UArts and Peirce College Form Strategic Partnership

Select courses from each institution will be open to Peirce and UArts students, utilizing their respective strengths to improve students' marketability

January 14, 2014

Peirce College and the University of the Arts have announced a strategic educational partnership to add greater depth to their educational offerings and better prepare students for the current job market. Peirce College, a leader in career-related education for 148 years, will offer select business courses to UArts students seeking to bolster their business background. UArts, whose roots as an innovative leader in educating creative individuals date back to 1868, will open specific courses to Peirce students, enhancing their education in design, media, and the visual and performing arts while infusing their degree programs with electives that align with their personal and professional interest. This partnership will allow Peirce and UArts to combine their resources and rich traditions and leverage their respective strengths to better serve students.

“Our partnership is a natural collaboration between neighbors who have long stood as academic pillars in Philadelphia,” said James J. Mergiotti, Peirce College president and chief executive officer. “This cross registration agreement will provide new opportunities for our students. Partnering with UArts will broaden Peirce students’ creative abilities while upholding our mission of equipping them with the career-related knowledge and tools they need to reach their educational and life goals.”

"Creative businesses have become a major driver of the economy, both in the Philadelphia region and nationwide,” said University of the Arts President Sean T. Buffington. “Artists and designers are increasingly building careers as creative entrepreneurs, and business leaders see more and more opportunity in the arts fields. The University of the Arts is excited to partner with Peirce College to help both student communities develop the skills necessary to succeed in the creative economy.”

Peirce College will offer a range of management, marketing and other courses for visiting students, while the University of the Arts will provide classes in the fine and performing arts, art history and the liberal arts. Support services, including tutoring and advising support, will be available to all visiting students. Specific class offerings are available on Peirce College’s blog and at

Students can begin taking classes at the partner institution in January and can apply credits earned toward elective requirements for their respective degree programs.

“Students will be able to build their cross-functional skillsets, learn new subject matter, expand their academic experience and ultimately improve their marketability to employers,” said Rita Toliver-Roberts, vice president, Academic Advancement at Peirce College. “We look forward to collaborating with the University of the Arts on this partnership, which speaks directly to Peirce College’s core value of encouraging the pursuit of learning and growth for all Philadelphians.”

"Peirce and UArts' distinctive educational strengths will complement each other very well, to the benefit of both student populations," said UArts Provost Kirk E. Pillow. "We hope cross-registration will provide a foundation for future academic collaboration."

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