Drexel University

Drexel University

Founded in 1891, Drexel University is a private coeducational university located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. The 2006 edition of U.S. News and World Report ranks the undergraduate engineering program of Drexel 57th in the country.

Drexel offers a variety of degrees and programs through its three schools and nine colleges. The Drexel University's campus is divided into three parts:

  • The Center City Hahnemann Campus
  • The University City Campus
  • Queen Lane College of Medicine Campus

Sports teams at Drexel are known as the Dragons. They participate in the NCAA's Division I, the Colonial Athletic Association, and the Middle Atlantic Intercollegiate Sailing Association.

WKDU is Drexel's student-run FM radio station and The Triangle is the University Newspaper.

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Contacting Drexel

Drexel University
3141 Chestnut St
Philadelphia , PA 19104
General Phone: (215) 895-2000

Drexel Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Business and Management894business, accounting, managerial economics, finance, business and related services
Engineering747architectural engineering, biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, civil engineering courses, electrical engineering, environmental engineering, materials engineering, mechanical engineering, ...
Nursing and Emergency Medicine495EMT paramedic, registered nursing, nurse anesthetist
Liberal Arts440area studies, technical and business writing, English language and literature, general studies, humanities, library science, anthropology, political science, history ...
Medicine398neuroscience, pre-veterinary, medical preparatory, medicine, public health
Computer Science and Engineering389information science, computer science, web design, computer services management, computer engineering, software engineering
Science321biology, biomedical sciences, anatomical sciences, microbiology and immunology, pathology, physiology and pathology, epidemiology, biological and biomedical sciences, biological and physical sciences, ...
Medical Support and Technology191health service and sciences, medical coding, medical lab assistant, pathology assistant, radiation therapist, physician assistant, clinical and medical lab science, comparative animal medicine
Therapy and Counseling175psychology, clinical psychology, substance abuse counseling, marriage and family therapy, physical therapy
Design159fashion design, interior design, graphic design, design and applied arts
Education and Teaching158higher education administration, teacher education and development, education courses
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy79nutrition sciences, sports and fitness management, rehabilitation, alternative medicine
Security and Law Enforcement42criminal justice and administration, forensic science
Photography and Commercial Art41cinematography, photography
Medical Administration37health care administration, public health education
Architecture and Planning36architecture
Music34music management
Conservation and Resource Management33environmental science, natural resources management
Hospitality22hospitality administration
Media16radio and television, communication and journalism
Art Studies9arts management
Engineering Technician6engineering technology
Cooking and Culinary Arts5chef training
Drama and Performing Arts5playwriting and screenwriting

Number of programs and degrees for Drexel in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years446
Bachelor's degree2,48855
Master's degree1,65252
Doctor's degree - research/scholarship12122
Postbaccalaureate certificate1485
Associate's degree303
Doctor's degree - professional practice2722
Post-master's certificate62
Doctor's degree - other11

Drexel Student Body

In 2007-2008, Drexel had a total enrollment of 20,682 students (17,983 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 59%
Women 41%
Full-Time 99%
Part-Time 1%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 62%
Graduate 38%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 59%
Black 9%
Hispanic 3%
Asian 11%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 11%
(Foreign Students) 7%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 0%
18-19 18%
20-21 20%
22-24 22%
25-29 18%
30-34 8%
35-39 5%
40-49 6%
50-64 3%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

New Jersey25%
(International Students)8%
New York7%
State unknown1%

Drexel Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 83 %
Part-Time 54 %

Drexel Room and Board (2007)

Drexel offers campus housing for 3,798 of its 17,983 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Pennsylvania Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Drexel Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal540630
SAT Math570660
ACT Verbal2228
ACT Math2329
ACT Composite2328

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Formal Demonstration of Competencerecommended
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT91%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT17%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Drexel Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 30,440
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 30,440
Room and board $ 12,135
Room charge $ 7,275
Board (meal plan) charge $ 4,860
Books and supplies $ 1,800
Other expenses $ 3,750

Financial Aid:
Drexel participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 325600)

Drexel Faculty

Drexel has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track13190
Non-tenured and not on tenure track312300

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year9$178,7064$182,523
Associate professorcalendar year7$112,0878$118,971
Assistant professorcalendar year5$105,33717$93,837
Instructorcalendar year50$78,300114$77,003
All faculty totalcalendar year71$96,263143$84,304

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year136$133,68126$127,714
Associate professoracademic year107$103,41255$91,780
Assistant professoracademic year83$90,58861$85,433
Instructoracademic year109$58,65079$56,135
All faculty totalacademic year435$99,212221$81,514

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Drexel Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Basketball Colonial Athletic Association

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports120106226

Drexel Degree Programs (2007)

Architecture And Planning
Architecture (BArch, BA/BS, MArch, MA/MS, PhD)

Art Studies
Arts Management

Business And Management
Business, Management, Marketing & Related Support Services, Other
Business/Commerce, General
Business/Managerial Economics
Finance, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Engineering, General
Computer Science
Computer Software Engineering
Computer/Info Tech Services Administration & Management, Other
Information Science/Studies
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Science
Natural Resources Management and Policy

Cooking And Culinary Arts
Culinary Arts/Chef Training

Design and Applied Arts, Other
Fashion/Apparel Design
Graphic Design
Interior Design

Drama And Performing Arts
Playwriting and Screenwriting

Education And Teaching
Education, Other
Higher Education/Higher Education Administration
Teacher Education/Profess Development, Subject Areas, Other

Architectural Engineering
Biomedical/Medical Engineering
Chemical Engineering
Civil Engineering, General
Civil Engineering, Other
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
Engineering, Other
Engineering/Industrial Management
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
Materials Engineering
Mechanical Engineering

Engineering Technician
Engineering Technology, General

Hospitality Administration/Management, Other

Liberal Arts
Area Studies, Other
English Language and Literature/Letters, Other
General Studies
History, General
Humanities/Humanistic Studies
Library Science/Librarianship
Political Science and Government, General
Technical and Business Writing

Mathematics, General

Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other
Radio and Television

Medical Administration
Health/Health Care Administration/Management
Public Health Education and Promotion

Medical Support And Technology
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Assistant
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science and Allied Professions, Other
Comparative and Laboratory Animal Medicine (Cert, MS, PhD)
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General
Medical Insurance Coding Specialist/Coder
Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist
Pathology/Pathologist Assistant
Physician Assistant

Health/Medical Preparatory Programs, Other
Medicine (MD)
Pre-Veterinary Studies
Public Health, General (MPH, DPH)

Music Management and Merchandising

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic)
Nurse Anesthetist
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Alternative and Complementary Medicine and Medical Systems, Other
Nutrition Sciences
Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions, Other
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management

Photography And Commercial Art
Cinematography and Film/Video Production

Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other
Biological and Physical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Biomedical Sciences, General
Cell/Cellular Biology and Anatomical Sciences, Other
Chemistry, General
Microbiological Sciences and Immunology, Other
Pathology/Experimental Pathology
Physics, Other
Physiology, Pathology, and Related Sciences, Other
Science, Technology and Society

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration
Forensic Science and Technology

Therapy And Counseling
Clinical Psychology
Marriage and Family Therapy/Counseling
Physical Therapy/Therapist
Psychology, General
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling

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Drexel Highlights

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What Sets Drexel Apart:

Number of students
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Number of degree programs
(vs. all colleges)
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% of degrees in nursing and emergency medicine
(for colleges of its size and type)
Top 7%Drexel % of degrees in nursing and emergency medicine
Salaries of full-time faculty
(vs. all colleges)
Top 8%Drexel Salaries of full-time faculty
% of degrees in engineering
(vs. all colleges)
Top 9%Drexel % of degrees in engineering
Student SAT scores
(vs. all colleges)
Top 14%Drexel Student SAT scores
% of degrees in computer science and engineering
(vs. all colleges)
Top 16%Drexel % of degrees in computer science and engineering
% of full-time faculty on tenure track
(vs. all colleges)
Top 17%Drexel % of full-time faculty on tenure track
Degrees concentrated in limited number of degree programs
(vs. all colleges)
Top 17%Drexel Degrees concentrated in limited number of degree programs
Male % of student body
(vs. all colleges)
Top 18%Drexel Male % of student body
% of degrees in medicine
(vs. all colleges)
Top 19%Drexel % of degrees in medicine
% of degrees in design
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 20%Drexel % of degrees in design

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checked Student employment services
checked Remedial classes for students
checked Option to study abroad
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checked On-campus library
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checked Tenure system for quality teaching
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