Back to School: 10 Local Schools with Center City Satellite Campuses

The concept of a satellite or branch campus is nothing new. Universities have been opening up alternative campuses both close to and very far from their main campus since the 60s and 70s. The appeal for universities is to be able to diversify the university in a variety of ways: diversify course and program offerings and diversify the student body in terms of age, geographic location and other socioeconomic factors. Within the city of Philadelphia, here are 10 satellite campuses and what they seek to offer students.


Cheney University

Main Campus- Cheney, PA

Philadelphia Campus- 701 Market Street

Offerings: Graduate and undergraduate degree programs, as well as continuing education for professional growth opportunities. Cheney’s Philadelphia campus mirror’s the university’s commitment to access and excellence.


Gwyned Mercy University

Main Campus- Gwyned Valley, PA

Philadelphia Campus- 600 Chestnut Street

Offerings: Courses for adult learners looking to complete their degree in an accelerated/ online format, in the evenings, or on the weekend.


Eastern University

Main Campus- Wayne, PA

Philadelphia Campus- 1601 Market Street

Offerings: The Center City Campus is described as a multi-use campus allowing for flexibility for students. Various MBA courses are offered here during evenings and weekends.


Villanova University

Main Campus- Villanova, PA

Philadelphia Campus- 30 South 17th Street

Offerings: Convenient location for the business school’s MBA program which offers part-time courses for adult learners.


Strayer University

Main Campus- Herndon, VA

Philadelphia Campus- 1601 Cherry Street

Offerings: Undergraduate and graduate programs in high-demand fields such as accounting, business, criminal justice, education, health services administration, information systems, and public administration.


West Chester University

Main Campus- West Chester, PA

Philadelphia Campus- 701 Market Street

Offerings: Convenience and affordability for professionals looking to advance their education on a part-time basis. In addition to small class sizes, WCU even offers a 10% campus discount at this location.


Alvernia University

Main Campus- Primarily an online institution with various physical campus locations

Philadelphia Campus- 1355 W Cheltenham Ave

Offerings: Affordable adult education and graduate courses available for professionals looking for a flexible schedule.


Lincoln University

Main Campus- Lincoln University, PA

Philadelphia Campus- 3020 Market Street

Offerings: Graduate programs for professionals seeking to further their education with an advanced degree in education, reading, business administration, and human services. The programs are designed to promote an appreciation for research, analysis, and technology. Classes are conveniently scheduled on weekday evenings and Saturdays.


Pierce College

Main Campus- Pierce County, Washington

Philadelphia Campus- 15th and Pine

Offerings: Flexible scheduling and course offerings on evenings and weekends as well as state-of-the-art technology services and academic offices like Admissions, Student Financial Services and Student Support Service.


Penn State

Main Campus- State College, PA

Philadelphia Campus- The Navy Yard

Offerings:  Professional development courses and a campus-like community of offices, and industrial and research facilities. Programs are designed for professionals who want to advance their skills.


Katie Craven
Katie Craven is Marketing, Communication and Brand Manager at Watchdog Real Estate Project Managers, a real-estate consulting firm that provides owner’s representation and project management services. More about Watchdog Real Estate Project Managers as well as additional blog posts can be found here.
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