Drexel University

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

#169 National Colleges

74.7% Admission Rate
Not Very Selective

15,287 Undergraduates Enrolled

  • Private nonprofit
  • Doctoral Universities: Very High Research Activity
  • Four-year, full-time, more selective, higher transfer-in
  • Four-year, large, primarily residential

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Drexel University is a private research university with its main campus in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It was founded in 1891 by Anthony J. Drexel, a financier and philanthropist. Founded as Drexel Institute of Art, Science and Industry, it was renamed Drexel Institute of Technology in 1936, before assuming its current name in 1970.

As of 2020, more than 24,000 students were enrolled in over 70 undergraduate programs and more than 100 master's, doctoral, and professional programs at the university. Drexel's cooperative education program (co-op) is a prominent aspect of the school's degree programs, offering students the opportunity to gain up to 18 months of paid, full-time work experience in a field relevant to their undergraduate major or graduate degree program prior to graduation.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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City: Large (population of 250,000 or more)

Mid East (DE, DC, MD, NJ, NY, PA)


Predominant Degree Awarded
Predominantly bachelor's-degree granting

Highest Degree Awarded
Graduate degree

Most Popular Fields

Field % Students
Health Professions And Related Programs 24.8%
Engineering 20.3%
Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services 17.3%
Visual And Performing Arts 10.8%
Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services 5.7%
Biological And Biomedical Sciences 3.7%
Social Sciences 2.5%
Psychology 2.5%
Liberal Arts And Sciences, General Studies And Humanities 1.9%
Communication, Journalism, And Related Programs 1.8%
Education 1.1%
Physical Sciences 0.9%
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0.9%
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, And Fitness Studies 0.9%
Natural Resources And Conservation 0.7%
Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics 0.7%
Architecture And Related Services 0.7%
Communications Technologies/Technicians And Support Services 0.5%
Legal Professions And Studies 0.5%
English Language And Literature/Letters 0.4%
Engineering Technologies And Engineering-Related Fields 0.4%
Personal And Culinary Services 0.4%
Mathematics And Statistics 0.4%
History 0.2%
Philosophy And Religious Studies 0.1%



Percentage Students Receiving Aid

Average Net Cost After Aid


SAT Scores

1295 Composite Average
Percentile 75% 50% 25%
Math 710 655 600
Verbal 680 635 590

ACT Scores

28 Cumulative Average
Percentile 75% 50% 25%
Math 30 27 24
English 33 29 25