Apply as a First-Year 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, 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 or untimed writing sample of at least 250 words

Physician’s Assistant Applicants must submit three letters of recommendation and complete an application supplement that can be found by clicking here.

Note: Philadelphia University does 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.