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Freshman Engineering Experience

Drexel College of Engineering takes great pride in being ranked one of the top engineering institutions in the country. We understand that becoming a new student can be a bit overwhelming at times. This page is designed to help freshman engineering students better understand engineering curriculum during their first year. 

Some of the differences between Drexel and other universities are:

  • Immediate, hands-on engineering design in your freshman year
  • Exposure to industry standard engineering software packages
  • Increasingly open-ended, independent decision making within projects
  • Paid, real-world learning opportunities that expand your experience, marketability, and professional network

Freshman Year Objectives

One freshman year objective is to educate students about the engineering departments and facilities at Drexel. In addition, students will be exposed to engineering software packages, including AutoCAD, Creo and MATLAB, while also being introduced to fundamental engineering concepts, such as:

  • 2D and 3D computer-aided design modeling
  • Data collection, interpretation, and analysis
  • Approximation
  • Mathematical modeling
  • Closed-loop systems

Of course, students will have math, science, and English courses during their freshman year, but they also have the opportunity to engage in hands-on engineering design beginning in their first term. Please visit the Freshman Courses page to learn more.

During freshman year, students will receive an introduction to all engineering programs offered at Drexel and will have until the end of their sophomore year to decide on a major. View the list of Departments and Majors for more information.