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About Our College

The World Won’t Wait

In Drexel University’s College of Arts and Sciences, 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.

The College of Arts and Sciences Chronicles

We invite you to explore the College of Arts and Sciences’ monthly newsletter featuring new faces at the college, upcoming events, and stories highlighting the efforts of our amazing faculty, students, staff and alumni.

Arts and Sciences by the Numbers

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


students are currently enrolled in the college. In the fall 2022 term, the College of Arts and Sciences had 2,412 undergraduate and 415 graduate students enrolled.


of Drexel’s Community-Based/Community-Engaged Learning courses were taught by college faculty during the Spring 2023 term. In addition, dozens of civic, neighborhood and non-profit groups partner with the college.

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


of Drexel’s Undergraduate Research Mini Grants were awarded to College of Arts and Sciences majors during the Winter and Spring 2023 terms.


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


College of Arts and Sciences graduates form a powerful, global alumni network.