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Application and Selection Process

APPLICATION, SELECTION AND CONFIRMATION TIMELINE

The application for the Summer Experience and the First-Year Program are the same. You do not need to apply separately for each component. You will be asked in the application whether you are applying for both or just the First-Year Program. Applicants/Participants of the Summer Experience are automatically considered/enrolled in the First-Year Program.

If you are interested in attending the Summer Experience (July 19 – August 15, 2015):

Complete the online Dragon Scholars Program Application by no later than Friday, June 19 (11:59 p.m. EDT).

Applications will be reviewed and scored by the selection committee beginning Friday, May 15. We may request an interview if more information is needed to make a selection decision. 

Offers are made on a rolling basis beginning May 15. Applicants are encouraged to submit their applications as soon as possible to ensure their chance at a space for the Summer Experience. The last of the offers will be made by June 26.

Applicants for the Summer Experience will be notified of final program offer decisions by U.S. mail and email. 

Students selected for the Summer Experience will receive a Dragon Scholars Information and Documents Packet along with their mailed selection notification letter.

Students selected to participate in the Summer Experience must confirm their intent to register for the program by completing all items in the Checklist within 5 business days from the time of the emailed offer.

Applicants for the First-Year Program Only

If you absolutely know that you are unable to attend the Summer Experience, you are encouraged to apply for the First-Year Program (Fall to Spring of Academic Year 2015-2016). 

Complete the online Dragon Scholars Program Application by no later than Friday, June 19 (11:59 p.m. EDT). 

Offers are made on a rolling basis beginning May 15. Applicants are encouraged to submit their applications as soon as possible to ensure their chance at a space for the First-Year Program. The last of the offers will be made by June 26.

THE APPLICATION

Selection into Dragon Scholars is competitive. The program application asks for personal information and completion of four short-answer essay questions. Responses to the essay questions are critically evaluated in the selection process.

Please be sure to answer every question; incomplete applications will not be accepted.

SHORT-ANSWER ESSAY QUESTIONS

We suggest that you write your responses to the following questions before you begin the application. You will be given the option to cut and paste your responses into the application or upload all of your answers in a single document. Limit your responses to 300 words per question.

  1. Discuss a personal challenge that you have faced. Explain how it affected you and the process by which you approached the challenge.
  2. Explain how your personal attributes will help you contribute to the diversity and learning among Drexel students. Describe how your temperament, cultural background and life experiences can be assets in your transition to college.
  3. Our program requires a high level of commitment during the summer and academic year. Share an example of your involvement in a program or organization. Describe your participation, any difficulties staying involved, and how you balanced your participation alongside other commitments (e.g. family, school, work, and/or social life).
  4. As a participant, you will conduct community-based research exploring issues of social inequality. Describe an experience that demonstrates your ability to incorporate your interests, skills and talents while engaging in activities to better your community and society. Explain if and how the experience changed your way of thinking and/or deepened your level of participation.

SELECTION PROCESS

The standardized selection process occurs as follows:

  • Upon receipt, all applications are assigned an ID number and reviewed for completion. Identifiers are removed so that applications are anonymous.
  • Each complete application is then read and scored separately by three members of the selection committee.
  • Scores from each of the committee members are averaged and comments are aggregated.
  • Applications are then ranked from highest to lowest points received.
  • Final selection decisions are made by the committee.
  • Students are notified by email and U.S. mail of selection offers (see relevant dates above). Students who are not accepted into the program will also be notified.
  • Students who have been made an offer must confirm acceptance by submitting completed requested documents. Confirm by July 3 for Summer Experience and First-Year Program.
  • Waiting-list offers will be made by phone and email as space permits.