Philadelphia University in Philadelphia

Philadelphia, PA

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Philadelphia University offers 212-degree programs and 38 via distance education. Student-to-faculty ratio is 13:1. 1 high safety campus. Acceptance Rate is 64%. The most popular test is SAT - 70% of students submitted it in comparison to 24% of students who submitted ACT. 34.2% are women, and 65.8% are men. 8% percents of international students. Philadelphia University is a member of 5 athletic associations. The average annual total cost of attendance at Philadelphia University is 28523$, that is above national average. Total price of living is between $40706 and $51450 per year. 62% of full-time Philadelphia University students completed their education program in 150 percent of time: graduation rate is above national average. Average salary after attending is $48,300, so if you studied 2 years, you’ll get your funds back in less than 2 years.

Average Annual Cost

Average annual cost includes tuition and fees, books and supplies, and living expenses, minus the average grant/scholarship aid. Separate metrics have calculated for different institutions depends on calendar system and sector of the establishment (public or private).

The Philadelphia University is a private and academic-year institution, so it’s net price represents an average of all programs and includes only undergraduates who first enrolled in the fall term and receive Title IV aid. The total cost of attendance depends on whether undergraduates live on campus, off campus (not with family), or off campus (with family).


By Family Income

Depending on the federal state, or institutional grant and available, Philadelphia University students in your income bracket may pay more of less than the overall average costs.

Family IncomeAverage cost
$0 - $30,000$22,715
$30,001 - $48,000$23,330
$48,001 - $75,000$26,136
$75,001 - $110,000$30,505

Admission considerations


  • Secondary school GPA
  • Secondary school record
  • Admission test scores
  • Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)


  • Secondary school rank
  • Completion of college-preparatory program
  • Recommendations

Neither required nor recommended:

  • Formal demonstration of competencies
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)



  • Typical room charge for academic year: 5670

  • Typical board charge for academic year: -

  • Combined charge for room and board: -


Percent of students with financial aid


Types of financial aids


2520 of Philadelphia University undergraduate students were awarded with some type of financial aid, it’s 88 percents of all undergraduate students. This makes Philadelphia University number 25 in the amount of financial aid awarded to students among all educational institutions in Pennsylvania.

Students at Philadelphia University awarded 5 types of loans or aids, the biggest percent of students received a federal, state, local or institutional grant aid.

Salary After Attending


According to College Scorecard Data from U.S. Department of Education

Students services


Academic/career counseling service

Employment services for students

Living & meal

Full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking students required to live on campus

Institution provide on-campus housing

Institution provides board or meal plan

Veteran Services Available

Yellow Ribbon Program

Disability services


Percent indicator of undergraduates formally registered as students with disabilities

Undergraduate programs or courses are offered via distance education

Graduate programs or courses are offered via distance education

Alternative tuition plans

Any alternative tuition plans offered by institution

Tuition payment plan

Tuition payment plan - a program that allows tuition to be paid in installments spread out over an agreed upon period of time, sometimes without interest or finance charges.

Special learning opportunities

Here are the learning opportunities available in Philadelphia University.

Study abroad

Weekend/evening college

Study abroad - programs and arrangements giving students a possibility to complete part of the college program studying in another country.

Weekend/evening college allows students to complete courses and attend classes only on weekends or only in evenings.

Athletic associations

  • Member of National Athletic Association
  • Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)
  • NCAA/NAIA member for basketball
  • NCAA/NAIA member for baseball
  • NCAA/NAIA member for cross country/track

Graduation Rate


Philadelphia University graduation rate is above the national average.

62% of full-time students enrolled for the first time to Philadelphia University completed the education program and got a degree in 150 percent of the expected time of completion.

The graduation rate value includes only programs that were completed less than six years for four-year degrees or less than three years for two-year degrees.

Graduation rate is the percentage of institution’s new-entering, first-time, first-year undergraduate students who complete their program within 150% of the published time for the program. Graduation rate excludes a huge number of students. This indicator doesn’t take into account students of nontraditional enrollments - part-time students, students who enroll mid-year, and who transfer from one institution to another. So graduation rate alone can create a misleading perception. Completion rate in the form of total number of students receiving any types of awards/degrees creates a complete picture. Combining this data with graduation rate is a better way to compare educational institutions.

Applying information

Average number of admissions to one applicant

1 : 1

Average number of applicants to one enrolled

8 : 1

Admission considerations


  • Secondary school GPA
  • Secondary school record
  • Admission test scores
  • Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)


  • Secondary school rank
  • Completion of college-preparatory program
  • Recommendations

Neither required nor recommended:

  • Formal demonstration of competencies
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

Acceptance Rate

The percentage of students given offers out of all those that applied.


In comparison to National Average

Philadelphia University acceptance rate is below national average.

In comparison to state Average

Average acceptance rate for institutions in state is 72%, so acceptance rate value is below state average for 8%.


In comparison to an average acceptance rate in of colleges in $20k - $30k price range

Average acceptance rate for all institutions in state in the same net price range is 70%, so Philadelphia University acceptance rate value is below state net price average for 6%.


Admissions yield

Of those that receive offers to enroll, this is the percent of students that actually do enroll. It is equal to the number of students that enroll divided by the number of accepted students multiplied by 100.



Full time


Part time

Retention rate

Full-time retention rate


Part-time retention rate


The Philadelphia University full-time retention rate is 82% and part-time retention rate is 20%.

Retention rate is the percentage of the institution's first-time first-year undergraduate students who continue at that institution the next year. E.g., full-time students who study in the fall semester and continue studying in the same program next fall semester are included in the retention rate.

Retention rate is an important index: if it is high, it demonstrates that school offers quality curriculum, good student environments and cultures as more students choose to continue their studies.

SAT/ACT scores

SAT scores

Percent of first-time degree/certificate-seeking Philadelphia University students submitting SAT scores


Composite SAT Range (25th - 75th):
1450 - 1750

SAT Range by section (25th - 75th)
Critical Reading: 490 - 580
Math: 490 - 600
Writing: 470 - 570

SAT Test Score Range


ACT scores

Percent of first-time degree/certificate-seeking Philadelphia University students submitting ACT scores


Composite ACT Range (25th - 75th):
21 - 26

ACT Range by section (25th - 75th)
English: 20 - 26
Math: 20 - 26
Writing: 0 - 0

ACT Test Score Range


SAT Score Converter

The new SAT is scored out of 1600 after the adjustments made in 2016. The old SAT was scored out of 2400. If you took an old SAT, you can convert your score to the new SAT score using the SAT Score Converter.

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Evidence-Based Reading and Writing


For the High School Class of 2016:
Most students in the Class of 2016 will take the old SAT, and most colleges will convert new SAT scores to old SAT scores.

For the High School Class of 2017:
Most students in the Class of 2017 will take the new SAT, and most colleges will convert old SAT scores to new SAT scores.

Student Body

The student-to-faculty ratio at Philadelphia University is 13:1, that means that for every 13 students the institution has one professor, lecturer or specialist with a degree in education. Lower student-to-faculty ratio is better - it means that professors can dedicate more time and attention to each student.

Student-to-faculty ratio



Number of international students


Percent of international students

Race/ethnicity breakdown


Students enrollment in distance education


In Philadelphia University the biggest percent of students are enrolled in on-campus courses.

Distance education location breakdown


Here are the students enrolled exclusively in distance education courses at Philadelphia University and grouped by their location. Distance education courses are the most popular for students located in Pennsylvania.

Campus Safety

The percentage of crimes on Main Campus

The campus located by Schoolhouse Ln And Henry Ave address in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


Main Campus in comparison of all branches in the US. It is calculated as the average percent of crimes yearly by five years of data for every campus, based on an overall number of students studying there. The branch is a part of Philadelphia University with 0.5% of maximum crimes a year. The most often crimes detected on Main Campus are burglary, forcible sex offense, and aggravated assault.

Academic Programs

Number of degree programs offered

Philadelphia University offers 212 programs in total: 135 are for Bachelor's degree, 52 - for Master's degree, 10 - for Postbaccalaureate certificate, 9 - for Associate's degree, 3 - for Doctor's degree-research/scholarship programs, and 3 are Post-master's certificate.

This is one of the lowest number of programs in comparison with other 44 universities in Philadelphia county. Philadelphia University is one of the few institutions in Philadelphia that offers an Associate's degree program.


Number of degree programs offered via distance education

There are 38 distance education programs that are offered in the Philadelphia University: 15 are for Bachelor's degree, 13 - for Master's degree, 7 - for Postbaccalaureate certificate and 3 are Post-master's certificate.

Note, that programs offered via distance education might be fully online as well as partially online and contain real-time elements. So explore each program to make sure you can commit.


Total credit/contact hours

Here you can find the data on instructional activity in measured in total credit and/or contact hours delivered by institutions during a 12-month period. Also we shown the Pennsylvania state average data to help you compare.


Philadelphia University provides coursework for undergraduate students and graduate students.

In 2014-2015 academic year estimated full-time equivalent undergraduate enrollment was 2798 students with 83945 сredit hours for 12-month instructional activity period. The enrollment for graduates was 839 with 20137 credit hours.

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Student Reviews and Ratings for Philadelphia University

Overall Rating:

Overall Rating:

Nice Campus. Had awesome open house

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Overall Rating:

From 2009 until November 8, 2011, I went to this university for vocational training with Roxborough High School students, teachers, assistant teacher and senior teacher before we ate lunch. However, due to limitation of eating lunch, former teacher Rose Lambert Ludlow told me not to eat more than 1 sandwiches.

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Overall Rating:

I attended in the early 70's . Loved every second I experienced. As a buisness major had some great teachers . Let's not forget that it was known as Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science.

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Overall Rating:

No one answers the phone in any of the departments, student services are weak and nothing has improved since Jefferson took over, if anything its even more unorganized. If you are interested in any specific program they excel at they will help get you a job / make connections but it is a money hungry organization with very poor customer service and student services.People can say people are angry all they want, there is a large difference between getting angry and doing legit business and offering legit educational services which I pay WAY too much money for them to push it under the rug. HIRE SOME EMPLOYEES. If you want to excel in liberal arts I am sure you will find the school perfect either way until those loans hit you and you realize the services PhilaU offer do not do it justice in the slightest. I will have to try and get to campus during the day just to discuss my student a graduate student who has been through both programs with both ownership's, ridiculous.

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Overall Rating:

great school, amazing campus, and quality education is what PhilaU has to offer. people who have rated this school are being too harsh to this great institution. so many amazing opportunities. People who are angry are more likely to comment about their negative experience and I have had only amazing experiences. this campus has a beautiful campus and does have name recognition around the world. I had denied many amazing schools like Pitt and don't regret it. I have met many people who have success stories graduating from this school which make me know picking this school was the right choice. Thomas Jefferson university is combining with the school and only going to make it bigger, better, and become an even more recognizable. P.S. nobody calls it PU.

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Location & Website

Address: 4201 Henry Avenue


Religious affiliation: Not applicable

Calendar system: Semester

General Phone Number: +2159512700

Institution is active in current year: 1

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