Philadelphia University Admissions: Everything You Want to and Need to Know

Overview of Philadelphia University

Thomas Jefferson University is a private institution situated in the East Falls section of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  The institution has a 12-to-1 student/faculty ratio and offers 80 undergraduate programs. Outside of the classroom, students will find plenty of opportunities to engage with the campus community via many clubs and organizations. In athletics, the Jefferson Rams play in the NCAA Division II Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference.


  • Total Enrollment: 7,831 (3,604 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 28 percent male/72 percent female
  • 83 percent full-time

Cost of Attendance Information

  • Tuition and Fees: $41,715
  • Books: $1,600
  • Room and Board: $13,881
  • Other Expenses: $4,443
  • Total Cost: $61,639

Financial Aid Information

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 99 percent
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 99 percent
    • Loans: 73 percent
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $19,704
    • Loans: $8,715

Academic Programs Offered

  • Most Popular Majors: Architecture; Business Administration and Management, General; Diagnostic Medical Sonography/Sonographer and Ultrasound Technician; Family Practice Nurse/Nursing; and Fashion Merchandising

Retention and Graduation

  • First-Year Student Retention (full-time students): 81 percent
  • Transfer-Out Rate: 30 percent
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 38 percent
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 60 percent

NCAA Athletic Programs

  • Men’s Sports: Football, Basketball, Baseball, Tennis, Track and Field, Golf
  • Women’s Sports: Track and Field, Basketball, Volleyball, Tennis, Softball, Soccer

Overview of Philadelphia University Admissions

Thomas Jefferson University accepts just over half of applicants and has a competitive admissions pool. Students whose SAT/ACT scores and GPA are within the institution’s requirements have a good chance of being admitted. Applicants should complete an online application and send test scores from either the SAT or ACT and high school transcripts. Students with unique talents and accomplishments can still receive strong consideration even if their GPAs are outside of the mean range. After applying, students will receive a message from an admissions counselor about the application process’s next steps.

Admissions Data                        

During the 2018-19 admissions phase, Thomas Jefferson University had an acceptance rate of 58%. For every 100 students who submitted applications, 58 students gained admission, making Jefferson’s admissions process competitive.

SAT Requirements and Scores

During the 2018-19 admissions phase, 76% of students provided SAT scores. This admissions data reveals that most of Jefferson’s students score within the top 35% nationally on the SAT. 50% of students admitted to Jefferson scored between 540 and 620, while 25% scored under 540 on the evidence-based reading and writing section, and 25% scored over 620. 50% of students scored between 520 and 620 in the math section, while 25% scored under 520, and 25% scored over 620. Applicants with a cumulative SAT score of 1240 or higher will have particularly competitive chances at Jefferson.

ACT Requirements and Scores

During the 2018-19 admissions phase, 18% of students provided ACT scores. This admissions data reveals that most of Jefferson’s students score within the top 36% nationally on the ACT. The median 50% of students admitted to Jefferson received a cumulative ACT score between 22 and 28, while 25% scored over 28, and 25% scored under 22.

Safety Net Schools: Easy to Gain Admission

If past admission data predicts that you would be a competitive candidate for Thomas Jefferson University, it should be easy for you to gain admission to the schools below. If Thomas Jefferson University is currently out of your reach, then you are sure to be a competitive candidate for the schools below.

East Carolina University, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Texas State University, Georgia State University, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Liberty University

Same Tier: Just As Hard to Gain Admission

If you’re a competitive candidate for Thomas Jefferson University, you should have an equal chance of gaining admissions at these schools.

Colorado State University, Quinnipiac University, Ohio University, University of North Texas, University of Texas at Arlington, California State University Long Beach, Pace University

Reach Institutions: Gaining Admissions Will be More of a Challenge

These schools are more challenging to gain admission into than Thomas Jefferson University. If you improve your GPA and SAT/ACT scores, you’ll be a competitive candidate.

Syracuse University, United States Military Academy, Penn State University Park, University of Cincinnati, Hofstra University, Temple University, Seton Hall University

Applying to Thomas Jefferson University

Application Deadline: Rolling

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