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Philadelphia University

Overview

Philadelphia University, a private institution, is located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The 100 acre campus has 50 buildings including some historic Victorian mansions. The school's objective is to prepare students for successful careers in an evolving global marketplace. Philadelphia University is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

The university provides over 50 undergraduate and graduate degree programs and one doctoral degree program. Education is offered in the fields of business, liberal arts, engineering, design, architecture, textiles, health, science and fashion. The university offers a construction management master's degree program.

Students learn through participation in collaborative projects, classroom discussions, studios, laboratories, case-based and problem-based learning, and research. The programs combine theory and practice and are tied to the professions and industry. The curriculums include guest lecturers. Some of the programs include internships.

Points of Distinction

  • Educating students since 1884
  • The university reports graduates' career placement rate in major-related jobs is over 90% for more than 20 years
  • Internships are provided
  • Average class size of 18 students
  • 12:1 student to faculty ratio
  • Includes over 20 laboratories and studios for hands-on experience in numerous subjects
  • The M.S. in construction management offers day and evening courses and can be attended on a full-time or part-time basis

Areas of Study

The university offers education in numerous areas. Of particular interest is the construction management master's degree program offered by the university's School of Architecture. The curriculum is for individuals that have a bachelor's degree in construction management, engineering, architecture or business. The objective of the program is to prepare students to manage each phase of a commercial or residential construction process. The curriculum emphasizes practical application.

The construction management master's degree program offers a comprehensive review of subjects such as project economics, advanced construction techniques and representation models; scheduling and risk management; project planning, health and safety; and legal and contractual issues.

The program emphasizes green building methods. A significant component of the program is the integration of techniques, methods and materials of sustainable building into the construction process. The Leadership in Energy and Ecological design (LEED) standards and the regulations established by the United States Green Building Council are thoroughly reviewed.

Admissions

The admissions requirements vary by program. Candidates for the construction management master's degree program need to have a bachelor's degree. Regarding financial aid, many of the graduate students receive financial aid in the form of assistantships, scholarships and loans. Philadelphia University participates in the US Title IV financial assistance programs.

Faculty

The instructors are experienced professionals that have expertise in their teaching field.

Student Body

The student population includes people from all over the nation and numerous foreign countries. The university has a culturally and economically diverse student body. Philadelphia University typically has about 2,700 undergraduate students and close to 500 graduate students.

Student Life

The campus includes residential facilities. The Kanbar Campus Center, is a social gathering place for students. The university also includes the Athletic and Recreation center. The university also offers the Community Service/Service Learning Program and also has a Student Activities Office.

The campus is wired with a sophisticated network directly to the desktop which provides a campus wide file-transfer capability, e-mail, high speed Internet access and personal directories.

Regarding athletic teams, Philadelphia University is a member of the CACC conference. The teams play at the Division II level. The university also includes a fitness center, tennis courts and a softball field.

The Career Services Center representatives assist alumni and students with career and professional development needs. The career service personnel connect students to job opportunities and industry representatives through the Corporate Connections and Design Expo, CareerLink and Career Spotlights which provides industry speakers on campus.

Students of Philadelphia University have opportunities to watch Philadelphia's professional sports teams. The city also includes Fairmount Park, one of the world's largest municipal parks. The area also provides students opportunities for biking, hiking, boating and other activities. The city also includes numerous nightclubs.

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Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2016-17, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/

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