Drexel University: Narrative Description

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3141 Chestnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19104-2875
Tel: (215)895-2000
Free: 800-2-DREXEL
Admissions: (215)895-2400
Fax: (215)895-5939
E-mail: [email protected]
Web Site: http://www.drexel.edu/


Independent, university, coed. Awards associate, bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and first professional degrees and post-master's and first professional certificates. Founded 1891. Setting: 42-acre urban campus. Endowment: $436.9 million. Research spending 2003-04: $25.3 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $11,500 per student. Total enrollment: 17,656. Faculty: 1,308 (653 full-time, 655 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 10:1. 12,157 applied, 73% were admitted. 34% from top 10% of their high school class, 61% from top quarter, 91% from top half. Full-time: 9,844 students, 39% women, 61% men. Part-time: 2,116 students, 46% women, 54% men. Students come from 44 states and territories, 96 other countries, 42% from out-of-state, 0.2% Native American, 3% Hispanic, 10% black, 12% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 6% international, 20% 25 or older, 37% live on campus, 9% transferred in. Retention: 82% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; engineering/engineering technologies; computer/information sciences. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, freshman honors college, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army, Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, electronic application, deferred admission. Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA, SAT or ACT. Recommended: 2 recommendations, interview, SAT. Required for some: essay. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 3/1. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $50. Comprehensive fee: $32,070 includes full-time tuition ($20,800), mandatory fees ($1220), and college room and board ($10,050). College room only: $5970. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load, program, and student level. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. Part-time tuition: $480 per credit. Part-time mandatory fees: $95 per term. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load and program.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 75 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities, local fraternities; 12% of eligible men and 8% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: student government, Black Student Union, Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, Society of Minority Engineers and Scientists, Campus Activities Board. Major annual events: Spring Jam, Welcome Back, homecoming. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 2,079 college housing spaces available. On-campus residence required in freshman year. Option: coed housing available. W. W. Hagerty Library with 570,335 books, 213,500 microform titles, 8,321 serials, 10,322 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $3.6 million. 6,500 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Philadelphia, a metropolitan city with historical significance, provides considerable cultural, social, and recreational resources, as well as excellent shopping and dining. Transportation includes public transit, major highways, Amtrak, and Philadelphia International Airport.

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