Power to Innovate: Priorities

The Campaign will support the following goals and priorities:

At nearly 39,000-square-feet, this $20 million, state-of-the-art building is designed to reflect the collaborative and innovative learning that will take place in the new College. To read more about the new DEC building, view daily webcam images from the construction site and see a fly through video of the building, click here.

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Arlen Specter Center for Public Policy

Through its mission, the new Center will promote and support scholarly research and foster greater understanding of and discourse around significant historical, political and policy issues associated with Senator Specter’s career in public service. The Center will be housed in a long-unused home on campus that will be renovated to preserve its historic importance while allowing for high-tech interactive exhibits. To learn more about the Specter Center, click here.



The Center for Sustainability, Energy Efficiency and Design (SEED Center)

This new building is more than 14,000-square-feet and is a grey-to-green renovated facility converted from a former gymnasium into a LEED-certified academic building for the undergraduate and graduate architecture programs. To learn more about the SEED Center, click here.


Applied Research

Collaboration with industry, government and foundations through applied research opportunities for faculty and students expand their expertise and serve societal needs. Notable advances include the recently funded Philadelphia University MAG Composites Institute and the Edward P. Marram Biomedical Textile Structures Laboratory. To read more about these new facilities click here.


athletictraditionAthletic Tradition

The campaign will elevate PhilaU athletics by enhancing facilities and strengthening programs for student-athletes.


Scholarships and Financial Aid

Today’s competitive market in higher education, combined with a challenging economy, dictates that we must provide a higher level of scholarships and financial aid in order to attract and retain the best and brightest students. To learn more about the scholarship program at PhilaU, click here.



Our Colleges encompass a significant breadth of expertise all working together to enhance our culture of innovation. College and program naming opportunities are available, along with endowed chairs and professorships, which help recruit and retain talented faculty.

Curriculum Development

Philadelphia University’s curriculum prepares graduates to be experts in their chosen fields with knowledge and skills that are transferable across increasingly transparent professional boundaries. Investments in curricular development will help to distinguish Philadelphia University by driving it to the forefront of curricular innovation.

The PhilaU Fund 

Unrestricted giving to The PhilaU Fund from all members of the University community will continue to be a priority as their annual support helps to meet the greatest needs of our students and faculty year in and year out.


To learn more, contact Jesse Shafer, vice president for development and alumni relations, at 215.951.2850 or shaferj@PhilaU.edu.