University Affiliations

University of Pennsylvania

Just 10 blocks from Freire Charter School, The University of Pennsylvania, founded by Benjamin Franklin in 1740, is one of the oldest universities in America. As a member of the Ivy League, it is one of the most prestigious institutions of higher learning in the world. The historic, beautiful and vibrant Philadelphia campus is home to 12 schools, more than 170 research centers, 4,200 faculty and nearly 20,000 students. At Penn, students enjoy the opportunity to gain knowledge without boundaries while living in Philadelphia.

Drexel University

A quick walk over the Schuylkill River brings us to Drexel University, which was founded in 1891 as the Drexel Institute of Art, Science and Industry by Philadelphia financier and philanthropist Anthony J. Drexel, to provide educational opportunities in the “practical arts and sciences” for women and men of all backgrounds. Drexel became the Drexel Institute of Technology in 1936, and in 1970 Drexel Institute of Technology gained university status, becoming Drexel University. On July 1, 2002, Drexel was officially united with the former MCP Hahnemann University, creating the Drexel University College of Medicine; and in the fall of 2006, Drexel established its School of Law. All of these opportunities are just eight blocks away from Freire Charter School.

Temple University

Just a subway ride away from Freire Charter School, Temple University is a comprehensive public research university, founded in 1884 by Dr. Russell Conwell. Temple University is among the nation’s largest providers of professional education (law, medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, architecture) and prepares the largest body of professional practitioners in Pennsylvania, offering over 300 academic degree programs at seven campuses and sites in Pennsylvania and well as international campuses in Rome, Tokyo, and London.
Temple University is one of Pennsylvania ‘s three public research universities, along with the University of Pittsburgh and Penn State University. Temple is among the top universities in the nation with comprehensive curricula and nationally recognized research programs. It is the 26th largest university in the United States and has over 400 sponsored programs receiving external support from federal, state and local governments, industry, and private non-profit organizations.