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Campus Philly's College Day

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This weekend, college students in the city and surrounding areas will be able to access discounts galore from area restaurants, museums and attractions, all thanks to Campus Philly. This local, nonprofit organization fuels community economic growth by encouraging college students to explore and hopefully take up residence in Philly.  

September 26 is Campus Philly’s annual College Day. Unlike years past, where we’ve experienced Ben Franklin Parkway vendors, entertainment, and a nighttime concert, College Day 2009 is forgoing the yearly jubilee and instead encouraging students to go out on their own, using a discount card and free bus rides to trek around the city they’ll call home for at least four years.

“Students are invited to go to University City, the South Street area, Manayunk area, and Center City to use their discount cards,” says Kara Ashe, Campus Philly Business Development Representative and 2008 graduate of Drexel University.

Regarding the idea to pull the plug on the Parkway festivities this year, the economy had something to do with it. But Campus Philly is convinced their new idea will be just as good. Kara explains: “It was like, on the one hand with the old model, we were taking students from a college bubble into a Parkway bubble. The whole point of college day was to get kids off the campuses and into the city, and really, we were bringing them onto the Parkway in hopes they would explore. With this model, we’re literally creating a situation in which kids have to get out and explore.”

Like in year’s past, partnerships remain with area museums. With a student ID, college kids will be able to access the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Rodin Museum, Eastern State Penitentiary, the Free Library, the Galleries at Moore, the Franklin Institute, and the Academy of Natural Sciences. The museums are free from the hours of 10am to 5pm and a free museum shuttle will loop these locations until 3pm.

Campus Philly releases The Notebook each year, a guide to life in the Philadelphia area, geared toward college students, located on campuses around the area. This year’s edition, available at most area schools, has come with Campus Philly’s student discount card, which gives students discounts (sometimes large ones) at area historic sites, stores, theaters, museums and restaurants. For a full list, visit CampusPhilly.com.

“The Campus Philly discount card has been around for a few years,” says Kara. “We

typically distribute 50,000. This year we decided to put the discount card right into our Campus Philly Notebook, so we’ve now got an 80,000 piece distribution.”

But don’t toss away your discount card Sunday. Campus Philly’s partnership with several area businesses and attractions is a year-long commitment. Students will have access to discounts all over the city for the plurality of their school year at, Kara says, “more than 100 locations around the city.”

Festivities begin at 10am and go all day, rain or shine. Discount locations and on-campus locations to pick up cards within Campus Philly’s The Notebook can be found on CampusPhilly.org.