Admissions Requirements

Philadelphia University subscribes to a rolling admissions policy. Rolling admissions means that there is no set application deadline. The Admissions committee will review applications for a given term until all seats are filled. Below you will find a brief overview of requirements and materials needed to complete the application process. For more detailed information or to begin an application, click here.

The application process can seem daunting. If you have questions at any time, be sure to reach out to your assigned admissions counselor; they are always one of the best resources you have to provide you with reminders and important information. 

First-Year Students

To be considered for admission, high school seniors and other first-year applicants must submit:

  • Application for admissions
  • Letter of Recommendation
  • Official High School Transcripts
  • Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or the American College Test (ACT). Our SAT code is 2666 and the ACT code is 3668.
  • Required academic or college preparatory courses:
    • Four English, three Mathematics (including Algebra II and Geometry), three History and Social Science, two Laboratory Science, and three elective courses.
  • Essay of at least 250 words. Please choose from one of the essay prompts below.

Freshmen Essay Prompts:

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.

Transfer Students

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

  • $40 non-refundable application fee
  • Official high school transcript(s) (only needed if you have less than 30 college credits earned
  • SAT and/or ACT scores (only needed if you have less than 30 college credits earned)
  • 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.
  • Transcripts for all previous college work 
  • Essay (250 - 650 words)

Transfer Essay Prompt:

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

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