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Philadelphia, PA
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$33,690
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Easy
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Reviews 437 total reviews with an average rating of 3.4

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4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Mainly girls on campus and they range from ugly to pretty etc

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: There's nothing on campus, you need to go to Manayunk for bars, but you need to call a taxi.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The food is hit or miss, and we have two or three options depending on the the time of day.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: Philadelphia University poccesses a wide diversity of students. We celebrate and acknowledge just about every religion. During the holiday seasons they set up decorations for each holiday celebrate by the students. The ethnic diversity is large as well, many students come from Europe, the Middle East, Africa and even Asia. Students even come from all over the country with different backgrounds ranging from poor to wealthy and everything in between. The school is very accepting of all types of students even with different religious affiliations and sexual orientations. PhilaU has a variety of clubs to help support the students and there wide variety of affiliations.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: I love my major (textile design)! I've learned so much about textiles; things I didn't even think would be important. It is a very creative major so teachers expect us to be creative and do things on our gown. Although, when you need them they are excited to help. In design classes or textile-related classes, we usually have big projects. There is mostly a lot of time given to you. As long as you don't procrastinate, you'll be fine (which is a flaw of mine). It is definitely a hands-on major. My teachers were the best! They are very experienced in the fashion industry.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I haven't had an internship or job, but I heard it's has a great career program for students to use.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Some courses are pointless for your major, but I guess it's required. Professors are usually nice and helpful. I have learned a lot my first year of school. I like having smaller classes because teachers care more about your progress, but I also dislike smaller classes because of the strict attendance policies.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: 96% of students get a job after they graduate within the first 6 months. I've heard that the school has tons of connections when it comes to internships and jobs.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: There a lot of students in varsity sports and a lot of students are fit. There is a weight room, treadmills, TVs, bikes, studios, classes, and two gymnasiums. The biggest sports are basketball, baseball and soccer. The soccer team won championships last year so students are starting to pay more attention to them. The school is somewhat spirited. I would say its half and half. Some students could care less about being spirited where others are into sports events and pep rallies.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: A lot of girls are fashion design and fashion management majors so they are well put together. The styles are varied though. There's preppy girls, hipsters, hippies, edgy, and couture. There are some girls who were sweatpants and tshirts to class and some who come in dresses and heels. A lot of girls are cliquey and stuck up. You have to find the right, genuine group of friends.

Guys on campus dress as normal as other campuses. Sports guys where athletic clothes, some guys where preppy clothes, and the stylish guys tend to dress hipster. Guys who participate in sports tend to stick together. They can be cocky, but overall friendly. The guys love the fact that the school is 60% girls.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Security is great. Security guards are very nice and help you when crossing the roads. There are these blue buttons every like all around campus that you can press if you feel unsafe. There also security cameras everywhere. The security guards also take you to the hospital if needed. There is usually no crime on campus except some theft at parties. The best is the text message service they provide for us where they text us about a safety concern on campus. The campus is in a suburban area, not city, so crime is unusual. If you are off campus though, make sure you have pepper spray and a phone.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Parking is a hassle, but overall the school is strict about drinking and drugs, but the RA's don't care. At the beginning of the year they are but about 3 weeks in they just pretend like they don't know what's going on in our rooms. Noise violations are rare, usually you just get a warning. Attendance is usually very strict, which is a downfall of going to a smaller school. Some teachers have a 3 absence policy and some just don't care. Visitors not from PhilaU are allowed to come as much as they want. They just need to get a parking pass and have their ID on them.

2 College Sophomore

Greek Life: The sorority girls are snobby and don't really talk to you if you aren't in a sorority, which is stupid because most girls don't join sororities. The frat guys are odd, but they are really sweet. The most "popular" students on campus are usually athletes.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: The place to go to restaurants is Manyunk. You would need a car or cab to go there. Our favorite thing freshman year was ordering pizza and chinese food. Also INSOMNIA COOKIES are the BEST. The dorms provide menus for you. If you have a couple friends to share food with, it's only about $5 a person.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: There are parties on and off campus. As a freshman it was harder to find parties because usually the upperclassmen threw the parties. Most parties are in walking distance from the dorms and you can always take a cab if you're feeling lazy. The only negative thing I would have to say about parties is that they usually get busted around 11:30. The cops don't arrest anyone, they just tell us to go home. The best parties are the ones that the baseball, basketball, and soccer throws, especially after they won a game. You can also take the train to Temple if you wanna go to bigger parties.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I only have freshman housing experience so I don't know about Schollar, IP, Townhouses, or Falls Center yet. From what I know, the dorm with the biggest social atmosphere is Ronson. There is around 350 students living there. Nobody wants Fortess, which is an all girls dorm. It has no air conditioning, is kinda creepy, and not very clean. I lived in Partridge and would go back there in a heartbeat. There are only about 5 rooms per floor and usually 4 people to each room. Our floor was extremely close and hung out with each other all the time. Our RA was also AMAZING, she was like a mother to us. One of the perks of Partridge is that there is a lot of trust in the dorm. You can leave your door open when you have to run out for a moment to go to the bathroom or get laundry. When we had rainy boots, we would leave them outside our door. We pulled a lot of pranks, it was fun. There is also a lounge on the third floor where they have appliances, a fridge, couches, vending machine, and TV. A lot of the design majors hang out in there to get projects done. We also were very close to the guys that lived on the second floor!

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Ravenhill is nice for quantity and Kanbar is nice for quality. There is a variety of food and also options for vegetarians and vegans. I am gluten free and it is kinda hard to find food that doesn't have wheat, grain, or flour in it. Overall, the dining halls have average quality: but the best is chicken finger thursday and their french toast at late night (which unfortunately I cannot have any more).

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: There are many international students. I would say there aren't many hispanics, but about half and half of Africen-Americans and Caucasian. There are many clubs to teach us about different clubs. There are some very rich students and also a lot of students on a lot of scholarship money. You can't really tell the difference between them unless they flaunt it. I would say a lot of students are very liberal and free-spirited. There are some conservative people, but all around I haven't really heard students speaking about politics. There are mostly straight students but there is a lot of support with the LBGT club. A lot of guys who are in fashion majors are gay. No one is discriminative towards sexual orientation.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Safety on campus is great. Safety and Security texts us when something suspicious on campus happens. I had a class at night and I thought walking back to the dorms would be scary, but there are security guards everywhere. The museums are lovely and I think PhilaU students get in for free. There are also a lot of museums in the city.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I am only a sophomore so I haven't had off-campus housing, but I've been to parties and they seem ok. They're usually small apartments in East Falls. It usually isn't far from campus.

3 College Sophomore

Facilities: When there is warm weather a lot of students study outside on the lawns. PhilaU is obsessed with their landscaping. The design calassrooms in DEC are very cool and modern. Regular classrooms just look like high school classrooms. The most social spot is in Kanbar.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: PhilaU is known for it's professors who are very experienced in the real world. Some professors are foreign so it can be difficult to understand them in class. Most professors love their students and help them as much as possible. Especially if you are in a design major, a lot of professors are free spirited and encourage creativity.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: My major is textile design. The program is small, but it's nice that way, not as competitive. The workload is a lot but you usually have a lot of time to complete projects. I've heard that there are a lot of internships available to students.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: If you have a high GPA, SAT scores, and/or ACT, you will definitely get a scholarship. I know that athletic scholarships are given out commonly too.

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