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About Our College

The World Won’t Wait

In Drexel University’s College of Arts and Sciences (CoAS), we believe that the future is a place we make together. The key to thriving in this ever-shifting landscape is understanding how the human condition drives the need for local, national and global progress. Moreover, our constantly evolving and fast-paced culture requires a new approach to a liberal arts education that embraces both the breadth of knowledge acquired through the liberal arts and the depth of knowledge made possible through experiential learning.

Addressing modern problems requires more than ambitions; we call upon versatile and agile individuals who ask the right questions, make insightful observations and communicate effectively. Our learning community examines the causes and effects of today’s challenges while synthesizing knowledge across disciplines to address areas of concern and opportunity. Our cooperative education (co-op) program immerses students in a professional culture, introducing them to the expectations of the workplace while offering hands-on, practical application of their coursework. Drexel’s urban campus fosters a unique opportunity for community-based learning, where students don’t just read about complex issues; they study alongside the people affected. Starting as early as their first year, our students team with faculty members as peers, conducting research that involves the world now, putting people first with an eye toward diversity, equity and inclusion.



A Dynamic Learning Community

When Anthony J. Drexel launched an institution of higher learning in late 19th century Philadelphia, where our country was born, he encouraged people of all backgrounds, gender identities and ethnicities to learn the “practical arts and sciences.” In 1990, the College of Arts and Sciences was created out of a combination of the College of Science and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, bringing together a broad range of programs spanning the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences.

 
Arts and Sciences by the Numbers
100%

of Drexel University students take courses in the College of Arts and Sciences.

2,389

students are currently enrolled in the college. In the fall 2022 term, CoAS had 2,018 undergraduate and 371 graduate students enrolled.

97

academic programs offered by the college include 19 undergraduate and 20 graduate programs, plus 43 minors and 15 certificate programs.

50+

civic, neighborhood and non-profit groups partner with the college to offer students a wide range of community-based learning options.

1 in 10

first-year students engage in the STAR —Students Tackling Advanced Research— program where they earn a stipend and complete 350 hours of faculty-mentored activity.

96%

of CoAS students were employed on co-op in 2020-2021, and 29% working full-time received a job offer from a co-op employer.

90%

of undergraduate CoAS alumni who are working full-time one year after graduation self-reported overall job satisfaction.

12,000+

CoAS graduates form a powerful, global alumni network.