Philadelphia University

Philadelphia University, founded in 1884, is an accredited, private institution of higher learning offering more than 40 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Philadelphia University offers a career-oriented education that blends liberal and professional studies in a way that enables students to grow as individuals and as highly skilled designers, business leaders, architects, health care professionals and scientists. The dynamic institution focuses on providing students with an education that is not only appropriate to the challenges of today, but in tune with the needs of tomorrow. Academic programs encompass textiles, architecture, design, business, fashion, physician assistant studies, occupational therapy, midwifery and the sciences. The tree-lined, 100-acre campus is located on the edge of Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park, about a 15-minute drive from Center City. Philadelphia University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.​


Admissions Office

4201 Henry Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19144


Office of Financial Aid

4201 Henry Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19144



3,762 (2,911 undergraduate)


Full-time: 105
Ph.D.s: 72%

Student/Faculty Ratio



The University offers 12 intercollegiate sports competing at the NCAA Division II level, with the exception of men’s soccer, which competes in Division I. Facilities include two gyms, a fitness center, six tennis courts, three athletic fields and a student recreation room.


There are approximately 30 social, cultural, professional, religious and special interest groups at the university, including two national social fraternities, one national social sorority, a professional textile fraternity, a professional business fraternity, student government, planning board, student newspaper, radio station, yearbook and others.

Programs of Study

Philadelphia University confers B.S., B.Arch., master’s and associate degrees.

Five schools make up the undergraduate majors:

The School of Architecture and Design Architecture: Five-Year Bachelor of Architecture, Four-Year B.S. in Architectural Studies, Five-Year B.S. Architectural Studies/M.B.A. Joint Program, Graphic Design Communication, Industrial Design, Interior Design, E-Design

The School of Business Administration Accounting, Business and Science, E-Commerce, Fashion Merchandising, Finance, International Business , Management, Management Information Systems (MIS), Marketing, Textile Management/Marketing, B.S. for Health Services Management, Five-Year B.S. Business/M.B.A. Joint Program

The School of General Studies; The School of Science and Health Biochemistry, Biology, Biopsychology, Chemistry, Chemistry/Applied Science, Computer Science, Physician Assistant (Five-Year M.S.), Pre-Medicine, Psychology

The School of Textiles and Materials Technology Fashion Apparel Management, Fashion Design, Textile Design, Textile Engineering, Textile Technology, Five-Year B.S. Fashion/Apparel Management/M.S. Fashion/Apparel Studies Joint Program, Five-Year B.S. Textile Technology/M.B.A. Joint Program

Continuing Studies B.S. in Organizational Leadership, B.S. for the Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant

Graduate degrees offered include the following – M.B.A., M.B.A. in Health Care Management, M.S. in Fashion/Apparel Studies, M.S. in Instructional Technology, M.S. in Midwifery, M.S. in Occupational Therapy, M.S. in Physician Assistant Studies, M.S. in Taxation, M.S. in Textile Design, M.S. in Textile Engineering, M.B.A./M.S. in Instructional Technology, M.B.A./M.S. in Taxation

Visitor Information

Students are strongly encouraged to visit our campus for an interview. The interview is our chance to get to know you, and your opportunity to see the campus firsthand. Perhaps you would like to attend a class, meet with faculty members, talk with an athletic coach or visit with a financial aid counselor. Our visit coordinator will arrange your day to meet your needs. Just call 215.951.2921.


More than 1,100 students can be accommodated in university housing, which includes single-sex and co-ed residence halls, townhouses and on-campus apartments. On-campus housing is available on a first-come, first-served basis and is available using a point-priority system for upperclassmen. 60% of students live on campus, and 25% commute from home. Students with at least 30 credits may keep a car on campus.

Directions to Campus

Philadelphia University
4201 Henry Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19144