The Philadelphia Center

Discover Your Direction in Life


At TPC, academics play a critical and integral role in the student experience.  As students work almost full-time at the internship of their choice and live independently in Philadelphia, they are also engaged academically by our full-time faculty advisors, who teach city seminars and closely advise students, and our adjunct faulty members, who teach elective seminars.  For more information click on any of the links below or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).  To learn more about TPC you can also read our online digital Story.

Objectives - This page explains TPC’s objectives for student learning.

Programmatic Standards - This page details the programmatic standards that students are expected to achieve upon completion of our program.

Participating Majors - Since TPC has something to offer almost any major, this page lists some of the majors from accounting to zoology that have participated in our program since 1967.

Experiential Education - As one of the nation’s oldest experiential education programs, TPC has helped define the term.  This page explains experiential education as the foundation of our program.

City Seminars - All students are required to enroll in one of our three City Seminars, which meet once a week during the day and are taught by our full-time faculty advisors, who help students integrate the learning that occurs in the internship, city, and classroom.

Electives - Students also have the opportunity to enroll in one of our many Elective Seminars, which offer students an opportunity to further diversify their course of study and, like the City Seminars, often take advantage of the city by using it as a classroom.

High Impact - Since 1967, The Philadelphia Center (TPC) has provided a substantial academic learning experience to undergraduate liberal arts students. As an experiential education program, TPC complies directly with the Council for Advancement of Standards in Higher Education’s definition of an internship as a deliberative form of learning that involves doing, reflection, and feedback for improvement – all in support of learning goals and objectives.  To illustrate this accomplishment, the list below highlights TPC components, arranged by the six common elements of a high-impact program as defined by the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U).