Students Say

By far the biggest draw for students seems to be Drexel University’s cooperative education program that “gives students the opportunity to gain hands-on experience and develop professionally in their field of study.” The co-op program is “an amazing experience” and “really sets [Drexel] apart.” The program “offers real-world work experience and contacts at up to three local and/or national companies before graduation—and in this economy, it’s all in who you know!” The co-op really helps students get “an excellent job after graduation.”

Overview

Applicants
47,477
Acceptance Rate
76%
Average HS GPA
3.47

GPA Breakdown

28%
Over 3.75
22%
3.50 - 3.74
20%
3.25 - 3.49
18%
3.00 - 3.24
11%
2.50 - 2.99

Test Scores

SAT Reading
530 - 630
SAT Math
560 - 670
ACT Composite
24 - 29

Deadlines


Regular
January 13

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Class Rank
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Overall

Students Say

By far the biggest draw for students seems to be Drexel University’s cooperative education program that “gives students the opportunity to gain hands-on experience and develop professionally in their field of study.” The co-op program is “an amazing experience” and “really sets [Drexel] apart.” The program “offers real-world work experience and contacts at up to three local and/or national companies before graduation—and in this economy, it’s all in who you know!” The co-op really helps students get “an excellent job after graduation.” “Drexel University has diversified from its roots,” and the school is “no longer being about just engineering. [Drexel] has set out to educate students to prepare them for careers in all industries.” Students enjoy a “great campus location” in Philadelphia and “prides itself on innovative technologies that value sustainability, progressive learning that encourages constant change, and opportunities for invaluable experience.” Although most of the professors “are very knowledgeable in their field” and offer “hands-on learning combined with direct application,” many students say that “too many professors speak English as a second language” and “have difficulty communicating to their students.” Students also pinpoint the “red tape” and “bureaucracy” as frustrating, saying that it bogs down the school. “Drexel is unfortunately run too much like a business sometimes,” one student explains. “It can be difficult to get through the red tape that ties up departments.” Some students also see the tuition as “outrageous.” Although “some facilities are old and need work,” Drexel is good about “dumping money into improving facilities” and most are “top-quality.” One student proudly says, “Drexel is a great school,” and it “is only going upward from here.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
:1
Total Faculty
2,168
with Terminal Degree

1,101
Men
1,067
Women
340
Minority
72
International

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
2 - 9

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years


Degrees

Associate
Bachelor's
Certificate
Doctoral
Doctoral Other
Doctoral/Professional
Doctoral/Research
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Paul Baran
Founding father of the Internet

N. Joseph Woodland
Inventor of bar code technology

Maxfield Parrish
Illustrator of Mother Goose

Myrtelle Canavan
One of the first female pathologists, Canavan disease was named after her

Susan La Glesche Picotte
First female Native American physician

Douglas Ellington
American architect, first American to win the Rougevin Prize

Walter Golaski
Developer of the first practical artificial blood vessel replacement

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
74
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 15

Required Forms

FAFSA
Forms CSSProfile

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$28,234

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$21,813

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,400

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$44,646
Required Fees
$2,405
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$2,053

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$5,685
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants
Federal Health Professional Scholarships
Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Other
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans
State Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Overall

Students Say

“There is no such thing as a typical Drexel student,” one student declares. “Our campus is incredibly diverse in every way.” “Drexel is a mixing bowl” and “very multicultural.” “Everyone is different, and we all interact with each other and fit in [with] all different groups.” “There are so many different people from everywhere, and it’s amazing. Black, white, gay, straight: it just makes the college life here diverse and exciting.” “Most students get involved in one or more student organizations” to fit in. Students are also very hardworking and “busy with classes and studies.” “Everyone is focused on careers after college, but people still like to have fun on the weekends.” “We’re generally pretty mellow people,” a chemical engineering student explains. “[We] work hard, but don’t get too uptight about grades and classes.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
16,896
Out of State
53%

International
15%
Foreign Countries Represented
104

Demographics

14.94%
Asian
7.67%
African-American
6.86%
Hispanic
63.88%
Caucasian
2.54%
Unknown
14.75%
International

47% female
53% male
53% are out of state
85% are full time
15% are part time

Overview

Students Say

Drexel University is located “right in the heart” of Philadelphia, one of the country’s largest and most vibrant cities. Consequently, much of student life involves exploring this unique city. “It is so easy to learn how to use the subway and go into the heart of the city. It’s so much fun to check out new locations, go shopping, and try out some of the best restaurants in town.” Students love “the comedy club in center city [and] the bars in Old City,” and they often head to a “Phillies, Flyers, or 76ers game.” “The music scene in Philadelphia is great,” and “the Philadelphia Museum of Art is just a twenty-minute walk from campus.” In addition to having the entire city of Philadelphia at your disposal, the University of Pennsylvania is “right across the street.” “If you’re into partying, there’s always a party going on, if not, head over to UPenn or Temple,” one student advises. On campus, “Greek life is a big part of Drexel’s community.” If there’s a downside to Drexel life, it’s that there’s “very little school spirit.” “The basketball team is all the school spirit that exists; there isn’t any besides that,” a student explains. But as soon as you step off campus, “there are countless other things to do too, like museums, operas, and musicals.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
26%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

Quality of life rating
80
First-Year Students living on campus
91%

Campus Environment
Large Urban
Fire safety rating
91

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Frat Sorority
International Student
Other

Special Needs Admissions


Director
Jenny Duggar, M.A.

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Documentation Requred for LD
Psychoeducational evaluations and IEP

Documentation Requred for ADHD
Yes

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
Yes

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
No

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
327
Number of Honor Societies
14

Number of Social Sororities
11
Number of Religious Organizations
14

12% join a fraternity
11% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

8% participate in intramural sports
3% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Dragons)
10 Sports

Basketball
Crew Rowing
Diving
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Squash
Swimming
Tennis
Wrestling
Women's Sports (Dragons)
10 Sports

Basketball
Crew Rowing
Diving
Field Hockey
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Squash
Swimming
Tennis

Student Services

Health
LGBT Support Groups: www.drexel.edu/studentlife/get_involved/get_involved_multicultural_programs/sexuality/

Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered on-campus
Navy ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: University of Pennsylvania
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Saint Joseph's University

Sustainability

It’s all about the build at Drexel University. Drexel has become the first university in the country to require the use of Green Globes independent environmental impact monitoring software for all new construction projects. The LEED Gold-certified Constantine N. Papadakis Integrated Sciences Building (ISB) is home to North America’s largest living biofiler wall: a five-story living wall of vegetation through which air intakes and outputs are filtered, with the goal of improving energy efficiency and indoor air quality. The Recreation Center is the first building in Philadelphia to have total storm water management, collecting and using rainwater in the building’s toilets. The ISB, the Recreation Center, and the new home of the LeBow College of Business all received a rating of three Green Globes from the Green Building Initiative. Millennium Hall, a $42 million residence hall, spans seventeen stories and 102,680 square feet, and incorporates many sustainability-focused features, including a green roof. Drexel has also committed to purchasing 100 percent renewable wind and solar energy to offset its electric energy use, reducing the university’s operations carbon footprint by 81 percent. Hydration stations, designed to encourage members of the Drexel community to fill reusable containers instead of using bottled water, are plentiful on campus, with more on the way. Up to thirty percent of food expenditures go toward local or organic food, and the school boasts an overall waste-diversion rate of 33 percent. Drexel offers plenty of environmentally focused programs, including environmental policy, environmental science and environmental engineering. Student initiatives include the Smart House, a project to renovate an urban home that will serve as a “living laboratory” for exploring sustainable design and technology. The Steinbright Career Development Center assists in placing students into co-op jobs based on their education program and career interests.

Green Rating
92
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
10%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Yes

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
Yes

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
Yes

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
Yes

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
Yes

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Yes

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2014.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
Yes

Undergraduates that Own Computers
100%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Apple Dell

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Address
Office of Admissions
3141 Chestnut St..
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Phone
1-800-2-Drexel


Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Drexel Recreation Center
Barnes & Noble University Bookstore
Creese Student Center
Handschumacher Dining Center
The Quad

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Center City/Rittenhouse Square/Old City/South St.
Independence Hall
The National Constitution Center
Liberty Bell
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Philadelphia is one of the most vibrant cities in the nation. For more info, see: http://www.visitphilly.com

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday; most Saturdays
9am-5pm; 10am
1-800-2-Drexel

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Mon-Fri 11:30am and 2:30pm; Sat 11 am
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
M-F 10:00 and !:00; Saturday 10:00

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit
Drexeldragon.com

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
Winter and Spring Tearms for admitted seniour only

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
The drive from Philadelphia International Airport to campus is 20 minutes (but it could be much longer if traffic is heavy, which isn't unusual). SEPTA (the public transportation system) regional rail trains run hourly from the airport to 30th St. Station, leaving you only 2 blocks from campus. Taxis are also available. Amtrak trains from all parts of the country and SEPTA commuter trains stop at 30th St. Station, 2 blocks from campus. Greyhound bus lines serve Philadelphia from the depot in center city; from there, you can take a SEPTA bus or commuter train (from Jefferson Station to 30th St. Station) to campus.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From Princeton, Trenton and points North: Take 95 south to 676/Central Philadelphia exit. Then take 676 west to 76 east exit. Follow 76 east exit under railroad bridge and proceed into right lane as soon as it is safe to do so. Follow the sign for exit 39 (do not continue following 76 east). Go around the 30th St. train station. From New York and northern New Jersey: Take New Jersey Tpke. south to exit 4 (Camden/Philadelphia). Follow Rte. 73 north to Rte. 38 west. Travel 4.7 miles past Flower World and merge right onto Route 30 west. Follow 2.6 miles to the Ben Franklin Bridge. Cross bridge and stay in left lanes. Follow signs for 676 west. Follow 676 for 1 mile and take 76 east exit. Go under bridge and get into the right lane as soon as it is safe to do so and follow signs for Exit 39 (do not continue following 76 east). Go up ramp and around 30th Street Station to first light and make a right.

Local Accommodations
Drexel has negotiated discounted rates with hotels located in Philadelphia for students and families visiting the University. Visit (http://www.campustravel.com/university/drexel/visit_drexel.html)for more information.
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Key Stats

47,477
Applicants
16,896
Size
76%
Acceptance Rate
1200
SAT Scores

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