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Drexel Liberty Scholars Program

The Drexel Liberty Scholars program was established to continue Drexel University's over 120-year tradition of providing quality education to Philadelphians without restrictions on religion, race, gender, or social class and to reaffirm our commitment to diversity, inclusion, and engaging with the communities that make up our city.

Through the Liberty Scholars program, Drexel provides 50 recent Philadelphia high school graduates with a renewable scholarship award that covers 100 percent of tuition and fees. Additionally, the program fosters student success through a dedicated faculty or staff mentor, a learning community in which all scholars live during their first year, extracurricular and developmental programming, and active engagement with campus life.

Please note: The Liberty Scholars Scholarship, in combination with other financial aid, cannot exceed a student's cost of attendance.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, reside in the Philadelphia city limits, and come from economically disadvantaged backgrounds (Drexel uses the CSS Profile to determine the financial eligibility of applicants). City residents who are home-schooled will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

The scholarship is open to all first-year applicants in all majors as long as it is an on-campus, full-time, undergraduate program.

Application Process

In order to apply to the Liberty Scholars program, you must complete the following:

  • Submit an admission application, including all supplemental materials (i.e., high school transcripts, letters of recommendation, test scores) by the deadline of the admission plan you have chosen.
  • Complete the Drexel Liberty Scholars application and essay online via Discover Drexel.
    • The 500-word essay required for the Liberty Scholars application is based on answering the following question: When Anthony J. Drexel founded the University in 1891, he had a vision to create a different type of school where students could prepare to be innovators for a better future. What is one issue in Philadelphia that you hope to improve in the future? How would an education at Drexel help you to prepare to tackle this?
  • Complete the 2020–2021 CSS Profile by the deadline for the admission plan you have chosen.
  • Submit the 2020–2021 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by February 15.


Liberty Scholars
Application and Essay
CSS Profile FAFSA 
Early Decision Applicants November 1 November 15 November 15 February 15
Early Action Applicants November 1 February 1 November 15 February 15
Regular Decision Applicants January 15 February 1 February 15 February 15 

Interview Dates

Final candidates will be invited to campus for an in-person interview. Details about the interview will be emailed to candidates.

Early Decision Applicants December 4, 2019
Early Action/Regular Decision Applicants  February 27, 2020

Renewal Requirements

As a Liberty Scholar, there are certain requirements you must meet in order to remain in the program:

  • Minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA (reviewed at the end of your enrollment each academic year)
  • Contact your mentor at least once per term
  • Participate in at least one Drexel organization or activity of your choice
  • Complete a yearly community service commitment with Lindy Center-sponsored service
  • Participate in official Liberty Scholars events
  • Maintain full-time registration for each term of your enrollment
  • Uphold all conduct guidelines as prescribed by Student Conduct
  • Complete all End of Term Surveys on time

Contact Information

Liberty Scholar applicants should contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions by either calling 215.895.2400 or emailing