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QS Best Student Cities ranking: =58th

Home of Ivy League member the University of Pennsylvania (19th in the QS World University Rankings® 2018), as well as the esteemed Drexel University and Temple University, Philadelphia certainly holds its own as an international study destination.

The city has played a key role throughout US history and politics. It was here that the Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776, and here that the Liberty Bell – a symbol of US independence – is housed. This rich history, combined with a good selection of museums, galleries and thriving arts, theater and music scenes, makes Philadelphia a popular tourist destination, as well as a pleasant and interesting place to live.

Beyond the tourist trail, the ‘city of brotherly love’ (a nickname based on the Greek meaning of ‘Philadelphia’), is a multifaceted modern metropolis. The city’s residents are known for being passionate about sport at both professional and university level. In recent years Philadelphia has also become something of a foodie’s favorite, though the city’s cuisine will always be associated primarily with the simple pleasures of the steak and cheese submarine sandwich (the ‘Philly cheesesteak’).

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Internationally ranked universities in Philadelphia

More about Philadelphia

Number of universities ranked by QS

3

Highest-ranked institution

Population

6,051,000

Average international fees (at ranked unis)

US$43,100

Desirability rank

53rd

Employer Activity rank

37th

Affordability rank

134th

Student View rank

77th

To find out how each of the above categories is calculated, view the methodology.

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Written by Laura Tucker
Laura is a former staff writer for TopUniversities.com, providing advice and guidance for students on a range of topics helping them to choose where to study, get admitted and find funding and scholarships. A graduate of Queen Mary University of London, Laura also blogs about student life.

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