Best Colleges in America 2022
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Overall Score: 73.71

Thomas Jefferson University

Philadelphia, PA http://www.jefferson.edu/
This private research university was created via a 2017 merger of Philadelphia University and Thomas Jefferson University. Students enrolled today can expect an interdisciplinary, team-based and experiential learning approach through what the university calls “Nexus Learning.” Nursing is a particularly popular major, but Jefferson offers majors grouped into eight areas of interest in which the university specializes: architecture, business, design, engineering, fashion and textiles, health, science and social sciences. (Some of the areas tie into the university’s history, which includes the Jefferson Medical College, founded in 1824, and Philadelphia Textile School, founded in 1884.) Most first-year students study at the university’s East Falls Campus, a 100-acre, tree-lined oasis that’s just 10 minutes outside of Philadelphia. The City Center campus, meanwhile, offers classes in the health sciences. A university survey of recent graduates found 60% were employed and 36% were enrolled in graduate programs within a year of leaving. Students go on to post median early career salaries that top $67,000, a premium over schools that enroll students of similar backgrounds, according to Money’s analysis.

Costs

Est. full price 2022-2023
$63,500
% of students who get any grants
85%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$30,900
Average price for low-income students
$21,410

Admissions

Acceptance rate
66%
Median SAT/ACT score
1170/25
SAT/ACT required?
No
Undergraduate enrollment
3,600

Financial Aid

% of students with need who get grants
91%
% of need met
53%
% of students who get merit grants
13%
Average merit grant
$15,560

Student Success

Graduation rate
62%
Average time to a degree
4.2 years
Median student debt
$22,750
Early career earnings
$67,810
% earning more than a high school grad
84%

Notes: Students who get merit grants are full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants. Graduation rate measures degree completion within six years for both transfer students and first-time students. Early career earnings are the median earnings for both graduates and non-completers, 10 years after they first enrolled.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson’s, Money/Witlytic calculations.

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