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Drexel University Overview

Drexel University is a private not-for-profit institution situated in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The surrounding area of the school is a good match for students who enjoy city life.

What Is Drexel University Known For?

3,827 Undergraduate Awards
$51,715 Avg Cost After Aid
79% Acceptance Rate
  • Students at Drexel have an easier time paying back their loans. The school's student loan default rate is only 3%, compared to the national rate of 10.1%.
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the doctor's degree is the highest award a student can attain at Drexel.
  • In 2017-2018, 54% of the faculty were full-time.
  • A student who earns a bachelor's degree from Drexel makes roughly $68,800 a year. This is 69% more than their peers from other colleges and universities.

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Drexel University Rankings

We have ranked Drexel as #364 out of 2,320 colleges and universities in the country in our 2021 Best Colleges list.

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

Drexel has been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#27 Most Popular Online Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#52 Most Popular Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#69 Most Popular Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#73 Most Popular Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#74 Most Popular Online Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#146 Most Popular Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#193 Best Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Drexel.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Interior Architecture Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#6 Best Information Technology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#7 Best Public Relations & Advertising Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#7 Best Legal Professions Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#8 Best Natural Resources & Conservation Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#10 Best Communication & Journalism Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#14 Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#14 Best Liberal Arts General Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#27 Best Marketing Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#33 Best Health Professions Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Drexel has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#1 Best Colleges for Health/Medical Prep Programs College Factual
#7 Best Colleges for Nursing College Factual
#11 Best Colleges for General Biology College Factual
#15 Best Colleges for Health Professions College Factual
#30 Best Colleges for Business, Management & Marketing College Factual
#88 Best Nursing Schools Nursing Degree Search

Where Is Drexel University?

Location of Drexel University

Contact details for Drexel are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 3141 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: 215-895-2000
Website: https://drexel.edu
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/drexeluniv
Twitter: https://twitter.com/DrexelNews

How Do I Get Into Drexel?

You can apply to Drexel online at: https://drexel.edu/admissions/apply/

Admission Requirements for Drexel

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program recommended
Recommendations required
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Drexel?

79% Acceptance Rate
50% Of Accepted Are Women
82% Submit SAT Scores
The acceptance rate at Drexel University is 79%. This means that is not quite as selective as some schools, but you'll still need to submit a good application if you want to be considered by the admissions department.

Approximately 50% of accepted students are men and 50% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 78%, and the acceptance rate for women is 80%.

Average Test Scores

About 82% of students accepted to Drexel submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 580 and 670. Math scores were between 580 and 690.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Drexel University  ( 580 to 670 )
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800

SAT Math Scores for Drexel University  ( 580 to 690 )
200
800
Drexel received ACT scores from 33% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 23 and 31. Math scores were between 24 and 29. Composite scores were between 24 and 30.

ACT English Scores for Drexel University  ( 23 to 31 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for Drexel University  ( 24 to 29 )
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36
ACT Composite Scores for Drexel University  ( 24 to 30 )
1
36

Can I Afford Drexel University?

$51,715 Net Price
61% Take Out Loans
3.1% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Drexel is $51,715. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Drexel, approximately 61% of students took out student loans averaging $10,480 a year. That adds up to $41,920 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Drexel is 3.1%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Drexel University Undergraduate Student Diversity

13,878 Full-Time Undergraduates
46% Women
37% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 15,414 undergraduate students at Drexel, with 13,878 being full-time and 1,536 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Drexel

There are also 8,791 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 13,878 full-time undergraduates at Drexel, 54% are male and 46% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Drexel

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Drexel University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Drexel Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 2,885
Black or African American 790
Hispanic or Latino 913
White 6,903
International Students 1,552
Other Races/Ethnicities 835

Geographic Diversity

Pennsylvania students aren't the only ones who study at Drexel University. At this time, 40 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 127 countries are represented at Drexel. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, India, and Vietnam.

Online Learning at Drexel University

1,437 Took All Classes Online
2,965 Took At Least One Class Online
-23.5% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 8 bachelor’s degree and 39 master’s degree programs available online at Drexel. In 2017-2018, 2,965 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Drexel has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 3rd most popular in Pennsylvania for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of Drexel

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Drexel University was -23.5%. This is the #2,685 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Drexel regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of Drexel majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Agriculture & Agriculture Operations 48%
Arts & Media Management 17%
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 65%
Biological & Biomedical Sciences 4%
Business Administration & Management 16%
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 29%
Communication & Journalism 4%
Computer & Information Sciences 12%
Computer Science 18%
Construction Management 37%
Education 14%
Educational Administration 19%
General Biology 2%
General Psychology 4%
Health & Medical Administrative Services 11%
Health/Medical Prep Programs 12%
Information Technology 63%
Instructional Media Design 33%
Legal Research 35%
Medical Illustration & Informatics 32%
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies 4%
Nursing 2%
Other Education 40%
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 50%
Pharmacology & Toxicology 44%
Psychology 11%
Public Health 8%
Real Estate 78%
Special Education 40%
Systems Engineering 25%
Teacher Education Subject Specific 15%
Visual & Performing Arts 8%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Drexel ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at Drexel.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Pharmacology & Toxicology #4
Alternative Medicine & Systems #6
Museum Studies #6
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology #9
General Engineering Technology #11
Communication & Journalism (Other) #13
Health/Medical Prep Programs #15
Legal Professions (Other) #17
Construction Management #20
Real Estate #21
Interdisciplinary Studies #24
Legal Research #25
Multilingual Education #29
Systems Engineering #31
Computer Engineering #38
Medical Illustration & Informatics #41
Criminology #41
Public Relations & Advertising #47
Other Education #54
Library & Information Science #55
Engineering-Related Fields #60
Biological & Biomedical Sciences #62
Computer Science #66
Health Sciences & Services #66
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions #68
Information Science #72
Teaching English or French #73
Library Science #74
Homeland Security #81
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology #88
Entrepreneurial Studies #116
Allied Health Professions #125
Health & Physical Education #127
Public Health #128
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies #135
Engineering #142
Legal Professions #142
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies #144
Instructional Media Design #146
Information Technology #161
Communication & Journalism #187
General Psychology #193
Human Resource Management #194
Engineering Technologies #207
Special Education #225
General Business/Commerce #231
Teacher Education Subject Specific #243
Social Sciences #247
Psychology #259
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies #268
Educational Administration #299
Teacher Education Grade Specific #354
Health & Medical Administrative Services #440

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Drexel University Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Undergraduate Certificate Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Nursing 0 630 60 358 25 1,073
Accounting 0 257 0 64 0 321
Mechanical Engineering 0 219 0 41 10 270
Medicine 0 0 0 0 243 243
Design & Applied Arts 0 220 0 15 0 235
Health & Medical Administrative Services 48 67 7 94 0 216
Marketing 8 165 0 26 0 199
Biomedical Engineering 0 102 0 80 11 193
General Biology 0 133 0 33 12 178
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 0 108 0 64 0 172
Educational Administration 0 0 62 44 64 170
General Business/Commerce 0 0 0 156 11 167
Computer Science 0 118 13 24 4 159
Electrical Engineering 0 94 0 35 15 144
Law 0 0 0 0 134 134
General Psychology 0 90 0 21 13 124
Business Administration & Management 0 93 4 25 0 122
Teacher Education Subject Specific 12 0 4 96 0 112
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 0 0 0 51 58 109
Arts & Media Management 0 81 0 28 0 109
Health/Medical Prep Programs 0 92 10 5 1 108
Computer Engineering 0 80 0 23 0 103
Public Health 0 16 22 63 2 103
Chemical Engineering 0 76 0 19 7 102
Civil Engineering 0 84 0 14 2 100
Information Science 0 37 0 57 2 96
Library & Information Science 0 0 0 81 0 81
Public Relations & Advertising 0 54 0 25 0 79
Management Information Systems 0 78 0 0 0 78
Allied Health Professions 0 0 0 73 0 73
Liberal Arts General Studies 3 65 0 0 0 68
Construction Management 1 25 6 33 0 65
Legal Research 0 25 0 38 0 63
Information Technology 0 42 3 14 0 59
Economics 0 48 0 10 1 59
Biological & Biomedical Sciences (Other) 0 0 0 58 0 58
Architectural Engineering 0 47 0 2 4 53
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 4 48 0 52
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 0 0 0 49 0 49
Materials Engineering 0 24 0 14 10 48
Health & Physical Education 0 32 1 14 0 47
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 0 45 0 0 0 45
International Business 0 41 0 0 0 41
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 0 0 3 36 1 40
Mental & Social Health Services 0 17 1 19 2 39
Engineering-Related Fields 0 0 20 17 0 37
Environmental Engineering 0 15 0 20 2 37
Nutrition Science 0 11 0 20 2 33
Natural Resources Conservation 0 26 0 6 1 33
Teacher Education Grade Specific 7 20 0 0 0 27
Mathematics 0 21 0 3 3 27
Physics 0 16 0 6 5 27
Entrepreneurial Studies 0 24 0 2 0 26
General Architecture 0 24 0 0 0 24
Allied Health & Medical Assisting Services 11 0 0 11 0 22
General Visual & Performing Arts 0 22 0 0 0 22
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 0 11 0 10 0 21
International Studies 0 21 0 0 0 21
Chemistry 0 16 0 2 3 21
Animal Science 0 0 0 20 0 20
Hospitality Management 0 14 0 5 0 19
Graphic Communications 0 19 0 0 0 19
General Engineering Technology 0 14 0 5 0 19
Romance Languages 17 2 0 0 0 19
Medical Illustration & Informatics 0 0 10 9 0 19
Criminal Justice & Corrections 0 0 11 8 0 19
Microbiological Sciences & Immunology 0 0 0 14 4 18
Pharmacology & Toxicology 0 0 2 16 0 18
Culinary Arts 0 14 0 4 0 18
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 0 0 0 12 5 17
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 1 0 1 14 0 16
Criminology 0 16 0 0 0 16
Political Science & Government 0 16 0 0 0 16
Interior Architecture 0 0 0 14 0 14
English Literature (Other) 0 14 0 0 0 14
Instructional Media Design 0 0 5 7 0 12
Systems Engineering 0 0 4 8 0 12
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 0 0 0 6 5 11
Biomathematics & Bioinformatics 0 0 1 9 0 10
Other Education 0 0 0 3 7 10
Human Resource Management 0 0 1 8 0 9
Real Estate 0 8 0 1 0 9
Communication & Media Studies 0 0 0 4 5 9
General Engineering 1 8 0 0 0 9
Sociology 0 9 0 0 0 9
Alternative Medicine & Systems 0 0 8 0 0 8
Health Sciences & Services 0 0 1 7 0 8
Drama & Theater Arts 0 8 0 0 0 8
Food Science Technology 0 0 0 7 0 7
Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences 0 0 0 1 6 7
Dance 0 7 0 0 0 7
History 0 6 0 0 0 6
Philosophy 2 4 0 0 0 6
Fine & Studio Arts 0 6 0 0 0 6
Publishing 0 0 0 5 0 5
Special Education 0 0 5 0 0 5
East Asian Languages 5 0 0 0 0 5
Anthropology 0 5 0 0 0 5
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 0 0 0 4 0 4
Computer Information Systems 0 4 0 0 0 4
Computer Software & Applications 0 0 0 4 0 4
Multilingual Education 0 0 4 0 0 4
Geological & Earth Sciences 0 4 0 0 0 4
Urban Studies 0 0 0 4 0 4
Public Policy 0 0 0 4 0 4
Science, Technology & Society 0 0 0 2 0 2
Homeland Security 0 0 0 2 0 2
Germanic Languages 1 0 0 0 0 1
Biotechnology 0 0 0 0 0 0
Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences 0 0 0 0 0 0
Finance & Financial Management 0 0 0 0 0 0
Communication & Journalism (Other) 0 0 0 0 0 0
Audiovisual Communications 0 0 0 0 0 0
General Education 0 0 0 0 0 0
Teaching English or French 0 0 0 0 0 0
Veterinary Biomedical & Clinical Services 0 0 0 0 0 0
Legal Professions (Other) 0 0 0 0 0 0
Other Library & Archives Assisting 0 0 0 0 0 0
Interdisciplinary Studies 0 0 0 0 0 0
Museum Studies 0 0 0 0 0 0
Natural Resource Management 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 117 3,710 273 2,254 680 7,034

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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