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College Students: Explore the City of Philadelphia for free on September 11 and 12!

Diana Dopheide

Join Campus Philly for their renovated annual Collegefest to kick off the fall semester over the weekend of September 11-12 with either free or discounted admissions to numerous activities, museums and organizations across Philadelphia.

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Campus Philly CollegefestCampus Philly

Students can register for free on Campus Philly’s website here. Save the confirmation email for Collegefest weekend to gain free or discounted admission to each event at participating venues throughout the city. The full lineup can also be found on the event page.

Upon registration, college students will instantly be entered to win various prizes for free such as gift cards, dining credits and concert and museum tickets in the Philadelphia area.

Some of the museums partnering with Campus Philly offering free admission include the Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Franklin Institute, Museum of the American Revolution, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the National Constitution Center.

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Philadelphia Museum of ArtCampus Philly

Free activities will include The Cliffs at Callowhill Climbing Gym, SOUNDWALK Audio Experience in Fairmount Park and Barre3 Rittenhouse Pop-Up Class at Cira Green.

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Cliffs at Callowhill Climbing GymCampus Philly

Other activities participating in Collegefest for a discounted admission price include Mütter Museum, Philadelphia Magic Gardens, Shofuso Japanese House and Garden, the Rosenbach Museum and the Mural Arts.

According to Campus Philly President Jennifer Johnson Kebea, many of the events and venues that Campus Philly is partnering with are recognized as top places to visit in the city. "We've heard from students about what’s new and exciting; a lot of these partners are really interested in working with us to help welcome our college students to the city."

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For the first time, Campus Philly has partnered with SEPTA to provide free transportation for all Collegefest participants on September 11 and 12 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. All modes of transportation including regional rail, subway, trolley and bus will be available. Students can ride for free as long as they show their Campus Philly Collegefest confirmation email upon boarding.

Students from the following colleges in the Philadelphia region will also be able to ride SEPTA for free to attend Collegefest including Villanova University, West Chester University, Saint Joseph’s University, Penn State Abington, Widener University and Salus University.

While open to all higher education students, Collegefest will be an opportunity for incoming freshmen to become familiar with their city as well as for sophomores who have not had the full in-person experience yet due to remote learning during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Indego Bike RentalCampus Philly

Collegefest has been a Campus Philly tradition since the early 2000s. Previously, the event was held on the Ben Franklin Parkway until moving to Dilworth Park in the last few years. Collegefest did not take place in 2020 due to the pandemic.

“Over the past year, Campus Philly has been innovating and brainstorming ways to reimagine CollegeFest so that it allows students to explore more of Philly based on their interests and passions, all at no cost to them,” said Marissa Christie, Vice President of Attraction, Engagement and Retention.

While Collegefest helps Philadelphia-area students become engaged with their city, it also enables them to learn more about themselves and find their fit as they begin their careers.

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College Students Exploring the CityCampus Philly

“The city and the region have such great opportunities for students to think about where they’re going for their undergrad, and knowing their landscape is an important part of that college trajectory,” said Johnson Kebea.

Campus Philly also offers many other resources for college students and recent graduates such as exclusive discounts, career advice, job postings, resources and guides for getting to know Philadelphia and finding your fit. Check out their website here.

Follow Campus Philly on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn for the latest updates.

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Diana Dopheide is a communications graduate from Penn State University. She is an aspiring journalist who loves to write and takes great pleasure in being able to share interesting stories with the local community. Her features include outdoor activities, community and lifestyle news in Greater Philadelphia.

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