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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.



Graduating from Drexel

One-Year-Out Alumni survey, graduating class of 20121

  • 92% of graduates are working or enrolled in graduate professional education.
  • 92% of those working full-time are working in professions that are closely or somewhat related to their field of study at Drexel.
  • 94% of those working full-time were satisfied with their positions.

Before Graduating from Drexel

Senior Exit Survey, graduating class of 20132

  • 47% of those who planned to attend graduate school were accepted to a graduate program before graduation.
  • 39% of those who planned to work after graduation had secured post-graduation employment before graduation.
  • 13% of the seniors surveyed planned to start a business immediately after graduation.

Select Graduate Schools

Class of 20132

  • Boston University
  • Columbia University
  • Drexel University
  • Duke University
  • Georgetown University
  • Harvard University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • New York University
  • Stanford University
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Pennsylvania

On Co-op at Drexel

Co-op employment records for 2012–13

  • $16,592.94 - Average paid co-op salary for six months
  • 97.6% Co-op placement rate
  • 1,650 unique employers that hired co-op students
    • Amazon.com
    • BlackRock
    • Boeing Company
    • The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
    • DuPont
    • Drexel University
    • Google
    • Johnson and Johnson
    • JP Morgan
    • Lockheed Martin
    • Merck
    • NBC Universal
    • Philadelphia Water Department
    • QVC
    • SAP
    • United States Air Force
    • Urban Outfitters
    • Vanguard
  • Geographic distribution of co-op students employed:
    • 4,051 – Pennsylvania
    • 452 – New Jersey
    • 207 – New York
    • 130 – Delaware
    • 45 – Maryland
    • 77 – California
    • 132 – Other States
    • 167 – Other Countries

Of Those Accepting Job Offers Before Graduation...

Senior Exit Survey, graduating class of 20132

  • 38% had done so with a former co-op employer.
  • 94% who participated in co-op found the experience useful to their career path.

Earning More 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.3

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

1. One-Year-Out Alumni telephone survey, conducted from April 10–July 21, 2013 of 1,703 undergraduate students graduating in spring 2012, and asked about their status as of April 2013. 658 students responded. The survey was conducted by Franklin & Marshall College's Center for Opinion Research. Adjusting for students that could not be reached due to inaccurate or lapsed telephone contact information, the adjusted response rate was 48% (calculation based on the American Association of Public Opinion Research guidelines). The survey data were weighted to correct for any potential biases created by differential non-response across Drexel's nine schools and colleges with undergraduate programs.

2. Senior Survey administered to the undergraduate graduating class of 2013 during the spring quarter of 2013. Over 90% responded. The timing of the survey (most responded more than four weeks before graduation) makes it difficult to present a complete picture of postgraduate outcomes. As a result, some of the figures reported here are based on students' plans for the first year after graduation, as opposed to their actual activities, and are noted as such. The University's One-Year-Out Alumni survey provides a more comprehensive picture of the outcomes of the graduating class. That said, many graduating seniors have managed to secure offers of employment and graduate school acceptance even as early as several weeks before graduation. Note that the College of Business did not participate this year, choosing instead to develop their own instrument. Thus, their responses are not represented in these data. The College of Business will participate in this survey beginning with the spring class of 2014.

3. 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) http://www.waceinc.org/philly2011/conference_proceedings/Non-Refereed%20Papers/United%20States/BARNEY~1.PDF)