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On-Site: Drexel University

Updated: Apr 19


At a Glance

Philadelphia, PA

Undergraduate Students: 14,300

Student to Faculty Ratio: 10:1

Acceptance Rate: 77%

Six Year Graduation Rate: 78%

Freshman Retention Rate: 90%

Notable Majors/Programs: Engineering, Nursing, Business, Architecture, Game Design, Film and Television, Physics, Computer Science


The Feel

  • Drexel is an urban private research university with a strong focus on experiential learning, first and foremost through cooperative education, or co-ops, which are essentially full-time internships for 6 months at a time.

  • The campus is located right in the heart of downtown Philadelphia, PA, offering access to restaurants, industry and culture in one of America’s finest cities.

  • In addition to co-ops, Drexel highlights study-abroad opportunities and encourages academic flexibility through interdisciplinary learning.

  • They are on the quarter system, with four ten-week quarters with a minimum of one-week breaks in between.

Standout Points

  • Drexel boasts an impressive array of academic offerings across 15 colleges and schools, providing students with 80 majors to explore.

  • The average salary for a 6-month co-op is $19,000. Every student will be provided a co-op adviser and will take a co-op prep/career skills course called “Co-op 101.”

  • Drexel just finished a 20-story nursing and health sciences building. Many of their facilities are modern, blending right in with downtown Phili.

  • Their school of nursing is famous for “Disaster Day,” where actors simulate real-life disasters to provide students with critical training experience.

  • Outside the classroom, students enjoy a vibrant campus life with access to the city. Free shuttles transport students to the nearby hot spots. Students also have access to Mario’s Market - a food pantry supporting students in need.

Fun Fact

  • Drexel is the first school in the country to offer a bachelor's in entrepreneurship.


Bottom Line Fit: For the student prioritizing urban living and hands-on learning. Drexel is a perfect alternative option to Northeastern University.


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