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Drexel University

Philadelphia, PA 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate83%

Drexel Admissions

It is moderately difficult to get into Drexel University. Around 83% of applicants get into Drexel University each year. Out of 34,519 applications received in 2023, 28,522 students were offered admission.

If you are thinking about applying to Drexel University, the deadline for Fall 2024 admissions is 1/15 and the fee for the application costs $50.

Students who submit their applications to Drexel University for fall should hear back from Drexel University by April 1.

Drexel University Admissions Stats at a Glance

The following is an overiew of some of Drexel University's admissions stats.

Drexel University 2023 Admissions Statistics
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 32%
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 37%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 9%
Waitlist Yes

Drexel University Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Drexel University.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I Yes November 1 December 15
Early Decision II
Early Action Yes November 1 December 15
Regular Decision Yes 1 15 April 1

Applying Early to Drexel University?

Drexel University offers early decision and also offers early action. Early decision is binding, which means you must attend if you are admitted, while early action allows you to apply early without committing.

🗓️ Early Decision I applications are due by November 1 EDI applicants should receive a decision by December 15.

🗓️ The Early Action deadline is November 1. Drexel University will release EA admissions decisions no later than December 15.

The early decision acceptance rate at Drexel University is 94%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 83%. Last year, Drexel University admitted 370 of the 392 students who applied early decision.

Some students apply early in hopes that it will increase their chances of getting in. When you apply early, your application is considered before all the regular decision applicants apply. Applying early may increase the chance of acceptance, since it is a way to show that you are very interested in a school.

➡️ Discover a list of some top colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Drexel University Admissions

Transferring to Drexel University

Transfer student admissions is moderately difficult.

For Students Waitlisted to Drexel University

Drexel University has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What Does Drexel University Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when determining who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college has a different way of determining which factors are given the most weight when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When assembling your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that put the most emphasis on the admissions factors where you're strong.

Admissions Factors at Drexel University

Wondering what factors are considered by Drexel University during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Class Rank Very Important
Standardized Test Scores Very Important
Academic GPA Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Character/Personal Qualities Important
Application Essay Important
Recommendation(s) Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Extracurricular Activities Considered
Interview Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Volunteer Work Considered
Work Experience Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
First Generation Considered

Make sure to check with Drexel University for more information on admission factors.

Drexel University Application Requirements

To apply to Drexel University, all applicants must submit the following items. Check in with Drexel University's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale)
Letter(s) of Recommendation
Transcript(S) of College Record
Transcript of High School Record
Standardized Test Scores
Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S)

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Drexel University?

Drexel University has not provided an information about GPAs of accepted students. Any questions regarding applicant expectations should be addressed directly with the school.

Out of all students that were admitted, 35% submitted a class rank. At Drexel University 32% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 65% were in the top 25% and 91% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At Drexel University, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA
3.75 and 3.99
3.50 and 3.74
3.25 and 3.49
3.00 and 3.24
2.50 and 2.9
2.00 and 2.49

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to Drexel University directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that reflects your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

Drexel University is test optional. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2022, 37% of Drexel University's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 9% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for Drexel University?

To be competitive with other Drexel University applicants, you should aim to score between 1210 and 1400 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Drexel University 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1400 and 25% of scored lower than 1210, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Drexel University students scored 720 or higher and 75% of students scored 600 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Drexel University students scored 690 or higher, and 75% scored a 600 or higher.

To be most competitive at Drexel University, you should strive to earn between 26 and 32 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 32 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Drexel University's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 32, and three out of four students scored lower than 32 on the ACT.

A 26 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Drexel University students. Only one out of every four students scored below 26.

More Information on Transferring to Drexel University

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to Drexel University. Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.

Transfer students can enroll in Drexel University during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Winter Term

• Spring Term

• Winter Term

• Summer Term

Drexel University Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Drexel University?

✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Drexel University.

Does Drexel University accept transfer credits?

✅ Drexel University accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. Drexel University accepts:

• CLEP subject tests • DSST/DANTES

Do I have to submit test scores to Drexel University?

❌ No, Drexel University is test optional, so it's up to you if you want to submit test scores or not. If your scores are higher than the school's average, you should strongly consider submitting them. If your scores are average or below average, you may want not want to include them in your application.

What is Drexel University's acceptance rate?

✅ The acceptance rate for Drexel University is 83%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Drexel University?

✅ Drexel University's early decision acceptance rate was 94% in 2021.

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Drexel Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


How hard is it to get into Drexel? Drexel is a somewhat selective institution. The Drexel acceptance rate is 83%. This means that the institution accepts 82 out of every 100 applicants.


Drexel Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 15

Transfer Applications are Due

Continuous processing

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Drexel is Jan 15.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Drexel is Continuous processing.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Drexel SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1210 - 1400


Math SAT Range

610 - 720


Reading SAT Range

600 - 690

Drexel GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)

Not available

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