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A College of Engineering 100-Year Anniversary


"In the Course in Engineering it is recognized engineering is the profession which makes possible the application of science to the use of man. Especially it is recognized that with the advance of industrial and engineering knowledge a constantly increasing demand has arisen for the engineer trained broadly rather than intensively in all the major fields of engineering—civil, mechanical, and electrical—and able to assist in the solution of problems involving all these fields.”

1914 Engineering Course Catalog
The Drexel Institute of Art, Science and Industry

In 1914, Drexel University matriculated three students into the first 4-year degree program offered at the University: a Bachelor of Science in Engineering.

These three students, all previously enrolled in the 3-year Diploma in Engineering program, were required to complete 30 additional credits in their senior year to acquire the Bachelor’s degree:  18 credits in their area of specialization (Electrical, Mechanical or Civil); 4 credits in each of the other two specialization areas; and 2 credits each in courses titled, “Costs and Accounting” and “Contracts and Specifications.”

It’s with great pride that we celebrate this historic milestone, not only for the College, but for the entire University.  Events are scheduled throughout the year in various cities throughout the United States and the world.  Please join us in the celebration. Visit our Events page to learn more.