Mission & History
The Philadelphia Center provides experiential education programs for undergraduate students that put the liberal arts mission into practice by integrating multidisciplinary seminars, comprehensive advising, and substantial internship opportunities in an urban environment. This approach engages students in critical investigations of their own abilities, objectives, and values and directs them to do meaningful, productive, and transformative work, fostering a desire for lifelong learning and helping students discover their personal and professional direction in life.
One of the nation’s oldest experiential education programs, The Philadelphia Center was founded in 1967 by the Great Lakes Colleges Association and is managed by Hope College, which is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. The Philadelphia Center is an intentionally small, off-campus experiential education program that complements the undergraduate liberal arts curriculum. We have helped nearly 7000 students from almost 90 colleges and 50 countries put their education in action.