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Undergraduate Admissions

Classification: Day Division or School of Continuing and Professional Studies

Students are classified as either day division or adult learners (School of Continuing and Professional Studies) for academic advisement and administrative purposes, regardless of timing and delivery methods of the classes.

For information on undergraduate degree programs, contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at 215. 951.2800 or enroll@jefferson.edu; see http://www.eastfalls.jefferson.edu/undergrad/

For information on graduate degree programs, contact the Office of Graduate Admissions at: 215.951.2943 or
gradadm@jefferson.edu; see www.eastfalls.jefferson.edu/graduate.

Day Division Programs

Day division students contact Office of Admissions 215.951.2800 or enroll@jefferson.edu

Students who apply to the University should be seeking a sound and challenging collegiate education, and should have demonstrated an ability to be successful in such a program by secondary school or prior college/university performance and preparation. Each student is reviewed individually and evaluated on the basis of educational background, including course preparation and grades earned.

The admissions process includes Early Action (deadline November 1), Regular Decision (deadline March 1), and a December 15th dealdine for selected accelerated dual degree program options (be sure to review specific program application requirements). Students must file a completed application accompanied by a nonrefundable application fee of $40 and the appropriate academic credentials mentioned below. All applicants must complete the requirements for a high school diploma or submit the results of the GED.

Applications received after the regular decision deadline will be reviewed on a space-available basis.

To be considered for admission, freshman applicants must submit official academic credentials with 15 units of secondary school credit and must have taken the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or the American College Test (ACT). Required academic or college preparatory courses are four units of English, three units of Mathematics (including Algebra II and Geometry), three units of History and/or Social Science, two units of Laboratory Science, and three units of elective courses. Freshman applicants must also submit an essay and one recommendation letter. Freshman applicants applying to Architecture or Design programs may submit a portfolio to support their application. The portfolio submission is completely optional.

Home-schooled and prospective students who have been away from high school for several years are also encouraged to apply for admission. Interested applicants should contact the Office of Admissions to discuss application requirements.

Students wishing to transfer must submit official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended as well as an essay and one recommendation letter. If a student has earned less than 30 college credits, an official secondary school record and SAT I or ACT scores are also required. Some transfer students may be required to submit a portfolio for consideration depending on their intended program of interest. For more information regarding the transfer student application process, please contact the Office of Admissions.


Adult learners contact the School of Continuing and Professional Studies at 215-951-2900 or SCPS@Jefferson.edu.

Prospective students for the programs delivered through the School of Continuing and Professional Studies should contact 215-951-2900 or SCPS@Jefferson.edu for program information and application.  The Accelerated Bachelor of Science Degree Completion Program and the Associate Degree in Occupational Therapy Program are designed to accommodate adults who manage professional and personal obligations while studying for their degrees.

Adults who want to earn a Bachelor’s Degree completely online should contact Jefferson Online at 855-865-5565.

The School of Continuing and Professional Studies student body is comprised of adults who are seeking a degree in an accelerated format.  Individuals are returning to higher education to earn degrees, learn new concepts and skills, complete refresher work in a particular field, or prepare for a new career.

Prospective students should refer to the School of Continuing and Professional Studies section of this catalog.


Jefferson welcomes applications from transfer students for enrollment in day or evening programs. See transfer policies in the Academic Policies and Procedures section of the catalog for all related policies.

Transfer students (with the exception of students enrolling in the combined B.S./M.S. Occupational Therapy program*) may be awarded transfer credits applicable to degree requirements provided a “C” or better is earned in the course from an institution with accreditation recognized by Jefferson. 

Transfer students in the day division are expected to complete a minimum of 60 credits at the University with at least 12 credits in upper-division work in their major field and nine credits in the Hallmarks Program. Requirements are different for transfer students in the evening division. Contact the School of Continuing and Professional Studies to learn more.

*Combined B.S./M.S. Occupational Therapy program: This option is designed for students who have no or few college credits (less than 16 credit hours). Students will be awarded transfer credit for no more than half of the non-science graduate prerequisite courses provided a “B-” or better is earned in each course from an institution with accreditation recognized by  Jefferson. Prerequisite courses include Anatomy & Physiology I and II, Lifespan Human Development, Abnormal Psychology, Statistics, one Sociology / Anthropology / Cultural Studies course and Physics (non-calculus based). All three science prerequisite courses must be completed at Jefferson. Transfer credit may be awarded for all other applicable degree requirements provided a  “C” or better is earned in the course from an institution with accreditation recognized by  Jefferson.


The University welcomes applications for admission from qualified international students. 

Academic credentials must include all studies completed to date, marks or examination results, degrees, diplomas and certificates earned. International applicants who have completed their studies outside the United States may be asked to submit a course-by-course evaluation of their academic credentials from an evaluation service accredited through the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). For a full listing of accredited evaluation services, visit www.NACES.org. Documents must be authenticated or certified, and those not written in English must be accompanied by notarized English translations.

All international students are required to provide documentation of proficiency in English at the time an application for full admission eligibility is considered. For more information about English proficiency requirements, visit www.eastfalls.jefferson.edu/international/undergraduate/apply (for undergraduate students) or http://www.eastfalls.jefferson.edu/international/graduate/requirements.html (for graduate students).

Applicants who meet all admissions requirements but lack the required level of English language proficiency may be granted conditional admission. Conditionally admitted students begin their studies in the Bridge Pathways Intensive English Language Program on the  Jefferson East Falls campus. These students must complete a minimum of Level 5 in order to begin their undergraduate or graduate degree program.

After admission is granted and all required documents are received, students who have been fully admitted to Jefferson are eligible to receive a SEVIS I-20 for application for an F-1 student visa. A list of the required documents is available at

For more information on applying for the F-1 Student visa, please visit: www.fmjfee.com. In order to maintain their F-1 status, students must be enrolled full-time at Jefferson.

International students are not eligible for most forms of financial aid and are expected to have a sponsor able to pay tuition and living expenses while the student is enrolled. However, a limited number of international scholarships are awarded to eligible students and may cover a small part of a student’s tuition and fees. A limited number of graduate assistantship can be awarded to eligible graduate students through a competitive application process. For more information, visit https://www.eastfalls.jefferson.edu/financialaid/Graduate/Assistantships.html Additionally, it is recommended that students check with their home country to see if there is any funding available for students who wish to study abroad and that they contact their local banking institutions regarding student loan availability.

Undergraduate Financial Information

Billing questions? Contact Student Accounts Office 215.951.5988, studentaccounts@PhilaU.edu.
For more information, go to


See https://www.jefferson.edu/tuition-and-financial-aid/tuition-information.html for information on tuition, health insurance and fees, as well as campus housing and meal plan costs. Please note that you should consult your academic department to determine whether or not the academic  year for  your program includes additional (e.g. summer) terms. You may be responsible for additional tuition and fees.


After receiving a letter of acceptance, see https://eastfalls.jefferson.edu/undergrad/Accepted/index.html for information on next steps and making a deposit for enrollment.

Statement of Financial Responsibility

An individual's registration as a Jefferson (East Falls Campus) student constitutes his or her agreement to make timely payment of all amounts due. Jefferson (East Falls Campus) uses electronic means (email and the Internet) as a primary method of communication and providing billing, payment and enrollment services. Signatures or acknowledgments provided by the student electronically to Jefferson via Jefferson systems and/or @students.PhilaU.edu, @mail.Philau.edu or @PhilaU.edu email is valid and legally binding. Additionally, by accepting Jefferson's offer of admission and enrolling in classes, each student accepts responsibility for paying all debts to the University, including tuition and fees, for which s/he is liable. Details of the University’s billing policies are outlined in www.eastfalls.jefferson.edu/studentaccounts/billing.


Billing Schedule and Payment Deadline Schedule: Online access to student bills for the upcoming semester will be provided to students not less than four (4) weeks prior to the bill due date. Resolution of outstanding balance must occur on or before the first day of class. For additional information, see http://www.eastfalls.jefferson.edu/catalog/admissionsandfinancialaid/undergradadmis-tuition.html.

Note that the University does not mail billing statements. 

Only accepted and completed financial aid awards, including Jefferson Scholarships, Federal PELL Grants, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (SEOG), Federal Perkins Loans, PHEAA Grants, Direct Plus Loans and/or Direct Stafford Loans are included on the student’s invoice. Late applications for financial aid, unless approved prior to the billing due date, are not credited to the student’s account or accepted as payment. Any balance due, resulting from unapproved financial aid, must be paid by the billing due date. Any subsequent financial aid approval resulting in a credit balance will be refunded to the student after drop/add period.

For information on making payments, see https://www.jefferson.edu/university/finance/student_alumni/payment_methods.html.

Jefferson (East Falls campus) offers a monthly payment plan through tuition management services (TMS). Enrollment forms are mailed to the student’s billing address. For more information or to enroll, contact TMS directly at 888.356.0350 or go online at www.philau.afford.com. For further questions and information, contact the University’s Student Accounts Office by email at studentaccounts@philau.edu or by phone at 215.951.5988.


For the full policy and all student responsibilities, see http://www.eastfalls.jefferson.edu/financialaid/undergraduate/aidpolicies.html.

A student who wants to initiate leave of absence or withdrawal must complete either the Withdrawal form or the Leave of Absence form. These forms are available from the Registrar’s Office or online at www.eastfalls.jefferson.edu/Registrar/forms. A student is considered in attendance until one of these forms is completed and returned to the Registrar’s Office and the student has been withdrawn from all of his/her classes. Students cannot drop all of their classes on Bannerweb. Students should contact the Registrar’s Office to confirm all courses have been withdrawn and that their Withdrawal/Leave of Absence has been processed. Students are responsible for all charges until the date that the Withdrawal/Leave of Absence is process in the Registrar’s Office. Students are encouraged to follow up with the Student Accounts and Financial Aid offices to discuss the financial implications.


Students who are absent from the University due to illness or injury, or any other reason, and who retain their place in class, are subject to full tuition, room and board charges during their absence.


Transcripts are not furnished to any student whose account is not paid in full. Transcripts may only be obtained through the Registrar’s Office. Transcripts must be paid for at the time they are requested in order to be processed.

  • Transcript Fee: $12/copy
  • Overnight Transcript Fee: $37/copy
  • International Overnight Transcript Fee: $52/copy


A one-time, nonrefundable application fee of $40 must accompany the application for admission. This fee covers the cost of processing the prospective student’s application and is not credited to the student’s bill.

A $503 per semester general fee is charged to all full-time undergraduate students. A $30 per credit general fee is charged to part-time undergraduate students. A $10 per credit educational services fee is charged to evening undergraduates and students taking summer courses. The general fee and educational services fee are used for the maintenance and enhancement of student services. Services include, but are not limited to, transportation services, student activities and services, recreational and intramural sports, technology support, health center services, fitness center access and services, and residence hall laundry services.

A $100 graduation application fee is charged to all students who submit an application to graduate. This is intended to help offset the cost of processing the application.

The annual parking fee is charged to all eligible full-time and part-time day division students. The fee is to be determined and will be available on Safety and Security site:  eastfalls.jefferson.edu/security/Parking/index.html

A $25 returned check fee is charged for any check that is returned for non-sufficient funds (NSF).

The following fees will be deducted from the $250 room deposit of any resident student who cancels his/her contract by the date indicated below:

Returning Students

  • Prior to May 1, $100 of the room deposit is forfeited.
  • After May 1, the entire room deposit is forfeited.

New Students

  • Prior to May 1, the entire room deposit will be returned.
  • After May 1, the entire room deposit is forfeited.

Campus Card

The University offers a Campus Card which allows students to buy meals, make photocopies, purchase supplies and books at the University Bookstore, and use the campus-wide vending machines and dining facilities. It also serves as a University photo I.D., library card and campus activity card. Depositing funds on the Campus Card can be done online at https://www.eastfalls.jefferson.edu/oir/OtherPages/CampusCard.html. When making a payment, a student must indicate the amount of the Campus Card payment along with his/her account number. A minimum of $20 can be placed on the Campus Card and will be available in the account the next business day after receipt. A credit card deposit is available immediately. Any account balance remaining at the end of the academic year will be credited to the student’s account and refunded. A $25 charge is assessed for lost Campus Cards.

Check Cashing

Any student with a valid Campus Card may cash personal checks up to $100 per day at the Student Accounts Office cashier’s window during posted hours.

A $25 returned check fee will be charged to students who cash checks that are later returned to the University for non-sufficient funds. If a third check is returned, check-cashing privileges are revoked.

Health Insurance

All students are required to be covered by a medical insurance policy. Full-time  students are billed automatically for the coverage and may waive the University-sponsored health and accident plan by completing the online waiver that documents private insurance coverage.  See https://www.eastfalls.jefferson.edu/healthservices/healthinsurance.html for additional information and online waiver.

Tuition Insurance

For information on tuition insurance, see https://www.jefferson.edu/university/finance/student_alumni.html or contact Student Accounts.