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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?

13,572 Full-Time Undergraduates
$33,631 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%.
  • The highest degree offered at Drexel is the doctor's degree.
  • 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.

Drexel University Rankings

According to College Factual's 2021 analysis, Drexel is ranked #186 out of 1,715 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality. This puts it in the top 15% of all schools in the nation. It is also ranked #17 out of 123 schools in Pennsylvania.

The following table lists the notable rankings from College Factual that Drexel has received.

Notable Undergraduate Rankings for Drexel

Ranking Type Rank
Best Colleges for Veterans 33
Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students 58
Best Colleges for International Students 80
Best Colleges for Diversity 104
Best Colleges 186
Best Colleges for the Money 1,053

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 )
200
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 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for Drexel University  ( 24 to 30 )
1
36

Can I Afford Drexel University?

$33,631 Net Price
61% Take Out Loans
3.1% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Drexel is $33,631. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Drexel

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$24,714 $25,811 $30,827 $35,866 $40,954

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

13,572 Full-Time Undergraduates
45% Women
34% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 15,534 undergraduate students at Drexel, with 13,572 being full-time and 1,962 being part-time.

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

There are also 8,656 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 13,572 full-time undergraduates at Drexel, 55% are male and 45% 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 2,371
Black or African American 849
Hispanic or Latino 858
White 6,991
International Students 1,698
Other Races/Ethnicities 805

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 Majors

In 2017-2018, Drexel University awarded 7,420 undergraduate degrees and 5,868 graduate degrees. The table below shows the number of awards for each major.

Major Associate’s Bachelor’s Master’s Doctor’s
Accounting 0 257 64 0
Allied Health & Medical Assisting Services 0 0 11 0
Allied Health Professions 0 0 73 0
Animal Science 0 0 20 0
Anthropology 0 5 0 0
Architectural Engineering 0 47 2 4
Arts & Media Management 0 81 28 0
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 0 0 12 5
Biological & Biomedical Sciences (Other) 0 0 58 0
Biomathematics & Bioinformatics 0 0 9 0
Biomedical Engineering 0 102 80 11
Business Administration & Management 0 93 25 0
Chemical Engineering 0 76 19 7
Chemistry 0 16 2 3
Civil Engineering 0 84 14 2
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 48 0
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 0 0 49 0
Communication & Media Studies 0 0 4 5
Computer Engineering 0 80 23 0
Computer Information Systems 0 4 0 0
Computer Science 0 118 24 4
Computer Software & Applications 0 0 4 0
Construction Management 0 25 33 0
Criminal Justice & Corrections 0 0 8 0
Criminology 0 16 0 0
Culinary Arts 0 14 4 0
Dance 0 7 0 0
Design & Applied Arts 0 220 15 0
Drama & Theater Arts 0 8 0 0
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 0 0 36 1
Economics 0 48 10 1
Educational Administration 0 0 44 64
Electrical Engineering 0 94 35 15
Engineering-Related Fields 0 0 17 0
English Literature (Other) 0 14 0 0
Entrepreneurial Studies 0 24 2 0
Environmental Engineering 0 15 20 2
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 0 45 0 0
Fine & Studio Arts 0 6 0 0
Food Science Technology 0 0 7 0
General Architecture 0 24 0 0
General Biology 0 133 33 12
General Business/Commerce 0 0 156 11
General Engineering 0 8 0 0
General Engineering Technology 0 14 5 0
General Psychology 0 90 21 13
General Visual & Performing Arts 0 22 0 0
Geological & Earth Sciences 0 4 0 0
Graphic Communications 0 19 0 0
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 67 94 0
Health & Physical Education 0 32 14 0
Health Sciences & Services 0 0 7 0
Health/Medical Prep Programs 0 92 5 1
History 0 6 0 0
Homeland Security 0 0 2 0
Hospitality Management 0 14 5 0
Human Resource Management 0 0 8 0
Information Science 0 37 57 2
Information Technology 0 42 14 0
Instructional Media Design 0 0 7 0
Interior Architecture 0 0 14 0
International Business 0 41 0 0
International Studies 0 21 0 0
Law 0 0 0 134
Legal Research 0 25 38 0
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 65 0 0
Library & Information Science 0 0 81 0
Management Information Systems 0 78 0 0
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 0 108 64 0
Marketing 0 165 26 0
Materials Engineering 0 24 14 10
Mathematics 0 21 3 3
Mechanical Engineering 0 219 41 10
Medical Illustration & Informatics 0 0 9 0
Medicine 0 0 0 243
Mental & Social Health Services 0 17 19 2
Microbiological Sciences & Immunology 0 0 14 4
Natural Resources Conservation 0 26 6 1
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 0 0 6 5
Nursing 0 630 358 25
Nutrition Science 0 11 20 2
Other Education 0 0 3 7
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 0 14 0
Pharmacology & Toxicology 0 0 16 0
Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences 0 0 1 6
Philosophy 0 4 0 0
Physics 0 16 6 5
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 0 0 4 0
Political Science & Government 0 16 0 0
Public Health 0 16 63 2
Public Policy 0 0 4 0
Public Relations & Advertising 0 54 25 0
Publishing 0 0 5 0
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 0 11 10 0
Real Estate 0 8 1 0
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 0 0 51 58
Romance Languages 0 2 0 0
Science, Technology & Society 0 0 2 0
Sociology 0 9 0 0
Systems Engineering 0 0 8 0
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 20 0 0
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 0 96 0
Urban Studies 0 0 4 0
Total 0 7,420 4,508 1,360

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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