Philadelphia University

Philadelphia University was founded in 1884 as the Philadelphia Textile School, in the wake of the 1876 Centennial Exposition. A group of textile manufacturers, led by Theodore Search, noticed a sizeable gap between the quality and variety of American textile products and those displayed by European mills. To address this, the group established the School to educate America’s textile workers and managers.

As Philadelphia College of Textiles & Science, the institution offered its first graduate degree, the Master’s of Business Administration, in 1976. With the purchase of properties in 1980 and 1988, the size of the campus nearly doubled again and grew to include additional classrooms, research laboratories, student residences and athletic facilities. In 1992, the 54,000-square-foot Paul J. Gutman Library was built.

The College continued throughout the ’90s to provide its students with the highest quality education and real-world experience demanded by their chosen professions, adding majors in a wide range of fields. The College changed it’s name to Philadelphia University in 1999.

View Philadelphia University’s Textile Design Department web pages.




4201 Henry Avenue

Philadelphia, PA US

Main 215.951.2700

Fax 215.951.2615