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Dragon Scholars

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The Dragon Scholars Program (DSP) is an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for freshmen who are entering Drexel University. DSP prepares students for the transition from high school to college by providing higher-level academic skills and strong peer networks through participation in a diverse learning community, centered on academic excellence. By cultivating the talents and proficiencies of Dragon Scholars participants, we empower them to navigate the complex university environment; utilize resources that support their success; and maximize their involvement in the diverse and vibrant Drexel campus. Throughout their first academic year, DSP students receive customized services that can include academic learning communities, mentoring, and coaching—as well as networking and social opportunities. Most importantly though, the connections made as a Dragon Scholars student will last through their college years and beyond.


DSP enables an incoming student to jump-start his or her University career as a Drexel Dragon. Aside from engaging in a curriculum designed to cultivate college readiness, participants also receive a comprehensive orientation to campus and academic requirements. A major goal of the program is to ensure that each DSP participant’s transition into Drexel occurs as smoothly as possible, which in turn facilitates a solid foundation for student success. Many benefits are gained by participation in DSP, including:

Academic Benefits
  • Understanding of faculty expectations and University culture
  • Preparation for traditionally challenging freshman courses (e.g. math, reading and composition)
  • Experience in conducting a community-based research project
  • Comprehension of different study strategies and identification of ones that work best based on individual learning styles
Social Benefits
  • Establishment of early relationships with key University faculty, staff and administrators
  • Opportunity to make lasting peer friendships before school starts
  • Integration into a strong support network
  • Opportunity to grapple with issues of social concern or significance
Personal Benefits
  • Deeper awareness of self and others through critical dialogues inside and outside the classroom
  • Expanded understanding of the diverse racial, ethnic, religious, cultural, and geographical backgrounds that constitute Drexel’s global student community
  • Knowledge and optimization of campus resources
  • Development of critical life skills in moving toward becoming an independent and interdependent member of society


“College is not like high school at all. Within those four weeks of DSP, I was trying to understand what college life is about. It was hard because of commuting, but it was worth it. In terms of academics, it helped me get serious about studying and step my game up.”

Imani Walker, DSP 2013: Software Engineering Major – College of Engineering

“I liked it because it was an early exposure to college life. I was able to meet a lot of people and make friends that are still part of my life.”

Eliseo Daniel Javier, DSP 2013: Nursing Major – College of Nursing and Health Professions

“You get to find out where everything is before school actually starts. DSP is extremely helpful; they teach you a lot about how Drexel will be and what to expect after getting accepted here.”

Ramir Austin, DSP 2013: Information Systems Major – College of Computing & Informatics

“The program got me acquainted with the city life, food trucks, and where the buildings were. The academic courses were intensive but it prepared us for our real classes. I found it beneficial because I learned more than I thought I would.”

Candace Young, DSP 2013: Electrical Engineering Major – College of Engineering

Get a head start on the Drexel Experience
with Dragon Scholars!