Drexel University (Drexel)

3141 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA

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Drexel University is a top public research university in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Drexel University offers more than 200 academic degree programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Many of its academic programs are nationally ranked, and the renowned faculty is made up of leaders in their fields.

Drexel University excels at offering a convergence between theoretical and practical approaches to learning, integrating media, technologies and sciences to create a learning environment that includes research, discovery and discourse. Many programs are interdisciplinary, with cooperative education offered among Drexel's 13 colleges and schools.

The research advancements at Drexel are well-known, and the university's research activities result in more than $100 million annual expenditures in sponsored research projects. Research projects encompass medical and health sciences, engineering, biotechnology, basic science, information science and business. Integrative research projects at Drexel have included efforts to improve transportation infrastructure, move alternative energy sources mainstream, and improve medical care.

Drexel University also offers study abroad programs, and recently opened its Center for Graduate Studies, which caters to working professionals who are seeking additional education for advancement in their careers. Drexel offers seven of its highly-ranked programs at its Sacramento, California location in flexible online or onsite formats. Graduate programs at this site include:

  • MBA
  • MS Finance
  • MS Human Resource Development
  • EdD Educational Leadership and Management
  • MS Higher Education
  • Executive Master of Public Health
  • Interdepartmental Medical Science


In 1891, philanthropist and financier Anthony J. Drexel founded the Drexel Institute of Art, Science and Industry. His goal was to launch a tradition of innovation in education. In 1914, Drexel was approved to grant bachelor's degrees. In 1927, Drexel gained the approval to confer master's degrees. In 1965, Drexel was approved to confer doctoral degrees. Over the years, Drexel developed its curricula evolving into multiple colleges and schools. In 1970, the Drexel changed its name to "Drexel University."


At Drexel University, the majority of study programs operate according the quarter system, though some follow the semester system. Students are advised to consult their individual college or school to determine if their program of study follows a quarter or semester format. The colleges of medicine and law also follow separate academic calendars.

Colleges and Schools

Within each college or school at Drexel University, there are also many centers and institutes.

  • Goodwin College of Professional Studies
  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • Bennett S. LeBow College of Business
  • School of Education - Goodwin College
  • College of Engineering
  • Drexel University College of Medicine
  • College of Nursing and Health Professions
  • School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems
  • School of Public Health
  • Pennoni Honors College
  • The iSchool at Drexel, College of Information Science and Technology
  • Earle Mack School of Law
  • Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
  • School of Technology and Professional Studies - Goodwin College

Student Life

Drexel University's Office of Student Life has resources, programs and activities available for all students, including student support services. More than 200 student clubs and organizations are available for involvement, to bring students together for social, academic, professional or service projects. The Office of Campus Activities is a source of additional information for students seeking involvement, recreation and entertainment beyond the classroom.

There are many local chapters of fraternities and sororities that offer activities to members, as well as housing in the historic Powelton Village in Philadelphia. Students seeking recreation and fitness have the Drexel Recreation Center at their disposal, with many exercise studios, a climbing wall, jogging track, and more.


The Drexel University school colors are blue and yellow (gold). The Drexel University mascot is the dragon, and the university's athletic teams are nicknamed the Drexel "Dragons." The mascot, "Mario the Dragon," appears at Drexel sporting events in a blue dragon costume with yellow accents. Spirit and cheer teams work with "Mario" to encourage school spirit at events throughout the year.


More than 400 Drexel student-athletes compete in intercollegiate sports in the Colonial Athletic Association. Drexel's varsity sports include:

Men's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Crew
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Squash
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Wrestling 

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Crew
  • Field Hockey
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Squash
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis

Satellite Campuses

The Drexel network of satellite campuses and learning centers include:

  • Drexel University Online
  • Drexel Sacramento (Center for Graduate Studies)
  • Drexel at Burlington County College (BCC)
  • Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

Community Life

The Center for Civic Engagement at Drexel University offers students many opportunities to interface with the local community in Philadelphia. Drexel collaborates with many community non-profit organizations and local government offices, providing students the opportunity to get involved in more than 150 civic engagement initiatives each year.

Admission Requirements & Details

The information regarding admissions below may give you an idea of the candidates Drexel accepts. The details may include admissions application requirements and recommendations, as well as any AP credits that may be transferred.

College Credits Accepted

  • Dual Credits
  • Life Experience Credits
  • AP Course Credits

Student Enrollment

The total student enrollment at Drexel University is about 26,000. The student body is made up of 64% undergraduate students and 11% graduate students.

Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The items listed below are for informational purposes only and may not represent current tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Annual tuition estimates are between $42,000-$50,000 for both state residents and nonresidents
  • Part time students pay in the range of $1,000 to $1,300 per unit

Financial Aid Details

The information below lists the financial aid types students are receiving. Also shown are the percent of students receiving aid and the average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid100%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships100%$25,661
Receiving Student Loans65%$10,168

Academics & Student Services

Student Services

To support students and graduates, Drexel University may offer services to students like:

  • Distance learning
  • Classes offered on nights and weekends
  • Remedial instructional courses
  • Academic counseling for students
  • Work study style employment
  • Helping students find work after graduation

Graduation Rates

The overall graduation rate of Drexel University is around 70%.

Number of Year to GraduatePercent of Entering Class
Students Graduating in 4 Years28%
Graduating in 5 Years36%
Graduating in 6 Years5%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

  • Art and Design Program
  • Clinical Psychology (Ph.D.) Program
  • Dietetics Program
  • English Language Program
  • Law Program (more info)
  • Medical (M.D.) Program (more info)
  • Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) Program
  • Bachelor's Degree in Nursing (BSN) Program (more info)
  • Nursing (MSN, DSN) Program (more info)
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Program
  • Master's in Public Health (M.P.H.) Program (more info)
  • Radiology Technician Program (more info)

Intercollegiate Athletics

Drexel University is a Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), with many of the sports being in the NCAA Division I-AAA classification. The most popular sports played are listed below:

  • Basketball (Colonial Athletic Association)
  • Field Hockey
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Wrestling

Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)

Agriculture Operations


Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Business and Marketing Studies

Communication Technology

Communications and Journalism

Computer and Information Sciences



Engineering Technology

English Language and Literature

Health and Clinical Professions


Interdisciplinary Studies

Legal Professions and Studies

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Library Science

Mathematics and Statistics

Natural Resources and Conservation

Personal and Culinary Services

Philosophy and Religious Studies

Physical Sciences


Public Administration and Social Services

Recreation and Fitness Studies

Security and Protective Services

Social Sciences

Visual and Performing Arts

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Information displayed on this page has been obtained from Institution, State, and Federal data sources, including the US Dept. of Education's Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) Survey 2010-2016. Information should be solely used for informational purposes only and may not be accurate for the current year. Contact Drexel University for official up-to-date information.

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