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University of the Sciences in Philadelphia: Narrative Description


600 South 43rd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4495
Tel: (215)596-8800
Admissions: (215)596-8810
Fax: (215)895-1100
E-mail: [email protected]
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Independent, university, coed. Awards bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and first professional degrees. Founded 1821. Setting: 35-acre urban campus. Endowment: $97.2 million. Research spending 2003-04: $1.7 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $10,497 per student. Total enrollment: 2,824. Faculty: 250 (147 full-time, 103 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 14:1. 2,904 applied, 65% were admitted. 30% from top 10% of their high school class, 67% from top quarter, 94% from top half. Full-time: 1,928 students, 63% women, 37% men. Part-time: 36 students, 56% women, 44% men. Students come from 31 states and territories, 16 other countries, 46% from out-of-state, 0.5% Native American, 2% Hispanic, 6% black, 32% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 12% 25 or older, 29% live on campus, 3% transferred in. Retention: 87% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: health professions and related sciences; biological/life sciences; business/marketing. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, honors program, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at Drexel University. ROTC: Army (c), Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: electronic application, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, SAT or ACT. Recommended: minimum 3.0 high school GPA, SAT. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $45. Comprehensive fee: $31,580 includes full-time tuition ($21,528), mandatory fees ($1120), and college room and board ($8932). College room only: $5456. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to degree level and program. Room and board charges vary according to board plan. Part-time tuition: $897 per credit. Part-time mandatory fees: $35 per credit. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load and degree level.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 65 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities, local fraternities, local sororities. Most popular organizations: student government, Bharat, Academy of Students of Pharmacy, Student Physical Therapy Association, Asian Student Association. Major annual events: Greek Week, Student Appreciation Day, Parent's Weekend. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 725 college housing spaces available. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required in freshman year. Option: coed housing available. Joseph W. England Library plus 1 other with 87,125 books, 27,642 microform titles, 9,817 serials, 1,121 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $1.9 million. 120 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

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