Redefining Humanly Possible.
At Jefferson, you can dream bigger, think bolder, and create what’s next.
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.
Improving Lives Through Collaboration
Picture an outfit that fixes your posture. We did.
We believe that the best fashion comes from collaboration. That's why we developed the Fashion and Textiles Futures Center, a place where designers can collaborate with engineers, and merchandisers with mathematicians, to build a future as technology-driven as it is fashion-forward.
The result? Alex+, a neck motion tracking device that syncs with magnetic clothing clips to identify when your posture could use an adjustment, and alert you through vibration feedback. When students cross disciplines and fashion meets function, our materials can mean much more. Now, we can all strike a (healthier) pose.
Picture a building designed with algorithms. We did.
Algorithms shape our lives, from how we listen to music to how we work. Now, Professor Jeffrey Kransler wants to test their analytical capabilities on an even bigger scale. Kransler developed a curriculum centered around the overlap between structural and architectural design and challenged his students to develop the rules, codes and relationships that inform both. Today, our architecture students are learning to use problem-solving technologies like parametric modeling to build structures for a sustainable, sound future.
Imagine headphones designed to heal. We did.
Our medical, occupational therapy and industrial design students understand the anxiety patients experience during even the shortest hospital visits; the bleeps, blips and buzzing machines that server as a distracting soundtrack to treatment. So when we asked them to collaborate with a team of design students to improve patient care through next-generation technology, they listened. The solution was a pair of noise-canceling headphones engineered to filter hospital sounds and give patients the peace of mind to get better.
Imagine a Club to Improve Financial Literacy. We did.
Financial literacy is critical for economic independence, regardless of the level of income,” says Dr. Philip Russel, dean of Jefferson’s School of Business. “Yet, it remains at a woefully low level in this country.” A group of finance students set out to change the narrative.
Picture a briefcase that makes more time for family. We did.
The modern commuting bag needed an update, so our students got to work studying the habits of commuters in major metropolitan areas like New York and San Francisco. They discovered that travelers want more from their messenger: they need it to function as a backpack, charching station and a TSA-approved travel bag.
By incorporating a battery, convertible straps that tighten with a single touch and compartments that hold everything from a laptop to lunch, our students built a bag that means business - and gives you more time to enjoy life.
Imagine a cancer treatment managed by a smartphone. We did.
For a cancer patient spending weeks, months or even years in treatment, comfort is crucial. That's why our medical and design students collaborated to find a solution for the long, tiring and uncomfortable hours spent sitting through care. As part of our Medicine + Industrial Design course, they developed an app that works with the treatment chair to give patients more control at a time when things can feel out of their hands.
Imagine printing the irreplaceable. We did.
ENT resident Dominick J. Gadaleta imagined using 3D printing technology to increase efficiency during mandibular reconstruction surgery. Through an interdiscipinary approach, he worked with a team of industrial designers to turn that dream into a reality. Now surgeons are able to reference models of patients' mandibles to custom-fit replacements pre-incision and cut hours of surgery time, and reimagine the potential of print.
Improving Lives Through Research
Jefferson Vaccine Center (JVC)
Under the direction of Dr. Matthias Schnell, the inventor of CoraVax™—was established in 2007 by the Sidney Kimmel Medical College. The mission of the JVC is to strengthen research in vaccinology and therapeutics by establishing a cutting-edge research program in vaccinomics and building a nationally and internationally known center of excellence.
Research at Jefferson
In four years, we have increased our NIH-funding by more than 35 percent; launched internal seed-funding and bridge-funding programs; added staff to reduce investigators’ administrative burden; and markedly expanded research facilities and added leading edge technologies.
Improving Lives for the Future
A 21st Century Education
Built for a future that has yet to be defined, Jefferson is crossing disciplines to bring unrivaled innovation and discovery to higher education. Through boundary-breaking collaboration, research and hands-on, experiential learning, we equip graduates with leadership and analytical skills shaped for an accelerated job market. At Jefferson, we are reshaping education for the 21st century.
Areas of Interest
Our core programs—or Areas of Interest—drive students beyond the traditional limits of academics to inspire change and test just how far we can take what we know.