If you’re considering choosing or have chosen the United States as your study destination, it naturally follows that you will be garnering as much information as possible about institutions of higher learning located in the United States. If you are at the information gathering point, then this article is just right for you as it will be enlightening you on one of the most prestigious universities in the United States, Drexel University.
History of Drexel University
Drexel University is a private university located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It was founded on December 17, 1891, by Anthony J. Drexel, a financier, and philanthropist. Between the time of inception and 1936, the institution was known as the Drexel Institute of Art, Science, and Industry. Between 1936 to 1970, it was the Drexel Institute of Technology. It became Drexel University in 1970 upon gaining university status. The change in names notwithstanding, the university’s identity and status has remained the same: that of a privately controlled, nonsectarian, and coeducational center of higher learning.
The institution runs its programs across three Philadelphia-area campuses: the University City Campus, the Centre City Campus and, the Queen Lane College of Medicine Campus in addition to the Centre For Graduate Studies in Sacramento, California which was renamed Drexel University Sacramento.
Drexel University Rankings
Drexel University may not be Ivy League but it is top tier and as elite as other elite institutions can be. The university is ranked:
• #103 in National Universities
• #2 in Co-ops/Internships
• #96 in Nursing
• #52 in Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs
• #249 in Top Performers on Social Mobility
• #57 in Most Innovative Schools
• #100 in Best Value Schools
• #58 in Best Undergraduate Teaching
• #133 in Best Colleges for Veterans
Consequent to the fact that schools are ranked based on their performance across widely accepted indicators of excellence, it’s a no-brainer that Drexel University is certainly top tier.
Drexel University Programs And Majors
Drexel University offers over eighty (80) undergraduate majors and over a dozen accelerated degree programs across its colleges and schools.
Its large number of programs notwithstanding, the institution is famous for its most popular majors which are:
In addition to the aforementioned, the following under-listed faculties and colleges of the University also come highly rated and recommended:
• Screenwriting and Playwrighting
• Animation and Visual Effects
• Chemical, Computer, and Civil Engineering
• Criminology and Justice Studies
• Entertainment and Arts Management
• Environmental Science and Sustainability
• Fashion Design
• Film and Television
• Game Design and Production
• Graphics Design
• Software Engineering
• Mathematics, to mention a few.
Drexel University Requirements and Admission Rate
Drexel University admissions are very selective and competitive. However, if you had a mix of A’s and B’s with a leaning towards A’s in your high school classes, then you’re qualified to apply. If in addition to your good high school grades you took some AP or IB classes, your chances of being admitted are higher than that of other applicants who do not possess any of the aforementioned.
Generally, however, to be considered for admission you are required to possess a minimum GPA of 3.73 and an SAT score of between 1180 and 1380 or an ACT score of 25 and 31. With grades anything lesser than the aforementioned, your chances of getting into the university are as low as 21%.
The institution has a very high acceptance rate. It is currently at 77.2% and there are speculations it might go as high as 80% in the coming years.
Drexel University Tuition and Other Fees
During the application process, applicants or intending students are required to pay a non-refundable admission fee of $50.
Upon admission, all students regardless of their residency are required to pay a total amount of $71,657 for tuition and other fees.
The amount is broken down this:
• Tuition —$52,146
• Books and supplies —$1,700
• Other fees —$2,370
• Room and board —$14,241
• Other expenses budget —$14,241
The institution also has an estimated Net Price of $38,025. The Net Price is the actual amount it would cost to study at Drexel after grants and scholarships are considered. The estimated amount notwithstanding, the net price varies by family income and financial need.
Drexel University Grants and Scholarships
By applying, all intending students automatically qualify for grants and scholarships.
Below are some of the scholarships students stand a chance of being awarded:
• Undergraduate scholarships
• Graduate scholarships
• Professional students scholarships
• Private Organization scholarships and many more.
Drexel University Accommodation
Although students, especially continuing ones are allowed to live off-campus, all freshers are required to live in the school. However, freshers whose permanent address as indicated in their official university record is within a 10-mile radius of the University city campus may decide to commute from home. They will however need to fill out a request for commuter form first.
Drexel University and International Students
Not only does Drexel University accept International students, but the institution also goes the extra mile to ensure they are well taken care of and are carried along. The Drexel Office of International Students and Scholars Services is charged with the responsibility of catering to the needs of international students. The institution currently has an estimated 5,000 International students from over 117 countries of the world.
As an international student, in addition to general requirements, you are required to make available other documents like Transcript Evaluations and Test Of English As A Foreign Language (TOEFL) especially if you have attended college outside the United States or if English is not your native language. Some programs however accept scores from International English Language Testing System(IELTS) as a substitute.
Just like their counterparts who are Americans, International students qualify for scholarships the moment they apply to be admitted. International students are awarded both part and full scholarships strictly on merit. The institution has various scholarships that students can apply for. However, the most popular scholarship program for International students is the Drexel Global Scholar Program.
Now that you have basic information about the institution, do well to check out the school’s official website to see their school calendar and know when the admission process begins and when the deadline is.
All The Best!