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Frequently Asked Questions

Application Process

What are the admission requirements for Drexel?

At Drexel University, we look for academically focused students who are driven to succeed, but we do not have set minimum SAT/ACT or GPA requirements for admission. For statistics about the entering class, please refer to our Freshman Class Profile.

The prerequisite courses that you need to take will depend on the program to which you are applying; see our Admission Prerequisites for more information.

What are your application deadlines?

Please refer to our Application Deadlines for information about deadlines and critical dates.

What is the difference between Early Action and Regular Decision?

If you choose to apply for Early Action, it means that you will apply early and receive an admission decision sooner than the rest of the applicant pool. Early Action applicants will receive one of three possible decisions: an offer of admission, deferral to Regular Decision (for your first-choice major), or denied admission. Early Action is non-binding and, if accepted, you have until the May 1 National Candidates' Reply Date to confirm your acceptance.

If you choose to apply for Regular Decision, you will have a later deadline and will receive an admission decision later in the admission cycle. However, even if you choose to apply for Regular Decision, you may still apply early — it's a good way to make sure you meet the admission deadlines, and it will give you a chance to respond to any missing application materials. See our Application Deadlines for more information.

What materials do I need to submit for my application?

Refer to the Freshman Application Instructions for a list of required materials.

My first language is English. Can the TOEFL be waived?

U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents

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

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 Admissions. Drexel's TOEFL code is 2194.

International Applicants

International freshmen must take either the SAT or ACT and request that 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.

Additionally, international freshmen whose first language is not English must take the TOEFL or IELTS and request that results be forwarded to the Admissions Office. Drexel's TOEFL school code is 2194. You are not required to submit TOEFL/IELTS scores if your first language is English or if you have attended a high school where the language of instruction is English for a minimum of three full years.

Nursing Applicants

TOEFL iBT or IELTS scores are required for applicants to all Nursing programs who are born outside of the United States. To waive this requirement, you must show that before attending Drexel you will have earned a high school degree in the United States, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, or Ireland.

Can I double major?

While it is possible to double major at Drexel, you can only apply to one major at the time of admission. Once you begin classes at Drexel, you will be able to consult with your academic advisor about adding a second major.

Can I choose a minor?

Yes, you can choose to minor in one of our 90 options, but this choice does not occur during the application process. Selection of a minor occurs with your academic advisor after you begin taking classes.

What is an accelerated degree? How do I apply for one?

An accelerated degree allows a student to obtain an undergraduate and graduate degree within a shortened period of time. Learn more about Drexel's Accelerated Degree Programs.

I took AP/IB/college courses in high school. Will I receive credit for them?

Yes. Refer to our Enrollment Policies on the Accepted Students page for details on how to submit your scores and/or transcripts.

I made a mistake on my application. How can I fix it?

To fix an error on your application, please email with the information you are requesting to change. You will receive a confirmation email acknowledging that the change has been made.

How can I check the status of my application?

You can check the status of your application by visiting the Discover Drexel Portal.

Note: Information on Discover Drexel reflects what has been processed into our system. It will not reflect materials that we have received but have not yet processed.

I sent my application materials weeks ago. Why doesn't Drexel have them?

Once we receive admission documents, it takes approximately two to four weeks to process them into our system. After we have processed the materials, they will be reflected in your application in Discover Drexel.

Where can I submit my documents electronically?

Please refer to the Freshman Application Instructions for detailed instructions on how to submit individual items.

Where can I mail my application materials?

Please refer to the Freshman Application Instructions for our mailing addresses.


How do I apply for scholarships?

All students are automatically considered for merit aid during the application review process. For information about additional scholarships, including the Drexel Distinguished Service Scholarship, the Dragon Alumni Scholarship, etc., please visit the Drexel Central website to learn more about Grants and Scholarships.

Financial Aid

How do I apply for financial aid?

Need-based institutional aid: Applicants must submit the CSS Profile and the Noncustodial Profile (NCP) form, if applicable, by the appropriate deadlines.

Federal and state aid: Applicants must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Drexel's priority deadline is February 15.

Student Life

I want to play varsity sports at Drexel. How do I get involved?

Drexel University offers Division I sports in the Colonial Athletic Association. If you would like to be considered for varsity athletics, please fill out the Prospective Student Athlete form. For more detailed information on the sports programs that we offer, please visit

Drexel Co-op

What is co-op?

Cooperative education (co-op) at Drexel enables undergraduate students to balance classroom theory with practical, hands-on experience prior to graduation. Students alternate classes with full-time employment through University-approved employers. Generally, students are on co-op for a six-month period, alternating with six months of classroom study. Cooperative education at Drexel is a degree requirement for most majors. Learn more about Co-op Opportunities at Drexel.

I've heard that Drexel has quarters, not semesters. How is Drexel's system structured?

Drexel's academic year is comprised of four quarters, which include 10 weeks of classes and one week of finals. The number of quarters that students will attend each year depends on their co-op option. Learn more about How Co-op Works.