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A large private research university, Philadelphia's Drexel University draws many students through its cooperative education ("co-op") program, in which students take major-oriented classes in their first year and then alternate sixmonth studies with six-month full-time employment. Drexel "moves fast," and students love the feeling that "our work makes an impact in real companies." As a research-driven university, the school has found a "really strong area within the sciences" and also does very well in challenging students with "a fast-paced curriculum" that prepares them for a working environment and helps them to get "a hands-on look at what [they] can do with [their] degree." Though students find the schedule "very different compared to the normal college experience," they are well-aware of the track they've signed up for: "a lot more challenging and a lot less down time." One student explains, "If you are not a very self-motivated, hard-working student, you'll fall behind."

Most Drexel professors work in the industry that they're teachingand "are beyond knowledgeable on the subject" (a good number of professorsare also Drexel alumni). Professors are all "extremely intelligent," but many students admit that "sometimes there is a language barrier." Still, teachers here are "resourceful and ready to help solve a problem or redirect to someone who can." The quarter system keeps students on their toes academically, but it "makes the year go by faster." "I was skeptical at first, but it was worth it," says one quarter-system fan. At the end of the day, students say that you "can't beat 21 months worth of full-time experiences," and the school succeeds in giving students "a rigorous, great education that almost guarantees a job or place in grad school after graduation."

Student Body

This work-oriented university is filled with highly-motivated individuals that "consistently challenge themselves and are willing to push themselves so that they can tap their full potential." Most people at Drexel are pretty transparent about their reasons for being there: They're "looking for a good job." Since the "very stressful" curriculum keeps the pedal to the metal, students "rely on one another to ensure they understand and complete the tasks that are assigned." Everyone here is "generally in a state of caffeination or exhaustion (or both)," depending on their schedule for that day. The student body is very diverse (with a large number of international students), with "lots of colorful and unique characters on campus." The community can be fairly "clique-y," but the suite-style rooming "really helps with making friends."

Campus Life

Students generally spend their days "in class, in our gym, or working on co-op." Everyone here "works extremely hard"; due to quarter system, "there is never a time where students aren't hitting the library or studying with friends." There are plenty of open areas of the campus that you can find students studying ("especially the quad in the spring or summer"), and though students are "not big on structured extracurricular activities," they "do occasionally party." Food trucks are a very popular source of grub , particularly "the Food Truck Alley" behind the Main Building. For fun, Center City Philadelphia is just a short walk or subway ride away, and has everything from the Philadelphia Orchestra and Pennsylvania Ballet to "a variety of clubs, theaters, and bars." The campus is perfectly placed so that "all the conveniences and exciting things about city life are in your backyard, but all the comforts of being on a college campus (security, familiarity) are also there." In those rare periods without midterms or finals, people also "go to the gym frequently and play intramural sports."

Overview

Applicants
28,535
Acceptance Rate
75%
Average HS GPA
3.56

GPA Breakdown

39%
Over 3.75
22%
3.50 - 3.74
15%
3.25 - 3.49
13%
3.00 - 3.24
10%
2.50 - 2.99
1%
2.00 - 2.49

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SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
520 - 630
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
560 - 670

Concordant SAT Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
580 - 680
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
580 - 700

ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
25 - 30

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines

Early Decision — November 1

Early Action — November 1

Regular — January 15


Other Admission Factors

Academic

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

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
10:1
Total Faculty
2,079
with Terminal Degree
1,009

1,041
Women
1,038
Men
357
Minority
81
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
70%

Majors

  • Architecture and Related Service

  • Architecture

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Business/Commerce, General
  • Customer Service Management
  • Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies
  • Finance, General
  • Hotel/Motel Administration/Management
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce
  • Management Information Systems, General
  • Management Science, General
  • Marketing
  • Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management
  • Operations Management and Supervision
  • Real Estate

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Communication and Media Studies, Other

  • Communications Technologies/Technicians and Support Services

  • Radio and Television Broadcasting Technology/Technician

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer and Information Systems Security
  • Computer Science
  • Informatics
  • Information Science/Studies
  • Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design

  • Education

  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • Secondary Education and Teaching

  • Engineering

  • Architectural Engineering
  • Biomedical/Medical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering, General
  • Computer Engineering, General
  • Computer Software Engineering
  • Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
  • Engineering, General
  • Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
  • Materials Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

  • Engineering Technologies/Technicians

  • Engineering Technology, General

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Health/Health Care Administration/Management
  • Health/Medical Preparatory Programs, Other
  • Lactation Consultant
  • Medical Insurance Coding Specialist/Coder
  • Public Health, General (MPH, DPH)
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling

  • History

  • History, General

  • Legal Professions and Studies

  • Legal Professions and Studies, Other

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • General Studies
  • Humanities/Humanistic Studies
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Biological and Physical Sciences
  • International/Global Studies
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, General
  • Nutrition Sciences

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Studies

  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies

  • Sport and Fitness Administration/Management

  • Personal and Culinary Services

  • Culinary Arts/Chef Training

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • Physics, Other

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Security and Protective Services

  • Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration

  • Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Criminology
  • Econometrics and Quantitative Economics
  • Economics, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Arts, Entertainment,and Media Management, General
  • Cinematography and Film/Video Production
  • Dance, Other
  • Design and Applied Arts, Other
  • Fashion/Apparel Design
  • Game and Interactive Media Design
  • Graphic Design
  • Industrial Design
  • Interior Design
  • Music Management
  • Photography
  • Playwriting and Screenwriting
  • Visual and Performing Arts, General


Degrees

Bachelor's
Certificate
Doctoral
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

Notable Faculty


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

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years
70%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Dates

Application Deadlines
Feb 15
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

FAFSA
Forms CSSProfile

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$33,006

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$26,121

Average Need-Based Loan
$11,010

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$33,006

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$49,632
Required Fees
$2,370
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,700

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Yes
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters
$600

On-Campus Room and Board
$13,890
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

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

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
15,499
Foreign Countries Represented
115

Demographics

16.31%
Asian
5.71%
African-American
5.97%
Hispanic
51.85%
Caucasian
1.55%
Unknown
14.21%
International

47% female
53% male
47% are out of state
86% are full time
14% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
20%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
90%

Campus Environment
Large Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Frat Sorority
International Student

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
367
Number of Honor Societies
9

Number of Social Sororities
11
Number of Religious Organizations
19

12% join a fraternity
11% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

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
Womens Center
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.

88/99
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
No

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
17%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
No

Cash-Out Parking
No

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

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., Room 212
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Phone
1-800-2-Drexel

Email
enroll@drexel.edu

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
http://drexeldragons.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 senior 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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