Philadelphia University

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Philadelphia University (PhilaU), founded in 1884, is a private university in the East Falls neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia University student body has about 3,500 students. Academic programs are divided among the College of Architecture and the Built Environment; the Kanbar College of Design, Engineering and Commerce; and the College of Science, Health and the Liberal Arts; the School of Continuing and Professional Studies; coursed are also offered via PhilaU Online. Philadelphia University awards bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees and doctoral degrees.
Philadelphia University offers 25 undergraduate concentrations, 17 graduate concentrations, four combined B.S./M.S. concentrations, and a Ph.D. in textile engineering. Degrees are offered through three colleges as well the School of Continuing and Professional Studies and PhilaU Online. Over the past several years, the university has undertaken a comprehensive curricular review to establish a cross disciplinary program connecting all three colleges. This new curriculum is known as Philadelphia University Nexus Learning.

The university’s 100-acre (0.40 km2) wooded campus is located ten minutes northwest of Center City, Philadelphia on SEPTA’s Chestnut Hill West commuter rail line. The campus consists of 52 buildings, including classrooms, laboratories, studios, the Paul J. Gutman Library, resident facilities, an exhibition gallery, and the latest additions, the 72,000-square-foot (6,700 m2) Kanbar Campus Center for students, faculty and staff; the Gallagher Athletic, Recreation and Convocation Center; the LEED Gold Center for Sustainability, Energy Efficiency and Design; the PhilaU Residences at Falls Center, and the innovative DEC Center. A subsidiary campus is located in Bucks County.

In addition to its major properties, PhilaU runs the Philadelphia University Research Center, which is housed in a restored textile mill (originally opened in 1864) in the Manayunk section of Philadelphia, just south of the main campus. The research center contains both the Engineering and Design Institute and the Laboratory for Engineered Human Protection.


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