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Application Instructions

The Drexel University Office of Admissions takes into consideration a number of criteria when determining admission, including your college performance in relation to your desired major.

Prerequisites for Undergraduate Admission

Drexel Admissions assumes that you've completed prerequisite coursework at the 100 and 200 levels in preparation for our program. To be considered for admission as a transfer student, you should have completed a minimum of 24 prerequisite college credits for your intended Drexel major with a grade of C or better from a regionally accredited institution. If you have fewer than 24 college credits, you will need to apply to your local regionally accredited college or institution.

Required Materials

Drexel Admission Application

Please submit a Drexel Admission Application to apply to an undergraduate or graduate program at one of these locations:

You may only submit one application. To expedite the application process, please write your full name (no nicknames, please) on all items submitted. Your Social Security number is also required to be considered for financial aid. If you need to change your major or co-op selection after submitting your application, please contact us.


Domestic Students: Official transcripts are required from all colleges and universities you've attended, and they must be sent directly from your college(s) to Drexel. You must provide transcripts even if the credits do not appear relevant or are from colleges where you earned credit that was transferred to another institution. If you have completed international coursework, you should also submit syllabi/course descriptions for evaluation of transfer credits. Your admission decision may be delayed if you do not send transcripts from all of the colleges and universities where you have completed coursework.

International Students: All international applicants are required to submit an official academic record with notarized English translation from every postsecondary school attended.

Important notes for international applicants:

  • A transcript is official only when it is sent directly from an institution to the Admissions Office, or when it is officially signed, stamped in color, and sealed.
  • Please use your full name on all documents (should match the name listed on your passport).

Standardized Test Scores

If you have completed 24 or more college credits, you are not required to submit standardized test scores.

Applicants whose native language is not English must take the TOEFL or IELTS unless the applicant has completed 24 college-level credits, including English Composition I and II and earned a grade of C or better from a regionally accredited institution in the United States. Official TOEFL or IELTS scores should be submitted to Admissions. Drexel's TOEFL code is 2194.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

You do not need to wait to be accepted to apply for financial aid. To be considered for need-based financial aid, you'll need to file the FAFSA. You can complete the form online at; be sure to list Drexel's FAFSA school code: 003256. The FAFSA can be started as early as January 1; however, for full financial aid consideration, you should file by February 15. Full-time undergraduate students who submit the FAFSA by this date will be eligible for the $1,000 Early FAFSA Award.

Proof of Financial Responsibility (International Students Only)

For students who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents, proof of financial responsibility showing sufficient financial support for education in the United States is required to obtain a student visa. Drexel prefers that you submit the following materials with your complete application. All documents must be notarized and written in English.

You must submit the I-20 Application Form [PDF] and at least one of the following documents:

  • A current official bank letter in either your name or your sponsor's name. The signature of the bank official must attest to the amount of funds available in the account.


  • A non-Drexel scholarship award letter in your name. Enclose a signed letter or affidavit of support giving full details regarding the promise of support, and the specific amount of money in U.S. dollars.

International Transfer applicants who have a valid I-20 form must submit the International Student Transfer-In Form [PDF].

Admission Decisions

Applications for transfer applicants are reviewed on a rolling basis for all terms.

´╗┐Check Your Application Status Online

During the admission process, you'll have the opportunity to check your admission status online. Once your application materials have been processed, you'll receive an email providing you with a Student ID and PIN that will give you access to the Discover Drexel Portal.

Admission Decision Appeals

An applicant who has been denied admission to the University may appeal. Reversal on a decision is rare, and if considered, is done based on changes in the applicant's academic criteria, or personal circumstances that could not be considered adequately through the standard admission review process.

An applicant appealing a decision should compose a letter to the Academic Appeal Chairperson stating the reason for the appeal and provide updated documentation. The appeal should be clear and concise, and provide new information. Your letter should not repeat information already presented in your initial application. The appeal should be emailed to the attention of the Academic Appeal Committee Chairperson at

Notification of the decision of the committee is final and will be made known to the applicant by mail within two to three weeks.

Notices and Disclosures

Please refer to Drexel's Consumer Information and Student Right to Know for policies that pertain to all prospective and enrolled students.

Public Law 93-380: Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act

Drexel University abides by the provisions of Public Law 93-380, which grants the student the right to examine admission files that are part of the student's permanent "Educational Record." Please note that "Applicants for Admission" are not granted rights under this legislation. Once an "Applicant for Admission" becomes a "Student" by enrolling and attending Drexel, any admission file that becomes a part of the student's permanent "Educational Record" becomes available to the student for review. Applicants should understand that only the transcripts, CEEB, SAT, Achievement Test Score Reports, and those portions of the application generated by the student will become part of the student's permanent "Educational Record" upon enrollment.

No other information or material gathered or submitted in the admission process will be retained as part of the student's permanent "Educational Record." Statements or evaluations provided by any individual do not become part of the student's permanent "Educational Record" and will not be available for the student's review.

Access Privileges and Property Rights

All documents that you submit, or are submitted on your behalf, in support of this application for admission to Drexel University become the property of the University and will under no circumstances be released to you or any other party. In accordance with the provisions of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, all admission decisions are given to the applicant only. No decisions on applications are revealed over the telephone.

Notice of Availability of Annual Security Report

Drexel University, in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act), publishes an annual report for current and prospective students and employees. This report contains important safety information and crime statistics for the previous three years. These statistics pertain to reported crimes that have occurred on campus in certain non-campus buildings, or properties that are owned or controlled by Drexel University, and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from, the campus.

Download a copy of the most recent Annual Security Report [PDF]. Printed copies of this report are also available by calling the Public Safety Administrative Office at 215.895.1550.

For more information about the services provided by the Drexel University Department of Public Safety, please visit the Department of Public Safety website.