Study Abroad, No Matter Your Schedule!

Studying abroad can be one of the most transformative experiences in a college career.  But for students who have jam-packed schedules of balancing multiple labs and studio courses, coveted internships, and multiple extracurricular activities, going away for a whole semester doesn’t always seem feasible. At Jefferson, short courses or alternative break trips are great ways to fit studying abroad into any schedule! This week, Connor and Lauren are sharing how they spent their Winter break studying abroad in Costa Rica. 

Studying abroad for an entire semester as a Pre-Med student can be quite difficult and a bit unrealistic. Thankfully, Jefferson provides students like us the opportunity to participate in short courses for credit over Winter break. Costa Rica is one of those options, so of course, we jumped at the opportunity to spend ten days fulfilling our wanderlust…and to escape the cold at home!

The trip consisted of not only six Biology and Pre-Med students, but also six Industrial Design students, as well as a professor from each department. Being able to learn and explore with peers of different majors was one of the highlights of the experience – you don’t typically see students of such different majors learning material that will help with both of their careers! Throughout the ten days, we all became surprisingly close, and not just in proximity with the close quarters  we were in at all times of the day. It was so rewarding to learn more about people that we may have never met without this experience.

This particular short course focused on the topic of biomimicry, which is the process of observing biological processes in nature and conceptualizing them to fit into the built environment. Throughout our trip, we spent a lot of time hiking on trails in both the rainforest and dry forest, observing the varying ecosystems and seeing what different aspects of nature piqued our interest. We identified countless birds and plants and were lucky enough to encounter some  of the classic mammals and reptiles in the area – Capuchin monkeys, the venomous fer de lance snake, an armadillo, iguanas and Ctenosauras, a peccary, and even a sloth!

Using our observations from each of the areas we explored, we spent some time researching how the plants and animals we saw function on a biological level. How do they survive in conditions that threaten their life? How do they thrive in the conditions that they are most adapted to? What are the most extreme conditions in which they can endure before experiencing loss of life? Groups of two Biology/Pre-Med majors and two Industrial Design majors aimed to tackle a topic related to climate change using the newfound knowledge of the environment in which we were observing. Even though our short course is over, we will continue to work in our groups throughout the semester to work on creating submissions for a biomimicry competition.

While field research was our main focus in Costa Rica, we still had plenty of time for fun activities like a day trip to the beach, where we ate lunch and dinner right on the beach, as well as snorkeling, shopping for souvenirs, and eating dinner at a local restaurant to celebrate our time together.

We would definitely go back in a heartbeat and encourage you to take advantage of the study abroad opportunities here, no matter how long you have. It’s always worth it!

 

A Day in the Life of an Architecture Major

Welcome to our new series, A Day in the Life. Every other week, a different student will give a sneak peek into what life is like as a Jefferson student. This week, one of our lead Rambassadors, Adam, will be taking us behind the scenes of a typical day in his life.

Hello! My name is Adam Hoover and I am a fourth year Architecture Major with a Minor in Historic Preservation at Jefferson. My weeks are full of studio work, two-part time jobs, and two extracurricular clubs. So, you can imagine, I am very busy. I invite you into a typical day here at Jefferson!

8:00 am – My morning starts with my Design Studio. This is my favorite class because it is the main course for architecture where you get to be creative and work on really interesting projects. My current project has a small program of 800 sq. ft. but the project focuses on extreme site conditions. Everyone in my studio has unique sites like the Redwood National Park, Joshua Tree National Park, on the Flatiron Mountains in Arizona, etc. My site is in the Florida Everglades. So, I have the design challenge of building in a swamp that must be able to withstand hurricane force winds and water levels. As a fourth year, our design studio is comprehensive, meaning we have to combine our knowledge from our previous major based courses (Structures, Building Technologies, and Visualization) in order to design projects featuring functioning buildings with working structure, plumbing, lighting, HVAC, sustainable technologies and techniques. This studio is probably the most intense course of the 5-year program, but it is also really cool to be able to create buildings that could actually be built!

 

12:00 pm – After studio it is off to our Kanbar Campus Center to grab lunch at Common Thread, our main dining hall on Main Campus. I like to order one of Miss Pat’s famous grain bowls through Common Thread Express which is an online service that allows me to order my lunch 5 minutes before class is over so it is ready for pick up when I get there! My order is always Brown Rice, Chicken, Avocado, Grilled Pineapple, and Mushrooms with Sesame Seeds and an Orange Teriyaki. Mmmmm…

1:00 pm – I have to stop by the bookstore to pick up some cardboard for a site model I have to make for studio. The bookstore offers a wide range of materials and supplies that you may need for projects, so I don’t have to go off campus.

2:00 pm – My next class is Uncovering the Past: Tools, Methods, and Stories. This is one of my minor courses for historic preservation. It is a very different course from your typical class. It focuses on a famous residence that the Jefferson just purchased, the Hassrick House, that was designed by Richard Neutra. For this class, we are creating an archive of all the drawings, photographs and any information we can collect about the house, and building a model of the home to display at an end of the year exhibition.

4:00 pm – back to Kanbar for one of my work-study jobs. I work as a Community Service Coordinator, which means I program on and off campus community service events. One of my projects is an Alternative Spring Break trip for students to spend their Spring Break giving back to the community. This year we are going to Raleigh, North Carolina where we will work with Habitat for Humanity for a week. We will also get to explore Raleigh in the evening.

6:00 pm – After work I head home to make dinner. I live off campus, just a few minutes away in East Falls, with 3 other students that go to Jefferson. We love living in East Falls; it’s close to school, has so many great restaurants like the Trolley Car Café and Slices Pizza, and always has something do.

7:30 pm – I head to studio to work on my design work and any other homework. I honestly enjoy working in studio with all my friends; we have tons of fun and it’s nice to always have someone to ask for a second opinion.

11:00 pm – After a long night in studio its back home to head to bed after an episode or two of Parks and Recreation. I just returned home from a semester long studying in Rome (spoiler alert: it was amazing), and while it is bittersweet to be back, Jefferson really has turned into my home over the past four years. It is so great to be back!

Thank you for following along for a day in my life. Being an Architecture major is challenging, but super rewarding. I feel fortunate to be able to study something I am so passionate about and spend class time working on projects that mimic what I will be doing in the work place one day. Are you interested in studying Architecture, or any of the other majors in our College of Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE)? Come join us for a Visit CABE Day on January 30th, where you can hear directly from our faculty, tour of studios, and meet other prospective students. Sign up today, and I’ll see you there! http://bit.ly/CABEvisitDay

A Day in the Life of a Fashion Design Major

Welcome to our new series, A Day in the Life. Every other week, a different student will give a sneak peek into what life is like as a Jefferson student. This week, one of our very talented Rambassadors, Carly, will be taking us behind the scenes of a typical day in her life.

Hi everyone! My name is Carly McAndrew and I am a junior fashion design major. Junior year is pretty much the thick of it; between all of my classes, clubs and activities, as well as an internship search, I’m always on the go. Stay tuned to find out what a day in my life is like!

8:00 am- My first class is Pattern Development II. This is one of my studios, so most days are spent working on our various projects and collections. Today, we are working on a red evening wear gown for the American Heart Association. The top four dresses are selected to be put in the Macy’s Center City Window!

11:00 am- Next, I have Biology for Design, which is part of the curriculum for the School of Design, Engineering and Commerce. This curriculum brings together majors ranging from Fashion Design to Engineering to Business to collaborate within transdisciplinary learning. This course in particular had us find an environmental issue and look for potential solutions. Since many of my classmates in my group are design majors, as well as Fashion Merchandising and Management, we are analyzing the negative effects of textile dying. I think it’s important to be aware of such a pressing issue within my own industry so that when I work, I can take a more sustainable approach.

12:00 pm- Every Tuesday and Thursday from 12:30pm-2:30pm we have break period, a time where no one has class on campus! Clubs usually meet during break period. I am on the executive board for Fashion Industries Association (FIA), and we put on the annual spring fashion show every year that features all student work from fashion and textile design. It’s the largest student-run fashion show across the nation! Last year, my children’s wear collection made it down the runway! You can check out some footage from last year’s show here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4-a0Hq5L2fo&t=57s

12:30 pm- After the FIA meeting, I usually head over to Common Thread, one of the two dining halls on campus, and grab a grain bowl. My favorite part about Common Thread is that there is an Express app where we can order ahead of time and pick it up on the way to class. This is a life saver on the days I’m in more of a rush. Plus, they’re delicious and one of the healthier options we have on campus!

1:00 pm- Once I’m done eating lunch I head on over to my next studio, and last class of the day: Fashion Design. I love this class, primarily because it’s a great portfolio builder. We do sketchbook work, concept and fabric boards, illustrations and flats, covering the entire design process up to production. The final project is a scholarship project for Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA). The top four are selected to move on to the next round, and mine was one of them! I love how this kind of project is integrated into the curriculum because if not, I would have never known about it. It’s another great resume builder too! This class also helped produce projects that helped me land an internship at Abercrombie and Fitch this coming summer! *Editor’s note: Carly is too humble, but around 10,000 students applied for this internship!* Jefferson has amazing connections with so many recruiters, and our job placement rating of 97% is proof of that. Between the career fair, design expo, and all the on campus interviews we have, there’s so much opportunity!

4:00 pm- My classes are done for the day and around this time I usually had back to my apartment. My roommates and I love to go out to eat and explore the different restaurants around us. One of our favorite places to go is the Couch Tomato in Manayunk, which is only five minutes away. They have the best tomato soup!

6:00 pm- I will try and start my homework around this time. Usually, I head back over to Hayward Hall, where the studios are to continue sewing my red dress!

10:00 pm- Later in the night I have my chapter meeting for my sorority, Theta Phi Alpha. Going to these meetings and seeing all my friends is a nice way to wind down after a busy day. Here we discuss different events for the upcoming week. A popular one we host often during break period is making PB&Js for the homeless! Another one of my favorites is Greek Week which involves different competitions between our two social sororities and two social fraternities on campus.

11:00 pm- After chapter I head back home, and if I’m lucky I’ve already gotten all my homework done. If not, it’s back off to the studio! Even though there can be some late nights working on my collections, I would not change a thing about being a Fashion Design major. Not only have I made some of my best work in those studios, but I’ve also made the best of friends. And now I get to go abroad to Italy with these lovely people, doing what we love! The past three years have been some of the best yet and I can’t wait to see what the last one has in store.

I hope you all enjoyed this glimpse at my life, and hopefully I get to see some of your faces on campus next year!

A Day in the Life of a Textile Materials Technology Major

Welcome to our new series, A Day in the Life. Each week, a different student will give a sneak peek into what life is like as a Jefferson student. This week, we are kicking things off with one our lead Rambassadords, Kellyn!

Hi, my name is Kellyn Kemmerer and I am a senior Textile Materials Technology major here at Jefferson. As a senior involved in clubs, works a part time job, and, of course, has classes, sometime my schedule can be pretty busy, but it’s full of things I love. Follow along with me on a typical day in my life.

8:45am – Get to campus for the day. Head to Kanbar Student Center to get my morning cup of tea before going to class. I love walking on campus in the morning while it’s still quiet and before the craziness of the day has actually started.

 

9:30am – Go to Hallmarks Capstone, my first class of the day. Being in this class, the culmination of all of my General Education core, really means I am officially graduating soon – can’t believe it!

 

10:45am – Quick break before my next class. Usually I like to log on to the @hercampusjefferson Instagram account, which I run, to put up a post for the day. Her Campus is a club focused on writing by college women, for college women. I love being part of something that’s so empowering and fun!

 

11:00am – Next class! Intro to CAD, which is all about learning Photoshop and Illustrator. These are brand new types of art forms to me and it’s neat being able to learn something I never knew before, every single class.

 

12:20pm – Still in class and I’m praying no one can hear my stomach rumbling. Time to log on to Common Thread Express to order my favorite lunch, one of their signature grain bowls, for me to pick up when class is over.

 

12:45pm – Out of class and sprinting to Common Thread so I can pick up my lunch. I love ordering from the Express window, both because the food is great and talking to Ms. Pat, the chef, always brightens up my day.

 

1:00pm – I have a 45 minute break before my next class, so it’s time to eat and study for a possible pop quiz…and probably spend a few minutes procrastinating with Netflix.

1:45pm – Time for Color, Dyeing, and Finishing, my textile chemistry course. This class is typically regarded as the most difficult for my major, but I really enjoy every minute of class. I learn something new each day!

 

3:00pm – Classes over for the day – time to head to the gym. I love having a gym right on campus to use, it makes it way easier to stay motivated to get a workout in a few times a week.

 

4:15pm – Headed home to relax a little, eat an early dinner, and figure out what homework I need to get done.

 

6:00pm – With one of my weave collections due soon, I like to spend some time each day putting some work on my loom. I head back to campus and into studio in Hayward, where I can just put in my headphones and weave. I think it’s even a little relaxing to do this and is a great day to wind down for the night.

8:00pm – Back home for the night and I’m going to work a little bit on my Color, Dyeing, and Finishing Lab Report. Every week we study the science between working with different dyes and fabrics, so I’ll need to do some  research on how the last dye we used functioned.

9:30pm – Time to cozy up, turn on an episode of my favorite show, and relax for a while before going to sleep.

 

10:30pm – My eyes feel heavy and I think it’s time to call it a pretty early night – I’m going to sunrise yoga tomorrow morning, need to make sure I’m not so tired I’ll fall asleep on my mat!

Like what you read? Come see for yourself what a day in the life of YOUR major would be! Sign up to Shadow a Current Student and spend a full day on campus attending classes, meeting current students, and getting a real feel of what your life would be like at Jefferson! http://www.eastfalls.jefferson.edu/undergrad/PlanYourVisit/shadow.html 

My Study Abroad Experience…in China!

At Jefferson, studying abroad is just one way students can experience Nexus Learning: our hands-on, interdisciplinary and collaborative approach to solving real world problems.

For our International Business majors, Nexus Learning takes place not only outside of the classroom, but outside of the country. As an International Business major, you will be challenged, and required, to study abroad in a non-English speaking country to experience a truly global business environment. Leah, a senior International Business major, reflected on her time spending a semester abroad learning and working in China.

It’s one thing when you’re going across the pond to study to Europe, but it’s a whole other thing when it’s across the world, specifically to China. I spent two months in the summer studying in China while I was interning at a local nonprofit organization.

Before I left, I had just come home from spending a semester in Paris. I was happy to be home, but at the same time I was ready to leave again. I love to travel and being an international business student has provided me with so many possibilities that I have been able to take. I spent my time researching and preparing for the many differences I would face going to China. For one, I was trying to get myself ready for the language barrier. When I went to Paris, I had four years of French under my belt from high school. When I went to China, I had nothing. As my date of departure neared, I started to become more nervous about leaving. I didn’t know what I was going to walk into, I didn’t know what was expected of me for my internship, and I had no clue if I would even be able to sit through a 14-hour flight.

When I arrived, the culture shock hit me at first because there were so many changes. I think in my entire time I spent there, I probably went through this exact culture shock twice a week. I never realized how intense the heat was there during the summer days. Immediately, the program I was studying through had us go through orientation. Everything I needed to know to survive in China was given to us. We were also tested to see what level of Chinese we would be placed in. In my program, I had to take two classes. One was a Chinese language class and the other was a career-based class that went with my internship. Majority of my time in China was spent between class, working, and trying to see as much as I could. I was lucky enough with my program that we got two long weekends that we could use for travel.

During my internship I was initially told that I was going to be an accounting intern and help with any legal disputes. This was my first realization that people tend to misstate job descriptions about jobs in China because having a higher career status means everything there. A lot of people want a business internship or want something of a high status. Many of the natives there find a Public Relations internship unappealing because it doesn’t have high status. Because of this, it was shocking when I arrived on day one to be told that I was going to be a Public Relations intern. It didn’t know Chinese when I got there, and I was enrolled in a Chinese 101 class at my university. My bosses helped walk me through my responsibilities and were always available when I needed help. I spent a lot of my time updating their website, rewriting old articles that were unclear, contacted advertisers and companies, worked one on one with their marketing department, and rewrote an entire catalog for them. Even though I was given an internship that I might have not applied for prior to my experience, I was able to learn a lot and now I have a great internship that stands out on my resume.

I was shocked that I was able to learn a little bit of Chinese. We started out slow and learned general phrases that helped us out in our everyday life. This was also the first class that I had ever taken that was completely oral. We professor focused heavily on speaking because she knew that we were immersed within their culture on a day to day basis. She wanted us to feel as welcome and comfortable in a very different society. I didn’t realize how complicated the language was until I felt like a one year old trying to make sounds. I was very fortunate that my internship class was taught in English. I only had this class on certain dates, which I was glad about. This let me have more time to explore the city.

Exploring the city led me to the see the Bund, with its glowing view at night, participate in traditional tea rituals, walk through the historical and magnificent gardens, visit Buddhist temples, go to the Yu Garden, and relax in the exotic and fun nightlife. I found my new love of Ma Po Tofu and Noodle Soup. My first trip was taken with my school and they took us to Beijing. I got to see the Summer Palace, visit the Great Wall, and had dinner at the Emperor’s chef’s house. We went to the night market and Tiananmen square. I learned that the Chinese loved Mao. He was a very inspirational and respected figure in their culture.My second trip took me and my friends to Louyang, where I experienced a more authentic China away from the city. I spent majority of my time at the Longman Grottos and Shaolin Temple. I even saw a Monk! We took an overnight train to Louyang and met a Chinese student on the train, who treated us to a traditional water banquet.

Through my time in China, I was able to experience the rich culture and extremely different way of life. I saw different aspects from traveling to very different cities. I loved getting the chance to go to a part of the world that not many travels to and I wish that any student who is presented with the opportunity to go doesn’t shy away because of the differences. I want them to go and have the great experience that my major had given me the chance to explore.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coming for Open House? Stay the Weekend!

How to Spend Your Weekend in Philadelphia

 It’s officially the week of our first Fall Open House! With hundreds prospective students and their families expected to visit campus this weekend, we are very busy in the office answering many questions, from how to get here, where to stay, and, most importantly, where to eat.

Open House is an amazing opportunity to gain a ton of information about our various program offerings (including presentations from the faculty themselves), tour our campus, win fun prizes, and meet other prospective students. But one of the most important aspects of the weekend is seeing how you can embrace the city of Philadelphia as an extension of your campus! Make some time during your weekend visit to campus to explore the City of Brotherly Love and the culture that will surround you if you choose to be a Jefferson Ram. Here are some of the fun things ideas to get you started:

  1. Grab a Cheesesteak.

    I mean…duh, right? Here in Philly, we pride ourselves on being able to serve the country’s best cheesesteaks. You may have heard of the famous competition for best cheesesteak between Pat’s and Geno’s but here’s a little secret: Dalessandro’s is the real winner, which just happens to be 5 minutes away from our campus.
    2. Enjoy beautiful art at many of Philadelphia’s art museums.After touring our own mini museum of student work in Hayward Hall, you will definitely be inspired to check out some artwork in Philadelphia. Be sure to check out the Art Museum (Jefferson University students get in free), the Franklin Institute, the Rodin Museum, and all the other museums Philadelphia has to offer. Don’t be surprised if when you go to the Museum of Art you see many people running up the stairs – this is where Rocky Balboa finishes his famous run!

3. Explore East Falls, our hometown.

Our campus is located just on the outskirts of Center City Philadelphia, in our hometown East Falls. Located along the Schuylkill (sku-kill) River and dreamy Kelly Drive, our neighborhood is full of history. What started as an “industrial community known for textile mills and catfish dinners” has turned into the perfect spot for businesses, coffee shops, restaurants, and more! Be sure to explore all of the offerings of East Falls. Our students’ favorite? Vault & Vine: a coffee shop and floral retail studio in one. While you enjoy some of the city’s best coffee, you sit among gorgeous arrangements of succulents and support local and sustainable brands.

4. Explore Manayunk, our charming neighboring college town.

Just 10 minutes from our East Falls campus lies Manayunk, a Philadelphia neighborhood that prides itself for having an “urban experience, small town charm.” Stroll along Main Street and stop into the eclectic boutiques, cozy coffee shops, and try some of the amazing food. Our top recommendations? Lucky’s Last Chance (for the pierogi burger), Winnie’s (for brunch), Insomnia Cookies (for those warm cookies delivered right to your door), and Couch Tomato (for seasonal pizza, sandwiches, and salads).

5. Experience Wawa.

For those of you asking “what’s a Wawa?”: 1. I am truly sorry. 2. Prepare for the best coffee and hoagies you could ever ask for. We are lucky enough to have 2 Wawa’s within about a 10 mile radius of our campus. Be sure to treat yourself to a coffee before our early start Saturday!

6. Get into the fall spirit by attending a local harvest festival.

With weather expected to be sunny and in the low 60’s, it will officially feel like fall! While our Ravenhill campus will be a source of great fall footage for your Instagram, there will be many activities around Philadelphia if you are searching for more events to get you into the autumn spirit. Check out some of our favorite places nearby, including Linvilla Orchards, Shady Book Farms, and Reading Terminal Market. Best part? Most of these attractions are free!

7. Explore the historical areas.

Philadelphia is one of the most historic cities in our country; after all, it is the birthplace of the United States! Spend some of your weekend learning about the history of the City of Brotherly Love by visiting the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, National Museum of Jewish History, the Betsy Ross House, the National Constitution Center, or The African American Museum.

8. Get Outside!

Philadelphia in the fall is breathtakingly gorgeous, so spend some time outside and take it all in! There is an entrance to Wissahickon Trail right on the corner of our campus. This is a popular hiking spot in the area and you’ll be in great company with the many runners and cyclists that use this recreational area.

9. Ask us for suggestions!

Here in East Falls, we pride ourselves on having the luxury of learning on a park-like campus but having a Philadelphia zip code and our Center City campus just 15 minutes away. During your visit, ask our students what they like to do on the weekend to make Philadelphia feel like home. And if you find your new favorite spot, don’t forget to share it with us!

We can’t wait to see you on campus this weekend for our first fall Open House. Sign up now: http://www.philau.edu/undergrad/PlanYourVisit/openhouse.html. Can’t make it this Saturday? We hope to see you at our November 10th Open House instead, or follow along on our Instagram for full coverage @jeffersonadmissions.

How to Ace Your Campus Tour

By: Lauren Mellott

I’m thinking of a word. This word characterizes ambitions and goals, a campus tour, and even an entire college career. Clothed in wishes and dreams, desires and needs, this word is… YOU! When it comes to your college decision, it’s all about you. For the next four, five, six, seven, eight, however many years your educational goals require, it is all about you. Your happiness and success, as well as your struggles and failures. When it comes to picking a college, the decision is yours, as a student; and the only way to truly be sure that you have found the right place is to go on a tour and feel like a student for a day.

When I was a prospective student, I was so overwhelmed with the amount of I information received, whether it was snail mail, through email, and even over the phone. With so many options, it can be so difficult to feel like you are actually making the right decision, which is why a campus tour is so important. Receiving information on the internet or through a brochure may give you the information you need, but a campus tour gives you a behind the scenes look of things you cannot experience until you step on campus, things like the culture, diversity, and personality.

I have given hundreds of tours over these past four years, so I consider myself a bit of an expert on how to get the most out of your campus tour. Here are some of the ways you can make sure you have the best experience and leave knowing much more about Jefferson.

Before you come for tour, think about the things that are most important to you in a college. Is it the food? Is it the facilities? Is it being able to walk instead of drive from your dorm to your classroom? On tour, we’re going to show you everything – dining halls, classrooms, residence halls, studios, athletic facilities, and, believe it or not, more; and we don’t expect you to remember it all. But pay close attention to those factors that you find most important and take note.

Pay attention to what your tour guide is saying. I know, it seems pretty obvious. But sometimes, it is the littlest story that may spark your interest or connect with you. We are students, just like you will be, and were in your shoes a short while ago. We know what emotions you may be feeling, and are trying to cater the tour to your unique interests. You and your family have traveled to see what Jefferson is all about, so take the time to really hear what your student tour guide is saying. This is your time and your visit, and paying attention is only going to be beneficial to the amount of useful information you remember when it comes time to make your decision.

If something a tour guide says doesn’t make sense, don’t be afraid to ask them to clarify! What makes sense to a current student may not make sense to you – it doesn’t mean that you don’t belong on campus. You just haven’t learned the antics that makes us uniquely Jefferson yet. Asking questions is another way to get the most out of your tour. Remember those things I asked you to think about? The things that are most important to you? If they’re not covered on tour, don’t be afraid to ask! This day is all about you and what you need to make an informed decision, so take advantage of that and use your time wisely!

Not only should you ask questions, but try to be okay with your parents asking questions. I know, I know – they’re SO embarrassing, but they also know a thing or two about going to college, living independently, or about you as a person. They have known you since they day you were born (which my mom likes to remind me of quite frequently) and often have a good sense of where you’ll thrive. Let them ask questions because this is just as exciting and sometimes overwhelming for them as it is for you. They ultimately want what’s best for you, and while you’re thinking of all the fun events there are to attend on and off campus, they’re thinking of how safe you’ll be walking home from the library or studio late at night (thanks, mom J).

When it comes to a campus tour, you hold the reigns. What you want to see, do, and experience is up to you. Our tour guides are here for you, so take advantage of the knowledge they hold as a student at Jefferson, and do all you can to find the best fit for you. See you soon!

Counselor Corner – Applying to Jefferson

Counselor Corner – Applying to Jefferson

Fact vs. Fiction

With Labor Day and heat waves (hopefully) behind us, the Admissions office at Jefferson is ready to move into the 2018-2019 school year at full force. For you Seniors out there, we know the start of your year means the start of application season, with many hours of your once “free time” now dedicated to crafting the perfect essay, tracking down your favorite teachers for letters of recommendation, and touring campuses to decide where you will apply. Throughout the college application process, Jefferson Admissions Counselors will be sharing some helpful information about all things college in our Counselors’ Corner series. We’re here to provide behind the scenes advice on how you can make yourself a strong applicant.

For our first tip in Counselors’ Corner, we will be distinguishing between the biggest facts and fictions we hear from students as they apply to Jefferson. How many can you guess correctly?


1. If I use the Jefferson Application instead of the Common Application, it will increase my chances of becoming admitted.

Fiction. We do not have a preference for which type application you choose to submit. Simply use whichever application you find to be more efficient. If you are applying to other schools on the Common Application, feel free to use it for us as well.

2. I’ll be eligible for a higher merit scholarship if I apply by the Early Action deadline.

Fiction. We will review all eligible applicants for the same merit award opportunities regardless of if they apply by the early action or regular decision deadline. Additionally, all applicants are automatically considered for merit scholarship; there is no additional form or application to fill out. Keep in mind there are other benefits to applying by the Early Action deadline. Check those out on our Apply page.

3. Visiting campus can be an important step of the application process.

Fact. Visiting campus can really help you get a feel for what type of college experience you are looking for. Do you see yourself in big classes or small classes? Are you more excited about an urban campus or a cozy, tranquil setting? We have a variety of exciting events throughout the fall and spring that will help you move one step closer to uncovering what’s important to you in a college. So come visit campus and get to know Jefferson! Oh, and did I mention if you visit campus you’ll receive a $40 application fee waiver?

4. I’m just a “number” to my admissions counselor.

Fiction. Your admissions counselor is your first point of contact for all things Jefferson. We care about making the application process an easy and even fun one. We are so excited to get to know you as we help you navigate this monumental step. Your assigned admissions counselor will read every part of your application and can be your biggest advocate. Be sure you are making a relationship with us!

5. If several students from my high school are applying to Jefferson, I have a lower chance of being admitted.

Fiction. We review students for admissibility based on their academic history and perceived ability to contribute to the Jefferson community. It’s great if some of your classmates want to apply to Jefferson! But it won’t impact your personal admissions decision.

6. My admissions counselor won’t actually read my essay.

Fiction. Use your essay as an opportunity to tell us a little bit more about you. Is there an activity on your application you’d love to expand on? Great. Is there something unique about your background that you’d love to share? Perfect. Please use your essay section thoughtfully—learning about who you are as a student and as a member of our community is one of our favorite parts of the job!

7. The most important advocate you can have throughout the application process is yourself.

Fact. We totally get that applying to college can seem confusing and even a little daunting. That’s why we encourage you to reach out with any concerns that you have—we thoroughly believe that there is no such thing as a silly question! Building a strong relationship with your admissions counselor will help us get to know you. In addition, the better we know you, the better we are equipped to assist you on your college journey.

The most important thing to remember as you navigate this process the next few months is that you are in the driver’s seat. You decide where you will visit. You decide where you will apply. And ultimately, you decide where you will attend. Our admissions office is here to assist you throughout the process, from answering questions about your intended major to filling out your application to greeting you on campus at our many events. Come meet us on campus at one of our upcoming information sessions and be sure to follow us on our social media to stay up to date on deadlines and what’s happening on campus!

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Jefferson Soars in Latest U.S. News Rankings

Breaking News:

We just took “redefining humanly possible” to a whole new level. On September 10th, U.S. News & World Report released their 2019 Best Colleges Rankings, and Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) was named #15 in Best Regional Universities (North), up from a #64 spot last year. It doesn’t stop there. We were also recognized as #5 most innovative and #30 best value colleges. Innovation and return on investment are the heartbeat of our institution, and these rankings solidify what we had already known was true: Jefferson is the future of higher education.

Our president, Stephen K. Klasko, MD, MBA, explains: “When we made the decision to Thomas Jefferson University and Philadelphia University, we set out to be transformational in our approach to teaching and learning…. Today’s news is further validation that we made the right choice, at the right time, to merge our strengths and advance a new model of higher education infused with creativity across disciplines for the benefit of our students, families, alumni, faculty and staff.”

The energy on Jefferson’s campuses is palpable, whether it is in the simulation labs for our health science majors, late nights in the studio for our design students, or simply on the grassy quad during a Campus Involvement Fair. At Jefferson, each day brings a new challenge and a new opportunity for our students to combine their unique skills in order to present a solution. The University’s proven approach to collaborative, hands-on, professional education prepares our graduates to be innovative and effective in the workplace, and have jobs waiting for them when they graduate.

To read the entire list of rankings, click here. To see the #5 most innovative school for yourself, sign up for a visit today!