The essence of any great university is its community of scholars. Drexel was founded specifically to provide access to highly motivated students eager to change future prospects for their families. Education is the key to economic and social mobility. But Drexel’s tuition is expensive. Nearly 80% of this year’s entering class applied for financial aid. We are committed to helping these kids through a number of initiatives, including:
- Operation Graduation: Every year, hundreds of students are placed on “financial hold,” unable to register for classes or move forward with their degree program until they find a way to come up with additional funds. This is particularly challenging for juniors and seniors, who are unable to graduate until they have fully paid all Drexel expenses.
- Operation Help a Dragon: A personal tragedy like a job loss, serious illness, or the death of a parent is difficult for students both personally and financially. And the unexpected change in financial circumstance may force a student to make a decision about continuing his/her college education. A donation to Operation Help a Dragon, can make up for suddenly unavailable family resources and allow a Dragon to continue toward his/her degree.
- College of Medicine: One in every seventy-three medical students in the country is educated at Drexel University College of Medicine, giving Drexel the largest medical student enrollment of any private medical school in the country. Of the 254 medical students who graduated from the College of Medicine in May 2010, 226 had an average medical school debt of $205,502. Only one private medical school had an average debt that was higher.