The Secret: Get Involved

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Involvement Fair

 

It’s been a very busy week on campus for new students. Getting moved in, settling in, meeting your fellow classmates, finding your classes, and many other new experiences. It can be a lot.

Hopefully, as you start getting used to your routine, you also begin to feel more at ease. Believe me – this will feel like home very soon.

With anything in life – what you put in, is what you get out. You get to choose. I suggest you pay attention to what you put in. Take that step and you won’t regret it.

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Men’s Club Lacrosse

 

One way – possibly the biggest way – of acclimating to PhilaU, is getting involved. Get involved. In something. In anything. If you attended the Involvement Fair today, you saw there are many, many clubs and organizations you can join.

Do you like to play sports? Check. Do you like to act? Check. Do you like to do community service? Check. If you have an idea for a club – start one. Go see the good folks in Student Activities. (http://www NULL.philau NULL.edu/studentengagement/)

 

 

 

 

 

Move-in day is approaching. What to bring:

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Believe me, we are not trying to rush summer along, but we just wanted to make sure you had a little help with making those decisions about what to bring to PhilaU.

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 are stores nearby and there is always Amazon. :)

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
  • 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)
    • Under-the-bed storage bins
    • Pop-up laundry hamper and laundry supplies (Hello, Tide To Go!)
    • Plug-in style air freshener

You might want…

  • “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
  • 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
  • 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

Plan Your Summer Visit to PhilaU

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For many, summer is a time to slow down a bit, get outside a little more, maybe take a family vacation. Though, somehow, those slower days seem to fly by.

Before we’re are looking back on Summer 2016, take some time today to make your plans to visit Philadelphia University. There are definitely less people on campus, but it will give you the opportunity to get a great look of our beautiful location and learn more PhilaU and the admissions process.

We offer tours Monday through Friday at 9:30 am and 1:00 pm and also a couple of Saturdays (July 23 and August 27).

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We are still accepting applications for Fall 2016

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philauAlthough 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!

May 1st has passed

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As you may know, traditionally, May 1st is Decision Day for many colleges.

philauAt Philadelphia University, we have what is called rolling admissions. Meaning, we accept deposits after May 1st,  as well as continue to accept applications for the incoming semester.

While this can be very helpful to those who have not made a decision, we do want to encourage you to make your deposit, if accepted, as soon as possible to reserve your spot and any financial aid you may have received. The resident student deposit is $550 and the commuter student deposit is $300.

We also suggest you apply as soon as possible, as spaces can fill.

To deposit to PhilaU, please visit your WebAdvisor Account
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o apply to PhilaU, please visit our website (http://www NULL.philau NULL.edu/undergrad/Apply/index NULL.html)

If you have any questions, please feel free to call the Office of Admissions at 215.951.2800.

How to Read your Financial Aid Packet from Philadelphia University

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When comparing financial aid packages from different schools, you need to make sure you understand just what it is you are looking at. Not all packages are the same and it can be difficult to compare “apples to apples” without some knowledge of Financial Aid. 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 NULL.adobeconnect NULL.com/_a825389009/p7acr5il6nw/?launcher=false&fcsContent=true&pbMode=normal).

Would you like some one-on-one time to review your financial aid package with a counselor?  Feel free to give us a call at 800-951-7287 and ask to speak with your Admissions Counselor. The more you know, the better you can understand financial aid.

 

Are you coming to the April 16th Open House?

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Join us on campus, Saturday, April 16th for PhilaU’s Spring Open House.WhiteCornersSpring16Small

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.

Register Now for Open House (http://bit NULL.ly/OHSP16)

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.

Accepted Students: Shadow a current student!

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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 February-April, 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 16, 2016), click here (http://bit NULL.ly/UniJ4Y)!

You can now file your FAFSA

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

Philadelphia University is offering an early FAFSA filer incentive.  If you file your FAFSA by March 1, 2016 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). If you have any questions about filing the FAFSA, please email FinancialAid@philau.edu (financialaid null@null philau NULL.edu).