Ursuline College

Since 1871, Ursuline College has been dedicated to deepening the intellectual and spiritual lives of its students.

The history of the College is a part of the history of the Ursuline Sisters who came to Cleveland in 1850 from their native France to establish the first religious teaching community in Cleveland.

Recognizing the special need for an institution of higher education for women, Mother Mary of the Annunciation Beaumont, the first superior of the Cleveland Ursulines, and the foundress of Ursuline College, obtained a charter from the state of Ohio to establish a college "to confer, on the recommendation of the faculty, such degrees and honors as are conferred by colleges and universities in the United States." Ursuline College thus became one of the first Catholic women's colleges in the United States organized and chartered explicitly for the purpose of college education.

Ursuline College was also the first chartered college for women in Ohio. Enrollment was now open to the public to all races and creeds who qualified scholastically. As the city expanded, a move to other locat... [ Read All ]

Pepper Pike

United States

2550 Lander Rd.
OH 44124
Phone: 440-449-4203
Website: http://www.ursuline.edu/a

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Our Aims

The mission of Ursuline College is to offer undergraduate and graduate education within a Catholic tradition marked by the Ursuline heritage of educating women. Emphasizing academic excellence, the values-based curricula provide the foundation for liberal arts and professional programs. Respecting a diverse student population, Ursuline offers varied approaches to learning for the growth of the whole person. Ursuline College prepares students for further education, careers, leadership, and service to society while encouraging the search for wisdom.


Location and Getting there

Ursuline is only 30 minutes from downtown Cleveland and 45 minutes from Akron.


Department and information about the department

The Art Department offers three major fields of study: Studio Arts, Art History, and Graphic Design. Each major provides students with technical and procedural skills and historical and theoretical knowledge in specific areas of the visual arts. All of our majors stress empathic resolution and sensitivity to materials and acknowledge the human spirit in matters of art.

Aims and Objectives
The aim of these objectives is to produce a graduate who is creative, has excellent skills, thinks constructively, experiences beyond the tangible, and seeks to produce artwork relevant to the greater community. To this end all of the programs of the Art Department reflect the Mission of the College and rest firmly on the foundation of the Ursuline Studies Program.


Academic Staff and Description

Elisha Dumser, Ph.D., Patricia Fallon, M.F.A., Diane Therese Pinchot, O.S.U., M.A.L.S., M.F.A., Rosaria Perna, O.S.U., M.F.A (chair)


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Information For  Undergraduates

AR 103
Fundamentals in Studio Art (3)
Primarily a course for the student with little or no background in art, this course provides experience of the visual arts through hands-on application, visiting galleries, visiting artists and art administrators, as well as reading and writing about the visual arts.

AR 106
Design Foundations I (3/4)
The analysis and application of abstract visual principles, in two-dimensional projects, stressing color and design theory as well as experimentation in a variety of materials and techniques. Required for art majors; open to non-majors. Ursuline Studies Stage II Aesthetic Response satellite (AE).

AR 107
Drawing (3/4)
Using the basic materials of drawing, students move from a synthetic, holistic view of various subjects, to analytical placement of form, value and line using problem-solving formats. Considerable exposure to the drawn image, past and present, is given in order to foster new attitudes toward the activities of seeing and drawing. Required for art majors; open to non-majors. Ursuline Studies Stage II Aesthetic Response satellite (AE).

AR 108
Painting I (3/4)
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Information For  International Students




Student Facilities


Student Life

Here's where the fun begins! Ursuline students plan their own campus activities, like the Ebony Ball, an event that attracts students from all the area colleges. They head up organizations such as the Drama Club, producing top-quality shows and promoting camaraderie among theater-lovers. And they lead our varsity Arrows to victory in basketball, cross-country, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, and volleyball.

Campus life also includes important endeavors on behalf of others. Students are required to perform community service activities, and they do so willingly, because it's fun! Some examples:
The Student Arts Association painted a stunning wall mural to beautify the Casa Matra children's home in nearby Youngstown.
Some classes, with faculty supervision, spearheaded book drives for needy schools in Lithuania.
The Fashion Focus Club makes Easter baskets for the young patients at Cleveland's local Ronald McDonald House.
There's a lot more to learn about life at Ursuline. Residence Life, spiritual wellness, intramural sports, and all-school events keep us busy year-round!



Living in the residence hall at Ursuline College is a living-learning experience.

The residence hall is an environment where students learn about themselves, prepare for their studies, and meet many new friends.

Residence Life can be a crucial part of the development of students by providing increased opportunity to work closely with faculty, to learn from peers, to develop leadership skills, and to develop lasting friendships with roommates or hall mates.

Finally, the Residence Life staff offers many programs which include topics that are educational, physical, spiritual, emotional and social.


How To Apply


Visit us (open days)

Spring Visit Day For High School Students
May 6, 2007


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