Admissions Requirements

Below you will find a brief overview of requirements and materials needed to complete the application process. For more detailed information or to begin an application, click here.

The application process can seem daunting. If you have questions at any time, be sure to reach out to your assigned admissions counselor; they are always one of the best resources you have to provide you with reminders and important information. 

First-Year Students

To be considered for admission, high school seniors and other first-year applicants must submit:

  • Application for admissions
  • Letter of Recommendation. An academic recommendation form is available to download by clicking here.
  • Official High School Transcripts
  • Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or the American College Test (ACT). Our SAT code is 2666 and the ACT code is 3668.
  • Required academic or college preparatory courses:
    • Four English, three Mathematics (including Algebra II and Geometry), three History and Social Science, two Laboratory Science, and three elective courses.
  • Essay of at least 250 words. Please choose from one of the essay prompts below.

Freshmen Essay Prompts (please note specific essay prompts for OT and PA applicants below):

1. Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.

2. The lessons we take from obstacles we encounter can be fundamental to later success. Recount a time when you faced a challenge, setback, or failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?

3. Reflect on a time when you questioned or challenged a belief or idea. What prompted your thinking? What was the outcome?

4. Describe a problem you've solved or a problem you'd like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma - anything that is of personal importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution. 

5. Discuss an accomplishment or event, formal or realization that sparked a period of personal growth and a new understanding of yourself or others.

6. Describe a topic, idea, or concept you find so engaging that it makes you lose all track of time. Whay does it captivate you? What or who do you turn to when you want to learn more?

7. Share an essay on any topic of your choice. It can be one you've already written, one that responds to a different prompt, or one of your own design.


Health Sciences/Occupational Therapy and Psychology/Occupational Therapy Applicants Essay Prompt:

Please submit an essay of at least 250 words discussing your motivation for wanting to be an Occupational Therapist (OT) and attributes you have that make you well suited for the OT profession. Limit to one page.

Physician’s Assistant Applicants Essay Prompt:

Please submit an essay of at least 250 words discussing your motivation for wanting to be a Physician Assistant (PA) and attributes you have that make you well suited for the PA profession. Limit to one page.

Physician Assistant applicants must also submit three letters of recommendation and complete an application supplement that can be found by clicking here.

Transfer Students

To be considered for admission to Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University), transfer applicants must submit:

  • $40 non-refundable application fee
  • Official high school transcript(s) (only needed if you have less than 30 college credits earned
  • SAT and/or ACT scores (only needed if you have less than 30 college credits earned)
  • Letter of recommendation from a teacher or counselor who can speak to your academic preparation and college readiness. An academic recommendation form is available to download by clicking here.
  • Transcripts for all previous college work 
  • Essay (250 - 650 words)

Transfer Essay Prompt:

Please provide a statement that addresses your reasons for transferring and the objectives you hope to achieve.

Note: Students applying for transfer to Architecture or Fashion Design must submit a portfolio.