Apply as a First-Year Student

To apply online to Thomas Jefferson University as an undergraduate student, complete the Jefferson Online Application or Common Application and submit all supporting materials by the below deadlines.

*Applications received after the regular decision deadlines will be reviewed on a space-available basis and at the discretion of the Admissions Committee.


Application Materials

To be considered for admission to Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University), first year applicants must submit:

  • $40 non-refundable application fee
  • Official high school transcript(s)
  • SAT and/or ACT scores. The PhilaU code for the SAT is 2666 and the ACT is 3668.
  • Letter of recommendation from a teacher or counselor who can speak to your academic preparation and college readiness. An academic recommendation form is available to download by clicking here
  • Essay of at least 250 words. Please choose from one of the essay prompts below.

Freshmen Essay Prompts (please note specific essay prompts for OT and PA applicants below):

  • Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.
  • The lessons we take from obstacles we encounter can be fundamental to later success. Recount a time when you faced a challenge, setback, or failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?
  • Reflect on a time when you questioned or challenged a belief or idea. What prompted your thinking? What was the outcome?
  • Describe a problem you've solved or a problem you'd like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma - anything that is of personal importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution. 
  • Discuss an accomplishment or event, formal or realization that sparked a period of personal growth and a new understanding of yourself or others.
  • Describe a topic, idea, or concept you find so engaging that it makes you lose all track of time. Whay does it captivate you? What or who do you turn to when you want to learn more?
  • Share an essay on any topic of your choice. It can be one you've already written, one that responds to a different prompt, or one of your own design.

Health Sciences/Occupational Therapy and Psychology/Occupational Therapy Applicants Essay Prompt:

Please submit an essay of at least 250 words discussing your motivation for wanting to be an Occupational Therapist (OT) and attributes you have that make you well suited for the OT profession. Limit to one page.

Physician’s Assistant Applicants Essay Prompt:

Please submit an essay of at least 250 words discussing your motivation for wanting to be a Physician Assistant (PA) and attributes you have that make you well suited for the PA profession. Limit to one page.

Physician Assistant applicants must also submit three letters of recommendation and complete an application supplement that can be found by clicking here. The deadline for the Physician Assistant Program is December 15. Reviews of applications will begin after the deadline, with decisions to follow.

Note: We do not require a portfolio review for first year applicants. If an applicant has some college-level coursework, we may require a portfolio review to assess transferable credit.

Once your application materials are received, your application will be presented to the Admissions Committee and you will be notified of a decision in approximately 4-6 weeks.