About Jefferson


Jefferson is rewriting the rules and resetting the odds. We are changing higher education to provide our students with unparalleled value. Jefferson is a model professional university born out of a unique merger of Philadelphia University and Thomas Jefferson University. Through our distinctive and award-winning 21st-century curriculum, we are preparing students with the skills they need to succeed and lead now and in the future of work. At Jefferson, we are helping you to redefine what’s humanly possible.


Our History

From Jefferson Medical College to Sidney Kimmel Medical College, and Philadelphia Textile School to Philadelphia University – we have a rich legacy. In fact, through unifying two widely acclaimed and highly honored legacies of innovation, education, research and professional excellence we’ve surpassed 300 years of combined history.

Thomas Jefferson University was founded in 1824 as Jefferson Medical College, and Philadelphia University was founded in 1884 as the Philadelphia Textile School. Both were ahead of their time and focused on the importance of experiential learning. The new Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) was established on July 1, 2017 as a result of the merger of our two respected universities.

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The Future Class Is Here

At Jefferson, our students cross-disciplines to discover new possibilities, and work with an expert staff that know just what it takes to break the mold. By combining two Universities forged from excellence, we’re propelled into a new era of education—one where we redefine what exists, and all that can be.

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Where Inspiration & Action Meet

Our campus locations span the Philadelphia area, from bustling Center City to scenic East Falls, and reach the suburbs of Montgomery, Bucks and Delaware Counties, and New Jersey.

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Community & Civic Engagement

The Office of Community Service Learning is committed to connecting student volunteers with community partners, hosting service-learning days and fundraising events, and helping every student help those less fortunate.



Our president, provost and administrative team are born leaders. Outside of their work guiding and supporting the Jefferson student body and staff, they are experts in the fields of innovation, education, healthcare, finance and global initiatives.