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...

“…Exciting and diverse” – Thomas from Philadelphia, PA

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...

“…This university offers great city living where museums, concerts and sports events are only a stones throw away. The opportunity offered to students to work 6 months inbetween academics is also appealing both in terms of seeing if your chosen major...” – Sean from Quakertown, PA

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...

“…the school is great. everyone wants to help you with all different types of academic work. also, there is something for everyone.” – Nicole from Wayne, NJ

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...

“…Philadelphia University is a beautiful university. The faculty here will do all it can to make sure you succeed in your future career or field. It provides many opportunities that many other universities do not, including free tutoring, personal...” – Rachel from Weatherly, PA

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...

“…Swarthmore is a great place to pursue your academic passions and push yourself to realize your full potential. It's not for everyone; the academics can be pretty intense, depending on your major and if you choose to enter the Honors Program, and the...” – Sarah from Wynnewood, PA

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...

“…Eastern University is one of the best options out there for prospective Christian college students. I am still struggling to find something that I DON'T like! Eastern ensures quality education, memories, and spiritual growth.” – Leta from Herkimer, NY

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...

“…St. Joe's is a school where you can never say there is nothing to do. With challenging school work and ways to get involved you can always keep yourself busy. There is a place for everyone here. ” – Rosie

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...

“…If you are interested in studying abroad then Arcadia University is the school for you. It is very open to all cultures hence it is very diverse. Finally the professors and staff are very friendly and approachable and there is a one on one with the...” – Imoinda from Philadelphia, PA

The Immaculata University is a Catholic university in Malvern, PA, that was founded by the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The Christian core values of charism and tradition permeate the more than 60 majors available at Immaculata,...

“…This is a beautiful campus with alot of wonderful architecture. All the people I spoke with took the time to answer questions and to find out a little about me. The academic program was also very good.” – Jas

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...

“…A close-knit space where people of liberal tendencies really get to know one another. The faulty is superb and dedicated, and people generally look out for each other. The general air of people on campus is surprisingly reserved and polite.” – Jasmin from Brooklyn, NY

La Salle University is a private institution based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It is affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church and houses a religiously-affiliated University Ministry and Service program where students can find volunteer projects...

“…La Salle has an amazing Honors Program and promises to challenge you. I would suggest trying to apply to the honors program because it is definitely worth it. All of the college professors are great” – Candice from West Chester, PA

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...

“…university of the sciences is a great academic institution. its a small private university which allows for more student professor interaction with small class sizes. great place to learn about your prospective career. ” – Stephanie from Monroeville, NJ

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...

“…Wilmington University is a very good school. They love their students and love what they are doing. They have the best curriculum but they don't offer a couple of studies that I would be interested in.” – Celita from Elkton, MD

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...

“…Ursinus is a small, suburban liberal arts college. Students are serious about their academics and extracurricular activities. The campus is very safe and students and everyone (students, faculty, adminstration) is friendly.” – Tracy from Philadelphia, PA

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...

“…Community really have a great team. They really take the time out to help you move forward in your future career and there courses is really great.” – Cassandra from Philadelphia, PA

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...

“…This school is a school of business. Every faculty member wants you to succeed and grow in music. When you step in there as a student you leave each class everyday a better musician.” – Khrista from Fairless Hills, PA

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...

“…I am the happiest little zoo science student in the world here at Delaware Valley College. Our tight-knit community, fantastic learning environment, and people who have the same dreams as me have made the transition to college more manageable than I...” – Celina from Hamden, CT

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....

“…i love this college the experience has been nothing but positive. they have my major and the student body and staff have been very helpful. the facilities are fairly new and well maintained.” – Eric from Willingboro, NJ

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...

“…Chestnut Hill College is a small school that is very comforting for students and really makes you feel at home. The staff at Chestnut Hill go out of their way to make sure every student is happy and help them to reach their goals. Chestnut Hill...” – Anonymous

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...

“…Small and efficient. The school is great for student teacher connections. The learning environment is a great positive atmosphere I have benefited greatly from going there for a year. ” – Jonathan from DOYLESTOWN, PA

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...

“…Thomas Jefferson University is a great school in developing the future professionals of healthcare. Each year it develops new doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and others to help those who can not help themselves. I love being at this school because I...” – Peter from Philadelphia, PA

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...

“…If you are looking for a small, close knit school Cabrini is perfect. It is close to the city with the security of the suburbs. With the connections that I make here, I know that I will be successful in life. ” – Gabby from NJ

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,...

“…West Chester is a very well-rounded university with so much to offer at such a reasonable price. It is a great place to discover new interests and follow your passions. Everyone attending this university is united and proud to be a Golden Ram!” – Nicole from Pottstown, PA

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...

“…this university is great academically wise, because it pushes you to work hard. the classes are small, this gives an opportunity for students to gain more one-on-one with the professors. when a student is in need of help there are many ways for them...” – Jasmin from Philadelphia, PA

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...

“…Bryn Athyn is a small school, with a spiritual basis. The school is attempting to expand through athletics, but is still trying to retain their core values. The school is part of a very tight knit community” – Andrew from Exton, PA

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...

Gwynedd Mercy University is a private, Catholic institution with campuses in Lower Gwynedd Township, Philadelphia, and Bensalem, Pennsylvania. The university offers an E-STEM program that provides STEM students with a learning community, networking...

“…I really liked the campus and small class sizes. Everyone seemed to know each other and were very personal. I felt at home.” – Brandon from Eden, MD

Rutgers University-Camden is one campus of the public research institution, Rutgers University. The Camden campus provides a liberal arts curriculum focused on the arts, sciences, and humanities. RU-Camden offers study abroad programs in places such...

“…The moment I stepped onto the campus at Rutgers-Camden, I was at home; a huge sigh of happiness escaped me as I walked through the quad. In my two years matriculating there, I have met top-notch professors who have done their utmost to help me learn...” – Galadriel from Voorhees, NJ

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...

“…Rosemont is a very small college, with an intimate setting. All the people here are very personable, and there is never a way to feel out of place because since the college is so intimate everyone is familiar with one another. Lastly, the academic...” – Breanna from Philadelphia, PA

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...

“…From my research I have found that there are older students like myself. The course hours are within my weekly work schedule. The history of the college is outstanding.” – Sharmaine from Philadelphia, PA

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,...

“…This is a great option for non traditional students, especially working adults. Everyone in the financial aid office has been friendly and helpful over the phone. Web interface is easy to use, too. ” – Ari from Lakewood, NJ

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...

“…Cheyney University is a great university. It is not diverse so much, it is more on the African American culture. Its plenty to do on campus.” – Tierra from Philadelphia, PA

Rowan College at Gloucester County is a community college in the southern New Jersey town of Sewell, which is about 15 miles from downtown Philadelphia. For students looking to save money while studying to attain a bachelor’s degree, Rowan College...

“…small and well-kept campus. good teacher to student ratio. affordable education. ” – Kerry from Pitman, NJ

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...

“…Tight-knit community providing excellent support to lay the foundation for post-secondary education. Manor makes the transition into the academic arena gradual and easy while providing excellent opportunities to grow personally as well as...” – Jeanine from Philadelphia, PA

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...

“…The small size classes allow for more focused concentration to get projects done. There is a close network of students and instructors. The school's location is great. Major museums such as the Rodin museum, The Barnes Foundation, and The...” – Matilda from Philadelphia, PA

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...

“…A wonderful university on the East Coast.” – Samuel from Kenya

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...

“…Moore is special to me because of the environment, location, and positive message. The environment is very joyful, while the location is well-relaxed, and inspiring. The positive message on women empowerment is by far, my favorite thing about Moore's...” – Keyana from Philadelphia, PA

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 &...

“…It is a challenging institution that works to bring out your full potential. Through a rigorous didactic course and a cooperative clinical program, Salus strives to create the next generation of health professionals. It is a course well spent and the...” – Sofia

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...

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....

“…quality academic excellence assuredconducive atmosphere for learningsafety and security at maximum” – Sufyan from Philadelphia, PA

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,...

“…Over all i love the school. The people who work there are great! i also love that it is a small school and everyone is really friendly. ” – Martina from Clayton, DE

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...

Westminster Theological Seminary is a graduate school of Reformed Christian scholarship with an emphasis on preparing students for ministry. The seminary offers five master’s degree programs in Theology, Counseling, Christian Studies, Religion, and...

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...

“…The staff and professors at Gratz are extremely professional, helpful, and encouraging. I am a distance student, and I have to say that the learning experience has been outstanding. This was a great choice for grad school.” – Stephen from Alameda, CA

Founded in 1888, Williamson College of the Trades is a men’s junior vocational college in the Philadelphia metro area. Williamson hosts six trade-related academic programs in subjects such as Carpentry and Masonry. In addition, the school provides...

Aria Health School of Nursing is a nursing academy in the northern Philadelphia metro area. Aria Health offers a diploma program in Nursing featuring simultaneous classroom instruction and clinical studies. Students are also eligible to pursue a...

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...

Bryn Mawr College is part of the Seven Sisters and is one of the oldest and most prestigious women’s colleges in the nation. Bryn Mawr is part of the Quaker Consortium which allows students at Bryn Mawr to take courses at neighboring colleges. This...

“…Bryn Mawr College has taught me the most important life lesson that many colleges fail to acknowledge. You don't come to receive, you come to take. I don't receive an education, I take my education ambitiously and passionately.” – Jacqueline from Battle Creek, MI