The Best Colleges and Universities of Philadelphia

The Best Colleges and Universities of Philadelphia

Philadelphia, known as the City of Brotherly love, is a great place if you’re a sports enthusiast, as a small-town feel in a big city, or are someone heading into higher education.

Philadelphia has 16 universities in the area that present a plethora of studies to go into. The next time you’re looking at Philadelphia houses for sale, take a tour of one of these incredible campuses.

Temple University

Temple was founded in 1884, and as of 2019 approximately 40,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students were enrolled at the university.

Temple is among the world’s largest providers of professional education, such as law, medicine, podiatry, pharmacy, dentistry, engineering, and architecture. The school continually prepares the largest body of professional practitioners in Pennsylvania.

Its main campus is in North Philly, and there’s a health sciences campus that is home to Temple University Hospital, the School of Pharmacy, the Maurice H. Kornberg School of Dentistry; the College of Public Health; and the Lewis Katz School of Medicine.

Overall, the school has more than 500 degree programs at 15 schools and colleges and five professional schools.

Temple’s Howard Gittis Student Center has a movie theater, food court, underground multi-purpose room, game room, computer lounge, and meeting and office space. There is an exercise facility on campus and field complexes for various sports.

There are 28 Greek organizations on campus, and more than 300 student organizations that cover a variety of interests from politics and advocacy to arts and entertainment.

Drexel University

Drexel was founded in 1891 and currently enrolls more than 24,000 students in over 70 undergraduate programs and more than 100 master’s, doctoral, and professional programs.

Drexel’s cooperative education program is a major draw, as it offers students the opportunity to gain up to 18 months of paid, full-time work experience in a field relevant to their undergraduate major or graduate degree prior to graduation.

Within Drexels schools are the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts and Design, Bennett S. LeBow College of Business, College of Engineering, and Thomas R. Kline School of Law.

Drexel has over 250 student organizations that include interests in media, spirituality, performing arts, and fraternity and sorority life.

University of Pennsylvania

Most often called UPenn, this university is a private Ivy League research institute. It’s one of the nine colonial colleges chartered prior to the Declaration of Independence and Benjamin Franklin was its founder and first president.

Penn has four undergraduate schools as well as twelve graduate and professional schools. Among its highly ranked graduate and professional schools are a law school whose first professor contributed to the first draft of the United States Constitution, the first school of medicine in North America in 1765, and the first collegiate business school in 1881.

UPenn has a strong focus on interdisciplinary learning and research. Its “One University” policy allows undergraduates access to courses at all of its undergraduate and graduate schools except the medical, veterinary, and dental schools.

Undergraduates may also take courses at nearby Bryn Mawr, Haverford, and Swarthmore universities under a reciprocal agreement known as the Quaker Consortium.

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