The institution's curriculum and organization of its academic programs have evolved to include 15 colleges and schools. In accord with this evolution, Drexel has undergone two changes in name, in 1936 becoming Drexel Institute of Technology and in 1970, Drexel University. The current title reflects the institution's commitment to research, as well as the breadth of its programs.
Our interdisciplinary approach to applied education is part of what makes us stand out, in Philadelphia and around the world. At Drexel, we value experiential learning, which is a process through which our students develop knowledge, skills, and values from direct experiences outside a traditional academic setting.
Drexel is a world-class comprehensive research university committed to use-inspired research with real-world applications, and the University's research activities result in more than $110 million in annual expenditures for sponsored projects.
Research at Drexel is driven by faculty from all disciplines. Medical and health sciences research complements traditional strengths in engineering, biotechnology, basic science, information science, and business, alongside innovative scholarship in media arts and design, the social sciences, education, and law. The Office of Research at Drexel University is committed to facilitating these research efforts.
The Office of International Students and Scholars Services (ISSS) works to promote meaningful interaction between United States citizens and students from other countries through culturally enriching opportunities for all members of the Drexel community.
Students become affiliated with ISSS beginning immediately after the admission process and well beyond graduation. They are individually advised on immigration, cultural, financial, academic, and personal concerns by ISSS staff.
Living on campus is an exciting aspect of the college experience. Each Drexel residence hall has its own distinctive features and amenities, but all offer common recreation and study lounges, kitchens, and laundry facilities. Individual rooms are equipped to provide cable television and Internet access. Students living in the residence halls are supported by live-in Residence Life staff who organize regular events, activities, and study sessions.
Drexel University Libraries is a learning enterprise dedicated to providing access to authoritative information regardless of format, to building learning environments, to making connections across disciplines to connect individuals with scholarship and to modeling an entrepreneurial organization.
Drexel strives to educate students to embrace good health and wellness practices. The University offers programs and services to assist with maintaining good health, both psychologically and physically.
Drexel University's lively urban campus is located in one of America's most exciting cities — Philadelphia. In a world-class city for business, art, and education, Philadelphia's skyscrapers are coupled with a blend of distinct and culturally diverse neighborhoods, creating a unique metropolitan yet intimate urban experience.
Surrounded by tree-lined residential blocks just minutes away from Philadelphia's downtown Center City district, Drexel makes its home in the neighborhood of University City. Comprised of five additional universities and dotted by coffee shops, restaurants, shops, and farmers markets, University City is just one of the many reasons Philadelphia makes an ideal place for students.
Drexel Athletics are a big part of campus culture. Each year, more than 9,000 students participate in club or intramural sports. The list of athletic opportunities is extensive, including everything from ultimate frisbee and track to rugby and water polo. The number of options available and the level of participation are limited only by the interest of each student.
Drexel students have the best of all worlds — a booming campus culture located in the heart of one of America's great cities. There's no one type of Drexel student and the University's clubs and activities reflect its diversity. There's something (or probably two or three "somethings") for everyone.
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