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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:

  • BS Accounting
  • BS Animation & Digital Media
  • BS Architectural Studies
  • BS Architectural Studies/Architectural Design Technology
  • BS Architectural Studies/Historic Preservation
  • B.Arch Architecture -5 year program
  • BS Biochemistry
  • BS Biology
  • BS Biopsychology
  • BS Chemistry
  • BS Communication
  • BS Construction Management
  • BSE Engineering
  • BSE Engineering/Architectural
  • BSE Engineering/Composites
  • BSE Engineering/Industrial
  • BSE Engineering/Textile
  • BS Fashion Design
  • BS Fashion Merchandising & Management
  • BS Finance
  • BS Graphic Design Communication
  • BS Health Sciences
  • BS Health Sciences/Medical Imaging & Radiation Sciences
  • BS Health Sciences/Medical Imaging & Radiation Sciences/Cardiac Sonography [Echocardiography]
  • BS Health Sciences/Medical Imaging & Radiation Sciences/Computed Tomography
  • BS Health Sciences/Medical Imaging & Radiation Sciences/General Sonography [Ultrasound]
  • BS Health Sciences/Medical Imaging & Radiation Sciences/Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • BS Health Sciences/Medical Imaging & Radiation Sciences/Nuclear Medicine
  • BS Health Sciences/Medical Imaging & Radiation Sciences/Radiation Therapy
  • BS Health Sciences/Medical Imaging & Radiation Sciences/Radiography [X-ray]
  • BS Health Sciences/Medical Imaging & Radiation Sciences/Vascular Sonography [Vascular Ultrasound]
  • BS Health Sciences/Pre-Nursing
  • BS Health Sciences/Pre-Pharmacy
  • BS Industrial Design
  • BS Interior Design
  • BS International Business
  • BLA Landscape Architecture
  • BS Law & Society
  • BS Management
  • BS Marketing
  • BS Mechanical Engineering
  • BS Pre-Medical Studies
  • BS Psychology
  • BS Textile Design
  • BS Textile Product Science

Subject Areas

  • ESL
  • Architecture
    • Architecture
    • Architecture: Architectural Studies
    • Architecture: Interior Architecture
    • Architecture: Landscape Architecture
  • Art
    • Art
    • Art: Animation
    • Art: Digital Arts and Design
    • 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: Management
    • Business Administration: Marketing
  • Chemistry
  • Communication Studies
  • Computer
    • Computer
    • Computer: Web Design and Development
  • Construction Management
  • Cultural and Historic Preservation
  • Engineering
    • Engineering
    • Engineering: Architectural
    • Engineering: Composites
    • Engineering: Industrial and Manufacturing
    • Engineering: Textile
  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Fashion
    • Fashion
    • Fashion: Design
    • Fashion: Industry Management
    • Fashion: Marketing and Management
    • Fashion: Merchandising
  • Health
    • Health
    • Health: Sciences
  • Industrial Design
  • Interior Design
  • Law and Public Policy
  • Legal Studies
  • Pre-Medicine
  • Pre-MBA
  • 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.

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Admissions criteria add

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

Direct Admission:
79 iBT or IELTS: 6.5
Conditional Admission:
32 iBT or IELTS: 3.5
Accepts OEAT
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  • Architecture
  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Dance
  • Design
  • Drama
  • Fashion
  • Music
  • Theater


Programs of study add

Master's Degree Programs - Center City Campus:

  • MS Biomedical Sciences
  • MS Biotechnology - One or Two Year
  • MS Cell & Developmental Biology
  • MS Clinical Research
  • MS Cytotechnology - One or Two Year
  • MS Medical Imaging & Radiation Sciences
  • MS Medical Laboratory Science - One or Two Year
  • MPH Public Health
  • MPH Public Health/Healthcare Quality & Safety
  • MPH Public Health/Public Health Analytics
  • MPH Public Health/Public Health Policy & Advocacy
  • MPH Public Health/Public Health Practice Generalist
  • MS Medical Physics

Master's Degree Programs - East Falls Campus:

  • M.Arch Architecture
  • MS Architecture
  • MS Architecture/Facade Design & Technology
  • MS Architecture/High Performance Building
  • MS Community & Trauma Counseling (Fall start only)
  • MS Community & Trauma Counseling/Art Therapy (Fall start only)
  • MS Construction Management
  • MS Construction Management/Real Estate Development 1+1
  • MS Disaster Medicine & Management
  • MS Engineering/Biopharmaceutical Process Development
  • MS Fashion Design Management
  • MS Geospatial Technology for Geodesign
  • MS Global Fashion Enterprise
  • MS Historic Preservation (Fall start only)
  • MS Historic Preservation/Preservation Design (Fall start only)
  • MS Historic Preservation/Research and Documentation (Fall start only)
  • MS Industrial Design
  • Innovation MBA (iMBA)
  • Innovation MBA/Business Analytics
  • Innovation MBA/Fashion Business
  • Innovation MBA/General Business
  • Innovation MBA/Management
  • Innovation MBA/Marketing
  • Innovation MBA/Strategy and Design Thinking
  • MS Interior Architecture
  • MS Real Estate Development
  • MS Sustainable Design
  • MS Sustainable Design/Construction Management 1+1
  • MS Taxation
  • MS Textile Design
  • MS Textile Engineering
  • MS User Experience & Interaction Design

Graduate Certificates - Center City Campus:

  • Clinical Chemistry Certificate - Accelerated
  • Hematology Certificate - Accelerated
  • Immunohematology Certificate - Accelerated
  • Microbiology Certificate - Accelerated
  • Molecular Biology Certificate - Accelerated
  • Public Health Certificate

Subject Areas

  • ESL
  • Administration
  • Architecture
    • Architecture
    • Architecture: Interior Architecture
  • Business
    • Business
    • Business: Analytics
  • Counseling and Psychological Services
  • Data Analytics
  • Engineering
    • Engineering
    • Engineering: Textile
  • Fashion Apparel Studies
  • Geodesign
  • Global Fashion Enterprise
  • Heritage Studies
  • History
  • Industrial Design
  • Management
    • Management: Business Management
    • Management: Construction and Business Management
    • Management: Fashion Design Management
  • Marketing and International Business
  • Real Estate Development
  • Surface Imaging
  • Sustainable Design
  • Sustainability
  • Taxation
  • Textile Design
  • User Experience and Interaction Design

Accommodations add


Admissions criteria add


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

Direct Admission:
79 iBT
Conditional Admission:
32 iBT
Accepts OEAT

GRE required: Occupational Therapy

Not required

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

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NCAA Division II - 17 men's and women's varsity teams

  • 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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