Ursinus College

As parents prepare to send their children back to school, I thought it might interesting to look through some of the Historical Society of Montgomery County’s school related collection.   In our box of items from Ursinus College I found a bill for tuition from 1887.  Belonging to Jay Francis, he was apparently in the preparatory program, at $20 a semester or $40 a year.  In addition, he paid for a room.  With incidentals, the total bill came to $25.70.  How many minutes of a class would that pay for today?


Four years later, we can see that Jay Francis graduated with a B.A.

Ursinus grad

Ursinus was founded in 1869 and began admitting women in 1880.  From the above graduation program, it’s clear that the women received a different degree from the men.  The men’s B.A and B.S are familiar, but I haven’t discover what a B.L. is.  Literature? Liberal Arts?  If anyone knows, please share in the comments.


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