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Admission Prerequisites 

Freshman Prerequisites

Applicants to Drexel University are expected to have completed the high school curriculum that will best prepare them for freshman-year studies at the college level. Please review the admission prerequisites for your major. To find out which college or school hosts your intended major, review our Undergraduate Majors.

Arts and Sciences (humanities and social sciences)

  • Three years of mathematics (algebra I and II, geometry)
  • At least one year of a laboratory science (biology, chemistry, or physics)

Arts and Sciences (sciences)

  • Four years of mathematics (algebra I and II, geometry, trigonometry)
  • Two years of a laboratory science (biology, chemistry, or physics)

Biomedical Engineering, Science, and Health Systems

  • One year of calculus
  • One year of physics (with lab)

Business (except Business and Engineering)

  • Three years of mathematics (algebra I and II, geometry)
  • At least one year of a laboratory science (biology, chemistry, or physics)

Business and Engineering

  • Four years of mathematics (algebra I and II, geometry, trigonometry)
  • Two years of a laboratory science (biology, chemistry, or physics)

Computing and Informatics

  • Three years of mathematics (algebra I and II, geometry)
  • At least one year of a laboratory science (biology, chemistry, or physics)

Education

  • Three years of mathematics (algebra I and II, geometry)
  • At least one year of a laboratory science (biology, chemistry, or physics)

Engineering

  • Four years of mathematics (algebra I and II, geometry/trigonometry, and pre-calculus)
  • One year of chemistry (with lab)
  • One year of physics (with lab)

Engineering (Engineering Technology and Construction Management)

  • Three years of mathematics (algebra I and II, geometry)
  • At least one year of a laboratory science (biology, chemistry, or physics)

Hospitality and Sport Management

  • Three years of mathematics (algebra I and II, geometry)
  • At least one year of a laboratory science (biology, chemistry, or physics)

Media Arts & Design

  • Three years of mathematics (algebra I and II, geometry)
  • At least one year of a laboratory science (biology, chemistry, or physics)

Nursing and Health Professions

  • Three years of mathematics (algebra I and II, geometry)
  • Two years of a laboratory science (biology, chemistry, or physics)

Public Health

  • Three years of mathematics (algebra I and II, geometry)
  • At least one year of a laboratory science (biology, chemistry, or physics)

Transfer Prerequisites

Applicants to specific programs at Drexel are expected to have the following admission prerequisites completed or in progress at time of application.

Computer Science and Software Engineering

These programs require the following college-level prerequisites, and at least two of these courses must be completed at the time of application. High school coursework may be substituted if you've graduated within the past five years (please provide high school transcripts).

  • Pre-calculus or calculus
  • Chemistry
  • Physics

Engineering

All engineering programs (architectural engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, computer engineering, electrical engineering, environmental engineering, materials science and engineering, and mechanical engineering) require the following college-level prerequisites, and at least two of these courses must be completed at the time of application. High school coursework may be substituted if you've graduated within the past five years (please provide high school transcripts).

  • Pre-calculus or calculus
  • Chemistry
  • Physics

Note: Engineering Technology, Property Management, and Construction Management do not have specific prerequisite requirements for admission.

Radiologic Technology

The following college-level prerequisites are required. High school coursework may be substituted if you've graduated within the past 10 years (please provide high school transcripts).

  • Geometry
  • Intermediate algebra, pre-calculus, or calculus
  • Chemistry or physics (physics is preferred)
  • Biology

Students must have two out of four of the prerequisites completed before the start of the program in the fall term.

Biological Sciences

The following college-level prerequisites are required.

  • Biology I
  • Biology II

Nursing Accelerated Career Entry (ACE)

The following college-level prerequisites are required. One prerequisite science course must be completed at the time of application. We will not waive or substitute these courses.

Note: Anatomy, physiology, and microbiology must be taken within five years prior to enrollment in the ACE program.

  • English: 3 semester credits
  • Chemistry with lab: 4 semester credits
  • Developmental psychology: 3 semester credits
  • Anatomy with lab: 4 semester credits
  • Physiology with lab: 4 semester credits
  • Microbiology with lab: 4 semester credits
  • Human nutrition: 3 semester credits
  • Statistics: 3 semester credits