Holy Family University

Philadelphia, PA

Holy Family University

Philadelphia, PA

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Lead with Purpose

At Holy Family University, you're not only a student—you're part of the family! Here, you'll be guided by expert faculty, surrounded by like-minded students who are setting forth on a journey filled with purpose. You will be challenged to think critically and empowered to innovate. You'll meet fellow students who will become lifelong friends. And you will become part of a powerful network of individuals who are committed to one another's success.

The value of family
At Holy Family University, we truly value family—after all, family is our middle name! But it's more than just a catchphrase. We believe in the dignity of the human person. We believe in inclusivity. And we believe in helping one another to succeed in academics and in life.

With 12:1 student-faculty ratio, you'll see this in how faculty truly care about their students, and how staff will go the extra mile to ensure that students have the resources and support they need—from financial aid to dining services to counseling. And you'll see this through our commitment to service. Service shows how much the Value of Family really means to us. Our actions speak louder than words. You can feel the caring and compassion shown by our students, faculty, staff, and community volunteers for others. You'll feel inspired by our community and how we continue to challenge ourselves to do more on behalf of our Holy Family University family.

Student experience
Holy Family University realizes that we are not just offering education—we are providing a transformative path designed to create a holistic experience so that students will be armed to do well and do good. So as the lowest net cost private university in Pennsylvania, we provide support services and resources to ensure that every has access to an excellent education and a top-notch experience.

We focus on ensuring that first-year students successfully transition from high school to college life, and we begin preparing them right away for potential careers. We begin with resources to guide students as they develop both independence and confidence. On the academic side, we offer 40 undergraduate programs and 600+ courses designed to develop learning proficiencies and self-advocacy skills so that our students feel empowered to achieve academic and personal success.

We also know that college is about more than book work. It is a critical journey of enlightenment and self-discovery, so we provide countless opportunities for students to explore—from activities and intriguing discussions, to experiences with different cultures and perspectives so that student can learn about others and themselves. All undergraduate students participate in experiential learning through internships, which helps them to better understand where they might like to work, and how to prepare for professional life.

Nestled in a suburban neighborhood, Holy Family University is one of the safest campus environments in the city, yet is just minutes away from all that Center City has to offer. Our welcoming campus means that residential and commuter students alike can feel right at home. After all, at Holy Family University, you are part of the family!

Start your journey
Selecting a college is probably one of the biggest decisions you will have to make. Learn how Holy Family University can help you achieve your goals. Read about our academic programs and find a major that's just right for you. Check out all of the ways to become engaged in student life. Better yet, why not stop by for a visit at one of our open house events, or a one-on-one meeting and tour from our friendly admissions team. We'd love to show you around!


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Holy Family University—a Part of the Philadelphia Experience!

Holy Family University has many benefits as a college near Philadelphia. As a student, you’ll have the comfort of a quiet college campus; however, one of the world’s liveliest cities is at your doorstep and ready to be explored. “Philly” is famous for history, commerce, sports, cheesesteaks, fine dining, nightlife, theatre, and art. Additionally, this major hub provides an opportunity for internships and experiential learning experiences.

Philadelphia hosts a Stock Exchange and the headquarters of many global firms. New York City is just 1½ hours away by train, as is Washington, DC. The city of Philadelphia is often rated as one of the best places to be a student in the USA.

Holy Family University at a Glance

Holy Family University is a private Catholic institution located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Founded in 1954 and sponsored by the ministry of the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth, the University’s mission is informed by its core values of family, respect, integrity, service and responsibility, learning, and vision. The University embraces diversity and inclusion, ensuring a welcoming and accessible learning community for all.

The University is composed of four schools: Arts & Sciences, Business & Professional Studies, Education, and Nursing & Health Sciences. Holy Family University offers undergraduate, graduate, and certification programs to more than 3,100 students at its Philadelphia and Newtown campus locations, with a network of more than 25,000 alumni across the globe.

Nestled in the heart of a historic residential neighborhood in the Northeast, the University is just minutes from the excitement of Center City. 

An Inside Look

What students are saying about us...

  • "Holy Family University’s psychology program helped me excel in the classroom and beyond. With faculty support, I completed two internships to help underprivileged youth at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. I'm now looking to further my education in childhood development and psychopathology."

    • Andrew Orapallo
      Psychology Major