Apply as an International Student

To apply online to Philadelphia University as an undergraduate student, complete the PhilaU Online Application or Common Application.

To print an application and apply to Philadelphia University as a daytime, undergraduate student, you can submit the PhilaU Application or download a print application upon logging into your Common Application account.

Mail completed applications to the Office of Admissions:

Office of Admissions
Philadelphia University
4201 Henry Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19144

For more information about the Common Application, visit to learn about this college application that is accepted by more than 450 higher education institutions.

Application Materials

To be considered for admission to Philadelphia University, international applicants must submit:

  • Completed application (online or by paper) with $40 non-refundable application fee
  • Attested copies of secondary school marks
    • - Grades 9-11 if you haven't graduated from high school
    • - Grades 10-12 if you have graduate from high school
  • Attested copies of university marks from all colleges/universities attended (if applicable)*
  • Official course-by-course evaluation report provided by one of the NACES-approved organizations (
    • - If you have obtained college credits outside the U.S.A.
  • At least one of the following marks of English proficiency:
    • - TOEFL, SAT, ACT or IELTS scores
      • Minimum TOEFL score: 79 IBT
      • Minimum IELTS score: 6.5
      • PhilaU test codes: TOEFL (2666); SAT (2666), ACT (3668)
    • - ELS Certificate with successful completion of Level 112
    • - English Composition I from a U.S. college or university (grade must be a B or higher)
  • Letter of recommendation from a teacher or counselor who can speak to your academic preparation and university 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):

    1. 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.

    2. The lessons we take from failure can be fundamental to later success. Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?

    3. Reflect on a time when you challenged a belief or idea. What prompted you to act? Would you make the same decision again?

    4. 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. 

    5. Discuss an accomplishment or event, formal or informal that marked your transition from childhood to adulthood within your culture, community, or family.

    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.

    Transfer Essay Prompt:

    Please provide a statement that addresses your reasons for transferring and the objectives you hope to achieve.

*Photocopies of school records are permissible, but they must be unopened and sealed/attested by the school. 

Note: Students applying for transfer to Architecture or Fashion Design must submit a portfolio.