Drexel University

3141 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 | (215) 895-2000

#94 (tie) in National Universities | Overall Score 51/100.0
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2018 Quick Stats

  • Tuition & Fees $52,002 (2017-18)
  • Room and Board $14,367 (2017-18)
  • Total Enrollment 21,975
  • Application Deadline Jan. 15

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Drexel University is a private institution that was founded in 1891. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 13,251, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 96 acres. It utilizes a quarter-based academic calendar. Drexel University's ranking in the 2018 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 94. Its tuition and fees are $52,002 (2017-18).

Students at Drexel University can get a mix of in-class education and extensive on-the-job experience before graduation. Drexel operates a cooperative education program, sending students to more than 1,600 employers worldwide for six months at a time. Most co-ops are paid, and the average salary a Drexel student will take home is more than $16,000. Students who complete three co-ops generally graduate in five years. Students who participate in a single co-op experience or no co-op experience can graduate in four years.

When students aren’t working, there is plenty to do on the school’s main campus in Philadelphia’s University City. They have more than 300 student clubs and organizations to get involved in, including more than 30 fraternities and sororities. The Drexel Dragons compete in the NCAA Division I Colonial Athletic Association. The neighborhood is also home to the University of Pennsylvania and the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. The city's central hub of public transportation, 30th Street Station, is two blocks from campus, and Center City Philadelphia is a 10-minute walk away. In total, more than 70 percent of Drexel students commute to school.

Drexel offers well-regarded programs through the College of Engineering, and it has a medical school and a law school. Notable alumni of Drexel University include Michael Anderson, a former professional basketball player, and Earle I. Mack, a former ambassador to Finland.

General Information

  • Private, Coed school type
  • 1891 year founded
  • N/A religious affiliation
  • Quarter academic calendar
  • Urban setting
  • $650.3 million 2016 endowment

School Mission and Unique Qualities

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Drexel University holds a unique place in the academic community as Philadelphias technological, cooperative education university. The first university to mandate students to own computers and the first to operate a fully wireless campus, technology is integrated into every aspect of the University. Drexel focuses on experiential learning through its cooperative education program, one of the nations largest and oldest. The Universitys service-learning initiative, the countrys largest campus-based program of its kind, complements cooperative education by allowing students to utilize the resources of Philadelphia as a "living laboratory". Drexels thriving multidisciplinary research enterprise has erased boundaries between academic specialties. As a comprehensive university, Drexel includes the nations largest private medical school and newest law school. Drexels thriving multidisciplinary research enterprise has erased boundaries between academic specialties.

2018 Rankings

Drexel University is ranked #94 in National Universities. Schools are ranked according to their performance across a set of widely accepted indicators of excellence.

#94 (tie) in National Universities

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Undergraduate Information

Alumni Starting Salaries

Below are the median starting salaries by major for alumni of Drexel University.

Median starting salary of alumni: $58,000* *

Median starting salary of alumni: * $58,000*

By major:

Health Professions and Related Programs
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Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
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Visual and Performing Arts
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Biological and Biomedical Sciences
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When applying to Drexel University, it's important to note the application deadline is Jan. 15, and the early action deadline and the early decision deadline are Nov. 1 and Nov. 1, respectively. The application fee at Drexel University is $50. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due Jan. 15. It is more selective, with an acceptance rate of 75 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity: More selective 

Selectivity:  More selective

Fall 2016 acceptance rate: 75% 

Fall 2016 acceptance rate:  75%

Application deadline: Jan. 15 

Application deadline:  Jan. 15

SAT/ACT scores must be received by: Jan. 15 

SAT/ACT scores must be received by:  Jan. 15

Priority application deadline:

Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Drexel University is 10:1, and the school has 57.2 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Drexel University include: Health Professions and Related Programs; Engineering; Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Visual and Performing Arts; and Biological and Biomedical Sciences. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 86 percent.

Class sizes :
Classes with fewer than 20 students
50 or more

Student-faculty ratio: 10:1 

Student-faculty ratio:  10:1

4-year graduation rate: 0% 

4-year graduation rate:  0%

Student Life

Drexel University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 13,251, with a gender distribution of 51 percent male students and 49 percent female students. At this school, 20 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated or -affiliated housing and 80 percent of students live off campus. In sports, Drexel University is part of the NCAA I.

Student gender distribution:
51% Male

Total enrollment: 21,975 

Total enrollment:  21,975

Collegiate athletic association: NCAA I 

Collegiate athletic association:  NCAA I

Full-time degree-seeking students:

Cost & Financial Aid

At Drexel University, 57 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid, and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $26,121.

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Financial aid statistics:

Tuition and fees: $52,002 (2017-18) 

Tuition and fees:  $52,002 (2017-18)

Room and board: $14,367 (2017-18) 

Room and board:  $14,367 (2017-18)

Minimum credits per term a student can take for full-time tuition price:

Campus Safety

Campus safety data were reported by the institution to the U.S. Department of Education and have not been independently verified. The numbers for criminal offenses reflect reports of alleged offenses to campus security and/or law enforcement authorities, not necessarily prosecutions or convictions. Experts advise prospective students and their families to do their own research to evaluate the safety of a campus as well as the surrounding area.

Campus Services

Drexel University offers a number of student services, including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, health service, health insurance. Drexel University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc.). Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Drexel University.

Students who have cars on campus: N/A 

Students who have cars on campus:  N/A

Health insurance offered: Yes 

Health insurance offered:  Yes

Nearest airports (miles):

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