Drexel University

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School Overview

Drexel University is a private research university located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Also known as DU, the school was established in 1891 by Anthony J. Drexel, a prominent businessman and philanthropist. Drexel students may pursue more than seventy undergraduate degrees and over a hundred Master’s, Doctorates and professional training programs.

U.S. News & World Report routinely names Drexel in its annual list of the best national universities. In 2012, that publication ranked Drexel 3rd among “Up and Coming National Universities”. Times Higher Education named the school one of the 200 best universities globally in its annual University Rankings.

Drexel features one of the highest ranked cooperative education (co-op) programs in the nation. Participating students are placed with companies and organizations in order to gain valuable career experience prior to graduation. Drexel partners with hundreds of government, corporate and non-profit institutions around the world. These include banks, international law firms, foreign and domestic government departments, and Fortune 500 companies such as Procter & Gamble, Microsoft and several Wall Street firms.

General Information

Admission Office
3141 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-2875
(215) 895-2400
(800) 237-3935
Fax: (215) 895-5939

Contact: Joan McDonald
Vice President of Enrollment Management
Main Address
3141 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-2000
(215) 895-2000


Total undergrads: 13,573
First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 2,485
Degree-seeking undergrads: 13,139
Graduate enrollment: 6,471

Urban setting
Very large city (over 500,000)
Commuter campus

Degrees offered:
First Professional

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $75

Online application fee: Free
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 68%

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Expenses for Academic Year 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
Tuition and fees $29,065 $30,440 $31,835 $33,000 +3.66%
Books and Supplies $1,725 $1,800 $1,875 $1,950 +4.00%
Living Arrangement – On Campus
Room and Board $11,610 $12,135 $12,681 $13,125 +3.50%
Other $3,475 $3,750 $3,900 $3,850 -1.28%
Living Arrangement – Off Campus
Room and Board $11,610 $12,135 $12,681 $13,125 +3.50%
Other $3,475 $3,750 $3,900 $3,850 -1.28%
Total Expenses 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
In-state On Campus $45,875 $48,125 $50,291 $51,925 +3.25%
In-state Off Campus $45,875 $48,125 $50,291 $51,925 +3.25%
In-state with Family $30,790 $32,240 $33,710 $34,950 +3.68%
Average Graduate School Tuition & Fees
Tuition for In-state Students $25,920
In-state Student Fees $250
Tuition for Out-of-state Students $25,920
Out-of-state Student Fees $250

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All students financial aid 2,370 99%
Grant or scholarship aid 2,345 97% $34,745,702 $14,817
• Federal grants 309 13% $1,452,843 $4,702
• Pell grants 309 13% $1,067,433 $3,454
• Other federal grants 246 10% $385,410 $1,567
Local and state government scholarships or grants 313 13% $941,243 $3,007
Institutional scholarships or grants 2,340 97% $32,351,616 $13,825
Student loan financial aid 1,689 70% $26,119,190 $15,464
• Federal student loans 1,666 69% $14,218,003 $8,534
• Other student loans 662 28% $11,901,187 $17,978

All Degrees and Programs

Program Completions for Most Recent Year BA/BS MA/MS Doctor AA/AS CERT
Total of All Education Programs 2707 1836 572 26 306
Architecture and Related Services 53
Architecture 53
Area, Cultural, Ethnic, Gender, and Group Studies 19
Area Studies, Other 19
Biology, Biological and Biomedical Sciences 114 72 22 120
Biology, Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other 32 101
Biology and Biological Sciences 114 7 5
Biomedical Sciences 27 2
Biostatistics 4
Cell/cellular Biology and Anatomical Sciences, Other 1 2
Epidemiology 19
Microbiological Sciences and Immunology, Other 5
Neuroscience 1 3
Pathology/experimental Pathology 2
Physiology, Pathology, and Related Sciences, Other 3
Business, Management, Administration and Marketing Services 620 372 9 2
Accounting 11
Business Administration and Management 2
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other 19
Business/commerce 549 332 9
Construction Management 30
Finance 26
Hospitality Administration/management, Other 19
Hotel/motel Administration/management 3
Human Resources Development 3
Communication and Journalism Studies 55 31
Communication and Journalism Studies, Other 55 24
Radio and Television 7
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 206 73 9 1
Computer Science 59 22 1
Computer/information Technology Services Administration and Management, Other 34
Information Science 72 48 8
Web Page, Digital/multimedia and Information Resources Design 41 3 1
Education 38 217 3
Education, Other 3
Educational and Instructional Technology 11
Elementary Education, Teaching and Instruction 1
Higher Education Teaching and Administration 77
Mathematics Teacher Education 5
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas, Other 37 124
Engineering 547 215 57
Architectural Engineering 56
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering 80 56 13
Chemical Engineering 51 12 4
Civil Engineering 78 22 7
Civil Engineering, Other 2
Computer Engineering 41 11
Computer Software Engineering 15 21
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 68 31 7
Engineering 2 2
Environmental/environmental Health Engineering 3 5 4
Industrial Engineering 1
Materials Engineering 19 14 7
Mechanical Engineering 131 41 15
Engineering Technology 47
Engineering/industrial Management 47
English Language and Literature/letters 12 5
English Language and Literature/letters, Other 12 5
Health Services/allied Health/health Sciences 484 423 330 26 156
Alternative and Complementary Medicine and Medical Systems, Other 12
Clinical/medical Laboratory Science and Allied Professions, Other 12 31
Comparative and Laboratory Animal Medicine 3
Health/health Care Administration/management 30
Health/medical Preparatory Programs, Other 48 58
Marriage and Family Therapy/counseling 18 9
Medical Insurance Coding Specialist/coder 19
Medical Radiologic Technology/science – Radiation Therapist 26
Medicine 259
Nurse Anesthetist 32 1
Nursing Science 9
Pathology/pathologist Assistant 8
Physical Therapy/therapist 3 51 22
Physician Assistant 4 78
Pre-veterinary Studies 1
Public Health 110 2
Registered Nursing/registered Nurse 372 118 12
Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions, Other 41
Substance Abuse/addiction Counseling 30
History 11
History 9
History, Other 2
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services 15 15
Criminal Justice/law Enforcement Administration 15
Forensic Science and Technology 15
Legal Studies 113
Law 113
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 49 1 2
General Studies 49 1
Humanities/humanistic Studies 2
Library Science 258 3
Library and Information Science 258 3
Mathematics and Statistics 17 4 2
Mathematics 17 4 2
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies 11 9
Biological and Physical Sciences 1
Nutrition Sciences 10 8
Science, Technology and Society 1
Natural Resources and Conservation 5 15 7 17
Environmental Science 5 15 7 17
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies 24 18
Sport and Fitness Administration/management 24 18
Personal and Culinary Services 10
Culinary Arts/chef Training 7
Personal and Culinary Services, Other 3
Physical Sciences 37 10 9
Chemistry 21 7 6
Physics, Other 16 3 3
Psychology 61 16 9
Clinical Psychology 9
Psychology 61 16
Social Sciences 32 2
Anthropology 2
Economics 12 2
Political Science and Government 15
Sociology 3
Visual and Performing Arts 287 40
Cinematography and Film/video Production 39
Dance, Other 1
Design and Applied Arts, Other 60
Fashion/apparel Design 32 5
Fine and Studio Arts Management 17
Graphic Design 42
Interior Design 25 18
Music Management 40
Photography 22
Playwriting and Screenwriting 5
Theatre/theatre Arts Management 21
Above data represent first majors only.
(-) Indicates that program is not offered at this award level.

Undergraduate Majors

Architecture & Related Programs

Architecture B

Arts, Visual & Performing

Dance B
Design and merchandising B
Design/Visual Communications B
Fashion Design B
Film Production/Cinematography B
Graphic Design B
Interior Design B
Music – General B
Photography B
Playwriting/Screenwriting B
Theatre Arts Management B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Business – General B
Business/Managerial Economics B
Communications and applied technology B
Hotel/Motel Management B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer Science B
Computer/Systems Security B
Information Sciences/Systems B
Web/Multimedia Design B


Architectural Engineering B
Biomedical Engineering B
Chemical Engineering B
Civil Engineering B
Computer Engineering – General B
Construction Engineering B
Electrical/Communications Engineering B
Environmental Engineering B
Industrial Engineering B
Materials Engineering B
Mechanical Engineering B
Software Engineering B

Engineering Technologies

Engineering Technology – General B

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General B
Technical/Business Writing B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Health System Administration B
Home Attendant C
Medical Insurance Coding C
Medical Laboratory Assistance B
Medical Radiologic Technology A
Nursing (RN) B
Physician Assistance B
Renal/Dialysis Technology A
Substance Abuse Counseling B


History – General B

Liberal Arts & Sciences

General Studies B
Humanities B


Mathematics – General B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

Biological/Physical Sciences B
Nutrition Sciences B

Natural Resources & Conservation

Environmental Science B
Environmental Studies B

Parks, Recreation & Fitness

Sport/Fitness Administration B

Personal & Culinary Services

Culinary Arts/Chef Training B
Restaurant/Catering Management B

Physical Sciences

Chemistry B
Physics B


Psychology – General B

Security & Protective Services

Law Enforcement Administration B

Social Sciences

Anthropology B
International Relations B
Political Science/Government B
Sociology B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

Drexel University Highlights

School Information

Phone Number:(215) 895-2000
Type of School:4-year, Private non-profit
Apply Online:www.drexel.edu/admissions/apply/
Address:3141 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Setting:Rural: Distant
Campus Housing:Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population:24,232
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's):70%
Student-to-faculty Ratio:10 to 1
Distance Learning Programs:Yes
Distance Learning Students*:14,848 (61% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered:Certificates, Associates, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition:$51,030
Out-of-state Tuition:$51,030
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid:98%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded:$29,097

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students

Drexel University Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Drexel University.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations and Related Sciences1
Architecture and Related Services1
Biological and Biomedical Sciences41169
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services615101
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs131
Communications Technologies/Technicians and Support Services1
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services4442
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields112
English Language and Literature/Letters11
Health Professions and Related Programs2215173
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service212
Legal Professions and Studies121
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities13
Library Science11
Mathematics and Statistics111
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies325
Natural Resources and Conservation221
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies11
Personal and Culinary Services1
Philosophy and Religious Studies21
Physical Sciences222
Public Administration and Social Service Professions1
Social Sciences611
Visual and Performing Arts143
Grand total581819332

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Online Programs & Distance Learning

See the distance education degree programs that are offered at Drexel University.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Biological and Biomedical Sciences1
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services14
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services41
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields12
Health Professions and Related Programs172
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service2
Library Science11
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies11
Grand total3716

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Drexel University and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017
Books and supplies$1,700

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2015-2016

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid2,66998%
Grant or scholarship aid2,65298%$29,097
Student loan aid1,69062%$10,377

All Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid12,90678%$21,061
Federal student loans8,83054%$7,395

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Drexel University. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Drexel University students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2017

Number of applicants28,53214,28714,245
Percent admitted100%75%74%
Percent admitted who enrolled8%9%7%

Admissions Considerations

Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Drexel University Enrollment, Fall 2017

Total Enrollment24,232
Undergraduate enrollment15,552
Graduate enrollment8,680

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Drexel University Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
    • Didactic Program in Dietetics
    • Didactic Program in Dietetics
  • American Bar Association, Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar
    • Law (LAW) - Professional schools
  • American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation
    • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMS)
  • American Physical Therapy Association, Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
    • Physical Therapy (PT) - Professional programs for the physical therapist
  • American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation
    • Clinical Psychology (CLPSY) - PhD Doctoral programs
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
    • Nursing (CNDNP) - Nursing education programs at the doctorate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
  • Commission on English Language Program Accreditation
    • English Language (English Language Center Intensive English Program)
  • Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs
    • Nurse Anesthesia (ANEST) - Institutions and programs at the master's degree, post master's certificate or doctoral degree levels
  • Council on Education for Public Health
    • Public Health (PHG) - Graduate level school of public health
  • Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
    • Radiologic Technology (RAD) - Programs for radiographers
  • Liaison Committee on Medical Education
    • Medicine (MED) - Programs leading to the M.D. degree
  • National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation
    • Art and Design (ART) - Degree-granting schools and departments and non-degree-granting programs
  • Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. ? May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission
    • Nursing (MNUR) - Master's program
    • Nursing (NUR) - Baccalaureate program

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. CollegeAtlas.org does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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