We’re a different kind of school
And we’re looking for a different kind of student. With our diverse academic offerings, emphasis on experiential education, and location in Philadelphia—one of the greatest cities in the United States—Drexel is a place for ambitious students who thrive in a fast-paced environment. It’s a place for students who go above and beyond, who make their own way, who don’t want to wait; students who are ready to do.
Financier and philanthropist Anthony J. Drexel founded the Drexel Institute of Art, Science, and Industry in 1891 with an eye toward the demands of the dawning 20th century. Today, we’re a top-tier research university ranked among the best in the nation with a history of embracing new technologies and extending innovation into every aspect of the educational experience.
• We have a total enrollment of more than 25,000 students, 14,101 of whom are full-time undergraduates.
• Our academic calendar is made up of four 10-week quarters, creating a dynamic hands-on environment that complements our renowned co-op program.
• With a location in the heart of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, we use the city as an extension of our campus. Students live, learn, and work in one of the nation’s oldest and most diverse urban areas.
• With Drexel Co-op, one of the oldest and most expansive university cooperative education programs in the world, students can gain up to 18 months of résumé-enhancing experience by the time they graduate.
Drexel University is comprised of 15 academic colleges, schools, and centers, granting bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees, as well as post-bachelor’s and post-master’s certificates.
• We offer more than 80 undergraduate majors and as many minors.
• Our course work teaches you theory, but it also shows you how to apply those theories in the real world through a variety of experiential learning and research opportunities, from Drexel Co-op to field work to community-based and travel-integrated courses.
• Our faculty is more than 2,000 strong, and the student-faculty ratio is 9:1.
• The University is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools; individual programs are accredited by the top professional accreditation bodies in their fields.
With Drexel Co-op, you can earn up to 18 months of experience before graduation, explore career possibilities, and develop important contacts by alternating periods of classroom study and full-time employment. Depending on your major, you can choose to participate in up to three six-month co-ops.
• Drexel partners with more than 1,700 co-op employers to offer positions in 28 states and 49 international locations.
• Students have the opportunity to work with brands such as MTV, Marvel Comics, Google, and Boeing, as well as start-ups, nonprofit agencies, and governmental organizations.
• Last year’s median six-month salary for a paid co-op position was more than $16,000. And co-op earnings don’t affect your expected family contribution on your FAFSA, so it can help you pay for school.
With a variety of social, cultural, service, and professional organizations, there’s always something to do on campus.
• There are more than 300 student clubs and organizations—everything from sororities and fraternities to cultural and religious groups to a Jedi club, music groups, and a literary magazine.
• All of Drexel’s residence halls feature lounge, recreation, and study areas.
• Learning communities—which group students by common interests, majors, or enrollment in the Honors Program—are available in many residence halls.
Whether you like to play or cheer, there are lots of ways you can stay active at Drexel.
• The University is a member of the Colonial Athletic Association and offers 18 Division I varsity athletic programs.
• Intramural and club sports—from basketball to cricket—are open to all students.
Drexel is located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the nation’s fifth-largest city and an international landmark rich with history, culture, and a vibrant corporate community.
• Philadelphia is a city of neighborhoods, each with its own identity, yet each distinctly Philadelphian. Some of the key areas include University City, Center City, Fairmount Park, South Street, and Old City.
• Drexel is within walking distance of or a short train ride from world-class restaurants, museums, shopping, theaters, nightlife, athletic events, and the city’s business center.
• With its proximity to New York, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C., Philadelphia makes a unique and convenient home base from which to explore some of the East Coast’s other major cities.
Drexel offers a variety of ways you can take full advantage of your college education, whether it’s research, travel, or starting your own business. And you can get started right away.
• Undergraduate research opportunities begin as early as your freshman year, giving you the chance to work with Drexel’s renowned faculty on cutting-edge projects in disciplines from biomedical engineering to video production.
• Study abroad is open to qualified students of every major in more than two dozen locations. Plus, Drexel is unique in that students may also choose to do an international co-op to gain perspective on the global work environment.
• In addition to a major and several minors, the Close School of Entrepreneurship—an incubator for student innovators and entrepreneurs—offers classes, workshops, mentoring, competitions, and even funds to help get your ideas going.
• The Honors Program offers students from all majors an enriched University experience. Honors students can take advantage of specialized courses, colloquia, independent study options, field trips, and more.
Drexel University offers prospective students a variety of opportunities, from daily Campus Visits to large-scale Open House events, designed to fit into even the busiest schedule.
• Campus Visits are offered on most weekdays and select Saturdays. Large Open Houses are held in the fall and the spring.
• All visits cover topics from academics to the application process and include a student-led campus tour.
• To schedule a visit, call +1-800- 2-DREXEL or visit drexel.edu/undergrad/visit.
Drexel is a comprehensive global research university located in the nation’s fifth-largest city—Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. There are three Drexel campus locations: Center City, Queen Lane, and University City (location of Main Campus). Each has convenient access to the innovations Philadelphia has to offer. The historic Academy of Natural Sciences and Hahnemann University Hospital are part of Drexel University.
Type of College: Drexel is a nonprofit private institution
offering undergraduate, graduate, and accelerated degrees.
Size of Campus: N/A
Number of Students: 25,595 total population; 16,464 are undergraduate students.
Number of Faculty: 2,655
Colleges, programs, and degrees: Drexel has 15 colleges and schools, over 80 undergraduate majors, and over 80 undergraduate minors.
Geographic Diversity: 47 out of 50 of the United States and 116 countries
International Student Services: Drexel’s Office of International Students and Scholars Services (ISSS) works to promote meaningful interactions between United States Citizens and nationals of other countries by organizing culturally enriching opportunities for all members of the Drexel community. ISSS staff advises international students, scholars, and faculty on immigration, cultural, financial, academic and personal concerns.
International Student Budget: N/A
Financial Aid: We offer merit-based scholarships as well as need-based aid programs.
Test Score Requirements: We accept the following test scores: SAT, ACT, TOEFL, and IELTS.
• SAT Critical Reading (25th–75th percentiles): 530–630
• SAT Math (25th–75th percentiles): 565–680
• ACT (25th–75th percentiles): 25–30
• TOEFL (25th–75th percentiles): 84–101
• IELTS (25th–75th percentiles): 6–7.5
Application Deadlines and Fees:
• Incoming freshman students
- November 1: Early Action Application Deadline for fall term
- January 15: Regular Decision Application Deadline for fall term admission
• Incoming international students (who do not live in the United States)
- January 15: international student deadline for fall term
• Incoming transfer students: rolling admission
Common Application fee: $50; some students may be eligible for a Common Application fee waiver.