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Freshman Instructions

Drexel takes into consideration a number of criteria when determining admission, including your high school performance, letters of recommendation, standardized test scores, and essay. Drexel University requires that all freshman applicants graduate from high school within two years of the date in which they plan to enroll.

Prerequisites and Deadlines

Before beginning your application to Drexel, please review our Admission Prerequisites and Application Deadlines.

Required Materials

Undergraduate Admission Application

Complete an application for Undergraduate Admission. We accept the Common Application. (Note: Applications for freshman fall 2015 admission may be submitted beginning in August.)

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 email the Admissions office or call 215-895-2400.

Application Fee, $75 (waived if you apply on campus or online)

We encourage you to apply online to expedite the admission process.


All applicants must submit a 250- to 650-word essay online. We do not accept essays submitted on paper. You may write about why you are interested in your choice of major, or you may write on any subject you choose.


Official transcripts must be sent directly from your high school to Drexel.

You are required to submit transcripts from each high school attended. Transcripts must include all coursework from grades 9, 10, and 11. Twelfth (12th) grade coursework in progress should also be included. You may print the Transcript Request Form [PDF] and use it to request official transcripts from your school counselor and/or registrar.

International applicants should refer to International Instructions for additional requirements.

Letters of Recommendation

Two letters of recommendation are required. At least one must be completed by a high school counselor. You may submit our online Letter of Recommendation form or print and submit the Recommendation Forms [PDF]. Recommendations on official letterhead will also be accepted.

BA/BS/MD Accelerated Degree applicants: Your letters of recommendation must be completed by a high school counselor and a science teacher.

Standardized Test Scores

You must take either the SAT or ACT and request that the results be forwarded to the Admissions Office. All students should use the following codes to send score reports to Drexel: SAT 2194 or ACT 3556.

Drexel encourages you to submit scores each time you take the SAT or ACT test. The University will consider your highest section scores across all SAT test dates submitted. Final admission decisions are made using only the highest scores. Each time you submit scores, the University updates your application file with any new high scores. If you submit ACT scores and the composite score is higher than the SAT section scores, the ACT scores will be considered for admission.

TOEFL or IELTS scores may be considered for admission for domestic freshmen whose first language is not English or for whom English is not spoken at home. Additionally, permanent residents whose first language is not English may be requested to submit official TOEFL or IELTS scores. Official TOEFL or IELTS scores should be submitted to the Admissions Office. Drexel's TOEFL code is 2194.

International applicants should refer to International Instructions for additional requirements.

Nursing Co-op applicants who were born outside of the United States — regardless of citizenship, native language, or location of degree-granting institutions — must also review the International Instructions for additional requirements.

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. Students who submit the FAFSA by this date will be eligible for the $1,000 Early FAFSA Award.

CSS Profile (Early Action applicants only)

Early Action applicants who are interested in financial aid are required to submit the CSS Profile by the early action deadline in order to receive an estimated financial aid award if accepted. You can submit the CSS Profile on the College Board website; be sure to list Drexel so we can receive this information.

Portfolio (Fashion Design and Graphic Design applicants only)

You are required to submit a sample of your creative work with a maximum of 12 images of drawings, paintings, photographs, or other visual materials or a website. All work submitted becomes part of the application and will not be returned. Your portfolio must be submitted online at

Audition (Dance applicants only)

Dance applicants are required to audition. Visit the Westphal College Dance website for more information.

Supplemental Essay (Screenwriting and Playwriting applicants only)

You are required to submit an additional essay on the following topic: What film, TV show, play, book, song, commercial, poem, or any other creative work changed the way you look at the world, and why? There is no minimum or maximum word count; write as much as you need, but write something you think we'll find interesting.

College of Medicine Supplemental Application (BA/BS/MD applicants only)

BA/BS/MD Accelerated Degree applicants will also need to complete the College of Medicine Supplemental Application by November 1. Deadline extended to December 1. Refer to the Accelerated Degree Admission Process for additional information.

Homeschooled Students

Homeschooled applicants are not required to present an equivalency diploma to be considered for admission. Accepted students who decide to enroll, however, must present proof of graduation. Homeschooled students must provide a diploma that is equivalent to a high school diploma in the applicant's home state, or complete and submit results of the GED test prior to enrollment at Drexel.

International Students, Permanent Residents, and U.S. Citizens Born Abroad

Refer to our International Instructions for additional requirements.

Mailing Addresses

By Postal Mail By Express Courier
(DHL, FedEx, UPS, etc.)
Drexel University
Application Processing
PO Box 34789
Philadelphia, PA 19101
Drexel University
Application Processing
3141 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-2876

Admission Decisions

Students applying for freshman admission are offered the choice of applying Early Action or Regular Decision. Early Action applicants complete their applications earlier in order to receive an admission decision sooner. An Early Action decision is non-binding, so accepted students have until May 1 to explore their options. Students applying Regular Decision have a later deadline and will receive their decisions by April 1. This decision is also non-binding.

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.

If you are offered admission to Drexel, be sure to review our information for Accepted Students.

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.