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About University of the Sciences

University of the Sciences is a private, nonprofit school in an urban setting in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. University of the Sciences was founded in 1821 and now enrolls around 2,664 students a year, including 2,246 undergrads.

University of the Sciences offers housing for up to 0 students.

As of 2019, the total market value of University of the Sciences's endowment was $174.496 million The institution spends around $38,726,763 for each full-time student enrolled. There are 9 undergraduate students for every full-time University of the Sciences professor.

2021 University of the Sciences Admissions Facts At-a Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 58%
Average GPA 3.7
Mean ACT score 27
Tuition $25,000

2022 University of the Sciences Regular Decision Application Deadline

University of the Sciences Early Admission

University of the Sciences does not offer early decision or early action.

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University of the Sciences Acceptance Rate 2019

It is moderately difficult to get into University of the Sciences. University of the Sciences admitted 58% of all applicants in 2019. Out of 3,738 applications received in 2021, 2,168 students were offered admission.

University of the Sciences Waitlist

University of the Sciences reports that no students were waitlisted or admitted off the waitlist in the most recent year.

How Do I Get Into University of the Sciences?

University of the Sciences is considered moderately difficult to get into. Every admissions committee has a different way of evaulating applicants, but most look at a combination of grades, test scoes, activities, as well as essays and recommendations. To apply to University of the Sciences, applicants must submit the following items.

University of the Sciences Application Requirements

Area Required Recommended Required for some Details (if any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale) 3.0
Letter(s) of Recommendation 1
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Test Scores for University of the Sciences

Admitted students have an average high school GPA of 3.7 on a 4.0 scale. The mean ACT score for University of the Sciences students is 27.

Visit the Admissions tab above for more on how to apply to University of the Sciences.

Is University of the Sciences Test Optional?

University of the Sciences is not test optional. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

Out of all applicants, 94% submitted the SAT. 25% submitted the ACT.

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Does University of the Sciences Provide Student Housing?

Yes! University of the Sciences provides on-campus housing for students.

University of the Sciences students are active in the school's Student Government Association, Hillel: Jewish Student Association and Pre-Medical Society. Greek Week, Student Appreciation Day, and and Parent's Weekend are a few of the events that the campus rallies behind each year.

Click the Student Life tab above to learn more about the student body and campus life at University of the Sciences.

Financial Aid at University of the Sciences

The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some aid is awarded ona first-come, first-serve basis, so fill out the FAFSA early. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! You should never have to pay to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so don't give your money (or info!) to any website that claim you do.

Is University of the Sciences a Good School?

Different people have different ideas about what makes a "good" school. Acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how selective an institution is, but they don't tell you how happy or successful students are. There are a few statistics that can give you a good idea of how satisfied students are and how well a school supports its students.

Retention, graduation, and job placement statistics all give valuable information about the quality of the student experience, before and after graduation.

Retention and Graduation Rates at University of the Sciences

About 90% of students who start at University of the Sciences return for their second year of college. Out of the 513 students who started at University of the Sciences as first-time freshman, 320 graduate within four years.

University of the Sciences's six-year graduation rate for undergrads is 72%. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61% for public schools and 67% for private.

Job Outcomes and Debt for University of the Sciences Grads

Job placement and student debt statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers. Graduates in the class of 2021 had an average of $46,210 in student loans per borrower. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does University of the Sciences sound? Remember, the best school for one person may be a terrible fit for someone else! So ask yourself: Is University of the Sciences a good school for you?

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Where is University of the Sciences?

University of the Sciences is located in the urban setting of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, less than an hour from Philadelphia.

If you want to see University of the Sciences for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 76/95 to Philadelphia, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Philadelphia International.

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College Info

600 South 43rd Street Philadelphia, PA 19104-4495

Campus Setting: Urban

University of the Sciences Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Aug 15

Transfer Applications are Due

Aug 15

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to University of the Sciences is Aug 15.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to University of the Sciences is Aug 15.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs


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University of the Sciences ACT Scores


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to University of the Sciences is 27. Students with an ACT score of 28 and above have a good chance of getting into University of the Sciences. Students with an ACT score that falls between 22 and 28 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 22 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

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Student Life

Wondering what life at University of the Sciences is like? There are approximately 2,664 students enrolled at University of the Sciences, including 2,246 undergraduate students and 418 graduate students. 99% percent of students attend school full-time, 44% percent are from PA and 56% percent of students are from other states.


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