Drexel University Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, and More

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Drexel University in Philadelphia is not a selective school, with an acceptance rate of 75 percent. In general, successful applicants will have solid grades and standardized test scores. Drexel's admissions website has all the application information, and the admissions office is available to answer any questions you might have. As part of the application process, interested students will need to send in an application, scores from the SAT or the ACT, a high school transcript of grades, letters of recommendation, and a writing sample.

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Admissions Data (2016)

  • Drexel University Acceptance Rate: 75%
  • GPA, SAT and ACT graph for Drexel
  • Test Scores: 25th / 75th Percentile
    • SAT Critical Reading: 520 / 630
    • SAT Math: 560 / 670
    • ACT Composite: 25 / 30
    • ACT English: 24 / 31
    • ACT Math: 25 / 30

Drexel University Description

Located in West Philadelphia (see all Philadelphia area colleges) right next door to the University of Pennsylvania, Drexel University is well-regarded for its pre-professional programs in fields such as business, engineering, and nursing. Drexel values experiential learning, and students can take advantage of a wide range of programs for international study, internships, and cooperative education. The university helps place students in its network of 1,200 companies in 28 states and 25 international locations.

Outside of the classroom, Drexel hosts a number of fraternities and sororities; there are also many other clubs and organizations on campus, ranging from music, service, and recreational groups. The University also 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. On the athletic front, the Drexel Dragons compete in the NCAA Division I  Colonial Athletic Association.

Enrollment (2016)

  • Total Enrollment: 24,232 (15,552 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 53% Male / 47% Female
  • 86% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17)

  • Tuition and Fees: $51,030
  • Books: $1,700 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $14,367
  • Other Expenses: $4,278
  • Total Cost: $71,375

Drexel University Financial Aid (2015 - 16)

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 98%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 98%
    • Loans: 62%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $29,097
    • Loans: $10,377

Academic Programs

  • Most Popular Majors: Biology, Business, Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Information Science, Mechanical Engineering, Nursing

Transfer, Graduation and Retention Rates

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 89%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 27%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 70%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs

  • Men's Sports: Lacrosse, Tennis, Basketball, Wrestling, Rowing, Soccer, Swimming and Diving, Squash
  • Women's Sports: Tennis, Swimming and Diving, Basketball, Field Hockey, Soccer, Rowing, Softball, Squash, Lacrosse

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

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