St. Mary’s is located on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania in University City, one of Philadelphia’s most vibrant and diverse neighborhoods. Located on the west side of downtown Philadelphia, the area is a hotbed of education, science, medicine and research.
This dynamic, community is home to college students, artists, families, singles and couples who live amid world-class universities, dining, nightlife and cultural offerings. The 50,000 residents of University City can be described as young, highly educated, and diverse. Home to four universities and colleges, University City’s student-aged population represents nearly half of the neighborhood’s total population. In addition, the area is becoming more ethnically diverse, with an estimated 7% increase in the racial minority population since 2000. The share of adult residents who have a bachelor’s degree or higher is almost 40%, which is 20% higher than the city and 10% higher than the region. 24% of University City residents have earned professional or graduate degrees—nearly three times that of the City of Philadelphia.
Given the proximity of several institutions of higher learning, University City is an area saturated with amenities, including museums and restaurants, as well as some of the finest hospitals in the country. The heart of Center City is 15 minutes by car, and 7 minutes by SEPTA train. For families, the neighborhood offers a world-class public school, The Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander University of Pennsylvania Partnership School, which brings into the classroom the most effective, research-proven educational practices. The school has attracted a growing number of young families with children to live in University City.
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