Philadelphia University and Thomas Jefferson University to form one institution

Philadelphia University and Thomas Jefferson University have joined to create a stronger academic presence and footprint in the city of Philadelphia.

The proposed integration would create the city’s fifth-largest university. With more than 115 acres in East Falls and Center City, the two universities plan to focus on emerging professions and innovation options for combining graduate and undergraduate study.

“It’s an opportunity play,” Philadelphia University President Stephen Spinelli Jr said. “The synergies are huge.”

Philadelphia University, founded in 1884, is a private university in the East Falls neighborhood of Philadelphia that has about 3,500 students. Academic programs fall under the College of Architecture and the Built Environment; the Kanbar College of Design, Engineering and Commerce; the College of Science, Health and the Liberal Arts; and the School of Continuing and Professional Studies. Courses are also offered online. The university offers bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees and doctoral degrees.

Thomas Jefferson University, located in Center City, is a private health sciences university that consists of six constituent colleges and schools – the Sidney Kimmel Medical College, Jefferson College of Graduate Studies, Jefferson School of Health Professions, Jefferson School of Nursing, Jefferson School of Pharmacy, and Jefferson School of Population Health.

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