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.



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 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:

  • An application for admission
  • $40 non-refundable application fee
  • Letter of Recommendation (for an academic recommendation form, click here)
  • Official High School Transcript
  • Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or the American College Test (ACT). Our SAT code is 2666 and our 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.
  • Personal Essay (250 word minimum). Please select a topic from the prompts below. 


Freshmen Essay Prompts:

Please note, there are specific and/ or additional prompts for the Health Sciences/Occupational Therapy Program, the Psychology/Occupational Therapy program, and the Health Sciences/Physician Assistant Studies program.

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 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?

3.  Reflect on a time when you questioned or challenged a belief or idea. What prompted your thinking? What was the outcome?

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 realization that sparked a period of personal growth and a new understanding of yourself or others.

6.  Describe a topic, idea, or concept you find so engaging that it makes you lose all track of time. Why does it captivate you? What or who do you turn to when you want to learn more?

7.  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 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.

For the Health Sciences/Physician Assistant Essay Prompt and all other application requirements, please visit our Health Sciences/Physician Assistant Admissions page by clicking here.

 

Transfer Students:

To view transfer application requirements, please visit our Transfer Admissions page by clicking here.