FAQs

How do I get on your mailing list?

Please complete the Counselor Packet Request Form. This will allow us to retrieve your contact information and process your request. You may also contact the Office of Admissions at 215-951-2800 and ask to receive a Counselor Packet.

What are your most popular academic programs?

Our five most popular programs are Fashion Merchandising (11%), Architecture (8%), Graphic Design (8%), Physician Assistant (8%), Fashion Design (6%) and Fashion Marketing (5%).

What’s most important in an admissions decision?

We are most interested in the student's academic record in high school and the courses he/she took to earn it, along with the results of his/her SAT or ACT test. We also look at class rank, if available, and any recommendations that accompany the student's application for admission. If the student feels there are special abilities not reflected in his/her formal record, he/she should be sure to tell us about those.

Why should a student visit your campus? Why should I tell my students to visit your campus?

One of the most important elements in selecting a college is the comfort with the other students who are enrolled. The best way to find that out is to visit campus. Students and their families take a formal tour but after that they be able to wander around and talk to people. Indeed, it is not unusual for students to visit two or three times before making up their minds about the college that’s best for them. And of course, they have to visit to see for themselves the beauty of our 100-acre campus located right beside Fairmount Park, the largest park system in the United States. We hope you will encourage your students to make an appointment to visit us.

To schedule at visit, students can contact our Visit Coordinator who can assist with setting up a tour and a meeting with a member of the Admissions staff. For more information please see our Schedule a Visit page.

What do people do after they graduate? What are your job placement rates?

Year after year, 90% of our graduates have found jobs or have continued on to graduate school within months of Commencement. About 24% go directly to graduate or professional school. For those continuing their education, an MBA program is most popular, followed by master’s degree programs in the arts and sciences, medical school, and law school. Results like these show the value of a Philadelphia University degree. Most of our graduates have a wide range of options from which to choose.

What is the deadline for applications? What is your admissions policy?

The Admissions Committee reviews applications on a rolling basis (with the exception of the Physician Assistant program) beginning in late October. Because many programs fill quickly, we encourage high school students to apply early in their senior year. Transfer students are advised to apply by March 1 for the fall semester and November 15 for the spring semester. The Physician Assistant application deadline is January 15.

Do you have a minimum grade point average (GPA) and/or SAT or ACT requirement?

Each student is evaluated on an individual basis. We consider the level of difficulty of the student’s coursework, the grades received (GPA) and his/her performance on the SAT I or ACT test. Because of the competitive nature of some of our programs, it is difficult to provide one set of GPA or SAT/ACT requirements. Students are encouraged to speak with an Admissions Counselor by telephone or while visiting campus about their particular academic history.

Would you suggest that a student should interview with a counselor? Is an interview required?

Interviews are required for Physician Assistant applicants only. Students interested in all other programs are encouraged to visit campus for a tour lead by a current student and to meet with an Admissions representative. A campus visit is an excellent way for students to get to know about the great programs and resources available at Philadelphia University.

Are internships available for students? Are students required to take an internship?

The Internship Program is an optional academic program designed to enrich students’ educational experiences by providing them with salaried work experience(s) related to their majors, minors or career goals. To be eligible for an internship, students must attend Philadelphia University full-time and have earned 60 college credits (90 credits for architecture students). Of the college credits, 15 must have been taken at Philadelphia University. Students must also have an overall 2.5 GPA in their majors.

Internship students are placed in either full- or part-time positions. They may elect to receive credit for their placement or they may participate in the non-credit option. The student’s coursework and placement is monitored by a faculty member.

More than 100 employers list training positions with the University each year. The majority of them are located in the Greater Philadelphia area. Employers from Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; New York; New Jersey; North Carolina; Washington, D.C.; and England also participate.

Do students have the opportunity to participate in Study Abroad programs?

The Study Abroad Program encourages students to add an international dimension to their educations while experiencing the culture of another country firsthand. Students may study abroad for a few weeks or an entire semester. The University currently offers study abroad options in Austria, England, France, Italy, Mexico, Scotland and Spain. In most cases, students who study abroad for a full semester are enrolled full-time at a host institution and have access to housing and all the services, facilities and privileges available to the host institution’s students. GPA requirements vary depending upon the program.

What services are available for job placement?

The Career Services Center provides the educational programming, resources and support necessary for students and alumni to prepare for, commence, and continue their pursuit of meaningful and lifelong career development. The Center provides personal career advising, group seminars, and library resources to assist with the development of the knowledge and skills necessary for students to successfully make the transition from University to professional careers. On-campus recruitment programs like the Corporate Connections Job Fair and Resume Referral System provide entry-level and experienced candidates immediate access to employers.

Is housing guaranteed for all four years?

The University’s housing accommodations are extremely popular and in high demand. The University is able to accommodate approximately 1,250 undergraduate residential students each year, and while it cannot guarantee that all residential students will have on-campus housing for all four (or five) years at the University, many students are able to stay on-campus through graduation.

How many team or individual sports are available at the college/university? What are these? Which team sports are the most popular?

There are 9 women’s varsity sports and 7 men’s varsity sports.

Women’s: Basketball, Cheerleading, Cross Country, Field Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Tennis and Volleyball

Men’s: Baseball, Basketball, Cheerleading, Cross Country, Golf, Soccer and Tennis

Crew is a new club sport to Philadelphia University and will eventually compete at the varsity level.

The athletics department staff also organizes a complete and popular Intramurals and recreational program.

Is there a student literary magazine? A student newspaper? How might a student become involved in literary or journalistic activities?

There is a literary magazine called The Text. This is an open forum literary magazine. The newspaper is titled Ram Page and it is published out of the Academic Affairs office. Students can register for either publication at the annual Activities Fair or with the Student Activities office.

What are some of the campus activities and/or highlights of campus activities offered for students throughout the year?

In addition to a wide variety of academic and/or professional clubs in which students can participate, the Campus Activity Board sponsors many different events throughout the academic year. Some of the more popular events are: Welcome Week, Battle of the Bands, Homecoming Weekend, SGA’s Spring Gala, and SGA’s Talent show.

If a student chooses to live on campus during his/her freshman year, is he/she guaranteed housing (even if they are not a local student)?

Philadelphia University does not guarantee housing for freshmen year or for any subsequent year. Upon receipt of the acceptance letter, students are invited to submit a deposit. That deposit holds the student’s place within his/her intended major and in the residence halls. That deposit is the only way to secure housing as an incoming freshman. During the following years there is a housing lottery selection process.

Which departments enroll the most students? Which departments graduate the most students?

The Bachelor of Architecture program enrolled the largest percentage of freshmen during the last ten years.

The School of Business graduates the most students (41.9%). Within the School of Business, the marketing major boasts the best graduation rate.

Does your college/university require freshmen orientation? Can you describe orientation?

New Student Orientation (NSO) is required for all freshmen and new students.

The NSO program seeks to assist students in becoming acclimated to the academic culture and campus life components of the university.

The university also offers a First Year Experience (FYE). This program is for resident/commuter students and it assists first year students in successfully integrating their cultures and co-curricular experiences as they become actively engaged in the university community as well as the city of Philadelphia.