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Continue to Grow Drexel’s Enrollment

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Drexel's recent success has been driven and enabled by our scale. The University's enrollment growth will be aligned with growth in our academic and residential infrastructure so that the quality of a Drexel education is enhanced. We will undertake a carefully calibrated expansion, motivated by our desire for greater impact across the nation and around the world, by the need for increased support of scholarly activity and research, and by a collective understanding of the significant role Drexel has in the economic development of the region. Renewed focus on student retention also will ensure that both new and continuing Drexel students have the resources and support to thrive and succeed. Drexel University will:

  • Grow enrollment commensurate with student demand and academic capacity, initially by adding graduate and transfer students, and then, after a three-year period, gradually growing subsequent undergraduate freshman classes. By 2017, Drexel will increase enrollment from our current number of 23,500 to 30,470 students; by 2021, Drexel will increase to 34,000 students. Develop additional BS/MS options for undergraduates seeking accelerated degrees, providing more in-depth knowledge and added value for their financial investment. Give special attention to expanding Drexel's enrollment area beyond the Mid-Atlantic region, where the University enjoys strong brand recognition, to other regions of the country and around the globe, focusing initially on targeted recruitment of international students from China, India, South Korea, and Vietnam.
  • Further develop Drexel e-Learning and the Drexel Network by capitalizing on the University's strong market position in online education and our experience in Sacramento and at Burlington County Community College in providing hybrid courses (in-person and online). Drexel e-Learning is developing its own strategic plan, and the Drexel Network Committee will build a parallel growth strategy.
  • Support our historic commitment to access and academic success through merit-based and need-based scholarships to attract a diverse student body of high-potential students by supporting programs such as National Merit Scholars and our own Liberty Scholars, early intervention programs such as Lindy Scholars, and consortia projects such as the Greater Philadelphia Region Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (Philadelphia AMP). Engage in significant fundraising for endowed scholarships—$50 million is targeted in our ongoing comprehensive campaign—and raise even more significant funding for need-based scholarships in subsequent campaigns.
  • Expand our academic reputation and market footprint through affiliations with strategic partners. The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University is a prime example of the kind of affiliations and partnerships we seek with distinguished Philadelphia educational, cultural, historical, and health care organizations.