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Culture and History

A.J. Drexel reading a book

The end of the nineteenth century saw a rapid growth toward an industrial society, and Philadelphia financier and philanthropist Anthony J. Drexel envisioned an institution of higher learning uniquely suited to the needs the young men and women seeking their place in it. In 1891, he founded the Drexel Institute of Art, Science, and Industry. 

More than 110 years later, Drexel University continues to attract a diverse and talented student body, faculty, and community.  Our undergraduate, graduate, part-time, and online students study in a range of academic disciplines – including our law and medical schools – but one thing unites them all: drive.  This drive is perhaps best exemplified by Drexel's undergraduates, who after freshman year, take part in one of up to three Drexel Co-op experiences, in which they alternate six months of classroom education with six-months of professional experience. 

Like its students, Drexel's employees are also passionate, innovative people who work hard, have fun, and strive to make the University top of its class.

To learn more about Drexel University's culture and history, take a look at the following materials:

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