Ursuline College, founded in 1871 by the Ursuline Sisters, was the first in Ohio to be chartered for the education of women. The liberal arts school is located on 112 attractive acres in Pepper Pike. The college moved to its present location in the 1950s. It underwent tremendous growth during the 1960s, doubling its enrollment and tripling its residential population during that decade. In 1990, the college established the first liberal arts core curriculum in the U.S. based on the ways in which women learn.
Today, the school has an enrollment of about 1,600 students, about one-third of whom are non-traditional. It boasts the oldest and largest private nursing program in the State of Ohio, and a low faculty-student ratio (10 to 1). It offers 30 undergraduate and eight graduate programs, and the campus contains 13 buildings. While it remains primarily a female institution, it does have a small male undergraduate population. The college also fields athletic teams in volleyball, soccer, golf, basketball, cross country, softball, tennis and track and field.