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Accepted Students

Congratulations on your acceptance to CCI!

Welcome to Drexel's College of Computing & Informatics! These frequently asked questions have been designed to help you navigate your next steps as an accepted student. If at any time you have questions, please contact your CCI Recruiter.

What are the necessary steps I must take to become a CCI student?

1. Matriculate/Enroll

To confirm your acceptance and enroll in CCI, you must pay your matriculation fee online. This $100 fee is non-refundable and is credited back to your first term tuition. The online system will only accept credit or debit cards. If you have any trouble, please contact your CCI Recruiter. You will need your student ID and case sensitive PIN (stated in your decision letter) at log in.

Once the fee has been paid and processed, you will be notified by an CCI Recruiter through a detailed email. More information about how to contact your Academic Advisor, who will assist with registration, curriculum planning and orientation as well as how to pick up your accounts will be included.

You must enroll (confirm and register) before the end of the first week of classes or you will be unable to attend the term for which you have been accepted.

The matriculation fee is waived for doctoral students who are offered a research assistantship.

Deferring Admission

If you wish to defer admission to a subsequent term, we ask that you please pay the matriculation fee and then email your CCI Recruiter with your new start term of interest. Admission may be deferred up to one academic year (limited to Fall and Spring admit terms); after one year a new application is required and it may be necessary to resubmit your application materials.

2. Health Insurance for FULL TIME ONLINE and ON CAMPUS students

All full time students (online and on campus) must provide proof of health insurance or enroll in the Drexel Insurance plan by their deadline. Please visit the Support & Health Services website to review the health insurance policies for domestic and international students and be sure to satisfy compliance.

Failure to do so will result in default enrollment into the Drexel plan. Once you have been defaulted into this plan, the premium amount will be placed on your student bill and you will be enrolled in the plan for the full academic year. Once this plan is added to your student bill it cannot be removed.

3. Immunization and for FULL TIME ON CAMPUS students

All full time students (on campus) must comply with the University standards of immunization by their deadline. Please visit the Support & Health Services website to review the immunization policies for domestic and international students and be sure to satisfy compliance.

Failure to do so will result in a HOLD being placed on your student account. Students should satisfy this requirement as soon as possible.

Newly accepted students can contact the immunization office at healthimmu@drexel.edu.

4. International Students

All International applicants should visit the International Students and Scholars Services website for additional information about visa and supporting documents.

What happens after I matriculate?

Once your matriculation has been processed, you will be notified by a CCI Recruiter through a detailed email. More information about how to contact your Academic Advisor, who will assist with registration, curriculum planning and orientation as well as how to pick up your accounts will be included.

At this time you should begin reviewing the Academic Calendar, reach out to your Academic Advisor and think about curriculum planning.

You can view the Course Schedules (Term Master Schedule), Course Descriptions, and Registration Information by clicking here. The University Catalog (degree requirements for your program) can be found here.

Registration for new students typically begins in the sixth week of the term before you entered. For example, registration for the Fall term begins six weeks into the Summer term.

Online and On Campus students who plan on coming to campus, are able to pick up a University identification card. The DragonCard should be obtained prior to the start of classes. To receive your DragonCard, please follow the instructions on the DragonCard website.

New students should bookmark and review the CCI Resources section for information regarding registration, advising, text books, forms, College & University policies and more.

When is the deadline to accept my offer from Drexel?

There is no specific date in which you need to accept your offer. We recommend that if you know you want to attend, you pay the matriculation fee. Once the fee is paid you are introduced to your Academic Advisor to begin curriculum planning.

Registration opens about six weeks prior to the start of classes, thus the sooner you are eligible to register the larger the amount of seats you may have to choose from. Both our online and on campus classes are capped at about 25 students per section and classes are not guaranteed.

You must enroll (confirm and register) before the end of the first week of classes or you will be unable to attend the term for which you have been accepted.

This does not apply to doctoral students who have been offered a research assistanship.

If you no longer wish to attend Drexel, you may withdraw your acceptance by emailing your CCI Recruiter directly.

What incentives does CCI offer to lower my tuition costs?

 At the time of an offer, all eligible full time on campus Master's level accepted students would have been reviewed and offered the Full Time Fellowship (merit based award offered to students based on GPA from a completed undergraduate or graduate degree.)

Credit for Work Experience may be awarded at time of admission or until the end of student’s first term (awarded to MSLIS, MSIS and MSHI students based on previous relevant, professional-level work experience related to the degree you are pursuing, any appeals must be made before the end of your first term).
 
If you have not been awarded either of the above, you may be eligible for a Partner Discount. Accepted masters or professional development student at CCI may be the recipient of a partner discount. To search for organizations that participate in this tuition discounting program, please see the Drexel PRO website. Examples of participating organizations include: The American Library Association, WebJunction, ASIS&T and RN.com.

In addition, CCI has several scholarships which range in monetary value, typically with them being lower than the partner discount. The amount is not released until the scholarship is awarded. Any scholarship given will be applied for the Winter term in which it was awarded. Applications for scholarships open in the fall. The list of scholarships can be found here.

Not all incentives can be combined. For instance, you cannot have a partner discount and Dean's Fellowship.

Click here for more information on other financing options

What do I need to do in order to receive a Financial Aid package?

If you are seeking financial aid, you need to file a FAFSA and have it released to Drexel. In addition, you need to complete the Institutional Financial Aid Application [PDF] that was linked in your decision information.

Once both of these items are completed and submitted, contact the Drexel Central office to discuss your loan options. We also encourage you to visit this office where you will find details about how the financial aid process works.

How is Drexel different?

We encourage you to critically evaluate our offerings in order to make the best choice for yourself and professional goals. As you begin to compare programs, you will notice that there are several differences. Notably, we are a member of the iSchool consortium which means we strive to connect people to information through technology and our curriculum is a reflection of those ideals. Please click here to read more about your program, its curriculum (including course descriptions) and learning objectives.

Our Master's degree programs are comprised of 15 courses. The length is determined by your status; part-time (1-2 classes a term) or full-time (3 classes a term). Drexel is on a quarter system. We have four 10 week terms in a year (Fall, Spring, Winter and Summer). View the Academic Calendar here.

If you are a part-time student taking 2 classes a term for all 4 terms in the year, you will finish the program in 2 years or 8 terms. If you are a full-time student taking 3 classes a term for all 4 terms in the year, you will finish the program in 1.25 years or 5 terms.

Can I visit campus?

If you would like to visit campus and get a feel for Drexel in person, please schedule an appointment with us! We encourage all who are able to attend one of our Open Houses. Here you will be able to meet and talk with Faculty, Graduate Admissions Counselors and current students in addition to seeing the Rush Building. Often a Financial Aid representative is present as well.

Can I talk to someone currently in the program?

Another great way to find out more about Drexel is by contacting students currently in our programs. We have a list of Graduate Peer Mentors who are currently enrolled master level students, who will be happy to talk about what classes and professors are like, what they are planning on doing with the degree and their experience as CCI students.

Where can I find out about General Campus Info?

Drexel University has many offices and organizations positioned to aid and enrich you while studying with us. Click here for more information on specific offices/organizations.