Philadelphia University

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School House Lane and Henry Avenue

Philadelphia, PA 19144

Phone: (215) 951-2700
2013-2014 Tuition
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U.S. News Rankings

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U.S. News rank Category Name
#81 Overall Score: 46 out of 100. Regional Universities (North)

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Philadelphia University is a private institution that was founded in 1884. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,888, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 100 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Philadelphia University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (North), 81. Its tuition and fees are $33,590 (2013-14).

Philadelphia University, which began as a textile school in the 1800s, now offers more than 50 bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in the schools of architecture, business administration, design and engineering, liberal arts, and science and health. Philadelphia University also requires undergraduate students to spend two semesters taking physical education classes or playing intercollegiate sports. There are more than a dozen Philadelphia Rams and Lady Rams varsity teams that compete in the NCAA’s Division II in various conferences, and many intramural sports as well. Students at Philadelphia University can also join about 30 organizations, write for the Text newspaper, or run for student government. The campus is also just a few minutes from the city of Philadelphia, where students can go to concerts, cheer on professional sports teams, and check out historic sites such as the Liberty Bell. Notable Philadelphia University alumni include Maurice Kanbar, who created SKYY Vodka, and Jay McCarroll, who won the fashion competition in the first season of the Project Runway television show.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Philadelphia University, founded in 1884, is a private university with 3,600 students enrolled in more than 60 undergraduate and graduate programs. As the model for professional university education for the 21st century, the University prepares students to be leaders in their professions, in an active, collaborative and real-world learning environment infused with the liberal arts. Philadelphia University includes the College of Design, Engineering and Commerce, the College of Architecture and the Built Environment and the College of Science, Health and the Liberal Arts.

As part of its innovative Strategic Plan, the University designed a groundbreaking curriculum that helps students learn to integrate knowledge, develop far better decision-making skills, untangle complex problems and identify opportunities to invent solutions. The most prominent example of this is the College of Design, Engineering and Commerce, where students gain expertise in their disciplines and a deeper understanding of other professions that will enable them to be innovative problem solvers and leaders at every level of their careers.
The University's signature approach to learning, what we call Nexus learning--is a hallmark of a Philadelphia University education. Through Nexus learning, students gain from an educational experience that is active, collaborative, connected to the real world and infused with the liberal arts. Collaborative experiences, both across academic disciplines and with industry partners, are a critical component of the educational experience at Philadelphia University. The University's signature approach to teaching and learning provides its students with a real competitive advantage in a rapidly changing world.

The principles of multidisciplinary learning, innovative problem solving and leadership are fundamental to the Philadelphia University educational model across all programs and majors. Academic programs are designed to address real-world needs: a groundbreaking master's program in Sustainable Design and interdisciplinary program in Environmental Sustainability help ensure that the next generation of leaders are prepared to tackle and solve--complex problems within a sustainable framework. The University's Physician Assistant Studies program is ranked among the nation's best, offering students the hands-on clinical training, as well as academic fundamentals, they need to succeed and lead.

Philadelphia University also is committed to offering co-curricular programs that contribute to the professional and personal growth of students, enhance a sense of community and reinforce the concept of an integrated learning environment; these include a strong residential campus, integrated learning inside the classroom and out, learning support to strengthen student success and an engaged and dynamic community of students, faculty, staff and alumni, resulting in a vibrant campus experience.

Today's graduates are entering a world in which they will need to work across disciplines and apply their knowledge in creative and innovative ways to come up with solutions to complex problems, both today and in the future. From student projects to university-wide collaborations, from innovative facilities to pioneering graduate programs, from global connections to groundbreaking applied research, Philadelphia University is dedicated to being the model for professional education.

General Information

School type private
Year founded 1884
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $22,564,115


When applying to Philadelphia University, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due July 1. The application fee at Philadelphia University is $40. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 71.9 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 71.9%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by July 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Philadelphia University is 14:1, and the school has 58.1 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Philadelphia University include: Fashion Merchandising; Apparel and Accessories Marketing Operations; Architecture; Graphic Design; and Fashion/Apparel Design. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 77.3 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 14:1
4-year graduation rate 44%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Fashion Merchandising 10%
Apparel and Accessories Marketing Operations 8%
Architecture 8%
Graphic Design 7%
Fashion/Apparel Design 6%

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Student Life

Philadelphia University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,888, with a gender distribution of 34.6 percent male students and 65.4 percent female students. At this school, 52 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 48 percent of students live off campus. Philadelphia University is part of the NCAA II athletic conference.

Total enrollment 3,540
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA II

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Campus Info & Services

Philadelphia University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, and health service. Philadelphia University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Philadelphia University, 35 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Philadelphia University.

Students who have cars on campus 35%
Health insurance offered No

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Paying for School

At Philadelphia University, 75.7 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $17,799.

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Tuition and fees $33,590 (2013-14)
Room and board $10,540 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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