Welcome, University of the Arts Students

We are here for you.

Whether you're just getting started, are in your first year or your last, we can help create a pathway to degree completion.

With areas of study in architecture, business, design, engineering, fashion and textiles, health, science and social science, our professional education programs enable you to earn your degree in an interactive environment. At Jefferson, you will gain real-world experience and connections that prepare you to lead in your field of study.

Thomas Jefferson University and the University of the Arts have a shared history dating back nearly 150 years. Both were established as part of the Pennsylvania Museum and School of Industrial Art, which was founded soon after the 1876 Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia. The textiles department of that school broke off into the Philadelphia Textile School, later known as Philadelphia University and merged with Thomas Jefferson University in 2017. The rest of the original school became the University of the Arts, while the museum became the Philadelphia Museum of Art.


Join the nearly 20% of undergraduates who are transfer students at Jefferson. 


More than 95% of our undergraduate students and more than 65% of our graduate students receive financial assistance.


Undergraduates are employed, enrolled in a graduate program or completing military service.

Four Students in a Lounge

Undergraduate Admissions

For questions about enrolling in an undergraduate program, please contact:

First-Year Admissions
John Witherington
Director, First-Year & International Admissions

Transfer Admissions
Lauren Deibler
Director, Transfer Admissions

Undergraduate students on Jeffersons Center City Campus

Graduate Admissions

For questions about transferring into a graduate program, please contact:

Emily Shown
Associate Director, Graduate Admissions