2015: Show Me the Money!

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Attention prospective students:  Have you filed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) yet? If not, get started this weekend!

Philadelphia University is offering an early FAFSA filer incentive.  If you file your FAFSA by March 1, 2015 and list Philadelphia University’s school code (003354), you will receive an extra $1000 grant from the university! This award is renewable every year.

Here are a few quick reminders:

The FAFSA has the word “free” in it, so make sure you visit www.fafsa.ed.gov (http://www NULL.fafsa NULL.ed NULL.gov/) to complete your FAFSA.  Do not use a .com site.  If the site wants to charge you to file, leave fast.

Over 80% of the FAFSA answers can be found on the 1040 form.  So, you should file or estimate your taxes before starting the FAFSA.

Don’t think you will qualify?—file anyway!  PhilaU uses FAFSA information to consider you for need based and non-need based aid.  Even if you only receive Federal Student Loans, these loans often carry lower interest rates than private loans.

Don’t forget to add PhilaU as a FAFSA recipient.  Philadelphia University’s school code is 003354.

Still want more help?  FAFSA provides excellent advice on Twitter (https://twitter NULL.com/FAFSA) and Facebook (https://www NULL.facebook NULL.com/FederalStudentAid).  We also found this great article on Buzzfeed: Five Reasons to Fill Out the FAFSA (http://www NULL.buzzfeed NULL.com/arneduncan/five-reasons-to-fill-out-the-fafsa-ecm4). If you have any questions about filing the FAFSA, please email FinancialAid@philau.edu (financialaid null@null philau NULL.edu).

Are you accepted to PhilaU?

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If you have been accepted to PhilaU, let me first of all say, “Congratulations! That’s awesome!”  Your hard work has paid off and you should take time to recognize and celebrate that accomplishment. Like I said, that is awesome.

So, now what?  Now, the fun begins…well, maybe not all fun, but definitely there is some fun to be had from now until move-in day. We have created a private, social network for just accepted students. If you haven’t joined already, I recommend you do that today. You can start to meet future classmates, join online groups with other people in your major or who share your similar interests…and you get to start the groups.  You can keep up-to-date with deadlines, happenings on campus, and upcoming chats/events. You can also meet possible roommates and find answers to questions you have about being a student at PhilaU. Sounds pretty fun, right?

Are you accepted to PhilaU? If so, you should have received an email invite to join the network, so go check that out and register today. If not, send an email to Kathy at Admiss@PhilaU.edu (kissanek null@null PhilaU NULL.edu) and request your invitation.

Make the Most of Your Winter Break

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That long awaited winter break is approaching and with a little planning, you can be going back to school in January more relaxed and feeling productive.  With college students home for their breaks too, visiting colleges won’t give you the best glimpse of the school, but there are some things you can do.

1) Finish your paperwork. Whether that be completing applications, getting all your supporting materials together or making your deposit.

2) Think FAFSA. The earlier you file, the better. Start getting all your information together now to make it a smooth process.

3) Do more research on the schools you are considering. Check out their school social media, both official and unofficial and see how the students are living.

4) If you are a junior, register for the spring SATs, register for a spring visit and keep your grades up.

5) Most importantly, take some time to relax and enjoy your winter break!

All of us at Philadelphia University wish you much peace and happiness during the holiday season and in the new year!

Calling all Day, Undergraduate Spring 2015 Transfer Students!

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Wouldn’t you love to have your decision made before the winter holidays?

We understand that transferring to another college can be both exciting and stressful. At PhilaU, our goal is to make it as seamless and stress free as possible for you.

This month we are holding several Instant Decision Days where you can get an admissions decision on the spot. Just register for one of dates, bring in your completed application and all your supporting materials and you’ll be all set. (Please note: this is for all day, undergraduate Spring 2015 transfer students. Unfortunately, due to portfolio reviews, we cannot give instant decisions to students transferring into the Architecture and Fashion Design programs.)

To find out more information and to register, just click here (http://www NULL.philau NULL.edu/undergrad/Transfer/instantdecision NULL.html).

If you have any questions, please free to call the Office of Admissions at 215.951.2800 and ask to speak with your Admissions Counselor.

Top 10 reasons to attend our November Open House

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You’re invited! Join us on November 22, 2014 for Philadelphia University’s Open House!
Click here to register! (http://bit NULL.ly/OpenHouseNov)

Our Open House gives you the opportunity to experience PhilaU first-hand! Students and families will meet with various academic departments, chat with professors and department chairs, and speak with current students about their PhilaU experience! This is an excellent time to learn more about your academic major of interest and the value of a Philadelphia University education. You will also tour campus with our student Rambassadors, have lunch in our dining hall, and visit residence hall rooms.

Here are the Top 10 reasons to visit PhilaU during our Open House…

Get your picture taken at the        University Fair!

10. Your application fee will be waived!

9. Get your photo taken at the University Fair and see it posted on PhilaUAdmiss Twitter and Instagram
accounts.

8. Beautiful campus. The fall season at PhilaU means beautiful colored trees and scenery that can’t be beat.

7. Take a selfie with the ram statue.

6. Sample the food in our dining hall (hello food options!!)

5. Tweet your photos of your visit with #PhilaU and you could win PhilaU prizes!

4. See how many people can fit in a residence hall room.

3. Ride a trolley around campus.

2. Hug a Ram(bassador)…one of our tour guides!

1. Attend our University Fair! Want to know about study abroad, internships, financial aid and clubs to get involved with? This is your one-stop shop for information!!

Click here to register (http://bit NULL.ly/OpenHouseNov) as soon as possible. Hope to see you there!

 

Schedule your visit to Philadelphia University today!

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Sometimes when you are just looking at colleges through printed books or websites, it’s hard to tell one from the other. To really see what a school is like and if you feel comfortable there, it’s best to visit.

Visiting can help you to get a real sense of the campus and its community.

We offer a number of different ways to explore the PhilaU campus…

Campus Tour & Meeting with an Admissions Counselor (Monday – Friday) (http://bit NULL.ly/1xTpMWg)

White Corners is home to the Office of Admissions.

Join a small group of other visiting families and take a two-part tour of campus with one of our student Rambassadors. You will tour one half of campus for 45 minutes, meet with an admissions counselor for about 20 minutes, and then tour the second half of campus for approximately 45 minutes. You may also be able to schedule a meeting with a faculty member or athletic coach.

Saturday Information Session (http://bit NULL.ly/ZEwBPR)

At the Saturday Information Session, Admissions Counselors and current students will provide you with an overview of the admissions and financial aid processes, academic programs, student life, as well as internship and study abroad opportunities. You’ll also take a tour with one of our student Rambassadors which will last about 1 hour and 15 minutes.
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The Ram poses for a photo at Open House with Admissions Counselor Pam and Rambassador tour guides.

Open House (http://www NULL.philau NULL.edu/undergrad/PlanYourVisit/openhouse NULL.html) (November 22, 2014) (http://bit NULL.ly/1vzV1aO)

At the Open House, prospective students and families will start the morning at our program fair. You will meet with various faculty members and student life staff members. Next, you will depart for a campus tour with our student Rambassadors and a major-specific information session. You will have the opportunity to speak with professors and current students about their ongoing research and projects. To finish off the day, you will have lunch in one of our cafeterias and tour our residence halls.

Shadow a current student
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Our shadowing program provides students who have been accepted to the University with an opportunity to participate in the PhilaU student experience—attend classes, meet professors, eat meals in the dining hall, and spend time with current students. Shadowing appointments run February through April.

 

Ready to schedule your visit?  You can schedule online by clicking here. (http://www NULL.philau NULL.edu/undergrad/PlanYourVisit/index NULL.html)  If you need additional information, please contact our Visit Coordinator, Patricia Coleman, at 215.951.2921 or 1.800.951.7287.

Meet the New Director of Undergraduate Admissions!

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We are excited to announce Kidesti Teklegiorgis as the new Director of Undergraduate Admissions at Philadelphia University! Join us in welcoming her to the PhilaU community and Undergraduate Admissions team!

Kidesti Teklegiorgis is the new
Director of Admissions at PhilaU.

Q: What attracted you to work at PhilaU?
A: Many factors! PhilaU has a beautiful campus, distinctive programs and an innovative curriculum. Our Nexus Learning approach is unique to PhilaU and prepares our students for their professional careers.

Q: How have you liked the new role so far?
A: I love it! I have a great Admissions team to work with. Everyone on campus – students, faculty and staff have been so welcoming, I feel right at home. I am honored to work at PhilaU.

Q: What do you think is the most important quality in a prospective student applying to PhilaU?
A: Students who are ready to work hard, be creative and think outside of the box. We want our students to be ‘doers’, those who want to do bigger and better things and become leaders on campus and in their community.

Q: In your opinion, what sets PhilaU apart from other colleges/universities?
A: PhilaU’s career-oriented programs and our commitment to preparing students for the real world. We want students to not only graduate, but to have a job in their profession after graduating. Our 94% job placement rate within 6 months of graduating is proof of the power of a PhilaU education.

Q: What do you like best about the city of Philadelphia?
A: Philadelphia is a great city rich in culture and history, plus there is so much to do. And let’s not forget the cheesesteaks! While the Philly cheesesteak battle is typically between Pat’s and Geno’s, I personally like Tony Luke’s and Dalesandro’s.

Q: Do you have a favorite restaurant in the city?
A: I have two: Winnie LeBus in Manayunk and La Viola in Rittenhouse Square.

Q: If you could give one piece of advice for prospective students/families what would it be?
A: Visit campus before choosing a college! It is the best way to see the campus culture, try out the food, sit in on a class, etc. Don’t limit yourself to one visit. At PhilaU, we offer a variety of visit opportunities. For example, our Shadowing Program gives accepted students the opportunity to spend the day with a current student.

Q: Any fun facts about yourself that you would like to share?
A: I love to watch comedy shows. My favorites are Modern Family, Brooklyn 99 and Parks and Recreation.

Philadelphia University’s Kanbar College Scholarship Day 2014

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Calling all high school seniors who are interested in a career in design, engineering, or business!  You are invited to visit Philadelphia University on Saturday, September 20, 2014, work on a collaborative group project, and be considered for a full-tuition scholarship!  Be sure to register by Monday, September 15, 2014 by clicking here (http://bit NULL.ly/1AD8Gf6).

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Please note that this event is only open to students who are interested in programs within Philadelphia University’s Kanbar College of Design, Engineering, and Commerce (http://bit NULL.ly/KanbarDEC).  If you have any questions, please contact the PhilaU Admissions office at 215-951-2800 or Admissions@philau.edu ( Admissions null@null philau NULL.edu).

Nexus Maximus at Philadelphia University

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WOW!  There has been a great deal of activity going on at Philadelphia University in the last few days!  Have you been following what’s going on?

From September 5-8, more than 150 PhilaU students from eight academic disciplines have been collaborating with students from Aalto University in Finland and faculty members to find innovative solutions to a growing global problem this weekend.  This sprint project is called Nexus Maximus and is Philadelphia University’s largest Nexus Learning project to date!

Click here (http://bit NULL.ly/1tFwlwQ) to read more about the team challenge.

PhilaU’s Facebook page has been posting several videos about the competition.  I highly recommend that you watch the video about one team’s proposal that was recognized as the Nexus Maximus Most Executable Award.  Click here (https://www NULL.facebook NULL.com/video NULL.php?v=10152453040858318&set=vb NULL.8337393317&type=2&theater) to see that video!

Not sure what Nexus Learning is all about?  Click here to read our quick introduction to PhilaU’s signature approach to learning, Nexus Learning!

What to pack for PhilaU…

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23 days until first-year students move-in!? Wow! I can’t believe this summer is flying by so quickly.  With the countdown getting smaller and smaller, I thought I’d write a quick blog with my recommendations about what to buy, pack, and leave at home.

First of all, remember that you are coming to Philadelphia University with more than 700 other new students.  If you forget to bring something, this will be the perfect opportunity to meet your neighbor: “Hey, do you have a can opener?”  Most of the items on my list below can be purchased at the PhilaU bookstore on campus (http://www NULL.philaucampusstore NULL.com/).  On the bookstore’s website, they also offer links to software requirements and art and architecture supply companies.  If you can’t find what you need on campus, there’s always a Target nearby (http://www NULL.target NULL.com/store-locator/search-results?address=19144&x=-374&y=-462&mapWidth=520&mapHeight=430).  You can even rent a car (http://wordpress NULL.philau NULL.edu/today/2008/01/25/philadelphia-university-launches-car-share-program-this-month/) for the day to get where you need.

You will most likely NEED…

  • Pillows, sheets, blankets, and comforter (Extra-Long mattress size!)
  • Towels and washcloths
  • Shower flip flops
  • Full-length mirror
  • Hangers
  • Toiletries and shower caddy
  • Desk lamp
  • Cleaning supplies
  • First aid kit with cold medicine, pain relievers, and bandages
  • Clothes for all occasions
    • Business/business casual attire (You will be surprised how often you will need to be somewhat dressed up for class presentations or events.)
    • Rain coat, boots, and umbrella
  • School supplies (Pack most of this in your backpack for easy moving)
    • Power strip
    • Duct tape
    • Flash drive
    • 3 hole punch, stapler (with staples, obviously), and tape
    • Fun-tac for hanging photos and posters
    • Trashcan (not a mesh one, a solid plastic trashcan that can hold liquids if necessary)
  • Simple dishes and utensils (store them all in a giant popcorn bowl)
    • Can opener
    • Filter water bottle or pitcher
    • Pantry basics (peanut butter, popcorn, soup, oatmeal)
    • Alarm clock—your phone won’t cut it in college
    • Under-the-bed storage bins
    • Pop-up laundry hamper and laundry supplies (Hello, Tide To Go!)
    • Plug-in style air freshener (One of my friends had a roommate who was VERY into Dance, Dance Revolution. I’m a supporter of pursuing your own hobbies, but this was a very sweaty and smelly hobby.)

You might want…

  • Dry erase board (so friends can leave you old fashioned text messages)
  • Telephone (Believe it or not, you will have your own landline in your room!)
  • Envelopes and stamps
  • Seat cushion (You will be studying a lot!)
  • “Soccer mom” chairs (This was my mom’s brilliant idea! You can fold them up and throw them in a closet when your guests leave.)
  • Bathrobe
  • Mini toolkit
  • Mattress topper (memory foam is an amazing thing, but make sure you buy that alarm clock too!)
  • Bike, helmet, and bike lock
  • Athletic equipment (basketball, volleyball, Frisbee, Yoga mat, etc)
  • Gym bag/overnight bag
  • Reading pillow
  • Curtains

You should coordinate with roommate about these things…

  • Refrigerator and MicroFridge (These can be rented through the university’s vendor
  • Television
  • Board games and card games
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Clothes Drying Rack (Only one kid on my floor had a drying rack when I was a freshman. That kid quickly became very popular, and he even earned the nickname Drying Rack John.)
  • Floor lamp
  • Area rug (Students may bring their own carpet or purchase one through the University vendor. If a carpet is pre-purchased, the carpet will be delivered to the room prior to move in day.)
  • Mini vacuum

Leave at home

  • Air conditioners
  • Halogen lamps and sunlamps
  • Hot plates, heating coils
  • Microwave ovens (except in townhouses and apartments)
  • Open-flame items (No candles and incense; get a plug-in style air freshener)
  • Pets (except for small fish)
  • Toaster ovens
  • Waterbeds

Abbey Carr
Assistant Director of Admissions