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Undergraduate Admissions

Classification: Day Division or Evening Division Student.

Students are classified as either day division or evening division for academic advisement and administrative purposes, not in consideration of the time of the day classes are attended.

For information on graduate degree programs, contact the Office of Graduate Admissions 215.951.2943
gradadm@PhilaU.edu, www.PhilaU.edu/graduate 

Day Division Programs

Day division students contact Office of Admissions 215.951.2800 or 1.800.951.7287, admissions@PhilaU.edu

Students who apply to the University should be seeking a sound and challenging collegiate education, and should have demonstrated an ability to be successful in such a program by secondary school or prior college/university performance and preparation. Each student is reviewed individually and evaluated on the basis of educational background, including course preparation and grades earned.

The University reviews applications and makes admissions decisions on a rolling basis. Students must file a completed application accompanied by a nonrefundable application fee of $40 and the appropriate academic credentials mentioned below. All applicants must complete the requirements for a high school diploma or submit the results of the GED.

Prospective high school students should submit an application early in their senior year. Applications reviewed after February 1 will be considered on a space-available basis.

To be considered for admission, freshman applicants must submit official academic credentials with 15 units of secondary school credit and must have taken the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or the American College Test (ACT). For information about SAT I and ACT writing test requirements, please contact the Office of Admissions. Required academic or college preparatory courses are four English, three Mathematics (including Algebra II and Geometry), three History and Social Science, two Laboratory Science, and three elective courses. Freshman applicants must also submit either an essay or writing sample and one recommendation letter.

Home-schooled and prospective students who have been away from high school for several years are also encouraged to apply for admission. Interested applicants should contact the Office of Admissions to discuss application requirements.

Students wishing to transfer must submit official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended as well as an essay or writing sample and one recommendation letter. If a student has earned less than 30 college credits, an official secondary school record and SAT I or ACT scores are also required. For information regarding transfer student application deadlines, please contact the Office of Admissions.

Evening Division Programs

Evening division students contact the Office of Continuing and Professional Studies 215.951.2900 evening@PhilaU.edu

Prospective students for programs delivered through the evening division should contact the Office of Continuing and Professional Studies for application information at 215.951.2900 or via email at evening@PhilaU.edu. Degree programs are designed, in most cases, to accommodate adults whose professional obligations prevent them from enrolling full time in regularly scheduled day classes.

The evening division’s new student body is primarily composed of adults who are seeking a college education leading to a Bachelor of Science in an accelerated format. Some individuals are returning to higher education after their formal education had been significantly interrupted by a period of work, military service, homemaking, child rearing or some combination of these. Some wish to return to higher education to learn new concepts and skills, to do refresher work in a particular field, to prepare for a new career or experience intellectual or social stimulation.

Prospective students should refer to the Continuing Studies section of this catalog or contact the office directly at 215.951.2900 for more specific information.

Applications are accepted for the evening division on a rolling basis. 

Transfer Students

Philadelphia University welcomes applications from transfer students for enrollment in day or evening programs.

Transfer students (with the exception of students enrolling in the combined B.S./M.S. Occupational Therapy program*) may be awarded transfer credits applicable to degree requirements provided a “C-” or better is earned in the course from a properly accredited institution.  

Transfer students in the day division are expected to complete a minimum of 60 credits at the University with at least 12 credits in upper-division work in their major field and six credits in College Studies. Requirements are different for transfer students in the evening division. Contact the Office of Continuing and Professional Studies to learn more.

*Combined B.S./M.S. Occupational Therapy program: Transfer students with less than 30 applicable credits can be considered for admission. Students will be awarded transfer credit for no more than half of the graduate prerequisite courses provided a “B-” or better is earned in each course from a properly accredited institution. These courses include Anatomy & Physiology I and II, Lifespan Human Development, Abnormal Psychology, Statistics, two Sociology / Anthropology / Cultural Studies courses and Physics (non-calculus based). At least one of the three science courses must be completed at Philadelphia University. Transfer credit may be awarded for all other applicable degree requirements provided a “C-” or better is earned in the course from a properly accredited institution.

International Students

International students who wish to enter Philadelphia University must submit the appropriate application and translated copies of their secondary school and/or college credentials by February 1. Applications received after February 1 will be considered on a space-available basis. International students are eligible for day division admission only.

If English is not the native language of the student, TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) scores should be forwarded to the Office of Admissions. International students must make definite arrangements to meet all financial obligations while attending the University. Financial aid is not available to international students. However, International Merit Scholarships are awarded to academically eligible students. A statement of financial support and bank statements indicating sufficient funds must be included with the application. The I-20 immigration form will be issued following acceptance and payment of a matriculation deposit to the University.

Financial Information

Billing questions? Contact Student Accounts Office 215.951.5988,studentaccounts@PhilaU.edu.
For more information, go to www.PhilaU.edu/studentaccounts
  
Annual Expenses for 2013-2014
Full-Time Student

(12 to 18.5 credits per semester) 

Tuition:

Undergraduate Day

Tuition (annual rate)*
(includes Physician Assistant pre-professional phase)

$32,990
Students registering for an overload
(Credits over 18.5 per semester)
   
$1,100/per credit
Physician Assistant Program**
(professional phase)
     
$38,016

Room*

Residence Halls  $5,210
Townhouses
$7,330
Independence Plaza Apartments  $7,650
Falls Center 1 BR (1 Person) $8,140
Falls Center 2 BR and 3 BR $7,710

Board*

19-Meal Standard Plan
$5,330
19-Meal Premium Plan  $5,990
14-Meal Standard Plan
(upperclassmen only)
  
$5,070
14-Meal Premium Plan
(upperclassmen only)
  
$5,020
10-Meal Standard Plan
(non-residence halls)
 
$3,730
10-Meal Premium Plan
(non-residence halls)
$4,060
5-Meal Standard Plan
(non-residence halls)
 
$1,990
5-Meal Premium Plan
(non-residence halls)

 $2,040

* Cost per semester is 1/2 the annual rate
** Cost per trimester is 1/3 the annual rate 

Other Fees:

Full-Time Undergraduate Day

1.   Application Fee  
 $40/student
2.   Credit by Examination
$1,065/course
3.   Room Security Deposit $250/resident student
4.   START Program Fee
$150/new student
5.   Graduation Fee
$100/student (graduates only)
6.   International Student Fee
$100/semester
7.   General Fee
 $300/semester
8.   Parking Decal  
$70/year
9. Lost Campus Card Replacement    
$25/card
10. Tuition Insurance – on campus  
$96/semester
11. Tuition Insurance – off campus 
$70/semester
12. Health Insurance        
$548/semester

 

PART-TIME STUDENT

(per credit hour unless otherwise indicated) 

Undergraduate Day Programs


Tuition   
$1,065/credit

Credit by Examination 

$1,065/course

Tuition Insurance

$3.60/credit

Application Fee 

$40/student 

Graduation Fee (graduates only)  $100/student

Undergraduate Evening Programs


Tuition $555/course
Credit by Examination $555/course
Tuition Insurance TBD/credit
Application Fee $40/student
Graduation Fee (graduates only)        $100/student        

Undergraduate Online Programs

Tuition        $630/credit
Credit by Examination $630/course
Tuition Insurance $3.60/credit
Application Fee $40/student
Graduation Fee (graduates only) $100/student

Summer Session 2013

Tuition: Day, Evening and Internship
$555/credit
Tuition Insurance TBD/credit

Deposits

An applicant to the day division should send the director of Admissions a tuition deposit of $300 after receiving a letter of acceptance. This deposit includes an orientation fee of $150. The remaining $150 will be credited to the student’s account on the first tuition billing.

All resident students are required to maintain a $250 room security deposit on account. A deposit to a student’s Campus Card may be made for the purchase of books and supplies at the University Bookstore, as well as for use at the vending machines, photocopiers and any dining service location. A deposit of $400 to $500 per semester is suggested. Once deposited, funds cannot be withdrawn from the Campus Card. Unused funds are credited to the student’s account at the end of the academic year.

Statement of Financial Responsibility

An individual's registration as a Philadelphia University student constitutes his or her agreement to make timely payment of all amounts due. Philadelphia University uses electronic means (email and the Internet) as a primary method of communication and providing billing, payment and enrollment services. Signatures or acknowledgments provided by the student electronically to Philadelphia University via Philadelphia University systems and/or @students.PhilaU.edu or @PhilaU.edu email are valid and legally binding. Additionally, by accepting Philadelphia University's offer of admission and enrolling in classes, each student accepts responsibility for paying all debts to the University, including tuition and fees, for which s/he is liable. Details of the University’s billing policies are outlined in the Annual Expense brochure.

Tuition Payment Policy

Day division students are invoiced in July and December for the next semester’s charges and electronic statements may be accessed via WebAdvisor using the QuikPAY link. In QuikPAY, students may add an Authorized Payer who will also be notified when a new statement is available. The University does not mail billing statements.

Only accepted and completed financial aid awards, including Philadelphia University Scholarships, Federal PELL Grants, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (SEOG), Federal Perkins Loans, PHEAA Grants, Direct Plus Loans and/or Direct Stafford Loans are included on the student’s invoice. Late applications for financial aid, unless approved prior to the billing due date, are not credited to the student’s account or accepted as payment. Any balance due, resulting from unapproved financial aid, must be paid by the billing due date. Any subsequent approval resulting in a balance due the student will be refunded to the student after the drop/add period.

Checks should be made payable to Philadelphia University, P.O. Box 95000-4210, Philadelphia, PA 19195-0001, with the student’s identification number clearly indicated on the face of the check. If the University receives a total of three non-sufficient funds (NSF) checks, all future payments must be made by cash, certified check or money order. Students may also use WebAdvisor to pay their account balances online by accessing the QuikPAY link. Electronic checks and credit card payments are accepted. There is no fee to pay by electronic check. Credit card payments will be assessed a 2.75% service fee. The University accepts American Express, Discover and MasterCard for tuition payment. 

Philadelphia University offers a deferred payment plan through Tuition Management Services (TMS). Enrollment forms are mailed to the student’s billing address. For more information or to enroll, you may contact TMS directly at 888.356.0350 or online at www.afford.com. For further questions and information, contact the University’s Student Accounts Office by email at StudentAccounts@PhilaU.edu or by phone at 215.951.5988.

Refund Policy

A student who wants to initiate leave of absence or withdrawal must complete either the Withdrawal form or the Leave of Absence form. These forms are available from the Registrar’s Office or online at www.philau.edu/Registrar/forms. A student is considered in attendance until one of these forms is completed and returned to the Registrar’s Office and the student has been withdrawn from all of his/her classes. Students cannot drop all of their classes on WebAdvisor. Students should contact the Registrar’s Office to confirm all courses have been withdrawn and that their Withdrawal/Leave of Absence has been processed. Students are encouraged to follow up with the Student Accounts and Financial Aid offices to discuss the financial implications. 

Tuition charges for students who withdraw from the University will be refunded on the following basis:

Undergraduate Day and Online Courses:

  • Before classes start: 100%
  • First week of class:  80%
  • Second week of class:  60%
  • Third week of class: 40%
  • Beginning of fourth week of class: 0%

Undergraduate Evening Courses:

  • Prior to the first class meeting: 100%
  • Prior to second class meeting: 80%
  • Prior to third class meeting: 60%
  • Prior to fourth class meeting: 40%
  • After fourth class meeting: 0%

Online classes follow the undergraduate day refund policy regardless of login status. Summer classes follow the evening refund policy. The University uses federal regulations to determine the refund of federal financial aid funds to the federal government. A copy of this federal refund calculation is available on the Financial Aid webpage or at the University’s Financial Aid Office.

Any student who withdraws or changes credit hours or room and board status after the semester begins is obligated for a full semester’s room charge. Board will be charged to the official date of withdrawal, plus an additional charge of 25 percent of the unused portion.

The effective date for calculating refunds will be the effective date indicated on the Notification of Student Leave of Absence/Withdrawal form. Failure to complete this withdrawal form results in an unofficial withdrawal. Refunds, transcripts and recommendations will be withheld by the University until this official form is received. It is also the student’s responsibility to drop his/her classes through WebAdvisor when s/he completes this form.

Students dismissed from the University or from the residence halls will receive the following refunds:

  • Tuition based on the tuition refund policy above
  • Board prorated from date of dismissal, less 25 percent of the unused portion. Student is obligated for a full semester’s room charge
  • Insurance claims for medical withdrawals will be processed through the Dewar’s tuition insurance policy. Claim forms are available in the Student Accounts office. If the student waived this coverage, no refund is available for a medical withdrawal

Absence and Sickness

Students who are absent from the University due to illness or injury, or any other reason, and who retain their place in class, are subject to full tuition, room and board charges during their absence.

Transcripts

Transcripts are not furnished to any student whose account is not paid in full. Transcripts may only be obtained through the Registrar’s Office. Transcripts must be paid for at the time they are requested in order to be processed.

  • Transcript Fee                        $5/copy
  • Same Day Transcript Fee       $10/copy
  • Overnight Transcript Fee       $20/copy

Fees

A one-time, nonrefundable application fee of $40 must accompany the application for admission. This fee covers the cost of processing the prospective student’s application and is not credited to the student’s bill.

A $100 graduation fee is charged to all December, May and August graduating seniors.

A $300 per semester general fee is charged to all full-time undergraduate students. The general fee is used for the maintenance and enhancement of student services. Services include, but are not limited to, transportation services, student activities and services, recreational and intramural sports, technology support, health center services, fitness center access and services, and residence hall laundry services.

A $70 annual parking registration fee is charged to all eligible full-time day division students. A $15 annual parking registration fee is charged to all eligible part-time day division students.

A $25 returned check fee is charged for any check that is returned for non-sufficient funds (NSF).

The following fees will be deducted from the $250 room deposit of any resident student who cancels their contract by the date indicated below:

Returning Students

  • Prior to May 1, $100 of the room deposit is forfeited.
  • After May 1, the entire room deposit is forfeited.

New Students

  • Prior to May 1, the entire room deposit will be returned.
  • After May 1, the entire room deposit is forfeited.

Campus Card

The University offers a Campus Card , which allows students to buy meals, make photocopies, purchase supplies and books at the University Bookstore, and use the campus-wide vending machines and dining facilities. It also serves as a University photo I.D., library card and campus activity card. Depositing funds on the Campus Card can be done in person at the cashier window in Student Accounts, by mail, by calling the Student Accounts Office with accepted credit card information, or online at http://campuscard.philau.edu. When making a payment, a student must indicate the amount of the Campus Card payment along with his/her account number. A minimum of $20 can be placed on the Campus Card and will be available in the account the next business day after receipt. A credit card deposit is available immediately. Any account balance remaining at the end of the academic year will be credited to the student’s account and refunded. A $25 charge is assessed for lost Campus Cards.

Check Cashing

Any student with a valid Campus Card may cash personal checks up to $100 per day at the Student Accounts Office cashier’s window during posted hours.

A $25 returned check fee will be charged to students who cash checks that are later returned to the University for non-sufficient funds. If a third check is returned, check-cashing privileges are revoked.

Health Insurance

All full-time students are required to have health insurance coverage through their family policy, an individual policy or through the University-sponsored health and accident plan. Full-time undergraduate students are billed automatically for the coverage and may waive the University-sponsored health and accident plan by completing a waiver that documents private insurance coverage at www.academichealthplans.com/philau/2013-2014 or by accessing the “Health Insurance Waiver” link via WebAdvisor under the Billing Information section. The waiver must be completed by the second Friday in September for the fall semester. Students beginning their studies in the spring semester must complete the waiver by the first Friday in February. All international students are required to present proof of health insurance at the beginning of each semester. The director of Health Services will determine if the student’s insurance is adequate for coverage in the United States. The charge will be added to the student’s bill unless proof of insurance is provided to the Health Center before the specified date. International students may not use the online waiver option.

For more information about University requirements and the University-sponsored health insurance plan, visit http://www.philau.edu/studentaccounts/insurance.html.

Tuition Insurance

Philadelphia University has contracted with A.W.G. Dewar to provide students with tuition insurance. Full-time day students are billed a flat rate per semester for the plan, which insures each student’s comprehensive tuition and fee charges (and housing and meal plan for on-campus students). Part-time students are billed for tuition insurance on a per-credit basis, and the coverage insures the student’s tuition charges only. A tuition insurance claim may be filed in the event that a student must withdraw from the University due to a serious illness or accident after the published tuition refund deadlines. This coverage will be billed automatically each semester, including the summer terms. Students may opt to waive this coverage via WebAdvisor. The waiver is good for the academic year and will need to be renewed annually. Waivers for the 2013-2014 academic year, including the 2013 summer semesters, may be completed after April 15th. Students who waived for the 2012-2013 academic year will need to complete the waiver again after April 15th to waive for the 2013-2014 academic year. Students who opt to waive the tuition insurance coverage will be responsible for billed expenses if they require a medical withdrawal after the published tuition refund dates. The annual tuition insurance waiver deadlines are the same as those outlined under Health Insurance. Claim forms for the tuition insurance are available in the Student Accounts Office.