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Drexel University: Rankings, Courses, Admissions, Tuition Fee, Cost of Attendance & Scholarships

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Based in Philadelphia, Drexel University is a private institution providing the nation's premier cooperative education programs. The organization is a coveted name in the US Education System that provides its students with a mix of in-class education and a rigorous on-the-job experience before graduation.

The university has an urban setting and spreads across over 96 acres of lush green land. The institute has a total undergraduate strength of 13,490 which consists of an international student population of nearly 12% representing different corners of the world. Around 75% of the students enrolled are full-time candidates that enjoy the vast and creative range of over 300-degree programs to choose from.

Admissions at Drexel University are available in the 3 intakes of Fall, Winter and Spring and observe different application deadlines for its diverse courses. All the applicants must deposit a non-refundable fee of 50 USD when applying to the institute. It has an acceptance rate of around 77% which makes it a lighty competitive university for studying in the USA.


In 2020, U.S News ranked the university at,

  • 97th rank in the National Universities.
  • 61st in Best Undergraduate Teaching and 23rd in Most Innovative Schools
  • 54th in Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs. (Biomedical, civil, mechanical, electrical/electronic/communication)
  • 2nd in Co-ops/Internships.


University TypePrivate
Campus SettingUrban
Annual Endowment722 million USD
Student Retention Rate89%
Work-study programYes
Mode of ProgramFull time; Part-time; online
Campus housing facility22%
Annual cost of Attendance69,392 USD
English language proficiency scoreTOEFL or equivalent
Financial AidAvailable as awards and scholarships

Programs, campus, and Accommodation


The university has a lush campus of 96 acres that provides various facilities, like,

  1. Health and fitness: counseling centers, etc.
  2. Athletics: clubs and recreational centers.
  3. Arts and culture: performing at Drexel, the Drexel collection.
  4. International Student Services.
  5. Public safety.
  6. Veteran Services.

The university has more than 300 student clubs and organizations including 30+ fraternities and sororities for interested students. The campus offers various departments to make the student life and experience better at Drexel, a few of them including, Campus Engagement, Counselling and Health, Finance and administration, Residential living and Student center, Veteran student services, etc.

The University of Philadelphia and The University of sciences in Philadelphia falls close in the neighborhood of the campus, with the city's central hub of public transportation falling 2 blocks away and city center Philadelphia about a 10-minute walk. This perfect location makes the institute’s campus a site of comfortable accessibility.

Housing facilities/ Residence

The campus has 10 residential halls divided among various categories of students for on-campus accommodation that can accommodate around 22% of the total students and are named as mentioned below.

  1. Bentley Hall.
  2. Caneris Hall.
  3. Kelly Hall.
  4. Millennium Hall.
  5. Myers Hall.
  6. North Hall.
  7. Race street residences.
  8. Stiles hall.
  9. Tower hall.
  10. Van Rensselaer Hall.

There's Gender Inclusive Housing, where they provide residence to students regardless of their gender identity and/or gender expression. Services available in the basic cost of housing include Front desk, Mail services, ResNet HD Cable TV, Utilities and Laundry.

Additional services are also provided in packages to the residential hall residents.


The university provides an array of courses for international students including over 325 degree programs through Certificate, Associate’s, Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctorate and Post-Graduation certifications.

Some popular programs at Drexel are as follows:

  1. Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services (MBA, BBA, etc)
  2. Health Professions and Related Programs (BS, MS, MPH, PhD, etc.)
  3. Engineering (BSAE, BSE, MS, PhD, etc.)
  4. Visual and Performing Arts (BA, BS, MFA, PhD, etc.)
  5. Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services (BACS, MS, etc.)

Of all the programs, 94 can be conferred through distance learning. Some special programs offered by the university include Drexel's Nursing Accelerated Career Entry BSN, Pre Professional Programs, Accelerated Undergrad Degree Programs, International Gateway Programs, among others

Drexel University Application Process

How to apply?

Application Portal: Candidates need to fill up Common Application on the official website for all desired programs.

Application fee: 50 USD

Application deadlines:

Deadlines for various courses at the institute varies and some of the common deadlines for international students with I-20 are mentioned below.

  • Fall- June 14
  • Winter- November 1
  • Spring- January 24

Note that all the international candidates are highly encouraged to send in their applications one month prior to the start of the term to allow sufficient time for processing their entries.

Basic Admission Requirements:

  • Official Academic Transcripts
  • Essay
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Standardized Test Scores. Any test score can be submitted, the highest would be considered.
    • SAT Reasoning Test.
    • ACT exam
    • Two SAT subject score tests
    • Two AP exam scores
    • International Baccalaureate Diploma or Two IB Higher level exam scores.
    • GCE- Advanced level
    • National exam results
  • Non-native English speakers are encouraged to submit SAT, ACT, TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE tests and submit the scores. The student is also required to have a minimum of 600 on SAT Evidence-based reading and writing section or 27 on the ACT English section.
  • Financial Aid Information
  • Proof of Financial Responsibility (International Applicants Only)
  • Portfolio
  • Writing Supplement
  • Audition (Dance Applicants Only)
  • Interview (Custom-Designed Majors Only)
  • College of Medicine Supplemental Application (BA/BS+MD Applicants Only)

Drexel University Cost of Attendance

For all the prospective candidates of the institute, an estimated budget for international students looking to study in the US has been compiled below

Tuition fee

  1. Undergraduate: 54,516 USD.
  2. Graduate: 36,021 USD

Cost of living

Other expenses apart from basic tuition that a student might incur while studying abroad are tabulated as follows:

Type of expenseCost in USD
Books & Supplies1,700
Other Fees2,370
Room and Board14,079
Personal expenses3,00

Scholarships/Financial Aid

International students at the institute are given financial aid as awards and scholarships to study in the USA. They are awarded on the basis of merit and need. The average scholarship value for freshmen is 15,736 USD. Almost all students receive some kind of financial aid of an average amount of 32,749 USD

The amount awarded varies, depending on the need of the student as decided by the admission committee.The merit scholarships are awarded based on the admissions application submitted by the student.

Some of the studentships available for international applicants at the university are as mentioned below.

  1. Drexel Merit Scholarship: First-year students are awarded this scholarship on the basis of merit. It is renewable provided that the candidate maintains 2.75 cumulative GPA and full-time status for the upcoming years. Amount provided varies for this award.
  2. Westphal Portfolio Scholarship: Awarded to first-year students and the amount for this award varies depending on different factors. Renewable if candidates maintain an overall GPA of 2.75 and continue to enroll in a major at Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
  3. Drexel Global Scholar program: Award includes a full tuition fee waiver and is a renewable scholarship. Awarded on the basis of overall student profile and a 850 to 100-word essay depicting how you are a global leader and how you are planning on giving back to the world.

There are other private funding options, like,

  1. EduPASS! The SmartStudent Guide to Studying in the USA
  2. Funding for U.S. Study.
  3. International Education Financial Aid.
  4. International student
  5. Payment plans.

Alumni network

The benefits received by the Alumni include:

  1. Alumni Card (access to Drexel recreation centre, university library, discount with Mandell theatre)
  2. Discounts and memberships.
  3. Continuing education and lifelong learning.
  4. Insurance discounts.
  5. Request Academic Records.

Famous Alumni of the institute are as follows:

  1. Earle. I Mack.
  2. Paul Baran.
  3. Paul W. Richards.
  4. Norman Joseph Woodland.


The university offers four annual fairs namely, Fall Career Fair, Philadelphia Law Fair, Engineering and Technology Career Fair and Spring Career Fair. Average Drexel student is offered about 16,000 USD.

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Drexel University Overview

Institution TypePrivate (Not for Profit)
Student Population28342
FAFSA Code003256
Application Cost$50
Accreditation MSCHE

Admission & Dates

Early action Deadlines

November 01

Application Deadline

April 01

Application Results

Regular decision Deadlines

January 15

Application Deadline

April 01

Application Results

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Test Scores for International Applicants

ExamsAvg. ScoreMin. ScoreMax. Score% Submitted
Language Proficiency
IELTS-6.5- -
TOEFL-90- -
SATCheck Detailed Score126011601360 82%
Evidence-Based Reading and Writing625580670-
ACTCheck Detailed Score272430 33%

Drexel University Acceptance Rate


Acceptance Rate


Total Applicants


Total Enrolled






Undergraduate Program79.0%
Total Applicants22508
Total Enrolled17789
Graduate Programs79.0%
Total Applicants13353
Total Enrolled10553

Drexel University Enrollment

Drexel University Enrollment28342
Undergraduate Enrollment17789
Graduate Enrollment10553
Graduation Rate
Average Graduation Rate71.2%

Attendance Cost

On Campus Accomodation
Books & Supplies$1,700 / Year
On campus, Room & Board$13,890 / Year
On Campus, Other Expenses$1,200 / Year
Off Campus Accomodation
Off campus (not with family), Room & Board$13,890 / Year
Off campus (not with family), Other Expenses$1,200 / Year
Off campus (with family), Room & Board$4,278 / Year
Off campus (with family), Other Expenses$1,200 / Year
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Top Accreditations [Institutional & Program Wise]

Institutional Accreditations
Middle States Commission on Higher Education
Program Wise Accreditations
Arts ProgramsNational Association of Schools of Art and Design
Law ProgramsAmerican Bar Association
Medicine ProgramsLiaison Committee on Medical Education
Medicine ProgramsJoint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
Dentistry ProgramsAmerican Dental Association
Language ProgramsCommission on English Language Program Accreditation
Nursing ProgramsCommission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Nursing ProgramsAccreditation Commission for Education in Nursing
Nursing ProgramsCouncil on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs
Physiotherapy ProgramsAmerican Physical Therapy Association
Psychology ProgramsAmerican Psychological Association
ProgramsAcademy of Nutrition and Dietetics
ProgramsCouncil on Education for Public Health
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Total FacultyFull TimePart timeGraduate Assistants
  • 2021
  • 2020
  • 2019
  • 2018
  • 2017

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    College rating

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    Pearce, USA Film and video
    Drexel University
    Alumna/alumnus , Batch : 2012


    The Drexel Co-op program gave internship experience prior to receiving my degree. At the time I went, not a lot of colleges offered this, so it was a great incentive. It was also located in a pretty major city that allowed for a metropolitan experience.

    Course Curriculum - 

    Very focused - you got classes on your major in Year 1 so it was refreshing to know you weren't just going to regular classes all freshman year long. The courses get more focused and intensive as you progress.

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    Brandon cisneros, USA Management information systems
    Drexel University
    Current student , Batch : 2022


    The co-op program! Our co-op program is world class. Students get placed into top 500 companies and get paid well. They can also work anywhere in the domestic United States or internationally. You work for 6 months full time instead of going to classes.

    Course Curriculum - 

    It's a fast-paced. Compared to other colleges, our schedule is quite crazy. It's difficult but the challenge is good. College is not overall easy, but I think the program and fast-pace are worth it because I know my future is going to be great.

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    Drexel University, 3141 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104


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