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Office of Student Engagement

The Office of Student Engagement is located in the Kanbar Campus Center, Room 317.

   The Office of Student Engagement promotes opportunities for co-curricular involvement that enhances personal growth, leadership development, intellectual inquiry and civic responsibility all within an inclusive environment. In addition to events we provide student services through Commuter Programs, Community Service, First Year Programs, Clubs and Organizations and Greek Life, the Kanbar Campus Center and Spiritual Development. They support the University’s Mission by creating empowered student leaders who are connected to their communities, more responsible world citizens and more prepared to be successful in their careers.

There are approximately 70 social, club sport, cultural, professional, co-curricular, performing arts, spiritual and special interest clubs and organizations at the University. Philadelphia University has two national social fraternities and two national social sororities in addition to multiple professional and honors Greek organizations.

The First-Year Experience (FYE) program is coordinated through the Office of Student Engagement, in cooperation with various student life partners and academic programs. The central theme of the six FYE components is “Finding Philadelphia”, learning about the history, culture, diversity, and wealth of activities in the city, our extended campus.  The comprehensive approach to the first-year experience begins with New Student Orientation (NSO),  includes faculty-oriented academic advising; and is centered on the residential community/commuting experience. FYE also includes the First Year seminar which, is a required success course that helps all new students better navigate their first year at PhilaU.
The FYE program is designed to provide support and encouragement to new students at Philadelphia University and help ensure they succeed personally and academically. Research is clear, and our experience has demonstrated, that students who actively engage in all of the FYE components are more likely to be successful and have a more enriching college experience.