The Jefferson Advantage
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In a world where rapid change is the norm, employers are seeking graduates who are ready for what’s happening right now and for what will come next. Jefferson’s distinctive, active, collaborative, real-world Nexus Learning approach is exactly what you need to gain that kind of competitive advantage. 

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Are You Ready for The Future of Work? 

Built for a future that has yet to be defined, Jefferson is crossing disciplines to bring unrivaled innovation and discovery to higher education. Through boundary-breaking collaboration, research and hands-on, experiential learning, we equip graduates with leadership and analytical skills shaped for an accelerated job market. At Jefferson, we are reshaping education for the 21st century.

Hands-On Immersion Through Interprofessional Education

Inter-what? Well, think about it. In the real world, physicians may interact with physical therapists, neuroscientists may work with respiratory therapists, and all may work with nurse practitioners. The professional world isn’t siloed according to job descriptions – so why should curricula in higher education be?  At Jefferson, we’ve torn down the walls!

There’s no better way to prepare for your future profession than by spending your undergraduate and graduate years immersed in, and informed by, hands-on experiences among colleagues within connected professions and disciplines.  This approach creates team-based learning, collaboration and decision-making — with an appreciation for many points of view. Kind of like in the real world.

U.S. News Ranks Jefferson

#15 in the region

#5 Most Innovative University

A Best Value University

*U.S. News & World Report's 2019 Best Colleges Rankings - Northern Region Universities


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Nexus Learning™ - Designed to Stand Apart

Jefferson doesn’t separate academic disciplines into silos. That’s what we call restrictive, and so … well, yesterday. Jefferson brings you into tomorrow, today! We’re linking the arts and sciences, redrawing limits and slicing through every standard and norm that exists. That’s how the greatest human advancements are made. We call it Nexus Learning™, aka the “Jefferson X Factor.” It means we connect disciplines, establish creative, collaborative, real-world learning environments for our students, and infuse all that we do with the liberal arts.

Nexus Learning™ places Jefferson not just ahead of the curve but way out in front of traditional higher education curricula. With this unique approach to learning, our students and faculty are standing out in their disciplines—winning industry awards on regional, national and even global scales.    


A Global Perspective - Explore the Corners of the Earth

Imagine a campus where you instantly feel connected to the world: Where you work with visiting students from Bangladesh, China, India, Jamaica, South Africa and Spain. Where you have opportunities to study abroad, and travel to England, Japan, Israel or Italy. Where you can volunteer in Rwanda and Honduras. Imagine immersing yourself in global fashion design, international business, or studying within the UK health system.

In an increasingly global academic ecosystem, Jefferson offers many opportunities to leverage our international partnerships and programs that will benefit you and drive important academic, clinical and research innovations. And when you take advantage of any of these opportunities, you give life to Jefferson’s mission and vision – to improve lives and ‘redefine what’s humanly possible’ across the globe. How cool is that?

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Healthcare Professions Are Rapidly Changing. We’re Ahead of the Evolution.

Jefferson’s Institute of Emerging Health Professions is a first-of-its-kind higher ed incubator that envisions and then provides innovative, forward-thinking education and training today that will be needed in three, five, even ten years from now to fill career and certification gaps in healthcare practice and delivery. Think certification in cannabinoid chemistry, toxicology and pharmacology – or becoming a certified clinical medical assistant or telehealth facilitator.

At Jefferson, you can be among the first to earn one of our future-driven certifications and fill one of many emerging careers in health care. Bottom line: If there’s an emerging trend in the delivery of health care to improve patients’ lives, we’re on it.


Success rate among undergraduate students in securing jobs or going on to graduate school (among the highest success rates out there) 




The largest medical school in the Delaware Valley (Sidney Kimmel Medical College, founded in 1824) connected to Jefferson Health, with its university hospital nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report (2018-19) in 10 specialties 

Industrious Students, Rewarding Industry Partnerships

While innovation and ideas remain hallmarks of a Jefferson education, our industry partnerships are what bring them to life. We combine Jefferson’s traditional coursework with collaborative opportunities with industry leaders in architecture, design, energy, engineering, fashion, medicine, pharmaceuticals, technology, textiles and more. Among many other companies, we’ve partnered our students on projects to support organizations like IBM, NASA, QVC, Verizon, Johnson & Johnson, Comcast and more. Not bad, huh?

Through these partnerships, students have unprecedented opportunities to learn from industry leaders and apply what you know to the real world. Through our Nexus Learning™ approach to education, we’ll help you take on every-day problems that connect you to the realities of modern business, and work with you to refine your ideas with industry leaders that could someday go to market.


That’s a Great Idea!

At Jefferson, we nurture the seeds of innovation by providing multi-faceted, integrative experiences that guide you through the process of creating your own entrepreneurial ventures.  Setting yourself apart means honing your skills to succeed as an entrepreneur: learning the fundamentals of starting and operating a business; examining issues in new ways to find creative solutions to real-world problems; prototyping your ideas and more.

Through much of our curricula, led by practitioners, educators and entrepreneurs, we nurture an ecosystem that coaches and guides our students to innovate, experiment and grow. One day, your innovation could be commercialized.  

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