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Resources and Information for Incoming Students

AP Credit

View the Office of the Provost Advanced Placement Credit Policy.

 

Computer Requirements

Drexel students are required to have access to a personal computer. View our computer specifications for each Westphal College major.

 

Confidential Student Information

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal law that protects the privacy of student education records.

  • Drexel University and its employees will not release student information without the express written consent of the student. There are exceptions to this policy and these can be found on the Office of the Provost Academic Policies webpage.
  • To authorize your permission to share certain information with persons you designate, students must complete the on-line FERPA Authorization form found through your Drexel One account. Authorization instructions can be found on the Student Guide to Submitting FERPA.
  • Student Guide to Submitting a FERPA Waiver Online

 

Drexel Central

Visit Drexel Central for information about Drexel's vision, mission, and core values.

 

First Term Schedule

In accordance with university policy, all incoming students are registered for their first term courses by the Office of Student Services. Course selections are made by the program in which the student is entering.

The Student's schedule will be posted and viewable no later then September 01 via the Drexel-One portal.

What is EXAM 080?

Some courses (Physics, Math) allocate time for students to take their exams so they do not interfere with their other classes. Students only attend the exam period when the instructor specifically indicates the student should go to his/her exam period.

Why is a course listed twice on my schedule?

Some courses include a lecture and recitation which list each portion separately.

 

Email Account

All active students are eligible for a Drexel email account. For information, view the Office of Information Resources and Technology (IRT) email policy webpage.

 

English Placement Exam*

Visit the course placement webpage for more more information on taking placement exams.

 

Health Insurance & Immunizations

For information about Health Insurance and Immunizations, please visit the Support & Health Services webpage.

 

Honors College

Visit the Honors Program website for more information about Honors College.

 

Incoming Student Checklist

View the Westphal College Incoming Student Checklist.

 

International Transfer Students

In addition to the University policy, International Transfer Students are required to have all credits earned at colleges/universities outside of the United States reviewed by an International Accreditation Agency who conducts Foreign Credit Evaluations. Transfer credits will be reviewed and/or applied after the foreign credit evaluation has been received by the Westphal College Office of Student Services.

One Foreign Credit agency is WES (World Education Services). If a student selects WES to complete their course-by-course evaluation, he/she can contact WES at www.wes.org or (212) 966-6311

Why are foreign credit evaluations necessary?

Institutions of higher education outside of the United States may have unique credit values, grading systems and/or accreditation standards. In order to match foreign transcripts with our University/College, the evaluation is necessary.

Is there a fee associated with foreign credit evaluations?

Yes, the agency that conducts the evaluation will charge the applicant/student a fee for their service.

I am a domestic student who has attended a US university and studied aboard while attending that school. Do I need to submit a foreign credit evaluation for these courses?

No, your domestic "home school" will apply your international credits to their transcript.

 

Math Placement Exam*

Visit the Department of Mathematics placement examination webpage for more information.

 

Modern Languages Placement Exam

The Modern Languages placement examination is required for all students who have knowledge in the target language and who have studied the language before in an educational or private setting. Visit the Department of Culture & Communication placement and enrollment webpage for more information.

 

Office of Disability Resources

Visit the Office of Disability Resources webpage for information.

 

Parents & Guardians

For academics, financial services and resources, online tools, campus news, and more, please visit Drexel's Information for Parents webpage.

 

Registration & Fees

For information about Registration and Fees, please visit the Student Affairs Registration webpage.

 

Residential Living

For information about Residential Living, please visit the Student Affairs webpage.

 

Transfer Credit

If a student has taken college level courses prior to entering Drexel University, the student should have an Official Transcript sent to the Admissions Office as part of his or her College Application process.

If a student is considering taking college level courses outside of Drexel University while a student at the University, he/she must get preliminary approval from the Office of Student Services to be considered for transfer.

  1. Download and fully complete the Transfer Credit Request Form
  2. Schedule a meeting with an Academic Adviser in the Office of Student Services
  3. Upon the completion of the course, have an Official Transcript sent to the Office of Student Services

Some courses require "department review" or further detailed information such as a syllabus or course description prior to transfer decision.

International transcripts must be evaluated by an independent evaluation agency- link directly to International Students.

A course which has not been approved prior to the student taking the course may not be transferable.

Official University Transfer Credit Policy

Will my previously earned credits transfer to Westphal College?

Courses that earn a grade of C or higher and are from an accredited institution are considered for transfer. Some courses require "department review" or further detailed information such as a syllabus or course description prior to transfer decision.

International transcripts must be evaluated by an independent evaluation agency- refer to International Transfer Students in Incoming Students section of this website.

What is mean by the term "Credit by Department Review" on my transcript evaluation?

Some courses require a review of the student's work, skills and knowledge in a subject before a transfer decision can be made. In these cases, the student meets with a designated instructor to discuss the possibility of credit transfer.

When are my credits reviewed for potential transfer to Westphal College?

After the student has been accepted into the College and the Official Transcript has been received, a transcript evaluation is conducted.

 

 

*Note: Links to placement exams run only during summer months, as that is when students take those tests.