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Drexel University

Drexel University is an institution of higher learning located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The school was founded in 1891 by Anthony J. Drexel, a noted financier and philanthropist.

The current president is Constantine Papadakis.



Drexel University was founded in 1891 as the Drexel Institute of Art, Science and Industry by Philadelphia financier and philanthropist Anthony J. Drexel to provide educational opportunities in the “practical arts and sciences” for women and men of all backgrounds. The Drexel Institute of Technology gained university status in 1970, becoming Drexel University. On July 1, 2002, Drexel was officially united with the former MCP Hahnemann University.

Notable Alumni


Drexel's colleges and schools

The university has thirteen colleges and schools:


  • Arts and Sciences
  • Bennett S. LeBow College of Business
  • Engineering
  • Medicine
  • Nursing and Health Professions
  • Information Science and Technology
  • Media Arts & Design
  • Richard C. Goodwin College of Evening and Professional Studies
  • Pennoni Honors College


  • Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems
  • Education
  • Public Health

Majors offered

Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Anthropology (BA)
  • Communication (BS or BA)
  • Corporate Communications, Global Journalism, Technical and Science Communications
  • Criminal Justice (BS)
  • English (BA)
  • General Humanities and Social Sciences (for undecided students)
  • History-Politics (BS or BA)
  • International Area Studies (BS or BA)
  • Psychology (BS)
  • Sociology (BS)
  • Biological Sciences
  • Chemistry
  • Environmental Science
  • Mathematics
  • Nutrition and Food Science
  • Physics
  • Nursing
  • Preprofessional Health
  • Science
  • Software Engineering
  • Unified Science
  • Accounting
  • Business
  • Commerce and Engineering
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • General Business
  • Human Resource Management
  • International Business
  • Management Information Systems (MIS)
  • Marketing
  • Operations Management
  • Appropriate Technology
  • Architectural Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Materials Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Software Engineering
  • Telecommunications Engineering
Information Systems
  • Information Systems
  • Information Technology
  • Software Engineering
Media Arts and Design
  • Architecture
  • Design and Merchandising
  • Digital Media
  • Fashion Design
  • Film and Video
  • Graphic Design
  • Interior Design
  • Music Industry
  • Performing Arts
  • Photography
  • Screenwriting and Playwriting
Nursing and Health Professions
  • Nursing
  • Addictions Counseling Sciences
  • Behavioral Counseling Sciences
  • Biological Sciences
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Cardiovascular Perfusion Technology
  • Emergency Medical Services
  • Humanities and Sciences
  • Nursing – Co-op
  • Nursing – R.N. to B.S.N.
  • Nutrition and Food Science
  • Psychology
  • Radiologic Technology (A.S., Certificate)
Biomedical Engineering
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Teacher Education

Most popular majors

Bachelors Level Enrollment by College & Major 2002
Major Enrolled
Business Administration 2,428
General Information Systems 841
Computer Science 823
Mechanical Engineering 446
Computer Engineering 445

Source: Drexel University Factbook

Bachelors Degrees Awarded by Major & College 2002/2003
Major Degrees
Business Administration 447
General Information Systems 173
Computer Science 106
Electrical Engineering 87
Mechanical Engineering 75

Source: Drexel University Factbook

Masters Level Enrollment by College & Major 2002
Major Enrolled
General Bus. & Admin. (MBA) 803
Information Systems 305
Library & Information Science 204
Science of Instruction 96
Engineering Management 92

Source: Drexel University Factbook

Masters Degrees Awarded by Major & College 2002/2003
Major Degrees
General Bus. & Admin. (MBA) 280
Information Systems 111
Library & Information Science 70
Science of Instruction 45
Engineering Management 36

Source: Drexel University Factbook

Top 30 Co-op Employers

(Academic Year 2003-2004)

  • Drexel University
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • UNISYS Corporation
  • E. I. Dupont De Nemours & Co
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Susquehanna Int'l Group LLP
  • Fiserv Securities, Inc.
  • Philadelphia Water Department
  • Comcast Corporation
  • Ace USA
  • Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
  • Naval Surface Warfare Center
  • Merck
  • SunGard Availability Services
  • GIS Data Conversion Project Team
  • AHP Settlement Trust
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Philadelphia School District
  • Atofina
  • Sunoco, Inc
  • Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
  • SAP America
  • Cigna Corporation
  • PJM Interconnection LLC
  • Delaware Investments
  • Wyeth Pharmaceuticals
  • BlackRock
  • AstraZeneca
  • QVC Inc.
  • Independence Blue Cross

Source: Drexel University



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The school's sports teams are called the Dragons . They participate in the NCAA's Division I-A and the Colonial Athletic Association.


Every year, more than one percent of all graduating engineers in the US graduate from Drexel University.

Drexel University is well known for its co-op program, which it calls "The Ultimate Internship"®. A student in Drexel's five-year co-op program completes a bachelor's degree in five years while acquiring eighteen months of on-the-job experience over three six-month periods during the sophomore, pre-junior, and junior years.

When people think they are getting a bad deal from the University, they often refer to it as getting the "Drexel Shaft." The Drexel Shaft is also a smokestack structure on the rail yard next to the campus, and according to university legend the structure grows one more inch every time a student is shafted.

Drexel University's campus is located right next to University of Pennsylvania in University City, Philadelphia.

Drexel was ranked 106th amongst national universities by US News & World Report in their latest annual college rankings.

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Last updated: 10-29-2005 02:13:46