Undergraduate Admissions

Familiarize yourself with our application process. When you begin your application it's important to have an overview of the materials you need to gather and deadlines to look out for. Below, we have identified PAFA's Application options, materials to complete, and submission dates, as a frame of reference for getting started.

Application Overview


Apply online using the PAFA Application or the Common Application. The applications require the same materials, as well as adhering to the same submission and enrollment deadlines. Whichever you choose, applicants need to create an account through the Admissions Portal to view their Application Status and Decision Letter and to submit an Enrollment Response Form.

Application Fee

Both applications charge a fee of $60 which is paid online when submitting your application. PAFA does accept fee waivers from the College Board, NACAC, and School Lunch Program. Students experiencing financial hardship can also request a fee waiver by contacting the Office of Admissions.

Please prepare the following to apply:

  • Portfolio of 12-15 images
  • Statement of Purpose
  • References with Contact Information (2)
  • Academic Transcript

International Applicants Must Include:

  • English proficiency (for international applicants)


  • A resumé (optional)
  • Standardized Test scores (optional)
  • Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate (optional)

Application Deadlines

Application TypeStartApplication DeadlineEnrollment Deadline
Early ActionFall SemesterDecember 1May 1
Spring AdmissionSpring SemesterDecember 1TBD
Regular DecisionFall SemesterFebruary 1May 1
Rolling AdmissionFall SemesterAugust 1Rolling

Start your application!

Picture Yourself at PAFA

The Admissions and Financial Aid staff at PAFA help you during all stages of the application and enrollment process.

Email: admissions@pafa.edu
Telephone: (215) 972-7625
Fax: (215) 569-0153
Financial Aid: finaid@pafa.edu