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Philadelphia University
4201 Henry Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19144
Cross Street: Schoolhouse Lane
215.844.1241
General Information
Philadelphia University, founded in 1887, is a private university located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. Philadelphia University's student body consists of about 3,500 individuals from all 50 states and over 50 countriese.

Philadelphia University was founded in 1884 as the Philadelphia Textile School in the wake of the 1876 Centennial Exposition. A group of textile manufacturers, led by Theodore Search, noticed a sizeable gap between the quality and variety of American textile products and those displayed by European mills. To address this, the group established the School to educate America's textile workers and managers. Several years later,Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine Graduation the School affiliated with the Pennsylvania Museum (now the Philadelphia Museum of Art) and School of Industrial Art.

By the mid-1890s, the School had settled at Broad and Pine Streets in downtown Philadelphia. It survived the Depression and entered a new period of growth at the outset of World War II. In 1941, the School was granted the right to award baccalaureate degrees and changed its name to the Philadelphia Textile Institute (PTI). By 1949, PTI, which was no longer affiliated with the museum, began conducting classes at its present site in the East Falls section of Philadelphia. Throughout the 1950s, it continued to grow, and, in 1961, changed its name to Philadelphia College of Textiles & Science. The student population doubled from 1954 to 1964, and again by 1978. Programs in the arts and sciences and business administration were added.

The College purchased an adjoining property in 1972, doubling the size of its campus. As Philadelphia College of Textiles & Science the institution offered its first graduate degree, the Master of Business Administration, in 1976. With the purchase of properties in 1980 and 1988, the size of the campus nearly doubled again and grew to include additional classrooms, research laboratories, student residences and athletic facilities. In 1992, the 54,000-square-foot Paul J. Gutman Library was built.

The College continued throughout the '90s to provide its students with the highest-quality education and real-world experience demanded by their chosen professions, adding majors in a wide range of fields. To better reflect the institution's breadth and depth, the College applied for and was granted university status by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in 1999. And, in a historic move, the Board of Trustees voted to change the School's name to Philadelphia University on July 13, 1999. The University now has three colleges, including the College of Architecture and the Built Environment; the College of Design, Engineering and Commerce; and the College of Science, Health and the Liberal Arts.

  • Acedemics:
  • College of Architecture and the Built Enviorment
  • Kanbar College of Design, Engineering & Commerce
  • College of Sciences, Health & the Liberal Arts
  • Academic Resorces

  • Clubs and Organizations:
  • Accounting Society
  • Alpha Chi Rho Fraternity (APX)
  • Alpha Lambda Delta (ALD)
  • The American Institute for Architecture Students (AIAS)
  • American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA)
  • American Society for Landscape Architects (ASLA)
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
  • Animation Guild
  • Asclepus Society: Philadelphia University Pre-Medical Studies Society
  • Asian Cultural Association (ACA)
  • Association of Commuting Students (ACS)
  • Black Retail Action Group (BRAG)
  • Black Student Union (BSU)
  • Campus Activities Board (CAB)
  • Circle K
  • Colleges Against Cancer
  • Cornerstone
  • Delta Phi Epsilon Sorority
  • Delta Sigma Pi Business Fraternity
  • Fashion Apparel Merchandising Experience (FAME)
  • And Many More...
  • Online Degrees:
  • As the practice of design and construction becomes more global and more integrated, the use of internet based tools to connect disciplines together also increases. The online MSSD program features collaboration across disciplines through the use of digital tools.
  • Students will experience a wide array of teaching and learning approaches including the use of simulations, which emphasize the multi-faceted reality of sustainability. This approach promotes systems thinking and provides students with the ability to excel in the integrated sustainable design process.
  • Taking one course at a time allows busy students to focus on their studies while also maintaining important job and life commitments. With the blended online structure of the course, students are able to complete parts of the course at times that are most convenient for them.
  • The online program recruits the most knowledgeable faculty from around the world to work with students to impart the most critical aspects necessary for effective sustainable design.
  • The Program is offered completely online, so no residency is needed.
  • The program offers three starting points: Fall, Spring and Summer and runs year round offering increased flexibility for students.
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