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As the city of Brotherly Love, Philly has no shortage of things to love about it. Philadelphia is the fifth-largest city in the country and the second-largest city on the East Coast. Philadelphia has been on the scene since 1682— which means that some of its educational institutions have a long history. If you’re not a history fan, there are still many things to draw you to the city: sports teams (Phillies, Eagles, etc), cheesesteaks (Pat’s or Geno’s?), the Italian market, and numerous art museums. University City is one of the most common college neighborhoods, but you might also consider Port Richmond, Brewerytown, and Manayunk.
There are many different types of buses to consider when you’re booking your college trip. There are various sizes you can charter, as well as buses with different levels of amenities. What you’re looking for will determine which bus best matches your needs.
Philadelphia is brimming with universities, and that’s no surprise. The city’s history and charm make it a key location. With over 30 higher education institutions in the Philadelphia metropolitan area, it’s no wonder that many students choose it for their home. Institutions run the gamut from Ivy League to community college and everything in between.
Temple University was founded in 1884 by a Baptist pastor, Russell Conwell; it began when a worker asked Conwell if he could tutor him at night. He began to teach in the basement of the temple of the church. This is where Temple’s name originated from. In 1888 he received a charter for his burgeoning school. The school’s motto reflects its origins: “Perseverance Conquers.” Temple is the largest university in Philly with over 500 academic programs, 17 schools, and roughly 40,000 students across the undergrad, grad, and professional students. Their campus spans over 100 acres and is set against the backdrop of the Philadelphia skyline.
Drexel University was founded in 1891 as Drexel Institute of Art, Science, and Industry; it took several name changes to arrive at its current name in 1970. Anthony Drexel founded it with a vision of innovation for men and women in a rapid changing industrial society. The Institute did not confer degrees until 1914 when its departments organized into 4 different schools. Its coop program sets it apart: students alternate classes with full time professional experience. Its vision of innovation has continued into today’s time: in 2000, it was the first campus to have a fully wireless campus, significantly ahead of the advent of wireless technology that we are familiar with now, in 2020.
The University of Pennsylvania was founded in 1740 by Benjamin Franklin and is one of the premiere research institutes in the country. Its motto is “Laws without morals are useless,” a fact that still remains relevant today.l
The student population is large (fall 2019 had 22,000+ students) and its campus vast (over 1000 acres). They have the largest number of billionaires in their alumni (64) and are considered one of the most prestigious universities in the country. Today they continue to focus on “translating knowledge into social-minded action,” in the vein of Benjamin Franklin’s maxim “well-done is better than well-said.”
Bryn Mawr is a women’s college that was established as a Quaker institution in 1885. Their campus spans 135 acres and was named after the town of Bryn Mawr. The school is one of the Seven Sister institutions. The university also has two coed graduate schools as well as a post-bacc premed program. Fun fact? Bryn Mawr was the first college in the United States to institute a student self-government association (in 1891). This is indicative of their long-term commitment to the capacity of students to be self-directed in their learning and educational experience. Their alumni have received many honors and awards, including 7 MacArthur Fellowships.
Montgomery County Community College is nationally ranked for its use of innovative technology and it’s no wonder that they’re able to serve nearly 20,000 students per year. The school offers more than 100 degree and certification programs with an average class size of 14. Subsequently, you can be sure you’ll get a personalized and intimate approach to your learning and education. MCCC has several campuses, including the Culinary Arts Institute in Lansdale. Throughout the year, they host a variety of cultural events, from their Lively Arts Series (which brings the Broadway experience to a Philadelphia crowd) to their art galleries with always open and always free exhibits.
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