Colleges in Philadelphia

Colleges in Philadelphia

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, colloquially known as Philly, is the most populous city in the state of Pennsylvania and has more than 80 postsecondary institutions within the region. With its integral role in the American Revolution, Philly features 67 National Landmarks, is the first city in the US to become a member of the Organization of World Heritage Cities, and claims many “firsts” for the nation, including the first library, first hospital, and first zoo, as well as testifies to having the oldest university in the nation, the University of Pennsylvania.

While Penn, Harvard University, and the College of William and Mary duke out who came first, the University of Pennsylvania is most certainly an Ivy League and undoubtedly one of the founding members of the Association of American Universities, a collective of 62 leading research universities. The two largest schools in the city by number of students are Temple University and Drexel University, which are also major research institutions. Within the region, Philly also has five schools of medicine, including Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, the oldest medical school in the nation, and Thomas Jefferson University.

The city also hosts an array of artistic institutions, including the Art Institute of Philadelphia, Hussain School of Art, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Moore College of Art and Design, and the University of Arts, the last of which is one of the oldest performing arts institutes in the US. Philly has more public art than any other American City and is home to the Avenue of the Arts in Center City, where theatre and cuisine meet.

Philadelphia is considered a very walkable city and offers buses, trains, elevated trains, subways, trackless trolleys, and more, with a direct line to Philadelphia International Airport, one of the busiest in the world. Its economy is largely driven by financial services and health, but has recently become a hub for biotechnology, as well.

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Temple University is a 4-year public research institution in Philadelphia. With its main campus set against the Philly skyline, Temple is home to 17 colleges and schools conferring degrees in over 400 academic programs. In addition, Temple features...

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Named for a prominent 19th century philanthropist, Drexel University is a 4-year private research university in Philadelphia. Drexel offers bachelor’s degrees in over 80 academic majors with an emphasis on experiential learning. Additionally, the...

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With campus a short drive from the Delaware River, Rowan University is a public institution in southern New Jersey. Rowan confers bachelor’s degrees in 74 academic areas of study and is one of just over 50 American colleges to offer programs in...

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Jefferson is a 4-year institution born out of a merger between Philadelphia University and Thomas Jefferson University. TJU was founded in 1824 and, as of 2015, was the largest free-standing health sciences university in the state. Philadelphia U was...

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Swarthmore College is a private liberal arts institution in Pennsylvania that was founded in 1864. The college was founded by the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) and its "most selective" admissions process is also need-blind. The 425-acre...

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Founded by six Baptist ministers, Eastern University is a Christian institution in the Philadelphia metro area. Eastern confers undergraduate degrees in over 95 academic fields of study. As a Christian university, Eastern holds chapel services once...

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Founded in 1851 by the Society of Jesus, Saint Joseph’s University is a Jesuit Catholic school in Philadelphia. SJU is home to colleges and schools of Arts & Sciences, Business, and Health Studies offering bachelor’s degrees with a core curriculum...

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Founded in 1853, Arcadia University is a 4-year private institution in the Philadelphia metro area. The Arcadia campus hosts six colleges and schools conferring undergraduate degrees, including the College of Global Studies which oversees study...

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Haverford College is a 4-year liberal arts college in the Philadelphia metro area. Founded in 1833 as a Quaker school, Haverford now grants bachelor’s degrees in 29 academic majors and all degrees culminate in a senior thesis research project. With a...

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Founded by the Brothers of the Christian Schools, La Salle University is a Catholic school in Philadelphia. La Salle is home to schools of Arts & Sciences, Business, and Nursing conferring undergraduate degrees and all academic programs feature a...

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The University of the Sciences is a healthcare, science, and pharmacy education institution in Philadelphia. USciences is home to three colleges conferring bachelor’s degrees in 20 scientific fields of study and the university also hosts a pre-med...

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Wilmington University is a private research institution situated in New Castle, Delaware. It is a member school of both the Middle States Commision on Higher Education and the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities. Wilmington...

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With campus overlooking Perkiomen Creek, Ursinus College is a 4-year liberal arts college in the Philadelphia metro area. Ursinus grants bachelor’s degrees in 60 academic areas of study and all first year students are enrolled in the college’s...

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The Community College of Philadelphia is a public, 2-year institution established in the state of Pennsylvania. Along with the main campus, the college is also home to three regional centers throughout Philadelphia. CCP offers more than 70 associate...

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The University of the Arts is a private visual and performing arts institution. It was founded in 1876 and is one of the oldest art schools in the nation. Popular majors include dance, illustration, and music performance. The university provides an...

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Established in 1872, Saint Peter’s University is one of 28 Jesuit universities in the nation. Saint Peter’s is based in Jersey City, NJ, with a second location called Englewood Cliffs, and is home to four colleges and schools conferring undergraduate...

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Founded in 1896, Delaware Valley University is a private institution situated in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. DelVal confers undergraduate degrees in 25 majors focused on Humanities, Natural Sciences, and Business, and all academic programs incorporate...

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Neumann University is a private institution sponsored by the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia, created in the Franciscan Tradition. NU offers 10 study abroad destinations, a Child Development Center, and dorms with bathrooms in every suite....

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Chestnut Hill College is a coeducational college with “selective” admissions. Founded in 1924 by the Sisters of St. Joseph, the Institute for Forgiveness & Reconciliation is an homage towards their mission of “unity and love for all without...

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Bucks County Community College is a public, 2-year institution established in Newtown, Pennsylvania, with satellite campuses in Perkasie and Bristol. Bucks offers over 80 associate’s degree and certificate programs, preparing students either for...

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Formed by the merger of Thomas Jefferson and Philadelphia Universities, Jefferson University is a health science and education-centered institution dedicated to preparing students for 21st century professions. Jefferson is home to 13 colleges and...

Cabrini University is a liberal arts institution with close ties to the Roman Catholic Church. Campus is based in Philadelphia, PA, and calls its core curriculum “Justice Matters,” and courses are rooted in social justice. It was one of the first...

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The West Chester University of Pennsylvania is a public school in the Philadelphia area and the largest institution in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. WCU is comprised of seven colleges including the College of Arts & Humanities,...

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Holy Family University is a private, Christ-centered institution established in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, with a satellite facility operating in Newtown which houses the college’s graduate programs. The main campus offers over 60 undergraduate...

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Montgomery County Community College is a public, 2-year institution established in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania. Along with the main campus, the college also maintains two satellite locations in Pottstown and Lansdale. Academics at MCCC feature a core...

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Bryn Athyn College is a 4-year Christian institution that pairs study of the liberal arts with spiritual inquiry rooted in the New Church, a sect of Christianity that respects all faiths. All classes in Bryn Athyn’s 18 liberal arts majors are based...

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Curtis Institute of Music is a private, 4-year conservatory established in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. All students attending Curtis receive merit-based, full-tuition scholarships and financial aid packages to allow students to focus on their studies...

Originally founded as the the South Jersey Law School, Rutgers University-Camden is 4-year public school and a campus of the Rutgers University system in south New Jersey. RU-Camden grants undergrad degrees in 38 academic majors featuring a liberal...

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Rosemont College is a 4-year Catholic liberal arts college just outside of Philadelphia. In addition to its regular undergraduate studies plan, Rosemont offers 3-year bachelors, 5-year masters, and 7-year BA/MD programs for students looking to...

Founded in 1915, Harcum College is a residential institution offering a variety of associate degree options. Situated in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, 12 miles south of Philadelphia, it was the first college in the state to confer associate degrees and...

Thomas Edison State University is a public, 4-year institution located in Trenton, New Jersey. Students are not required to visit campus, so the college’s classes have a number of different possible formats, such as the Self-Directed format,...

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Founded in 1837, Cheyney University of Pennsylvania is the first historically black university in the nation and a member of the Thurgood Marshall Fund. This public institution is home to a planetarium and aquaponics greenhouse, and features a...

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Manor College is a private college affiliated with the Ukranian Catholic Church of the Eastern tradition that was founded by The Sisters of Saint Basil the Great. The campus hosts an on-campus Ukranian Heritage Studies Center (UHSC), as well as the...

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The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts is a private, joint museum and educational institution established in Philadelphia. PAFA offers several types of BFA and MFA programs in five areas of study: drawing, illustration, painting, printmaking, and...

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The Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine is a medical school with a main campus in Philadelphia and a branch location in Georgia. PCOM offers three doctorate programs in Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, and Osteopathic Medicine as well as four...

Formerly known as the Philadelphia Bible Institute, Cairn University is a Christian college in eastern Pennsylvania. Cairn is home to six schools conferring undergraduate degrees in over 40 Christ-centered majors. In addition, Cairn offers Christian...

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Established in 1953, Pennsylvania Institute of Technology is a private, 2-year institution located on two campuses in Media and Philadelphia. PIT offers 17 associate degree programs and three certificate programs, primarily in career-oriented fields...

College of Art & Design is an independent, nonprofit organization offering baccalaureates for women and co-educational degrees at the graduate level. Founded in 1848, Moore was the first women’s art school in the nation. The college features a Writer...

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From its campus outside of Philadelphia, Salus University is a graduate and professional institution dedicated to the health sciences. The curriculum at Salus is divided among four schools: Optometry, Audiology, Health Sciences, and Education &...

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Valley Forge Military College is an independent institution established in Wayne, Pennsylvania. The college is connected to a preparatory boarding school that serves students from grades 7 to 12. Students enrolling in VFMC have the option of...

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Pennsylvania State University in Abington is a public institution, and one of 24 PSU campuses throughout the state. PSU offers over 200 majors, 19 of which can be completed on the Abington campus, and also allows students to create their own major....

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The Delaware College of Art and Design is a private, 2-year institution established in Wilmington. The college offers associate’s degree programs in areas of fine arts, including Sculpture, Painting & Drawing, Printmaking, Animation, Graphic Design,...

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Originally founded as Union Business College, Peirce College is an institution for adult and working students in Philadelphia and one of the first colleges in America to admit women. Peirce is home to academic departments of Business, Information...

Penn State Great Valley is a school of graduate and professional studies in the Philadelphia metro area and a campus of the Pennsylvania State University system. Penn State Great Valley confers master’s degrees in 10 fields of study and features...

With a campus building certified by the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places, the Academy of Vocal Arts is a music conservatory dedicated to training opera soloists. AVA’s 4-year opera curriculum culminates in artist diplomas for all students...

The American College of Financial Services is a financial advisor-training academy in the Philadelphia metro area. ACFS offers master’s degree programs in Management and Financial Services and a PhD in Financial and Retirement Planning as well as 10...

With a campus in the Philadelphia metro area, Gratz College is the first independent college of Jewish Studies in the United States. Gratz offers bachelor’s degrees in Jewish Studies and Jewish Professional Studies as well as an undergraduate program...

Founded by a retired seminary president and a radio evangelist and formerly known as Biblical Theological Seminary, Missio Seminary is a Christian graduate school with a focus on training students for missionary work. Missio offers four theological...

Orleans Technical College is a technical and adult education-centered institution in northeast Philadelphia. Operated by a non-profit social service agency called JEVS Human Services, Orleans Tech features courses in five building trades training...

The Workforce Institute’s City College is a technical and vocational school in Philadelphia designed for adult and working students. WFI City College offers degree and diploma-granting programs in Web Design, Computer Support, and Medical Office...

Reconstructionist Rabbinical College is a rabbinical training academy and the only Reconstructionist Jewish seminary in the world. RRC hosts a Rabbinical Formation program consisting of core courses in classical Jewish texts as well as supervised...

As one of the first yeshivas founded in America, Talmudical Yeshiva of Philadelphia is a Haredi Orthodox Jewish institution of higher learning. Talmudical Yeshiva is home to a beit midrash featuring a Talmudic Studies program. In addition to...

Formerly known as Lutheran Theological Seminary, United Lutheran Seminary is a Christian graduate school with a campus in Philadelphia. Affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, ULS Philadelphia offers master’s degrees in Divinity,...

Saint Francis Medical Center School of Nursing is a private, medical education institution located in Trenton, New Jersey. The School of Nursing offers three academic programs in collaboration with Mercer County Community College including the...

The Won Institute of Graduate Studies is a grad school of eastern medicine and culture and the only acupuncture training academy in Pennsylvania. Won Institute grants master’s degrees in Acupuncture Studies and Won Buddhist Studies as well as a...

The St. Francis Medical Center School of Radiologic Technology is a medical imaging training academy in Trenton. The SFMC School hosts a 2-year hospital-based certification program in Radiologic Technology. In addition to classroom work, the SFMC...

Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary is a Roman Catholic seminary in the Philadelphia metro area dedicated to training Catholic priests and church leaders. As part of its Priestly Formation program, Saint Charles Borromeo offers a bachelor’s degree in...

Founded in 1885, Bryn Mawr College is a women’s liberal arts institution in the greater Philadelphia area and part of the Seven Sisters. Bryn Mawr offers undergraduate degrees in 37 majors and was the first women’s college to confer a PhD....

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