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Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) is a distinctive national university focused on setting a new standard for 21st-century professional education. As the world and society continue to evolve, Jefferson continues to lead and to provide students with unparalleled value. Learn more about why employers are excited about hiring our graduates, explore our academic offerings, and apply to discover how Jefferson is redefining humanly possible.

One campus is located in the charming, wooded East Falls section of historic Philadelphia, and one is located in Center City, at the heart the bustling downtown metro area. The campuses are about 15 minutes apart and give students the best of both worlds.

Jefferson has approximately 7,800 undergraduates and postgraduate students with 9.5% international students. About 2,800 students are undergraduates on the East Falls Campus.

ESL:  A non-credit bearing intensive English program provided on-campus by Bridge English.

What's special?

  • Jefferson Fashion Programs were recently ranked in the top 16, by Business of Fashion 'Global Fashion School Rankings'; undergraduate programs were ranked 16th while postgraduate fashion programs were ranked 10th.
  • The University's fashion programs were ranked among the 'top 50 Fashion Schools in the World' by Fashionista, a leading international website for fashion news.
  • Jefferson hosts the largest fashion show in Philadelphia each year, awarding the Spirit of Design Award (past recipients have included John Varvatos and Tommy Hilfiger).
  • US News & World Report lists the University at #24 for Best Value Schools.
  • Basketball Coach Herb Magee achieved more than 1,000 wins (and counting) and has been inducted to numerous Halls of Fame including the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
  • Jefferson  student athletes rank in the top 10 (eighth) among all NCAA Division II institutions for academic success according to the 2011 NCAA Academic Success Report.
  • Jefferson student-athletes graduate at a rate of 95 percent, well above the national Division II average of 72 percent.

Starting salaries for Jefferson graduates are in the top 13% of all university graduates in the U.S.

The undergraduate job success and graduate school placement rate is a phenomenal 95%.

Jefferson offers majors across an array of disciplines, including Architecture, Business, Design, Engineering, Fashion and Textiles, Health, Medicine, Science and Social Science.

Fast facts

Temperate - 4 seasons
18, Student/faculty ratio: 13:1
7,800 total; 2,800 at East Falls; 9.5% international students
Yes, provided by Bridge English January, March, May, June, August, October entry
531 , 23% fulltime
Philadelphia, PA (PHL)


Programs of study add

Bachelor Degree Programs:

  • Accounting Animation & Digital Media
  • Architectural Studies/Architectural Design Technology
  • Architectural Studies/Historic Preservation
  • Architecture -5 year program
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Biopsychology
  • Chemistry
  • Communication
  • Construction Management
  • Engineering/Architectural
  • Engineering/Composites
  • Engineering/Industrial
  • Engineering/Textile
  • Fashion Design
  • Fashion Merchandising & Management
  • Finance
  • Graphic Design Communications
  • Health Sciences
  • Industrial Design
  • Interior Design
  • International Business
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Law & Society
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Pre-Medical Studies
  • Psychology
  • Textile Design
  • Textile Materials Technology
  • Web Design & Development

Dual Degree Programs:

  • Health Sciences (B.S.)/Athletic Training (M.S.)
  • Health Sciences (B.S.)/Community & Trauma Counseling (M.S.)
  • MBA (5 year B.S./M.B.A)
  • Psychology (B.S.)/Community & Trauma Counseling (M.S.)

Fall Start only:

  • Fashion Design Management
  • Athletic Training
  • Community and Trauma Counseling

Subject Areas

  • ESL
  • Architecture
    • Architecture
    • Architecture: Architectural Studies
    • Architecture: Landscape Architecture
  • Art
    • Art
    • Art: Animation
    • Art: Graphic Design
    • Art: Interactive Design and Media
    • Art: Textile Design
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Business Administration
    • Business Administration
    • Business Administration: Accounting
    • Business Administration: Finance
    • Business Administration: Health Service Manage./Admin
    • Business Administration: International Business
    • Business Administration: Marketing
  • Chemistry
  • Communication Studies
    • Communication Studies
    • Communication Studies: Professional Writing/Communication
    • Communication Studies: Public Relations and Advertising
  • Computer
    • Computer
    • Computer: Info Systems/Tech Management
  • Construction Management
  • Engineering
    • Engineering
    • Engineering: Architectural
    • Engineering: Composites
    • Engineering: Mechanical
    • Engineering: Textile
  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Fashion
    • Fashion
    • Fashion: Design
    • Fashion: Industry Management
    • Fashion: Marketing and Management
    • Fashion: Merchandising
  • Health
    • Health
    • Health: Athletic Training
    • Health: Behavioral and Health Services
    • Health: Health Care Admin/Management
    • Health: Sciences
  • Human Resource Management/Services
  • Industrial Design
  • Interior Design
  • Law and Public Policy
  • Law Enforcement
  • Leadership
  • Legal Studies
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Organizational Leadership
  • Pre-Medicine
  • Pre-MBA
  • Pre-Occupational Therapy
  • Pre-Physician Asst.
  • Psychology
    • Psychology
    • Psychology: Biopsychology
  • Textile Materials Technology

Accommodations add

On-campus residence required through sophomore year


Premium 19 meal plan. Meals can be used at Ravenhill Dining Hall or for its cash equivalency at any retail dining location. Limit one meal per meal period. Bonus dollars can be used at dining facilities and convenience stores.

Admissions criteria add

Yes, provided by Bridge English January, March, May, June, August, October entry

Direct Admission:
79 iBT or IELTS: 6.5
Conditional Acceptance:
32 iBT or IELTS: 3.5
Accepts OEAT
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Arts add

Architecture, Band, Chorus, Dance, Design, Drama, Fashion, Music, Theater
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Programs of study add

Master's Degree Programs:

  • Architecture
  • Athletic Training
  • Community & Trauma Counseling
  • Construction Management
  • Disaster Medicine & Management
  • Fashion Design Management
  • Geospatial Technology for Geodesign
  • Global Fashion Enterprise
  • Industrial Design
  • Interior Architecture
  • Innovation MBA
  • Innovation MBA/Business Analytics
  • Innovation MBA/General Business
  • Innovation MBA/Management
  • Innovation MBA/Marketing
  • Innovation MBA/Strategic Design
  • Surface Imaging
  • Sustainable Design
  • Textile Design
  • Textile Engineering
  • User Experience & Interaction Design

Subject Areas

  • ESL
  • Administration
  • Architecture
    • Architecture
    • Architecture: Interior Architecture
  • Athletic Training
  • Counseling and Psychological Services
  • Digital Game Design and Development
  • Engineering
  • Fashion Apparel Studies
  • Geodesign
  • Global Fashion Enterprise
  • Industrial Design
  • Management
    • Management: Business Management
    • Management: Construction and Business Management
    • Management: Fashion Design Management
  • Midwifery
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Real Estate Development
  • Strategic Leadership
  • Sustainable Design
  • Taxation
  • Textile Design
  • User Experience and Interaction Design

Accommodations add


Admissions criteria add

GRE required: Occupational Therapy




Not required

32 iBT


Yes with course-by-course evaluation confirming their degree is equivalent to a 4-year bachelor's degree

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  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Campus features

Jefferson University's buildings range from historic Victorian mansions to contemporary classroom, library and residential facilities. In 2013, the new home to Kanbar College of Design, Engineering and Commerce was completed.

The Kanbar Campus Center, a 72,000 square foot hub for students, faculty and staff; the Center for Sustainability, Energy Efficiency and Design; and the Gallagher Athletic, Recreation and Convocation Center - have transformed the main campus and had a dramatic impact on the academic and social environment of the University.

In addition, students benefit from more than 20 laboratories and studios for hands-on experience in architecture and interior design, engineering, textile design, fashion design, graphic design and industrial design, as well as biology, chemistry, physics and computer technologies.

Extracurricular activities

  • ACE Mentoring Program
  • American Institute of Architecture Students
  • Alpha Lambda Delta
  • American Sign Language Club
  • Campus Activities Board
  • Corner Stone
  • Exercise Support Group
  • Fashion Apparel & Merchandising Experience
  • Fashion Industries Association
  • Gemini Theatre Company
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • International Interior Design Association
  • Jefferson Singers
  • Multicultural Student Association
  • Accounting Society
  • Society of Women Engineers
  • University Radio
  • Field Hockey Club
  • Jazz Band
  • Lacrosse Club
  • Soccer Club
  • Engineering Club
  • Game Club
  • Outdoors Club
  • Ultimate Frisbee Club
  • Psychology Society
  • South Asian Student Association
  • Student Government
  • Student for Historic Preservation
  • Sustainable Action
  • among others

Estimated costs


$1,676 Fees

$2,549 Insurance

$14,780 ESL Program Includes tuition, room, meals, health insurance



–Estimated tuition 18 credits: $21,060

–iMBA: 30-46 credits ($35,100-$53,820)

–MS Architecture: 36 credits ($42,120), M.Arch is 48-99 credits

–MS Industrial Design: $1,660 per credit; 45 credits ($74,700)

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