Welcome to Philadelphia University!

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You’ve made it! We invite you to take a moment and appreciate how far you’ve come…both incoming students and your families. What an accomplishment! August 20, 2015 marks Philadelphia University’s 131st convocation ceremony for our incoming class. Take it all in. There will be excitement, nervousness and an energy that encompasses campus like no other day during the year. A new beginning for both our new students and their families.

Enjoy the moment, you’ve all done well. We wish everyone the best for what’s ahead.

What to pack for PhilaU…

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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 600 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 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

REMINDER: Summer To Do List

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Attention all incoming Fall 2015 students: Below is a list of reminders of items you need to do prior to arrival.

Due Dates and Reminders

Things you should have already done:

June 1st – Deadline to complete Math Questionnaire and Writing Placement online (via WebAdvisor (https://wa NULL.philau NULL.edu/))
June 8th – Summer Orientation registration due (via WebAdvisor (https://wa NULL.philau NULL.edu/))
June 26th – 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.)

Things you still need to do:

July 17th – 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 Financial Aid 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 Financial Aid or bills, you must complete this release form.
September 11th – Deadline to complete waivers for health insurance and tuition insurance (optional)

Still have more questions?  Please call the Office of Admissions at 215.951.2800 and ask to speak with your admissions counselor.

 

 

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 2015-2016 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 2015-2016 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 2015

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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 1, 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 26, and the deadline to select your roommate is July 17.
  • 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 2015-2016, 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 24 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 24!
  • 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/UgradStudentAcademicPandP/index.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.

New Student Orientation (NSO)

  • Do we stay overnight at NSO?
    • 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 NSO?
    • 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 NSO 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 NSO?
    • 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 NSO?
    • No, this will be a random assignment for one night.
  • What do I need to bring to NSO?
    • 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 NSO 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 1 – Deadline to complete Math Questionnaire and Writing Placement online (via WebAdvisor)
  • June 8 – Summer Orientation registration due (via WebAdvisor)
  • June 26 – Housing 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 17 – Roommate selection deadline
  • July 31 – Fall 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 11 – Deadline to complete waivers for health insurance and tuition insurance (optional)

 

 

PhilaU has a rolling admission policy…that means we are still accepting applications for Fall 2015

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Although May 1st has come and gone, that does not mean it is too late to apply (or deposit) to Philadelphia University. Since we operate on a rolling admission policy, we will accept applications (with the exception of Physician Assistant) until the programs are filled.

Click here (http://www NULL.philau NULL.edu/undergrad/Apply/index NULL.html) to apply now to Philadelphia University!

PhilaU’s Job Placement Rate is 95% for 2014 graduates

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The investment in a PhilaU education is clear: 95 percent of recent graduates have jobs in their disciplines or have been accepted to graduate school. This is very good news for our students, future students and the PhilaU Community. From faculty to staff, alumni to corporate connections, our results are a collaborative achievement.

That collaborative nature starts before incoming students step a foot on campus.

In the next few weeks, many students across the country will be making decisions about where they will attend college. In addition to important questions about academic programs, co-curricular activities and graduates’ career success, many students and their families will be considering the cost of college and how to best meet these expenses.

Philadelphia University Financial Aid Director, Lisa Cooper, has been helping students and families at PhilaU navigate the financial aid process since joining the University in 1987. “Financial aid is an integral part of the University admissions process,” she said. “We work with students and families to explore all options available to help make a PhilaU education possible.”

To read Lisa Cooper’s interview about helping families afford a PhilaU education and pave a way to career success, click here. (http://wordpress NULL.philau NULL.edu/today/2015/04/13/financial-aid-at-philau-paving-the-way-to-career-success/)

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:

http://philau.adobeconnect.com/p5d89w0ha1e/ (http://philau NULL.adobeconnect NULL.com/p5d89w0ha1e/)

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://philau.edu.185r.net/Event/page2.php?e=17. (http://redir NULL.targetx NULL.com/cgi-bin/email/redir NULL.cgi?id=0001250637-156339988 NULL.)

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

 

Are you coming to the April 18th Open House?

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Join us on campus, Saturday, April 18th for PhilaU’s Spring Open House.

Juniors – this is a great time to get a head-start look at what the college has to offer.
Seniors – come see us to make your final decision. You can even pay your deposit that day.

Talk with faculty, current students, coaches, and staff. Tour campus and get a taste of PhilaU food.

To register, visit: http://bit.ly/OpenHouse415 (http://bit NULL.ly/OpenHouse415)

PhilaU’s Accepted Student Days and Special Visit Opportunities

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Visit Philadelphia University this spring for one of our special visit opportunities. We have several accepted student days, discover day and our Open House.   You can register below.

Science and Health Accepted Student Day – February 28, 2015 (https://philau NULL.edu NULL.185r NULL.net/Event/page2 NULL.php?e=28)
(This event is for students accepted into the Science and Health programs.)

Graphic Design Discovery Day – March 6, 2015 (https://philau NULL.edu NULL.185r NULL.net/Event/page2 NULL.php?e=29)
(This event is for students who are accepted and also those who are interested in learning about the Graphic Design Communication Program.)

Engineering Accepted Student Day – March 7, 2015 (https://philau NULL.edu NULL.185r NULL.net/Event/page2 NULL.php?e=22)
(This event is for students accepted into the Engineering programs.)

College of Architecture and the Built Environment Accepted Student Day – March 7, 2015 (https://philau NULL.edu NULL.185r NULL.net/Event/page2 NULL.php?e=21)
(This event is for students accepted into one of the programs within the College of Architecture and the Built Environment.)

Spring Open House – April 18, 2015 – Register Now (https://philau NULL.edu NULL.185r NULL.net/Event/page2 NULL.php?e=37)
(This event is for all prospective students and their families.)