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The Value of Drexel

We're a different kind of school, and one way we prove that is through the success of our graduates. Look below to learn how investing in a Drexel education provides a solid return, both right out of college and in the years to come.

The Value of a Drexel Education

A college education is an investment. Drexel's unique approach to learning yields solid returns.

Graduating from Drexel

One-Year-Out Alumni survey, graduating class of 20131

  • 92% of graduates are working or enrolled in graduate professional education.
  • 88% of those working full-time are working in professions that are closely or somewhat related to their field of study at Drexel.
  • 92% of those working full-time were satisfied with their positions.

On Co-op at Drexel

Co-op employment records for 2013–14

  • $16,880.50 – Average paid co-op salary for six months
  • 98.2% Co-op employment
  • 1,717 unique employers that hired co-op students
  • Select co-op employers
    • Co-op Employment Records for 2012–2013
      • BlackRock
      • Boeing Company
      • Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
      • DuPont
      • Drexel University
      • Google
      • Johnson & Johnson
      • JP Morgan
      • Klimpton Hotels
      • Lockheed Martin
      • Merck
      • NBC Universal
      • Philadelphia Water Department
      • QVC
      • SAP
      • United States Air Force
      • Urban Outfitters
      • Vanguard
  • Geographic distribution of co-op students employed:
    • 4,500 – Pennsylvania
    • 492 – New Jersey
    • 200 – New York
    • 102 – Delaware
    • 42 – Maryland
    • 119 – California
    • 148 – Other States
    • 222 – Other Countries

Of Those Who Accepted Job Offers

One-Year-Out Alumni Survey, graduating class of 20131

  • 46% had done so with a former co-op employer.

Earning More After Graduation

  • One year after graduation: Drexel graduates earn 19.5% above the national average.2
  • $54,164 – Average full-time annual salary of a Drexel graduate one year after graduation.1

Ten Years After Graduation

  • Drexel graduates earn $17,852 more at mid-career than graduates of comparable institutions, placing them in the top 13 percent of graduates from all four-year institutions, according to the Brookings value-added ranking.3
  • Within Pennsylvania, Drexel University ranks 9th out of 121 predominantly bachelor's or above degree-granting institutions in terms of median earnings of students working and not enrolled 10 years after entry.4

Earnings Potential with a Co-op Experience

Estimated annual earnings 10 years after graduating

  • 0% more income – No co-op or internship
  • 2.2% more income – Internship
  • 8.8% more income – Co-op
    • $44,630 cumulative additional income as compared to an internship 10 years after graduation
    • A detailed analysis of survey data, gathered from 11,000 college graduates by the U.S. Department of Education, found that those who had a co-op experience earned more than those who had an internship.5

Footnotes referenced in the infographic on data sources:

1. Report for spring 2013 senior exit and one-year-out surveys for those completing a bachelors degree.LeBow College of Business students are not included as they were surveyed separately in 2013; they were included in the 2014 survey. Data reflect responses to one-year-out survey and senior survey with an effective knowledge rate of 66%. Non-respondents to the one-year-out survey that indicated afffirmative plans for employment or graduate school (hired by a specific company or accepted to and planning to enroll in a specific graduate school) in the graduating senior exit survey are reflected in these results.

2. National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) September 2013 Salary Survey.

3. Rothwell, Jonathan, and Siddharth Kulkarni. "Beyond College Rankings: A Value-added Approach to Assessing Two- and Four-year Schools." Beyond College Rankings. The Brookings Institution, 29 Apr. 2015. Web. 11 Nov. 2015.

4. "College Scorecard." College Scorecard. U.S. Department of Education, 1 Oct. 2015. Web. 11 Nov. 2015.

5. Bernard F. Lentz, Grant M. Holland and Mikhail Alloy, "Estimates of the Impacts of the Varieties of Work-Integrated Learning: Evidence from Ten Years of the Baccalaureate and Beyond Survey". Conference Proceeding, World Association for Cooperative Education. June, 2011. (with Grant M. Holland and Mikhail Alloy)