Drexel University: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

Drexel University

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Drexel University is a private research university with an acceptance rate of 75%. Located in West Philadelphia near the University of Pennsylvania, Drexel University is well-regarded for its pre-professional programs in fields including business, engineering, and nursing. The university focuses on community engagement with a three-fold approach: academic programs that benefit Philadelphia communities, business practices that support local businesses, and public service projects carried out by students and faculty. Drexel values experiential learning, and students can take advantage of a wide range of programs for international study, internships, and cooperative education. On the athletic front, the Drexel Dragons compete in the NCAA Division I  Colonial Athletic Association.

Considering applying to Drexel University? Here are the admissions statistics you should know, including average SAT/ACT scores and GPAs of admitted students.

Acceptance Rate

During the 2018-19 admissions cycle, Drexel University had an acceptance rate of 75%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 75 students were admitted, making Drexel's admissions process somewhat competitive.

Admissions Statistics (2018-19)
Number of Applicants 31,824
Percent Admitted 75%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 13%

SAT Scores and Requirements

Drexel requires that all applicants submit one of the following: SAT or ACT scores, two SAT Subject test scores, two AP Exam scores, an IB Diploma or two Higher Level IB exam scores, or National Exam results. During the 2018-19 admissions cycle, 86% of admitted students submitted SAT scores.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 590 680
Math 600 710
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

This admissions data tells us that most of Drexel's admitted students fall within the top 35% nationally on the SAT. For the evidence-based reading and writing section, 50% of students admitted to Drexel scored between 590 and 680, while 25% scored below 590 and 25% scored above 680. On the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 600 and 710, while 25% scored below 600 and 25% scored above 710. Applicants with a composite SAT score of 1390 or higher will have particularly competitive chances at Drexel University.

Requirements

Drexel does not require the optional SAT essay section. Note that Drexel participates in the scorechoice program, which means that the admissions office will consider your highest score from each individual section across all SAT test dates.

ACT Scores and Requirements

Drexel University requires that all applicants submit one of the following: SAT or ACT scores, two SAT Subject test scores, two AP Exam scores, an IB Diploma or two Higher Level IB exam scores, or National Exam results. During the 2018-19 admissions cycle, 22% of admitted students submitted ACT scores.

ACT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
English 25 33
Math 24 30
Composite 25 31

This admissions data tells us that most of Drexel's admitted students fall within the top 22% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to Drexel received a composite ACT score between 25 and 31, while 25% scored above 31 and 25% scored below 25.

Requirements

Note that Drexel does not superscore ACT results; your highest composite ACT score will be considered. Drexel does not require the optional ACT writing section.

GPA

In 2019, the average high school GPA of Drexel University's incoming freshmen class was 3.73, and over 50% of the class had average GPAs of 3.75 or higher. These results suggest that most successful applicants to Drexel University have primarily A grades.

Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph

Drexel University Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph.
Drexel University Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph. Data courtesy of Cappex.

The admissions data in the graph is self-reported by applicants to Drexel University. GPAs are unweighted. Find out how you compare to accepted students, see the real-time graph, and calculate your chances of getting in with a free Cappex account.

Admissions Chances

Drexel University, which accepts three-fourths of applicants, has a somewhat selective admissions process. If your SAT/ACT scores and GPA fall within the school's average ranges, you have a strong chance of being admitted. However, Drexel has a holistic admissions process involving other factors beyond your grades and test scores. Strong application essays and glowing letters of recommendation can strengthen your application, as can participation in meaningful extracurricular activities and a rigorous course schedule which includes Advanced Placement, IB, Honors, and Dual enrollment classes. Applicants with compelling stories and achievements can still receive serious consideration even if their test scores are outside Drexel's average range. Note that some majors have additional application requirements.

In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students. You can see that the majority of successful applicants had high school grades in the "A" and "B" range, combined SAT scores of 1100 or higher, and ACT composite scores of 22 or better.

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All admissions data has been sourced from the National Center for Education Statistics and Drexel University Undergraduate Admissions Office.