Campus Philly Annual Report 2014

Posted by Campus Philly on January 5, 2015

As Campus Philly celebrates 10 years of connecting students to Greater Philadelphia, we are struck by the changes in our region and student body. Over the past 10 years, Philadelphia has gained population, reversing a trend of population loss. The physical landscape of the city has changed over the past 10 years as well, and the class of 2018 will graduate into a new Philadelphia that includes a downtown Comcast campus, Dilworth Park in front of our City Hall and trails that bring riverfront and city together, just to name a few changes. As Philadelphia changes, so too have the students we meet every day.

This year, in addition to this Annual Report, Campus Philly releases Choosing Philadelphia, a new report on recent college graduates, their experiences in Philadelphia as students and their choices after graduation. A summary of Choosing Philadelphia appears in the pages that follow, and the findings reveal a student body that is more integrated into our communities, more likely to blend the experience of campus and city and more prepared to enter the workforce than previous generations of students.

The majority of these students now choose Philadelphia after graduation. Alumni who explore other regions remain part of our community, representing Philadelphia and recommending the city to others – and often returning to Philadelphia themselves. This circulation of new students, residents and talent increases the city’s vibrancy, reputation and standing. Great cities welcome new residents and send forth great talent, and Philadelphia has reached the stage of becoming one of those great talent-producing and talent-welcoming cities.

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