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Philadelphia University is the model for professional university education. Through Nexus Learning—our signature approach to teaching and learning that is active, collaborative, connected to the real world and infused with the liberal arts—we are educating the next generation of leaders for the 21st-century work world.

For more than 125 years, Philadelphia University has fostered a culture of market-driven innovation. Students at PhilaU learn to integrate knowledge, develop broader decision-making skills and untangle complex problems.

Complementing our curriculum, our three Colleges give students the freedom to learn vital skills outside of their discipline through collaboration. We bring together liberal arts and science disciplines such as sociology, environmental science, languages and history with studies in professional areas like business, fashion design, management, communications, health and architecture to provide an integrative experience relevant to today’s practices. From day one, we bring industry leaders to campus to partner with our students. It’s an approach that mirrors industry and makes companies very excited about hiring our graduates.

No other university has our unique intersection of expertise in a transdisciplinary environment at the same scale. Weaving these areas of study, combined with our passionate and dedicated faculty, PhilaU produces graduates with a pioneering combination of professional skill, breadth of perspective and synthesized decision-making abilities—all developed while working on real-world challenges.

Our students feed off the entrepreneurial DNA of the campus and graduate with the skills necessary to turn their innovative ideas into commercial successes. It’s one of the reasons that today Philadelphia University’s alumni are global leaders in design, architecture, fashion, business, engineering, health professions, textiles, materials technology, sustainability and science.

Philadelphia University is a private university with 3,500 part- and full-time undergraduate and graduate students from 45 states and 40 countries. The University offers more than 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the Colleges of Architecture and the Built Environment; the Kanbar College of Design, Engineering and Commerce; the College Science, Health and the Liberal Arts; and the School of Continuing and Professional Studies leading to the Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science in Engineering, Bachelor of Architecture, Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, master’s degrees and a doctoral degree in Textile Engineering and Science.