Thomas Jefferson University

Academic Outreach Programs

Jefferson’s academic outreach initiatives inspire and prepare middle school, high school, and college students to pursue careers in STEM, healthcare, and design.

Launched in 2014 with a focus on science and health professions, the programs have grown to include architecture, landscape design, textile design, fashion, and more following the merger of Philadelphia University and Thomas Jefferson University.

Central to the mission of these programs is expanding opportunities for students from diverse, first-generation, and historically marginalized communities to explore their interests and prepare for their futures.

Visit the links on this page to learn more about participating in or supporting academic outreach and pipeline programs at Jefferson.

Jefferson Pipeline Programs

Jefferson is an Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) organization.


Undergraduate students pursuing careers in medicine or rehabilitation sciences (excercise science, physical therapy, occupational therapy, athletic training, and speech pathology) can learn how to become more competitive applicants for graduate programs through a Jefferson STEP-UP.  

Jefferson offers a variety of summer learning opportunities for high school students as well as a school-year program for aspiring health professionals. These programs help students explore the worlds of science, healthcare, architecture, design, and fashion to learn where their passions can take them.

Saturday Academy, a program for 7th and 8th graders, engages students in hands-on activities to encourage their curiosity and nurture their interest in STEM fields. 


Volunteer with Academic Outreach

Are you a member of the Jefferson community who would like to volunteer with academic outreach?

Initiatives like the Future Health Professionals Program for high school students and Saturday STEM Academy for middle school students rely on a dedicated group of faculty, students, and staff to teach and mentor participants, and to deliver programming. Apply to become a volunteer using the link at right.


Students in Jefferson's graduate and professional degree programs can also apply to join the student advisory board for Academic Outreach. This is an excellent leadership and service opportunity. The board helps plan and implement the Future Health Professionals Program (FHPP), a 16-session afterschool program for high school students interested in healthcare careers, and Saturday Academy, a six-session STEM enrichment program for 7th and 8th graders. Use the link at right to learn more and apply. Application deadline:  Friday, July 29, 2022

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Jefferson is an Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) organization.