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Colleges and Universities
Founded in 1740 by Benjamin Franklin himself, The University of Pennsylvania
( builds on a proud tradition of translating knowledge into social-minded action. The school is consistently ranked among the top 10 universities in the country, and boasts one of the most diverse student bodies in the Ivy League, with 100 countries and every U.S. state represented.
Temple University ( has been named one of the Top 25 Colleges for Entrepreneurship by Entrepreneur magazine and The Princeton Review. The Fox School of Business at Temple University is home to an Innovation and Entrepreneurship Institute, where students are encouraged to turn their creative ideas into viable companies.
If excellence in research is what you value in a higher-education institution, look no farther than Drexel University ( The university’s traditional strengths in engineering, biotechnology, basic science, information science and business are complemented with a focus on medical and health-sciences research. Known for its “co-op” program, Drexel offers real-world experience for students in all disciplines. Drexel’s faculty and students are working to help the nation upgrade its transportation infrastructure and improve medical care while reducing costs.
Philadelphia is home to the first school of pharmacy in North America – the University of the Sciences in West Philadelphia. Founded in 1821 as the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, USciences has grown to more than 30 degree-granting programs from bachelors through doctoral degrees in the health sciences, bench sciences, and healthcare business and policy fields. Founders of six of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies graduated from this prestigious Philadelphia institution.
Another renowned institution in the city is the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (, which for more than a century has trained physicians, health practitioners and behavioral scientists to practice a “whole person” approach that focuses on people rather than symptoms.
Rutgers University’s ( main campus, in New Brunswick, NJ, is about an hour’s drive from Philadelphia, but the university also has a satellite location in Camden. Students at Rutgers benefit from more than 200 years of excellence in research.
Throughout Greater Philadelphia, community colleges excel in meeting the needs of students of many different ages – those just graduated from high school, career-changers, returning students and those aiming to sharpen job and professional skills.
Salem Community College ( in Salem County, NJ, is an excellent example of a school that meets the needs of its community. It has a history of partnering with industries and other employers to meet their workforce needs. The college’s Nuclear Energy Technology program sprang from the needs of PSEG
Nuclear, which foresaw the need for more qualified employees.
The Delaware Technical Community College (dtcc. edu) is particularly focused on educating students
for in-demand health sciences positions. Through its Center for Industry Research & Workforce Alignment, the college works to stay at the forefront of how educa- tional institutions can meet the needs of employers.
At the Community College of Philadelphia (, students can work towards careers in design, architecture, transportation, computer science, cybersecurity and many other growing fields.
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middle and high schools to meet every interest and need. In addition to notable boarding schools such as The Hill School, Springside Chestnut Hill Academy, the Weston School, and The George School are many institutions for students ages 4 to 18.
Here is a closer look at only a few:
The William Penn Charter School (penncharter.
com) was founded in 1689, and has been in continuous operation ever since. The school’s Quaker roots have endowed it with an emphasis on nurturing students’ moral character and passion for civic engagement. The school is coeducational and serves students from pre-kindergarten through grade 12.
Bishop Eustace Preparatory School (
in Pennsauken, NJ, is a private, four-year, coeduca- tional school that prepares students to realize their unique potential by fostering self-discipline, integrity, cooperation and responsibility, enabling students to become productive citizens in a diverse, challenging and evolving world.
A boys-only Jesuit institution for grades 9 through
12, St. Joseph’s Preparatory School ( aims to transform its students into leaders in business, education, law and politics. The school was founded in Philadelphia in 1851, and has stayed true to its urban location. Beyond academic excellence, The Prep — as the school is also known — expects its students to be committed to the service of faith and the promotion of justice.
Girard College ( is a five-day boarding school for grades 1 through 12. Its endowment comes from the fortune of French immigrant Stephen Girard, who directed the city to use his gift to build a school for poor, orphaned or fatherless boys. Today, both boys and girls benefit from the school’s college preparatory curriculum.
Salesianum School ( in Wilmington, Del., has been educating young men since 1903. Students are encouraged not just to strive for academic excellence, but also to model their lives on the exam- ples of Jesus and St. Francis de Sales.
Also Notable:
• Friends Select School ( • Tatnall School (
• TowerHillSchool(
• Wilmington Friends (
a leader in life sciences, R&D, healthcare and medical “firsts” Greater Philadelphia is home to some of the country’s most highly ranked, innovative providers.
There is no shortage of excellent medical care across northern Delaware, southern New Jersey and southeastern Pennsylvania, with Virtua, Jefferson Health, the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and Temple University Health System among our excellent
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West Chester University ( University of the Arts ( Curtis Institute of Music (
Unbeatable K-12 Education Options Greater Philadelphia offers families seeking a top-quality education more
than a thousand options — from highly ranked, award-winning public school districts, to private boarding schools, including STEM academies that offer international baccalaureate degrees for high school students.
The School District of Philadelphia (phila.k12., one of the largest in the nation with 130,000 stu- dents, is home to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s highest-ranked high school based on SAT scores – The Julia R. Masterman Laboratory and Demonstration School (, which prides itself on challenging academically talented students in grades 5-12 with advanced study requirements. The historic Central High School and Girls High are also among the top-performing high schools in the city and region.
Philadelphia’s groundbreaking High School for the Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA) is producing the next generation of creative thinkers, designers and performers, and is best known for producing Grammy- winning R&B group Boyz II Men.
The Charter School of Wilmington (charterschool. org) and Cab Calloway School of the Arts (cabcalloway- both located in New Castle County, DE, are the top-ranked schools in the First State.
Thanks to outstanding schools like Cherry Hill
High School East in Camden County, Gloucester County Institute Of Technology in Sewell, and Princeton High School in Mercer County, Education Week has repeatedly cited New Jersey public schools second-best in the nation for student achievement.
FUN FACT: Based on U.S. News & World Report’s rankings, 34 of the top 50 high schools in Pennsylvania are in the five-county region of southeastern Pennsylvania.
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