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Programs for High School Students

You don’t have to wait until you are in college to experience what the College of Engineering has to offer! We have a variety of programs designed just for high school students. In addition to all of the exciting programs you can also schedule your own personal visit where we will arrange for you to meet professors and students from the College of Engineering, tour a laboratory or attend a class.

Engineering Summer Programs

Drexel hosts these exciting summer programs for high school students.

Regardless of your year in school we will have a program just for you: 

  • Rising Sophomores and Juniors: The Summer Music Technology (SMT) Program is an innovative, one-week learning experience that provides students with a unique opportunity to learn about music production technology and digital audio from Drexel faculty and students.
  • Students entering their Junior and Senior year:The Materials Camp is a week-long, hands-on academic day camp to introduce high school students to the exciting and important field of materials science and engineering.
  • Rising Juniors and Seniors: The Drexel University Computing Academy (DUCA) is a five-week, residential summer learning experience where students share an authentic college experience, exploring information technology and computer science through interactive classes, group projects and labs while experiencing college life. 
  • Rising Juniors and Seniors: The Materials Science and Engineering Summer Institute is offered in four week-long sessions and gives aspiring scientists and engineers the chance to learn about how atomic elements arrange themselves to form the materials that are all around us.

For a list of all of our summer programs, visit our Summer Programs website.


We host a variety of events during the year designed to introduce students to engineering. Some of the exciting events that we have coming up are:

Taking Classes While Still in High School

The Visiting Scholars program is a highly selective program that allows high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors to register for college courses - on a space-available basis - at Drexel University’s University City Campus while completing high school.  There are stringent admissions requirements and very strict deadlines of March 1 and August 1 annually.


If you are interested in engineering then one of the best things for you to get involved in is robotics. There are a variety of competitions for students in high school and even middle school. Sea Perch is an underwater robotics competition which was developed right here in Philadelphia by Drexel and the Navy.

Drexel hosts the Greater Philadelphia Sea Perch Challenge each year so even if you aren’t involved at your school you can still come out and join in the fun!