University of Pennsylvania

The University of Pennsylvania, or UPenn, was originally founded by Benjamin Franklin as a charity school to provide a European style practical education focused on teaching commerce, public service, classics and theology. Today, Penn is a world-renowned private Ivy League research university with one of the most highly respected medical schools in the country, the Perelman School of Medicine. Along with founding one of the first medical schools in the country, the university also founded the first business school, the Wharton School, and the first student union. With so many firsts, it’s no wonder the University of Pennsylvania is where a student can get a first-rate education. 

La Salle University

Originally established as an all-male university in 1863 by the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools, the school inaugurated its first woman president in 2015. The school continues to undergo major change by decreasing tuition over 25% since 2016 to give students from differing socioeconomic backgrounds better access to its degrees and programs. La Salle has also trained a handful of impressive athletes who have gone on to compete in the Olympic Games, bringing home four gold and 2 bronze medals. With a tagline like “Explorers are Never Lost,” students at La Salle know they always have a place to do their best, learn everything they can and advance their ambitions.

Pennsylvania Academy of the Arts

Not only is Philadelphia the city where some of the country’s oldest medical and business schools were established, it is also home of the first and oldest art school and art museum. The Pennsylvania Academy of the Arts was founded in 1805 by an elite group of artists, including painter Charles Willson Peale and sculptor William Rush. The institution is internationally revered for its collection of 19th and 20th century American sculptures and paintings. The art school is located two blocks north of Philadelphia City Hall on Broad Street. The adjoining museum is open to visitors Tuesday through Sunday and closed on Mondays.

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

The world’s third oldest medical school dedicated to osteopathy was founded in Philadelphia in 1899. Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) today has more than 2,400 students enrolled in a variety of disciplines including osteopathic medicine, physical therapy, forensic medicine, pharmacy, psychology and physician assistant studies. Students of PCOM receive practical experience with access to five primary care healthcare centers run by the school. These health centers offer services in family medicine, geriatrics, gynecology, psychology, dermatology and osteopathic medicine. With campuses in both Philadelphia and Suwanee, Georgia, the school is focused on teaching future doctors how to improve the quality of life for patients suffering from age-related diseases and disorders.