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3 College Freshman

Academics: Like anywhere else, there are good professors and bad professors. Workload is what you make it, Drexel has many areas to study.

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4 College Student

Academics: The Engineering program is varied, with many choices of a discipline to pursue. This school is a Co Op school, which was a main attraction to attend.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: I am in the graphic design program. We get a lot of work, specifically in design class, but I think it is all very necessary and useful. The curriculum is well-rounded. The facilities are very good--there is a huge computer lab with printers. There are plenty of work-study opportunities available.

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3 College Student

Academics: I have only been in introductory classes so far, and some of the professors could be better.

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4 College Student

Academics: My major is something I want to pursue in, which is Architectural Engineering. I work hard and study hard to try my best.

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Drexel is a very intense school with more of a technical focus than an academic one. In recent years, Drexel has been expanding many of the academic departments to rival the top schools in the country. They have created more sophisticated elective courses in each of their departments and added majors such as anthropology. Professors are generally very good at Drexel. Many professors in Drexel's strongest fields—like business, biomedical engineering, and legal studies—are established professionals who teach well. Even in smaller departments like philosophy or foreign language, the professors are knowledgeable, caring, and impressive teachers. Most of the Drexel adjuncts teach at Penn, as well.

Most Drexel students will tell others that it is difficult to actually learn all of the material presented within a 10-week term. Ten weeks is not nearly long enough to receive an enriching learning experience and grasp material. Therefore, many classes that would be taken in two semesters at another school are taught in three quarters so students aren't left short-handed. A lot of information packed into a small amount of time leads to constant testing and long assignments. Drexel students truly deserve their breaks each term. In addition to taking classes, there are many ways students can enrich their learning experience. Drexel has many hidden opportunities that are waiting to be taken advantage of. Independent studies are available in every field and are encouraged by most departments. Students can also add minors and concentrations to tailor their degree specifically for them. There are research positions available (if not for credit or money, then for pure, resume-building experience) with professors in lab science, social science, and the humanities. All students have to do is ask a professor if they can work with him or her. They can also apply for research through the STAR program—an undergraduate research program.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
14:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
1,011
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
918
Total FT Faculty
1,378
Faculty with Terminal Degree
83%
Average Faculty Salary
$92,781
Full-Time Retention Rate
85%
Part-Time Retention Rate
62%
Transfer-Out Rate
26%
Graduation Rate
65%
Programs/Majors Offered
116
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
Yes
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 50%
  • 20 to 49 students: 43%
  • 50 or more students: 7%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: Yes
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: Yes
Recreational/Avocational: Yes
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
  • Bennett S. LeBow College of Business
  • College of Arts & Sciences
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Information Science & Technology (The iSchool)
  • College of Nursing & Health Professions
  • Goodwin College of Professional Studies
  • Pennoni Honors College
  • School of Biomedical Engineering, Science, & Health Systems
  • School of Education
  • School of Public Health
  • School of Technology & Professional Studies
Degrees Awarded
  • Associate degree
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Certificate
  • Doctorate - Professional practice
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
  • Other
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
  • Post-master's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Business/Commerce, General: 7%
  • Library and Information Science: 2%
  • Medicine: 2%
  • Registered Nursing (RN): 5%
Graduation Requirements
  • Arts/fine arts
  • Computer literacy
  • English (including composition)
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Philosophy
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
  • Social science
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
  • Weekend/evening college
Other Academic Offerings
  • Accelerated program
  • Cooperative education program
  • Double major
  • Dual enrollment
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
Online Courses
Drexel University offers online classes from each academic department.
Best Places to Study
  • Library study rooms
  • Wherever you live. Avoid the public study areas. They are crowded and loud, filled with people on cell phones or socializing.
Tips to Succeed
  • Actually go to class.
  • Always dispute bad grades.
  • Do your homework yourself, so you actually understand the material.
  • Don't ask too many questions in organic chemistry lab.
  • Go to your professors' office hours with questions.
  • Know what you want to study before coming here.
  • Pick classes you like.
  • Quarters are short. Missing one class can be like missing a week of classes at a different school, so go to all your classes.
  • Research your professors before choosing your classes.
Did You Know?
  • Drexel University has a quarter system because of its unique co-op program. Students take classes for six months (two quarters) and then go on co-op for six months (another two quarters). The co-op experience is designed to enrich students' learning experiences and to give them a leg up on the competition after graduation.
  • Drexel University hosted the 2007 Democratic National Debate.
  • Drexel's College of Engineering is ranked among the best undergraduate engineering programs in the nation.
  • If students ever need a little help with their studies, they can visit the Drexel Learning Center in the Creese Student Center. The DLC offers peer tutors for different departments.
  • As of 2012, Drexel University students are allowed to take an online course if they are doing a co-op that isn't in the Philadelphia area.

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 84 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 84 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

How often do you:    Based on 29 responses

Never
Always
  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 12 responses

  • 35% Paul Baran - a founding father of the Internet
  • 35% Joseph Woodland - inventor of the bar code
  • 13% Malik Rose - NBA player
  • 9% Chiddy bang - rapper
  • 9% Christopher Ferguson - astronaut

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 28 responses

  • 25% This was my dream school.
  • 54% This was one of my top choices.
  • 21% This was a school I settled for (safety school).

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