About Philadelphia

Philadelphia is a city to rival any in the country, with wide gracious boulevards lined with marble museums. It has tiny cobblestone streets edged with galleries, bistros and quirky boutiques, and brick row house neighborhoods packed with restaurants. It has passionate sports fans and lots of attitude, vast green parkland designed for softball or solitude, and bike paths that wind along the Schuylkill River. Tyler students make the most of being in a major urban area by investigating the museums, galleries and public art around every corner. The city houses the world-renowned Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Barnes Foundation, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the Rodin Museum, the Institute of Contemporary Art, the Clay Studio and the Fabric Workshop and Museum.

Philadelphia has a thriving intellectual life supported by the largest number and concentration of college students anywhere in the United States. Philadelphia is home to dozens of progressive galleries, and every First Friday, coordinated openings fill the narrow streets with students, artists, and art lovers eager to see what's new. You will find inspiration in the sounds of the city: the cool downbeat of an after-hours jazz club; the stirring symphonic strains of the Philadelphia Orchestra; the raucous cheers of a packed stadium at an Eagles game; the blur of conversation at a corner cafe. Interested in venturing outside the city? We’re close to New York, Baltimore, and Washington, especially through Tyler-sponsored Saturday bus trips. You will always have more to explore. 

Tyler’s unique location means you’re close to all the activity—the artist gallery/studios/alternative space-filled neighborhoods of Kensington, Fishtown, and Northern Liberties—and a quick subway or bus ride to Center City or Old City, the historic district where America was born. Each week we’ll highlight free things to do in the city, so you can enjoy all that Philadelphia has to offer in the Tyler Student Newsletter, the Week Here At Tyler (WHAT), so watch your Monday email for listings of fun things you can do off campus.