Drexel University
3141 Chestnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19104
(800) 2-DREXEL



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Approximately 94 percent of Drexel's full-time faculty members hold the Ph.D. or the highest degree in their field. Many of the engineering faculty members are registered professional engineers. As a matter of policy, faculty members engaged in research and graduate teaching are also required to teach at the undergraduate level. Thus, the undergraduate student benefits from the research activities of the faculty. Specially selected faculty members serve as advisers for freshmen.

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Drexel University
Philadelphia, PA

College Description
Drexel, a private, nonsectarian coeducational university, has maintained a reputation for academic excellence since its founding in 1891. Its technologically focused academic programs prepare undergraduates for graduate school and a variety of careers. Full-time professional experience through Drexel's cooperative education program is a vital part of a Drexel education. Students gain professional experience in jobs related to their career interests by alternating classroom study with periods of professional experience. More than 1,500 employers from twenty-eight states and fourteen other countries participate in this program.

The University grants bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees. The undergraduate enrollment is 11,019 full-time students, representing forty-four states and eighteen countries.

Drexel is located in the University City area of Philadelphia, minutes from the heart of the city. The nation's fifth-largest metropolitan area, Philadelphia is home to world-class museums, theaters, restaurants, historic attractions, professional sports teams and recreational facilities, all easily reached from Drexel's campus. Year-round recreational opportunities can also be found in the Pocono Mountains and at the New Jersey shore, both within 2 hours of the campus. Drexel's main campus is located two blocks from Amtrak's 30th Street Station, providing easy access to New York; Boston; Washington, D.C.; and Baltimore, Maryland.

On July 1, 2002, Drexel's Board of Trustees voted unanimously to merge Drexel University and MCP Hahnemann University, one of the Philadelphia region's premier medical and health sciences schools. With the addition of the nation's largest private medical school, an outstanding college of nursing and health professions, and one of only two schools of public health in Pennsylvania, Drexel University now comprises eleven academic colleges and schools. The University offers 175 degree programs to some 11,000 undergraduates and 4,200 graduate students. Alumni number more than 90,000, and the size of Drexel's full-time faculty exceeds 1,000.

Academic Life
Drexel University is home to one of the nation's oldest and most established experiential education programs, Drexel Co-op: "The Ultimate Internship"®. Combined with rigorous academic programs, this option provides students a way to bridge academic studies with the working world. Most academic degree programs are in either four- or five-year time frames, including up to eighteen months of co-op experience. Most of the media arts and design programs include six months of co-op. Business, humanities, and social science programs offer both four-year and five-year co-op/internship options.

Each college has its own sequence of graduation requirements, including a common core of subjects and the opportunity for specialization after the core is complete. All engineering and science students share a common program for the first year and part of the second. Specialization begins in the fourth term through elective course work, which also allows students to acquire background in related fields. In the LeBow College of Business, 40 percent of the graduation requirements are in business subjects and 40 percent are in liberal studies. The College of Media Arts and Design requires students to choose an area of professional specialization in the applied arts when applying for admission. The first year of study includes both foundation course work and an introduction to the professional discipline. The College of Arts and Sciences provides students with a broad and useful preparation for a variety of careers as well as preparation for graduate and professional schools. The College of Information Science and Technology provides a foundation program in the liberal arts, sciences, and computers. This foundation prepares students for a choice of specializations within the information systems major, which can lead to careers in such fields as computer education, database administration and design, and information management consulting in business and industry, health and medicine, government, libraries, or education.

Students who have demonstrated academic achievements can apply to the Pennoni Honors College, open to students in every major. Qualified students take part in special sections of general and required courses as well as in honors colloquia and seminars. These students take part in special living communities designed for the exceptional student. They are also encouraged to undertake ambitious independent projects under the supervision of a faculty adviser. Beginning in their third year, qualified students in most of Drexel's engineering and science specialties may take graduate courses along with their undergraduate curricula, graduating with an undergraduate and a graduate degree in an accelerated framework. Accelerated degree options include the B.S./M.S., B.S./M.B.A., B.S./Ph.D., B.S./M.D., B.S./D.P.T. (physical therapy), B.S./M.S.N. (nursing), B.S. (music industry)/M.B.A., B.S. (design and merchandising)/M.B.A., and the accelerated M.H.S. (physician assistant studies).

The College of Arts and Sciences offers the bachelor's degree in biological sciences, chemistry, communication, English, environmental science, general humanities and social sciences, history-politics, international area studies, mathematics, nursing, nutrition and food science, physics, psychology, sociology, software engineering, and unified science. The LeBow College of Business awards the B.S. in commerce and engineering, business administration, and economics. Commerce and engineering and business administration majors can pursue concentrations in accounting, economics, finance, general business, human resource management, international business, management information systems, marketing, and operations management. The College of Engineering awards the B.S. in appropriate technology, architectural engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, computer engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, environmental engineering, materials engineering, and mechanical and software engineering. The College of Engineering also offers a B.S./Ph.D. program. The College of Information Science and Technology awards a B.S. in Information Systems (B.S.I.S.) with concentrations available in areas such as analysis and design, distributed systems, information resource management, and knowledge-based systems. Qualified students can now pursue the accelerated degree option of B.S.I.S./M.S.I.S. The College of Media Arts and Design offers a Bachelor of Architecture program and B.S. degree programs in design and merchandising, digital media, dramatic writing, fashion design, film and video, graphic design, interior design, music industry, and photography. The College of Nursing and Health Professions offers undergraduate degree programs and certifications in addictions or behavioral counseling sciences, biomedical sciences, cardiovascular perfusion technology, emergency medical services, health sciences and general studies, health services administration, humanities and sciences, nursing (RN to B.S.N. degree completion), and radiologic technology. The Goodwin College of Professional Studies offers the B.S. in culinary arts and in hospitality management. The School of Biomedical Engineering, Science, and Health Systems offers a B.S. in biomedical engineering. The School of Education offers a B.S. in teacher education.

Campus Life
Seven residential halls house more than 2,600 students on campus. Drexel offers its students social, cultural, athletic, and community service opportunities. In conjunction with Drexel's thirteen fraternities and six sororities, the Campus Activities Board sponsors events such as dances, lectures, excursions, and films. Students take part in a variety of extracurricular activities, including musical groups, a dance ensemble, theatrical productions, a student-run newspaper, radio station, and cable TV station.

The Office of Multicultural Programs and Special Projects works with students, faculty, staff and administration in creating an environment that promotes greater understanding, respect and appreciation among the diverse student populations at Drexel University. OMPSP plans and implements a variety of multicultural, social and educational programs for the University community.

Facilities and Resources
Drexel comprises three campuses: University City Main Campus, Hahnemann Center City Campus, and the Medical School Queen Lane Campus. Buildings contain dozens of state-of-the-art laboratories for classes and research. Drexel University's library system comprises a main library (W. W. Hagerty Library) on the University City Main Campus site as well as three health sciences libraries to serve the needs of students and faculty and staff members. The collections of each library emphasize subjects relevant to the spectrum of health science disciplines, with print resources distributed to meet the needs of the programs and departments at each location. The W. W. Hagerty Library, the University's central library, houses 400,000 volumes and maintains subscriptions to nearly 12,000 electronic journals. The library provides access via its Web site to these journals and 200 databases from library computers or remotely through the Internet. The library circulates laptops for use with its wireless network. Three libraries on the health sciences campuses provide additional study space, 75,000 books on a wide range of clinical and medical subjects, and network access to the same set of online journals and databases.

The LeBow Engineering Center forms a state-of-the-art engineering education complex with the Center for Automation Technology. The Design and Imaging Studio supports programs in the design arts. An electronic-music laboratory provides facilities for creating, modifying, and recording sound and music. In addition to clinical educational facilities, the College of Nursing and Health Professions has ready access to a network of hospitals in Philadelphia, including Hahnemann Hospital, less than a block away from the Center City campus. The College of Medicine is home to state-of-the-art lecture halls and a multidisciplinary laboratory (including microscopes equipped with a networked video system) as well as a computer center and library.

As early as 1983, Drexel required incoming freshmen to have personal access to a microcomputer. By 2000, the University had created one of the nation's first fully wireless campuses, including all health sciences campuses. Since then the ubiquity of network access has changed the nature of the educational experience at Drexel. The University has most recently launched a new high-performance parallel computing facility available for faculty and student research. The parallel machine is an IBM RS/6000 S-80 Enterprise Server, which offers high-speed performance and scalability. This server provides a shared memory computing environment with low latency, high bandwidth communication between processors.

Sports/Varsity Athletics
Drexel offers eighteen NCAA Division I varsity athletic programs, competing in the Colonial Athletic Association Conference, and produces some of the nation's top student athletes in both the academic and athletic arenas. The University sponsors intramural and club sports.

Financial Aid
Approximately 87 percent of all freshmen receive financial aid. The aid package may contain academic, athletic, or performing arts scholarships; grants; loans; or part-time employment. Federal programs are also included. All students applying for aid must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid by May 1. Notification of incoming freshmen and transfer students begins about March 1. Drexel offers a unique achievement-based award, the A. J. Drexel Scholarship, to all qualified incoming freshmen and transfer students. With an annual award value of up to $19,000, the A. J. Drexel Scholarship is renewable on a yearly basis, provided the student maintains at least a 3.0 GPA and full-time status. Criteria include a strong academic record and involvement in extracurricular and community service activities.

Admission Requirements/Application
All colleges within the University require completion of a college-preparatory program in high school that includes at least 3 years of mathematics and 1 year of laboratory science. Students applying to major in engineering, the sciences, and commerce and engineering are required to take 4 years of mathematics (through trigonometry) and 2 years of laboratory science; more advanced math, chemistry, and physics are strongly recommended. The quality of academic performance is more important than merely meeting minimum requirements. The strength of preparation is judged primarily by rank in class or relative grade point average, by the degree of improvement in the quality of the academic record, and by the comments and recommendations from principals, guidance counselors, or teachers. Freshman applicants are required to take the SAT I or the ACT. Transfer applicants must have a minimum 2.75 cumulative average for consideration and generally are expected to complete at least 24 credits at a four-year college or community or junior college in a program of study comparable to the one being sought at Drexel.

Each application must be accompanied by a nonrefundable application fee of $50; however, the fee may be waived in cases of extreme hardship if requested by the secondary school or if the student visits the campus. Applications for regular full-time undergraduate status are accepted throughout the senior year. Drexel subscribes to the College Board's Candidates Reply Date of May 1. Transfer students should apply at least three months before the beginning of the term in which they wish to enroll.

Office of Undergraduate Admissions
Drexel University
3141 Chestnut Streets
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104
Telephone: 800-2-DREXEL (toll-free)


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