchenette and living room area. 

    New Programs Open New Doors

    While many organizations are contracting in the new normal, we're launching new programs! Read more about our new undergraduate program in Exercise Science, an undergrad-to-grad partnership in Engineering, and a new graduate education program in Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment for school leaders. Each of these programs opens new opportunities for wholistic learning and fulfilling careers.

    Free Summer Course

    All new incoming students are invited to take a .5 credit course for free this summer through Ursuline's soon-to-launch Institute for Women, Wellness & Workforce. Details to come!

    Other Perks on Offer

    • All students living in Ursuline residence halls will have free laundry services
    • Parking will be free for all students

    Read more about our safety precautions and watch videos from faculty, staff and President Sister Christine De Vinne, OSU, PhD, on this page.