Drexel takes into consideration a number of criteria when determining admission, including your college performance in relation to your desired major and essay.
Drexel assumes that you've completed coursework similar to Drexel's curriculum. To be considered for admission as a transfer student, you should have completed a minimum of 24 college credits from a regionally accredited institution. If you have fewer than 24 college credits and graduated from high school within the past two years, you will also need to submit your high school transcript and SAT or ACT scores.
Prerequisites and Deadlines
Before beginning your application to Drexel, please review our Admission Prerequisites and Application Deadlines.
Complete an application for Undergraduate Admission. We prefer that you apply online to Drexel. We accept the following online applications:
• Drexel's Online Application
• The Common Application
If you do not wish to apply online, you may download and print either of the following:
• Drexel's Undergraduate Full-Time Admission Application [PDF]
• The Common Application and Drexel's Transfer Supplemental Application [PDF]
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.
We encourage you to apply online to expedite the admission process.
All applicants (except Nursing ACE) must submit a 250- to 500-word essay online. We do not accept essays submitted on paper.
Westphal College of Media Arts & Design applicants: Relate your essay topic to your interest in your intended major. To confirm that your intended major is in Westphal, view our Undergraduate Majors.
Custom-Designed major applicants: Qualified applicants will be requested to submit additional admission materials.
All other applicants: You may write about why you are interested in your choice of major or you may write on any subject you choose.
Official transcripts are required from all colleges and universities that 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 were from colleges where you earned credit that was transferred to another institution. If you have completed international coursework, you should also submit syllabus/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.
You may print the Transcript Request Form [PDF] and use it to request official transcripts from your school counselor and/or registrar. The transcript should include all courses in progress.
If you have completed fewer than 24 credits at the time of application, you must also submit an official copy of your high school transcript and SAT/ACT test scores. In most circumstances, a high school transcript and SAT/ACT scores can be considered if the graduation date is no more than two years from the date of enrollment at Drexel.
International applicants should refer to International Instructions for additional requirements.
Nursing ACE and Radiologic Technology applicants who have coursework from an institution outside of the United States — except Study Abroad — must also review the International Instructions for additional requirements.
Note: Radiologic Technology program applicants are required to submit a high school transcript regardless of the number of completed college credits.
If you have completed 24 or more college credits, you are not required to submit standardized test scores. Otherwise, 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. Test scores are valid up to two years from the test date.
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 record 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.
Applicants whose native language is not English may be requested to submit official TOEFL or IETLS scores. The TOEFL or IELTS requirement can be waived if the applicant has completed English Composition I and English Composition II with grades of C or better from a regionally accredited institution in the United States. 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 ACE and Nursing BSN 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.
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 www.fafsa.gov; be sure to list Drexel's 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.
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 HighSchoolPortfolios.com.
Dance applicants are required to audition. Visit the Westphal College Dance website for more information.
Invasive Cardiovascular Technology applicants are required to submit a copy of their ARRT certification.
Refer to our International Instructions for additional requirements.
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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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Visit http://www.drexel.edu/cleryreport to download a copy of the most recent report. 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.