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Student Engagement

Kanbar Campus Center 317


Fax: 215.951.2644

Email: studentengagement@philau.edu


Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

The Office of Student Engagement (OSE) connects students to Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) -  East Falls Campus through programming, involvement, leadership and service while students have the opportunity to stimulate personal growth and contribute to the campus community. It supports the University’s mission and strategic plan and contributes to student’s education through leadership, professional and personal development. OSE houses First Year Programs and the offices of Community Service and Spiritual Development. In addition it coordinates Commuter Programs,  management of Clubs and Organizations and Greek Life as well as the operations of the Kanbar Campus Center.  OSE facilitates a wide array of campus wide events and traditions that contribute to a vibrant campus life. The Office also oversees Campus Reservations and the Campus ID (Campus Card) system.


Student Government Association (SGA): SGA not only works for the students, but also with the students. Members of the Executive Board have a great interest in getting everyone involved, not only to provide them with opportunities to grow, but also to provide SGA with fresh enthusiasm. Take a stand and get involved. Student leadership is always willing to discuss areas of interest and concerns with students. Students may also leave a message in the SGA mailboxes located in the Kanbar Campus Center or reach them by email at SGA@philau.edu. All full and part-time students can get involved in SGA. All registered students have the right to vote in SGA elections.


Campus Activities Board (CAB) is the University's premiere student organization for the planning of programs and activities. CAB is mainly responsible for the planning of weekend activities on campus for Jefferson at East Falls students. They also play a huge role in Welcome Week as well as other large scale events. Membership to this group is open to all students.

The Office of Student Engagement houses the First Year Experience Program and the Offices of Community Service Learning and Spiritual Development.  Collectively, our programs and services support the mission of Jefferson at East Falls and promote and engage students' thoughtful and creative contributions by:  coordinating students' transitions to the University and ensuring the highest-quality first-year experience possible; creating links between the curriculum and co-curriculum; focusing on student leadership development; promoting citizenship through community service initiatives; exploring one's sense of purpose and meaning through spiritual development; and deepening students' awareness of self, others and the wider world through intercultural exchanges. 

First Year Experience (FYE): in partnership with Academic Affairs, Student Engagement coordinates campus-wide efforts to ensure the hgiest-quality experience possible in the first year of college.  The central theme of the FYE components is Finding Philadelphia, which helps students learn about the history, culture, diversity and wealth of activities in the city, our extended campus. Our comprehensive approach to your first-year experience begins with START and New Student Orientation, which includes the Summer Reading, integrates both your curricular and co-curricular experiences, includes faculty-oriented academic advising, and is centered on your residential community. The FYE Program at Philadelphia University is designed to provide support and encouragement for new students. FYE acknowledges that the first year in college is a major life step during which students face challenges in adjusting to a new place, managing time and workload, starting new relationships, clarifying values, establishing autonomy and addressing a host of other developmental issues. Philadelphia University has committed an extensive amount of time and resources to provide a sound foundation for success for each student.

Community Service Learning: Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) - East Falls Campus believes that community service initiatives are a central part of the undergraduate experience. Accordingly, the Office of Community Service Learning works to increase student access to service opportunities, serves as an informational resource about community agencies, supports students’ civic engagement, and promotes service as a tool for learning. Our goal is to develop students into community-conscious leaders who have an active and engaged relationship with the city of Philadelphia, surrounding neighborhoods and the broader context of society.

Spiritual Development: The Office of Spiritual Development offers opportunities for students as they seek to deepen and enhance their spiritual and religious lives. These include: counseling that addresses questions of spirituality and religious faith and its application to issues and challenges at school and home; small groups for students wanting to explore their spiritual lives; workshops on spiritual development, meditation and prayer; interfaith services and discussions; and holy day observances and special event celebrations. The Office provides a listing of places of worship offered by local faith communities. Information about different religious traditions and holy days is also available.