Thomas Jefferson Univ Hospital

★★★☆☆
  • 111 S 11th St

    Philadelphia, PA 19107

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  • 215-955-6000

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I was recently asked to review TJU on my education and experience with them. And ... the following is information I provided that I felt might be helpful for high school students and 1st - 2nd year college students.

I have always excelled in Science and looked forward to attending a school with such an excellent reputation in Health/Science/Physical Therapy. Unfortunately, that is all they have.

The staff/professors at TJU are not very pleasant - in fact they are antagonistic and miserable - you WILL be weeded out if you have ANY weaknesses. The students MUST work the system in order to pass. Success is not about intelligence - it is about memorization and kissing the rear-ends of some very unpleasant people. This includes working people to get copies of back tests and other material.

The college is in a big city with a lot of night life and parties. But there is also a lot of crime. Just two blocks away from campus and along a street that students must travel to get to the school there were several rapes and one murder during the time I attended. It is difficult to get around safely. Housing is expensive and difficult to get. The supermarkets/food are far and really expensive too... and the school is also very expensive - especially for the substandard education that you will receive - the material is outdated.

Also, the school is always changing their program and schedule to make it "better" for the next graduating class - regardless of how it interferes with the current class. They are very unorganized in selecting times to hold classes and with the appropriate order in which to attend them. One time, for two semesters in a row, we had to attend class from 8am to 8pm. This was near impossible for those who had to commuted to/from school and finding time to study WAS impossible - as a result we were rundown and sick a lot - which made it even more difficult to study.

The classrooms/bathrooms and study areas are few and far between (VERY FAR) and are very dirty & old. Plan on walking several city blocks to get from one class to another with only ten minutes in between in the freezing rain/snow. Some classes don't have enough seats, so some of us (~10 students) had to sit in the hall. The air/heat is not regulated so you will either freeze or over-heat. The school doesn't have advisors - just professors who are assigned students to advise - it is in their contract. They are not very good at it either. Most of the professors are disgruntled and really don't put much enthusiasm or effort into teaching. The education is substandard, and the lack of respect for students is pretty bad. I graduated with decent enough grades (3.4). I was a 4.0 in HS and undergrad. before going to TJU. I did not like it there. The professors were kind of cruel & uncaring. The great/brilliant professors left too. It really was not worth my time or money. I would not recommend it.

On a positive note, I have no problem getting hired and picking and choosing my employer. Jefferson has an excellent reputation. When I interview and my potential employer hears I graduated from Jefferson, I am immediately hired, and they never really look at my resume. It is always "what are you looking for $$$ and when would you like to start". But if you want a real education in a fun/safe learning environment you will need to look elsewhere. At least, interview with several schools before you consider TJU. I wish I did. The school makes getting an education a frustrating experience.

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I was recently asked to review TJU on my education and experience with them. And ... the following is information I provided that I felt might be helpful for high school students and 1st - 2nd year college students.

I have always excelled in Science and looked forward to attending a school with such an excellent reputation in Health/Science/Physical Therapy. Unfortunately, that is all they have.

The staff/professors at TJU are not very pleasant - in fact they are antagonistic and miserable - you WILL be weeded out if you have ANY weaknesses. The students MUST work the system in order to pass. Success is not about intelligence - it is about memorization and kissing the rear-ends of some very unpleasant people. This includes working people to get copies of back tests and other material.

The college is in a big city with a lot of night life and parties. But there is also a lot of crime. Just two blocks away from campus and along a street that students must travel to get to the school there were several rapes and one murder during the time I attended. It is difficult to get around safely. Housing is expensive and difficult to get. The supermarkets/food are far and really expensive too... and the school is also very expensive - especially for the substandard education that you will receive - the material is outdated.

Also, the school is always changing their program and schedule to make it "better" for the next graduating class - regardless of how it interferes with the current class. They are very unorganized in selecting times to hold classes and with the appropriate order in which to attend them. One time, for two semesters in a row, we had to attend class from 8am to 8pm. This was near impossible for those who had to commuted to/from school and finding time to study WAS impossible - as a result we were rundown and sick a lot - which made it even more difficult to study.

The classrooms/bathrooms and study areas are few and far between (VERY FAR) and are very dirty & old. Plan on walking several city blocks to get from one class to another with only ten minutes in between in the freezing rain/snow. Some classes don't have enough seats, so some of us (~10 students) had to sit in the hall. The air/heat is not regulated so you will either freeze or over-heat. The school doesn't have advisors - just professors who are assigned students to advise - it is in their contract. They are not very good at it either. Most of the professors are disgruntled and really don't put much enthusiasm or effort into teaching. The education is substandard, and the lack of respect for students is pretty bad. I graduated with decent enough grades (3.4). I was a 4.0 in HS and undergrad. before going to TJU. I did not like it there. The professors were kind of cruel & uncaring. The great/brilliant professors left too. It really was not worth my time or money. I would not recommend it.

On a positive note, I have no problem getting hired and picking and choosing my employer. Jefferson has an excellent reputation. When I interview and my potential employer hears I graduated from Jefferson, I am immediately hired, and they never really look at my resume. It is always "what are you looking for $$$ and when would you like to start". But if you want a real education in a fun/safe learning environment you will need to look elsewhere. At least, interview with several schools before you consider TJU. I wish I did. The school makes getting an education a frustrating experience.

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Thomas Jefferson University Hospital is a very good academic hospital located in Center City, Philadelphia with good access by SEPTA near 10th and Walnut St.

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Thomas Jefferson University Hospital is a very good academic hospital located in Center City, Philadelphia with good access by SEPTA near 10th and Walnut St.

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