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

REMINDER: Summer To Do List

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I’m starting to think many of you are celebrating Senior Week or enjoying the lazy days of summer a little bit too much.  We are missing some very important things from quite a few of you!  Some of these items are past due.  Do them IMMEDIATELY!

Here is a reminder of your Summer To Do list and the dates that they are due.  Please complete these ASAP or contact your Admissions@philau.edu ( Admissions null@null philau NULL.edu) to let them know that you will send them late.

 


Due Dates and Reminders

  • PAST DUE: June 1st – Deadline to complete Math Questionnaire and Writing Placement online (via WebAdvisor (https://wa NULL.philau NULL.edu/))
  • PAST DUE: June 9th – Summer Orientation registration due (via WebAdvisor (https://wa NULL.philau NULL.edu/))
  • June 27th – Housing application and agreement due (Available via ResLife website (http://www NULL.philau NULL.edu/reslife/index NULL.html))
  • July 1 – Health Forms due (Be sure to make an appointment with your family doctor if you haven’t already! Mail to Health Center at PhilaU.)
  • July 18th – Roommate selection deadline
  • July 31st – Fall Tuition Due (Bills will be available online via WebAdvisor (https://wa NULL.philau NULL.edu/) in July. Make sure that you have completed any loan applications or paperwork required. Call FinAid if you have questions 215-951-2940.)
  • July – make sure that you have your high school send your Final Official High School Transcript (required before classes start)
  • July – If you took any AP exams, please send us your scores through College Board for us to review.
  • July – FERPA release form must be submitted if you want a family member to be able to call PhilaU on your behalf with questions about FinAid or bills, you must complete this release form.
  • September 12th – Deadline to complete waivers for health insurance and tuition insurance (optional)

Still have more questions?  Please email Abbey Carr at CarrA@philau.edu ( carra null@null philau NULL.edu) so your question can be added to this list!

 

A Time to Say “Thank you!”

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As you begin your college career at Philadelphia University, there is no better time to honor the many people who have helped you prepare for this new challenge and made a lasting impact on your future. For the last several years, Philadelphia University has recognized these special people in our students’ lives by honoring them with the Philadelphia University Centennial Educator Award and recognizing their efforts at Convocation in August.

We invite all incoming new students to nominate someone for this award. A teacher, professor, counselor, principal or anyone involved in your education who helped you develop to your potential, challenged you, supported you in the pursuit of your goals, and helped you focus on your dreams would be an appropriate candidate for this award.

Every nominee will receive a certificate and a letter from Philadelphia University President Dr. Stephen Spinelli, Jr. with thanks for contributing to the academic achievement of the student nominator. A committee will select the Centennial Educator’s Award winners from the pool of nominees. The winners are invited to campus to receive a Centennial Medal on August 21, 2014 during the Convocation ceremony, an event that formally begins the academic year on campus.

Please submit your nomination to CentennialEducators@PhilaU.edu (CentennialEducators null@null PhilaU NULL.edu) by July 1, 2014 with the following information:

  • Your Name and Major
  • Nominee’s Name
  • Affiliated Academic Institution’s Name, Address and Telephone Number
  • A brief essay that includes the attributes, qualifications and special contributions of your nominee and the way this individual has affected your life

If you have any questions about this award, please email CentennialEducators@PhilaU.edu (CentennialEducators null@null PhilaU NULL.edu).

Philadelphia University Residences

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Curious what the residence halls at Philadelphia University are like?  Here are some pictures and facts that will help you out!  For the 2014-2015 school year, first year students will live in Partridge Hall, Fortess Hall, or Ronson Hall.

Partridge Hall (http://www NULL.philau NULL.edu/reslife/ResidentialFacilities/Partdridge NULL.html)

Partridge Hall is a three-story, coed building housing freshmen students. Partridge is coed by floor, housing women on the first and third floors, and men on the second floor.  Partridge has rooms for one to four students and a total of 65 residents. The building features a social lounge, kitchen and laundry facilities and common-area bathroom facilities.  For the 2014-2015 school year, Partridge Hall will be exclusively for students in the Honors program (http://www NULL.philau NULL.edu/honorsprogram/index NULL.html).

 

Fortess Hall (http://www NULL.philau NULL.edu/reslife/ResidentialFacilities/Fortess NULL.html)

Fortess Hall is a three-story building housing freshman women. The building’s 181 female residents live in one- to four-person occupancy rooms. The hall includes a study lounge, laundry facilities and common-area bathroom facilities.

 

Ronson Hall (http://www NULL.philau NULL.edu/reslife/ResidentialFacilities/Ronson NULL.html)

Ronson Hall accommodates 309 residents in five sections called “houses.” Each house has two wings with predominately two-person rooms, a community kitchen/social lounge, and common-area bathroom facilities.  Three houses are coed with a wing each for men and women, one house is all male and one house is all female.  Ronson Hall is air-conditioned and features laundry facilities on the basement level.

 

Scholler Hall (http://www NULL.philau NULL.edu/reslife/ResidentialFacilities/Scholler NULL.html)

Scholler Hall is a traditional, coed residence facility with predominantly two-person rooms for a total of 149 residents.  Each floor includes a study/social lounge and common-area bathroom facilities.  Scholler has vending machines located in the lobby and laundry facilities.

 

Townhouses (http://www NULL.philau NULL.edu/reslife/ResidentialFacilities/Townhouses NULL.html)

The Townhouses are three-level units housing upper-class students. Each townhouse includes five single-occupancy bedrooms, and a shared bathroom, living/dining room and kitchen. The facility is furnished and air-conditioned. Laundry facilities for the townhouses are located in Scholler Hall. 

 

Independence Plaza (http://www NULL.philau NULL.edu/reslife/ResidentialFacilities/independence NULL.html)

Independence Plaza is a three-building apartment complex housing upper-class students. The furnished apartments range from three- to four person occupancy and two to four bedrooms. Each building has laundry facilities for residents’ convenience.

 

Residences at Falls Center (http://www NULL.philau NULL.edu/reslife/ResidentialFacilities/fallsCenter NULL.html)

The Philadelphia University Residences at Falls Center house more than 350 PhilaU students in this newly renovated, multi-purpose site less than 1 mile from campus located at 3300 Henry Avenue.

This upper-classmen housing facility features beautiful, new open-concept apartments that have living rooms, contemporary kitchens with dishwashers, private bathrooms, and wireless internet.

The apartment layouts are unique and offer a variety of selections including, one bedroom units for one person, studio units for two people, two bedroom units for three people, two bedroom units for four people, and three bedroom units for five people. Click here to view apartment layouts. (http://www NULL.philau NULL.edu/reslife/floorplans/fallscenter/fallscenterdemographics NULL.htm)

Residences at Falls Center also has an auditorium for curricular and co-curricular programs, access to an on-site café and coffeehouse, space for design and project work and co-curricular activities, shuttle service to Main Campus, 24-7 campus facility support, security, free laundry facilities, on-site parking, a social lounge and a convenience store.

 

Questions?  Please reach out to Residence Life at 215-951-2741 or ResLife@philau.edu (ResLife null@null philau NULL.edu).

Frequently Asked Questions: Summer 2014

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Are you getting excited or nervous for the start of classes this fall?  While you might not have actual homework to do this summer, there are many things that you will need to complete over this summer in order to make your transition to college life at PhilaU as smooth as possible.  I asked students to post some frequently asked questions on our Facebook group page, and I got some excellent submissions.  I have posted the questions and answers here to help you out!  Please read through them all to save yourself some time and confusion later on!

We are truly looking forward to having you join us as a student at Philadelphia University this fall.  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us, but please use these resources to help yourself first!  Be sure to read the Welcome New Students booklet that we sent in the mail.  You can also view this booklet online by clicking here (http://www NULL.philau NULL.edu/nsp/inc/documents/2014/#/1/).  You should read every page because it has all of the information that you will need.  Without further ado, here are the FAQs…

Housing

  • When can we sign up for housing?
    • Starting June 2nd, you can access the PhilaU Housing Portal here: http://www.philau.edu/reslife/index.html (http://www NULL.philau NULL.edu/reslife/index NULL.html)  You will need to complete the housing agreement and the roommate matching form.  You can opt for a random roommate.  If you have been selected for the honors program, you can opt to live in the honors residence hall or you can opt out.  Only honors students can live in the honors residence hall.
  • What are the housing deadlines?
    • The housing contract is due June 27th, and the deadline to select your roommate is July 18th.
  • What is your survey like for roommate placement?
    • The roommate questionnaire includes a variety of questions such as: personal interests, style of music, cleanliness preferences, study habits, and time you prefer to go to bed. The computer attempts to match up students based upon as many variables as it can.
  • Where are honors students living?
    • For 2014-2015, honors students will live in Partridge Hall.
  • Can you be in the honors program but live with someone who is not?
    • Yes, but you will not be able to live in the honors residence hall with a non-honors student.
  • Can we pick the residence halls we want to live in?
    • No, residence halls are assigned at random.  All of the halls are great options, and one is not better than another.
  • When do we find out our housing assignment and roommate if we chose to do the questionnaire?
    • Housing and roommate assignments will be released via email in late July.
  • Can we request a double, triple, or quad type of room specifically?
    • No, assignments are chosen at random.  We try to accommodate all triple and quad requests, but some doubles may be in a triple or quad with an additional roommate(s).
  • What can I do if I don’t like my roommate or housing assignment?
    • We encourage you to work with your Resident Assistant (RA) to complete your roommate agreement or possibly complete a mediation meeting.  If those options fail, the room change process opens approximately two weeks into the semester and you can work with the Office of Residence Life to discuss other alternatives.
  • What will be in my room, and what can I bring?
    • For a furniture list and items we encourage students to bring, please visit: http://www.philau.edu/reslife/RoomInformation.html (http://www NULL.philau NULL.edu/reslife/RoomInformation NULL.html)
  • Are students allowed to stay on campus in a residence hall during holidays?
    • Students must submit an application requesting to stay over Thanksgiving and Spring breaks, but students are not eligible to apply to stay during Winter break.  There is an additional cost to stay over Thanksgiving and Spring breaks.  Students are charged the University’s daily rate of $45 per day.  An email will be sent to student’s University account regarding all necessary break housing information.
  • Are freshmen allowed to have cars on campus?
    • No.  Students with 30 credits or more are allowed to register their car and bring them to campus.

Meal Plans

  • How do I sign up for a meal plan or change it?
    • All Resident students will automatically be signed up for the Premium 19 Meals per week plan.  If you would like to change this to the Standard 19 Meals per week plan, please fill out this form that will be sent to Residence Life: http://www.philau.edu/reslife/MealRequest.html (http://www NULL.philau NULL.edu/reslife/MealRequest NULL.html)
    • Commuter students will not be assigned a meal plan.  If you’d like to sign up for a meal plan, please fill out this form that will be sent to Residence Life: http://www.philau.edu/reslife/MealRequest.html (http://www NULL.philau NULL.edu/reslife/MealRequest NULL.html)

Fall Course Assignments

  • When are the math questionnaire and writing placement essay due?
    • These are due by June 1st.  We must receive these before you attend summer orientation or your schedule will not be ready for you.  You can complete this online using a link in your WebAdvisor account.
  • When will I get my class schedule for the fall semester?
    • You will get your schedule when you attend summer orientation.  We cannot give you your class schedule before you attend summer orientation.  At summer orientation, you will meet for a group advising session with a faculty advisor from your College or School.  You will also have an opportunity to get your questions answered by the staff of the Learning and Advising Center.  At the conclusion of the summer orientation program, you will receive your class schedule and your student ID so you will be ready to begin classes on August 25th!
  • How do the placement tests work?
    • Students will take a time Writing Placement test to determine their readiness for college level writing. A new first year student could place into either WRTG 100- Intro to Academic Writing or WRIT 101- Writing Communication.
    • Math placement is a 3 question test to determine a student’s back in Trigonometry. This test combined with a student’s SAT scores and academic program will determine their Math Placement.
  • Will a later orientation date affect our class selection?
    • No. All new first year students are blocked scheduled by the Registrar’s Office at the same time prior to the beginning of New Student Orientations. You will not be able to see your class schedule until you attend summer orientation.
  • Can I transfer college credits from dual enrollment or summer programs?
    • Yes, you will need to send an official college transcript to Philadelphia University Admissions.  A transfer counselor will evaluate your transcripts and determine which credits will transfer in.
  • If I took a college-level English course this year or AP English Language (with a score of 4 or higher), do i have to take the English placement test?
    • No.  If the admissions office has confirmed English credit, please contact Erin Lucas in Learning and Advising at 215.951.2844.
  • Are there placements tests for subjects other than Math and English?
    • No.
  • How are foreign language placements determined?
    • There is no foreign language placement done prior to the start of an academic semester. You will be given an assessment the first day to determine your fluency in the foreign language course you are taking.
  • How can I get credit for my Advanced Placement (AP) courses?
    • Please send your AP exam scores to Philadelphia University Admissions.  A transfer counselor will evaluate your scores and determine which credits will transfer in.  For a list of AP subjects, required scores, and the PhilaU course equivalency, please click here: http://www.philau.edu/catalog/UniversityAcadPolicyProcedures/UgradStudentAcadameicPandP/index.html#AdvancedPlacement (http://www NULL.philau NULL.edu/catalog/UniversityAcadPolicyProcedures/UgradStudentAcadameicPandP/index NULL.html#AdvancedPlacement)
  • How are other classes assigned if they are not based on placement tests, AP scores, or college transfer credits?
    • Each individual academic program at Philadelphia University has a set of courses that are predetermined based on your major.  These courses are different for each individual program and will be reviewed with you at Summer.  You can view the different course offerings for your major on the Philadelphia University website in the Academic Catalog for 2014-2015.

Summer Orientation (formerly known as START)

  • Do we stay overnight at summer orientation?
    • Yes, all students are required to stay overnight during summer orientation even if they plan to commute during the academic year.
  • What if I cannot attend the June or July summer orientation sessions?
    • All students are required to attend one summer orientation session.  If you cannot attend in June or July, you can attend on Wednesday, August 20th.  The August summer orientation session is intended for students traveling from more than 250 miles away who are unable to travel to campus during the summer.
  • Is the housing for summer orientation random?
    • Yes.  You will spend one night on campus with a random roommate.  This is a great way to meet new people with no commitment to living with them for a year.
  • Do parents need to attend?  Do they need to get a hotel for summer orientation?
    • Parents are not required to attend summer orientation, but they are welcome to.  If they choose to attend, there will be an additional $60 fee per person to cover the cost of food.  Parents will need to make a hotel reservation in the area during their stay.
  • Can we pick our roommate for orientation?
    • No, this will be a random assignment for one night.
  • What do I need to bring to summer orientation?
    • Photo ID, pen and paper, comfortable shoes and clothing, health forms if not already submitted, bedding or sleeping bag for a twin bed, towel, toiletries, light sweater or jacket for air-conditioned spaced, and lots of energy and questions!
  • Can I change my summer orientation date?
    • If you need to make any changes, please call Student Engagement at 215-951-2634.

Bills, financial aid, and work study

  • When will bills come out?  When are they due?  How can I view my bill?
    • Billing statements are available online in QuikPay (accessible using a link in WebAdvisor).  The University does not mail paper statements.  Bills will be posted in July and December.  Fall tuition is due annually on July 31st and spring tuition is due annually on January 5th.
  • Can my parents access my bill?
    • Because college students’ financial records are protected by the Federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), parents do not have automatic access to students’ financial accounts.  The student is considered the person responsible for tuition and fee payment on their student account.  The process for parents to gain access to a student’s financial records is two-fold:
      • Set up your parent as an Authorized Payer in QuikPay so they can receive email notices about statements.  A link to QuikPay is available in WebAdvisor.
      • List your parents on their FERPA Financial Release so they can communicate with University offices on your behalf.
  • When will we know if we were accepted for work study and what our job is?
    • If you are eligible for work study, it was listed on your financial aid package.  In your financial aid award package and email, you were given instructions about how to complete and submit the Student Employment Application online.  You must complete this application in order to be considered for a work study job.  If you have been placed in a job, you will be notified by e-mail approximately one week prior to the start of classes.  If you do not receive an e-mail, then you should stop by the Financial Aid office to have your name and information added to the work study waiting list for any additional job opportunities that may become available.
  • How are work study jobs assigned?
    • Jobs are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis, so you should complete the employment application as soon as possible.  In addition, if you have special skills or qualifications, they will be taken into consideration for job placement.

Due Dates and Reminders

  • June 1st – Deadline to complete Math Questionnaire and Writing Placement online (via WebAdvisor)
  • June 9thSummer Orientation registration due (via WebAdvisor)
  • June 27thHousing application and agreement due (Available via ResLife website starting June 2nd)
  • July 1 – Health Forms due (Be sure to make an appointment with your family doctor if you haven’t already! Mail to Health Center at PhilaU.)
  • July 18th – Roommate selection deadline
  • July 31stFall Tuition Due (Bills will be available online via WebAdvisor in July. Make sure that you have completed any loan applications or paperwork required. Call FinAid if you have questions 215-951-2940.)
  • July – make sure that you have your high school send your Final Official High School Transcript (required before classes start)
  • July – If you took any AP exams, please send us your scores through College Board for us to review.
  • July – FERPA release form must be submitted if you want a family member to be able to call PhilaU on your behalf with questions about FinAid or bills, you must complete this release form.
  • September 12th – Deadline to complete waivers for health insurance and tuition insurance (optional)

 

Still have more questions?  Please email Abbey Carr at CarrA@philau.edu ( carra null@null philau NULL.edu) so your question can be added to this list!

 

How to Read your Financial Aid Packet from Philadelphia University

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We recently hosted a webinar offering helpful tips about how to read your financial aid packet.  If you were unable to watch, you can still watch a recording of the webinar here:

https://philau.adobeconnect.com/_a825389009/thxcvas.umqu4r/ (https://philau NULL.adobeconnect NULL.com/_a825389009/thxcvas NULL.umqu4r/)

Would you like some one-on-one time to review your financial aid package with a counselor?  You can sign up for an individual phone meeting by click here: http://bit.ly/FA2014 (http://bit NULL.ly/FA2014)

Feel free to give us a call at 800-951-7287.  We hope you find the webinar helpful. Enjoy your day.

Greg W. Potts
Director of Admissions

Global Opportunities Abound at PhilaU

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Today we have a guest blog from senior Textile Design student Rachel Robinson about her internship and study abroad experiences.  Not only did she have the opportunity to work for Abercrombie & Fitch’s home office, but she also got to take her talents to Scotland for four months!  Check out Rachel’s blog…

This past summer I had the opportunity to work at Abercrombie & Fitch’s home office in New Albany, Ohio as a CAD design intern. The company provided housing for all the interns on Columbus College of Art and Design’s (CCAD) campus located right by downtown Columbus. Columbus is a lovely city filled with amazing restaurants and cute boutiques. In the city there are numerous venues—Bruno Mars was on tour while I was there!  I enjoyed going to a wonderful market called The North Market for fresh produce as well as local goods.  Columbus is also the home of White Castle Cheeseburgers and Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream!  Yum!  Here are two pictures from my apartment in Columbus and Jeni’s Ice Cream!

               

During the first week I went through training and was assigned to a team in their Abercrombie women’s division. While working there I met with head designers, vendors, and even the CEO of the company on numerous occasions. I primarily used Kaledo for creating new print ideas for the upcoming Spring/Summer seasons. In addition, I assisted head designers with CAD work, color, and overall patterns that we felt would sell well in this department. Towards the end of my internship, they flew us to Manhattan to shop the market for new trends and products that would fit our customer and benefit our brand. This research was compiled into a packet that we presented to the company displaying our research and aided our final designs.

After interning at Abercrombie over the summer, I left for a semester abroad in Galashiels, Scotland for four months. I had never been abroad prior to this experience, so it was quite exciting! I lived on Heriot-Watt University’s Scottish Borders campus in the residence halls with four other students including another PhilaU Textile Design student. The location was perfect for getting to classes and running into the nearby town. It offered an amazing view of the hills! My classes included two weave courses, one knit course, and one print course. The facilities were amazing! All of the yarns were made on the University’s campus, and every student had the capability to create their own desired hues for yarns. They had numerous looms available with helpful technicians to guide you along the way. I learned so much while in Scotland!

    

The photos above were from Donegal, Ireland and a view from the hilltop in Galashiels, Scotland. Below, I want to share photos from my housing on the Heriot-Watt campus, the beach in Donegal, Ireland, and a Christmas fair in Edinburgh, Scotland. I miss it so much!

Although it took a little while to get adjusted and to adapt to their design process, it was absolutely worth it. I traveled all across Scotland, went to its two major cities, Edinburgh and Glasgow, and had the opportunity to spend some time in Ireland and England. I am definitely planning on returning as soon as possible! It was absolutely beautiful and an amazing place to go abroad and study textiles! I hope you have the opportunity to study abroad while at Philadelphia University!

Rachel Robinson
Textile Design ‘14

Earn $1000 from PhilaU in just 23 Minutes!

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Hey, you, prospective PhilaU student! Have you filed the FAFSA yet?  If you file the FAFSA and list Philadelphia University’s school code (003354) by March 1st, you will automatically receive an extra $1000 grant in your financial aid package.  This is just for new, incoming students.  What an easy way to earn some extra money for college?!  There isn’t a trick!  We just want to get a head start on your financial aid package, so you get the bonus just for being an early FAFSA filer.

The average time to complete a FAFSA is just 23 minutes, so what are you waiting for?  Click here to get started: https://fafsa.ed.gov/ (https://fafsa NULL.ed NULL.gov/)

Don’t have your tax information from 2013 yet?  That’s okay!  You can file the FAFSA using 2012 numbers, and then you’ll just go back into FAFSA later to update your numbers.

Questions?  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 with PhilaU or this bonus grant, please email FinancialAid@philau.edu (FinancialAid null@null philau NULL.edu).

Accepted Students: Shadow a current student this spring!

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Congratulations to all of our accepted students!

Whether you’ve already decided that PhilaU is the place for you or you’re still making your decision, we have a great opportunity to get a closer look at what it’s like to be a student here! Each spring we offer accepted students the chance to shadow a current student in your chosen major. Your student host will take you to class, lunch, and maybe even some student activities that may be going on during the day!

You can choose the day and we will match you up with one of our host students. You can come for a full day or half, whatever works best for your schedule. Many of our student hosts went through this shadowing program as prospective students as well. They found that shadowing really helped them make their college decision and would like to help future students get a better feel for the university. Choosing a college is an important (and sometimes scary) decision to make. We want to make that decision a lot less scary and make sure you have the best visit possible!

If you are interested in signing up for the shadowing program, you can click here (http://bit NULL.ly/13eZfVu) to submit your request.

If you are interested in other types of visits (including our Open House on April 12, 2014), click here (http://bit NULL.ly/UniJ4Y)!

2014: 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, 2014 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).