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Transfer Instructions

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.

Required Materials

Undergraduate Admission Application

Complete an application for Undergraduate Admission. We accept the following applications:

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 contact the Admissions office or call 215.895.2400.

If you are interested in part-time studies, visit the part-time application instructions page.

Application Fee, $50

Drexel applicants using the Common Application must pay a nonrefundable application fee of $50.00 U.S. dollars, which should be paid online when you submit the Common Application.

Students who feel that the application fee would be a financial hardship can request a fee waiver on the Common Application.

Applicants to the nursing accelerated career entry (ACE) program are not required to pay an application fee.


All applicants (except nursing ACE) must submit a 250- to 650-word essay via the Common Application. We do not accept essays submitted on paper.

Transcripts and Standardized Test Scores

We invite students with post-high school college experience to submit their transcripts for review. The most competitive applicants have a minimum of 24 college credits. Official transcripts must be sent directly from your college or university to Drexel. The transcript should include all courses in progress. You are required to submit transcripts from each college attended. Applicants may be required to submit additional materials (such as SAT or ACT scores and/or high school transcripts). 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.

Your admission decision may be delayed if you do not send transcripts from all of the colleges and universities where you have completed coursework.

International applicants should refer to International Instructions for additional requirements.

Nursing ACE, nursing BSN, 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 transcript requirements.

Nursing ACE and nursing BSN 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 standardized test requirements.

Financial Aid Information

Applicants who are interested in institutional need-based financial aid are required to submit both the CSS Profile and Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The CSS Profile is due two weeks after your file is complete, however Drexel recommends that applicants submit this as soon as possible. Applicants who do not submit the CSS Profile by the deadline will not be eligible for institutional need-based financial aid.

Applicants who are only interested in need-based aid from the federal or state government only need to file the FAFSA.

You can submit the CSS Profile on the College Board website; be sure to list Drexel so that we can receive this information. You can submit the FAFSA online at using Drexel's FAFSA school code: 003256. You should not wait to be accepted to submit the CSS Profile and FAFSA. The CSS Profile can be started in October and the FAFSA can be started as early as January 1.

Learn more about How to Apply for Aid.


Applicants to the following programs should email portfolio materials to as PDF attachments or provide links to images or videos hosted on a publicly accessible website. All work submitted becomes part of the application and will not be returned.

Fashion design applicants are required to submit a portfolio of creative work demonstrating an interest in fashion with a maximum of 12 images of drawings, paintings, photographs, or other visual materials or a website. Students are encouraged to submit artistic work related to the fashion industry such as mood boards, design sketches, or photographs of garments.

Game art and production applicants may submit an optional portfolio. Your portfolio may contain any material you feel is relevant to your skills (i.e., drawing, painting, photography, video, 3D models, animations, music, video games, computer programs, code, research, etc.).

Graphic design and photography applicants are required to submit a portfolio of creative work with a maximum of 12 images of drawings, paintings, photographs, or other visual materials or a website.

Interior design applicants may submit an optional portfolio. Please provide a sample of your creative work with a maximum of 12 images of drawings, paintings, sculpture, photographs, 3D models, or other visual materials or a website.

Writing Supplement

Applicants to the following programs must submit a writing supplement via the Common Application.

Animation & visual effects: A brief essay helps us get to know you. Please write a 250- to 650-word essay about why you are interested in majoring in animation & visual effects at Drexel. A portfolio is not required, however, if you do have online samples of your work related to this major, please feel free to include the URL of your portfolio within your essay.

Custom-designed: Please write a 500- to 800-word vision statement/essay describing in detail what you want to study, what you hope to accomplish during your time in the program, and why your educational goals cannot be met by pursuing a traditional Drexel major, a double major, or a major combined with minors. Your vision statement/essay should also include how you expect this program to prepare you for life after college, detailing what career or pursuits the custom-designed major will facilitate and how you plan to impact the world. Finally, the vision statement/essay should contain a plausible plan of study for achieving your goals by drawing upon two or more existing Drexel programs. A sample vision statement can be found on the Custom-Designed Major Prospective Students page. Information about existing programs and courses at Drexel can be found in the University Catalog.

Design & merchandising: Please write a 250- to 650-word essay about why you are interested in majoring in design & merchandising at Drexel. What specifically interests you about the design & merchandising program? How will design & merchandising help you attain your goals?

Screenwriting and playwriting; Applicants 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.

Audition (Dance Applicants Only)

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

Interview (Custom-Designed Majors Only)

You may be invited to participate in an interview with custom-designed major staff via telephone or in person. The interview will be an opportunity for you to discuss the appropriateness of the custom-designed major, given your interests, as well as to answer any questions you may have.

ARRT Certification (Invasive Cardiovascular Technology Applicants Only)

Invasive cardiovascular technology applicants are required to submit a copy of their ARRT certification.

TEAS V Examination (Radiologic Technology Applicants Only)

Radiologic technology applicants are required to submit scores from the Test of Essential Academic Skills to the department. For more information, please refer to the TEAS V Frequently Asked Questions [PDF].

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

Applications for transfer applicants are reviewed on a rolling basis for all terms. Please check your program of interest to determine which terms the program enrolls.

´╗┐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.