About Drexel University

Founded in 1891, Drexel University. is a Private college. Located in Pennsylvania, which is a city setting in Pennsylvania, the campus itself is Urban. The campus is home to 15,552 full time undergraduate students, and 8,680 full time graduate students.

The Drexel University Academic calendar runs on a Quarter basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 10:1. There are 1172 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at Drexel University include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.

Quick Facts

Acceptance Rate74%
Application Deadline
Application Fee50
SAT Range1080-1300
ACT Range25-30

Admissions at DU are considered Selective, with ,95% of all applicants being admitted.

In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 8 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.

91% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 69% were in the top quarter, and 37% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.

STUDENT LIFE

We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at Drexel University.

7%
“We”re apathetic”
27%
“We know about current events and vote”
58%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
8%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
5%
“We save it for the classroom”
23%
“Sometimes, but not often”
52%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
21%
“All the time, including weekends”
2%
“I”m always terrified”
15%
“I only go out in groups”
46%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
36%
“I feel extremely safe”
44%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
38%
“We bought the gear”
18%
“We live for the big game”
6%
“It”s not really our thing”
22%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
54%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
18%
“We”re a very artistic group”
4%
“Haven”t met them”
8%
“Available in class”
60%
“They keep regular office hours”
28%
“They”re always available”
2%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
40%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
54%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
4%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
1%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
30%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
46%
“We only party on weekends”
23%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
10%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
53%
“There might be people who do”
33%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
4%
“There”s a huge drug scene”
7%
“We”re apathetic”
27%
“We know about current events and vote”
58%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
8%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
5%
“We save it for the classroom”
23%
“Sometimes, but not often”
52%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
21%
“All the time, including weekends”
2%
“I”m always terrified”
15%
“I only go out in groups”
46%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
36%
“I feel extremely safe”
44%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
38%
“We bought the gear”
18%
“We live for the big game”
6%
“It”s not really our thing”
22%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
54%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
18%
“We”re a very artistic group”
4%
“Haven”t met them”
8%
“Available in class”
60%
“They keep regular office hours”
28%
“They”re always available”
2%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
40%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
54%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
4%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
1%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
30%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
46%
“We only party on weekends”
23%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
10%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
53%
“There might be people who do”
33%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
4%
“There”s a huge drug scene”

Drexel University REVIEWS

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  • How would you rate on-campus housing?

    288 Students rated on-campus housing 3.4 stars. 13 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate off-campus housing?

    251 Students rated off-campus housing 3.3 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus food?

    310 Students rated campus food 2.9 stars. 12 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus facilities?

    328 Students rated campus facilities 3.8 stars. 27 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate class size?

    328 Students rated class size 4 stars. 31 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate school activities?

    327 Students rated school activities 3.8 stars. 29 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate local services?

    328 Students rated local services 4 stars. 41 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate academics?

    328 Students rated academics 3.5 stars. 27 % gave the school a 5.0.

What's your overall opinion of Drexel University?

118 Students rated Drexel University

Prachi - 12/21/2021

As a first-year student, I loved the on-campus housing. Especially where I live in is very nice and clean. Everything is very convenient for living purposes from bathrooms to laundry room. For Academic purpose, the classes are amazing. Drexel library, gym and dining halls are really near to my resident hall. So, everything is really convenient.

Cooper - 03/05/2021

Drexel is a collaborative research University. This means the education staff is (typically) currently working directly in the field of study that they teach. I study architecture, so my Professors are constantly telling me what I can expect in the field right there in the classroom. It really gets me excited, or sometimes not, about getting out there! They encourage students to engage, and try to bring out the best in people. The school is very safe, despite being in the center of Philadelphia. Security is always emailing updates, and there are blue security phones posted all over the campus. Drexel University has its own Police Department. I don't believe that there is a five-star campus anywhere on Earth, which is why I'm giving Drexel four stars. Also to prove I'm being fair, sometimes the student portal is tough to navigate. Despite that, there will always be something you don't like at any college campus. I thoroughly enjoy learning at Drexel University and I recommend it for anyone, especially if they are interested in architecture, engineering, art, or law.

Annie - 10/22/2020

I chose Drexel because of the rigorous academics and the beautiful University City campus. My older brother went to Drexel, so I had plenty of exposure to the campus before I even applied. Learning at Drexel is like no other school's experience. Drexel values academics and civic engagement above all and their co-op program sets students up for success.

Joan - 08/05/2020

As a Drexel student, I'd say the classes are fast paste, the activities on campus are amazing on and off, and the professors are available to the students. There is some craziness on campus sometimes but there are four hospitals within 5-20 minutes of campus and a police station not far either. The campus is also close to Center City and you can walk around and explore pretty easily tons of restaurants and cool places to visit and check out!

Drexel University FAQS

  1. What is the Acceptance Rate at Drexel University?

    The fall 2020 acceptance rate for Drexel University is 74%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.

  2. What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

    In high school I was very aloof and followed the direction of others rather than going on my own path educationally. I feel like I wasted 4 years of education since I didn’t leave college with a career path. I graduated with a degree in biology but with no clear idea of what I wanted to do with my degree. After working for a bit, I realized that I was meant for a career in nursing. With all that I learned in both college and after college my biggest piece of advice to my high school self would be to shadow different careers in college and to not pick a specific major until you know what you want to do. I think I would have found my career path and goals during my undergraduate education if I hadn’t narrowed in on a major right away. In addition to advising myself to shadow different careers, I would also tell myself to be open minded to everything. You never know what will interest you and you don’t want to not try it because you’re close minded.

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  3. Describe the students at your school.

    All students have a passion for learning and work hard to achieve their goals, finding their hard work well rewarded.

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  4. What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

    The worst thing about my school is the constant construction. This is due to the improvement of facilities and working environment for students and faculty alike.

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  5. Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

    The focus that Drexel University places on their students career lives after graduation. They include one or three six-month co-op rounds for undergraduate students with possibly over 300 companies. Drexel also offers career fairs, job workshop seminars, networking events, guest speakers, career center services, mandatory classes that focus on personal and professional development (resumes, presentations, proper social media etiquette, etc.), as well as hands on classes to prepare students for their industry.

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  6. Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

    Drexel is very cut-throat in academics.

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  7. What's unique about your campus?

    the co-op program. I hope that it will allow me to get job experience that will help me in my future career.

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  8. What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

    Nothing

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  9. What kind of person should attend this school?

    The kind of student that should attend Drexel University is one that should be hard working, responsible and intelligent. You are required to take terms instead of semester's so essentialy you are doing about the same if not more work, in a lesser amount of time. That is where the responsible part comes in, in order to balance and juggle your personal life with your school activities.

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  10. What kind of person should not attend this school?

    A person that wants their college campus to be very organized and aesthetically pleasing shouldn't attend this school. The campus is placed near the heart of downtown Philadelphia therefore there is not much room to have that typical campus you would get at a campus such as Arizona State University. The university does not have a traditional campus feel.

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  11. What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

    The most frustrating thing students would agree on is that we do not have summer break. Due to the aforementioned quarter system, classes run in the summer. Despite not being able to have an enjoyable summer vacation or using that time to find an internship, Drexel has paid internships built into their schedule, so that if you are in a 5 year program, you have three 6 month internships or if you are in a 4 year program, you have one 6 month internship. So despite not having those summers off, you graduate ultimately with an advantage.

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  12. What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

    Drexel University has a rigorous curriculum. Unlike most universities and colleges, Drexel gets their curriculum in ten weeks. Therefore, classes are much faster and students have to really be on top of their academics.

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  13. What is your overall opinion of this school?

    I have really enjoyed my last three and a half years at Drexel. I think that the administrative staff works very hard to make sure that the students have opportunities for research, leadership involvement, and personal growth. I will say it is an institution that you will only excel at if you are driven and confident enough to advocate for yourself. For example, if you dont think you received enough financial aid appeal it. If i could change something about drexel it would be the lack of diverse campus activities. It is difficult to become involved or meet other students after your freshman year. I joined multiple organizations and moved back on campus last year to become more involved in university life. I have found the coop experience to be very valuable. I never had a full time job in high school so when i came to college and after 6 months of school i was working full time i was extremely overwhelmed. I have learned the importance of responsibility and accountability through my last three coops. It is also a great professional networking experience. I am a nursing major and on my first coop I worked at The Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia, my second and third were at Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. When i graduate i may have the opportunity to work at one of these places provided they are hiring, or at least ill have three valuable references. Most students complain about the administration. Personally, i think that students feel this way because it is such a large school it is difficult to feel connected to the administration. Additionally it is a city school, so we dont see our advisors and teachers walking around campus all the time. As i was saying earlier i believe that if you advocate for yourself you wont have any issues with the administration. Overall i think it is a great school for independent motivated indivuidals.

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  14. Describe your favorite campus traditions.

    Drexel University is most well known for its co-op programs. It allows students the opportunity to get "real world" experience before graduation. This helps them to make sure what they are going to school for is really what they want to be doing the rest of their lives.

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  15. What are the academics like at your school?

    Having 10-week terms can be very tough. It's hard to find an affective balance between work, school, and play. As far as professors, most of them are great. I just think the amount of work can be a little uncalled for sometimes. Drexel also offers hybrid courses which, in my opinion, are great.

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  16. What are the most popular student activities/groups?

    Like most colleges, greek life is definitely predominant. So many people rush and/or are in a sorority/fraternity, even I plan on rushing and I might be the last person I thought that would be apart of the greek life scene. Other than that, the gym seems to be everyone's favorite activity, even if they don't like it. I feel like I'm constantly seeing people going to and from the gym, or at least talking about it. No one wanted the Freshman 15.

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  17. Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

    These stereotypes are very inaccurate. Drexel is right in the city, who wouldn't love looking out their window to see a city skyline. And while some of the students are rich (like any school) there are people from all economic backgrounds.

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  18. What is the stereotype of students at your school?

    Stereotypes about Drexel are that it is mainly an engineering school and that it has a small and ugly campus. Stereotypes about Drexel students include that there is a high male-to-female ratio and that students are very pessimistic.

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  19. What is the stereotype of students at your school? Is this stereotype accurate?

    That the enineering students are too cool for school. I don't see that sterotype as being true, I think their I'n a world of their own.Lol

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  20. When you step off campus what do you see?

    Different places students like to get food and drinks

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  21. Describe the dorms.

    They're ok. It depends on a lot of factors the people on your floor, your roommate, etc. There are two nicer dorms that are new and clean and the rest are kind of old and dingy. They basically arent any different then any dorms at any other colleges.

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Student Body

Students

47%

female

53%

male

15,552

Total Undergrad Enrollment

8,680

Total Grad Students

49%

Out-Of-State

42%

In-State

9%

International

Organizations

180

Student Organizations

15

Fraternities

10

Sororities

Housing

Yes

On-Campus Housing

19%

of students living on campus

Student Diversity

% American Indian/Alaskan Native
N/A
% Asian/Pacific Islander
15%
% Black or African-American
7%
% Hispanic/Latino
6%
% White or Caucasian
53%

TUITION & AID

All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA. Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.

98% of students attending Drexel University receive some sort of financial aid. 26% were awarded federal grants. While 62% received federal loans. Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.

Cost Out of State

$51,030

Tuition and fees(Out of state)

$1,700

Books and Supplies

$14,367

Room and Board

67,097

Total On Campus

Actual Cost By Income Level(W/Financial Aid)

Family Income
Cost
$0 - $30K
$25,332
$30 - $48K
$29,628
$48 - $75K
$31,935
$75 - $110K
$37,318
$110K & UP
$44,456

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