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About Drexel University's College of Engineering

Since its founding in 1891, Drexel University has emphasized its strengths in engineering, science and technology to educate women and men to become leaders. In little more than a century, Drexel has evolved into a major, comprehensive institution committed to excellence in education, research and service to the engineering society and the broader community. Although much has changed since its founding, the University maintains an unwavering commitment to its original mission.

With the advent of the Internet, biotechnology, nanotechnology and plasma medicine, we are witnessing revolutionary changes in every facet of our lives. Drexel University's College of Engineering is proud to be a leader in these important emerging fields. Recently, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania pledged $10.5 million toward the A.J. Drexel Nanotechnology Institute (DNI), a joint venture between Drexel, the University of Pennsylvania and Ben Franklin Technology Partners. Our close collaborations with Drexel's renowned School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems and our College of Medicine (DUCoM) will lead to revolutionary advances in tissue engineering, biomaterials and biomedical imaging as well as extraordinary opportunities for cross-disciplinary collaborations in the medical field.

In 2001, through a $12.5 million grant from the Department of Defense, Drexel established the Applied Communications and Information Network Center, which serves as an incubator hub in Camden, NJ. Through ACIN, a business-friendly model for sharing IP was developed to create generous licensing agreements and access to faculty research. In addition, Drexel was re-designated by the National Security Agency (NSA) as a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education for academic years 2004-2007. Construction on the college's $35 million, I.M. Pei-designed Bossone Research Enterprise Center was completed in early 2005. The center is home to facilities in nanotechnology, information networking and smart infrastructures, and is opening new research avenues for the next generation of Drexel students.

Fast Facts About Drexel's College of Engineering

  • The engineering academic programs are fully accredited by the ABET Engineering Accreditation Program.
  • The College is consistently ranked by USNews & World Report among the top 50 colleges whose highest degree offered is a doctorate.
  • The College is the largest private undergraduate engineering college in the country.
  • In FY 2009, research awards exceeded $28 million.
  • The College now enrolls more than 3,500 students in 6 different departments, making it the largest college at Drexel.
  • Drexel University is ranked 88th by USNews & World Report in its 2010 Best National Universities list, joining Penn as the only other Philadelphia institution to be ranked in the top 100.
  • Drexel is one of the top five "Schools to Watch" according to top college officials polled by USNews & World Report, 2010.
  • The College of Engineering currently enrolls students from 23 U.S. States and 32 countries.