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Drexel Admissions Information

Drexel University
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (map)


Founded in 1891 by financier and philanthropist Anthony J. Drexel, Drexel University is a private institution committed to providing students a strong, well-rounded education with a focus on work experience, research and technology. In fact, Drexel is considered Philadelphia’s technological university. In a nod to this technology-friendly reputation, Drexel was the first university requiring all students to have microcomputers–in 1983!

Furthermore, Drexel is known for its use of co-operative education as part of the undergraduate learning process. In 1919, a career-focused co-op program was founded, which was among the first of its kind in the U.S. Today, the program continues to excel as one of the country’s largest and most diverse. A majority of students complete an 18 month, full-time work experience relating to their specific academic interests during their undergraduate career. The system provides boundless hands-on academic opportunity for Drexel students; currently, students are employed by more than 1,500 businesses and organizations in 27 states and 12 countries through the co-op program.



Basic Info

Main Address: 3141 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-2000
Phone Number: (215) 895-2000  
Website: http://drexel.edu/  


Type of school: Private, Four-year  
Type of school: Co-ed  
Setting: Urban setting, Very large city (over 500,000), Residential campus  
Athletics: NCAA Division I, Intercollegiate, Intramural, Club, Scholarship  
Degrees offered: Certificate, Associate, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral  
Size of undergraduate student body: 13,484  
Percent out-of-state: 49%  
Percent international: 10%  
Female to Male ratio: 55:45  

Academic Life

Student to Professor ratio: 9:1  
Most popular majors: Biology/Biological Sciences
Health Professions
Information Science/Studies
Mechanical Engineering
Special study programs: Accelerated Program
Distance Learning
Double Major
Dual Enrollment of High School Students
Honors Program
Independent Study
ROTC, Air Force
ROTC, Army
ROTC, Navy
Semester At Sea
Study Abroad
Teacher Certification
Weekend College

Campus Life

Housing options:
1st-Year Students Guaranteed On-Campus Housing
Apartments For Single Students
Special Housing For Disabled Students
Coed Housing
Fraternity/Sorority Housing
Special Housing For International Students
Campus ministries
Concert band
Jazz band
Music ensembles
Pep band
Student newspaper
Choral groups
Film society
International students
Literary magazine
Musical theater
Radio station
Student government
Television station

Fun Facts

  • In 2000, Drexel became the first major university to operate a fully wireless campus, allowing students, faculty and staff to access the Internet from indoors and outdoors, anywhere on the University's three campuses.
  • Founded in 1850, the Female Medical College of Pennsylvania (later known as The Woman's Medical College of Pennsylvania and The Medical College of Pennsylvania) was the first medical school for women in the world.
  • Established in 1919, Drexel's co-operative education program is one of the oldest, largest and most successful.
  • Drexel has been a pioneer in the e-Learning industry, offering degrees online since 1996.

Admissions Information

Drexel University's acceptance rate is 55%, making it a moderately selective university. Admissions proceed via a rolling process, so the earlier that a student submits all information, the sooner he or she will receive a decision. However, it is important to note that there are different deadlines depending on a student's interests. For instance, January 15 is the deadline for those students who would like to be considered for the A. J. Drexel Scholarship. Furthermore, Drexel is not an exclusive user of the Common Application. In other words, the Common Application is available for Drexel, but there is also the option to complete a Drexel-specific application available on the admissions website.

According to the school's admissions website, it is important that an applicant submit his or her application with all required and supplemental information. Furthermore, the factors that are most closely considered include: rigor of secondary school record, class rank, academic GPA and standardized test scores. Other considerations include the personal statement, extracurricular activities and recommendations provided by a teacher and guidance counselor.

Admissions address: 3141 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-2875
Phone number: (800) 237-3935  
Fax number: (215) 895-5939  
Admissions Website: http://drexel.edu/admissions/overview/  
Email: enroll@drexel.edu  
Contact Person: Joan McDonald, Senior Vice President of Enrollment Management  
Number of first-year applications received: 39,827  
Percent of applicants admitted: 55%  

Application Information

Regular application deadline: March 1 (Regular Rolling Admissions)
January 15 (to be considered for A.J. Drexel Scholarship -U.S. citizens and permanent residents only)
December 1 (for accelerated degree programs)
November 15 (for Westphal College of Media Arts & Design)
Early decision/action deadline: November 15 (Early Decision for Westphal College of Media Arts & Design)  
Accepts the Common Application? Yes  
Admission requirements: Completed Common Application with School specific supplement or Online Drexel Application
Standardized Test Scores
1 Academic Teacher Evaluation
School Report (with guidance counselor recommendation)
Mid Year Report
Final Report
If Applicable: Homeschool Supplement to the Secondary School Report

Application Information

Standardized test scores required? SAT Reasoning Test or ACT with Writing
International applicants: IELTS or TOEFL
Policy regarding SAT score-use: Considers highest section scores across test dates.  
Middle 50% Scores



% Who Submitted Scores
SAT Critical Reading
SAT Math
SAT Writing
ACT Composite

College Board code: 2194  
ACT code: 3556  
Learn more about other Large Pennsylvania schools:
University of Pittsburgh   Temple   Penn State  

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