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Drexel University
As one of the largest private schools in the U.S., Drexel is constantly making...

Drexel University

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

As one of the largest private schools in the U.S., Drexel is constantly making strides in both the realms of research and personal achievements. Students are exposed to new technologies, are taught to be strong leaders, and are prepared to make positive changes within the global community. 

Student Profile

Fall 2015 Enrollment
16,464 undergraduate students
86% of undergrad students are full time
53% male — 47% female

Faculty Profile

2015-2016 Academic Year
1572 full-time faculty
1050 part-time faculty
10 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

26% of students live on campus.

Retention Fall 2015

84% of students began in Fall 2014 and returned in Fall 2015 (full-time, first-time freshmen)

6-Year Graduation Rate 2015

68% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 13%
Hispanic/Latino 6%
Black or African American 7%
White 54%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 15%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 1%
Two or more races 3%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 3%

First Year Programming

Drexel seeks engaged students—those who are interested in course material and willing to participate. In order to prepare students for this kind of educational experience, Drexel has created a First-Year Program.

  • Learning Communities: As part of the First-Year Program, students participate in a learning community. Once a week, students gather with their peers in a small group to discuss course work and study for class. Learning communities promote conversation outside of the classroom, which enhances the learning experience and increases comprehension of course material.
  • Wraparound Sections: Wraparound sections offer extended, academic support. Students work together to draw conclusions and even connect their coursework to other disciplines. The point of a Wraparound Section is to reinforce core themes through individual and group exercises. The reinforcement is helpful for many students who may need to study a concept more than once to understand it.
  • Mentoring: Drexel’s mentoring approach connects an experienced upperclassman with a first year. The relationship is meant to smooth the transition for the new student. Mentors assist students, answer questions, and show undergraduates how to make the most of their time at Drexel.

Dragon Scholars Program

The Dragon Scholars Program (DSP) is available to all first-year students. The program begins the summer before freshman year, and continues as a first-year experience. DSP is a learning community that promotes academic excellence. There are many personal, academic, and social benefits to participating in the program. Not only do students gain a better understanding of their new academic standards, but they also bond with the other members of the program.

Community-Based Learning

Drexel works with the Lindy Center for Civic Engagement to establish community-based learning courses (CBL). These courses bring service to the forefront of education. Students have the opportunity to connect their studies to the issues and needs of the community.

Service Learning: Service learning is made up of two elements: course work and community service. In some cases, courses require students to have previous knowledge of the topic at hand.

Service Immersion: Service immersion is similar to community-based learning and is available as either a 1 or 3 credit course. Service immersion involves some form of class discussion, whether that is online or in an actual classroom. The program culminates with a travel service trip and final project.

Side-by-side: Side-by-side is a very special part of Drexel’s educational experience. Side-by-side is a learning model that incorporates both Drexel students and community members. Drexel students take courses with local students that are underprivileged and underrepresented. Themes of equality and diversity often set the tone for the side-by-side learning courses.

Community Based Research: Community Based Research allows students, faculty, and members of the community to tackle an issue through thoughtful and shared analysis. The goal of this research initiative is to identify a solution to a community-based problem.

STAR Scholars

STAR stands for Students Tackling Advanced Research. The program is open to first-year students the summer after their freshman year. STAR allows students to collaborate with faculty on research projects—a valuable experience most often given to masters students. STAR awards each participant with a $4,000 dollar stipend and on-campus housing. Students work a total of 400 hours over the course of the summer. There are many benefits to participation including one-on-one interaction with faculty and experience with research processes.

iSTAR: iSTAR is the international sector of the STAR scholars program. Students with strong records of academic excellence are invited to participate in the program. Selected students have the opportunity to gain advanced research skills, as well as work with international partners. Positions are limited to designated areas of study and current initiatives.

STAR Scholars Summer Showcase: At the end of each summer, Drexel has a showcase to celebrate all of the research completed by the STAR scholars. Community members, faculty, and family are invited to attend the event and learn more about each student’s body of work. 

Accelerated Programs and Joint Degrees

BA/BS/MD: Drexel offers an accelerated program, allowing students to pursue both their bachelor’s and doctor of medicine at the same time. Selected students will enter into med school a year earlier than other students.

BS/JD: Drexel offers a BS/JD accelerated program in which students can receive both their bachelor’s and juris doctor degree. Students enrolled in this program graduate faster than traditional JD students.

BS/MS: Qualified students can pursue bot their bachelor’s and master’s through Drexel’s accelerated degree program. In as little as five years, students can complete both degrees, which is an incredible feat next to traditional tracks.

Welcome to Drexel

The first week of college can be difficult for some students. For most, it’s the first time they are living away from their parents. Drexel recognizes this as a sensitive time, but wants all of new students to remain optimistic and excited. College is an amazing time in any young person’s life. It’s a period of major growth, both academic and personal. With that in mind, Drexel has established a Welcome Week to ease the transition into college.

Welcome week starts with move-in day and is followed by a week full of activities. Students are introduced to campus and learn about upcoming events. There are also several activities to promote interaction between peers. Students must register for Welcome Week prior to moving in. Registration can be found by logging into DrexelOne.

Learning Communities

Engineering Learning Community
The Engineering Learning Community (ELC) is a residential option open to students accepted into the Engineering program. Students live together on the same floor and take classes as a group. The ELC promotes academic success and support among peers. Extracurricular activities and networking events are planned throughout the year, giving members plenty of options to build their skillset and discover their interests.

LeBow Learning Communities
Students interested in becoming a member of a LeBow Learning Community must apply the summer before their first year. LeBow Learning Communities enhance the college experience by providing academic support and bonding among peers. Students benefit from faculty/staff interactions, corporate site visits, leadership opportunities, and more. 

Current LeBow communities

  1. Business Learning Community
  2. Economic Learning Community
  3. LeBow Commuters
  4. Business and Engineering Learning Community
  5. Global Classroom Learning Community

Cooperative Education

Drexel’s cooperative education has a longstanding history of success and opportunity. Students have the option to participate in up to three co-op experiences as undergraduates. Each experience is incredibly valuable to the student, who gains industry knowledge and builds professional networks. Co-op students tend to graduate with higher honors and greater starting salaries. Co-ops demonstrate that a student has gained hands on experience—a valuable skill to employers.

There are three different co-op tracks that students can choose from:

The Three Co-op track takes five years to complete, and involves three six –month stretches of employment.

The second track, One- Co-op option, takes four years to finish and includes just one period of employment.

The last option has no co-op. Some majors do not require a co-op in order to graduate. For these students, a diploma can be obtained within four years.


Admissions Fall 2015

28,757 Total Applicants 
21,494 Total Admissions 
2,730 Total Freshman Enrollment

74.74% of applicants admitted

Freshman Profile Fall 2015

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 530 630
SAT Math 565 680
SAT Writing    
ACT Composite 25 30
ACT Math    
ACT English    
ACT Writing    





Tuition $41,744
Fees $2,370
Total $44,114
Room and Board (on campus) $14,367
Room Only $8,682
Board Only $5,685
Estimated Total On Campus $58,481


Financial Aid Breakdown 2014-2015

100% of full-time, first-time undergraduates awarded any financial aid
65% of full-time, first-time undergraduates awarded student loan aid

$25,661 Average amount of federal, state, local, or institutional grant aid awarded
$10,168 Average amount of student loan aid awarded to full-time, first-time undergraduates