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Gateway Admission Criteria

Drexel's Admissions Blog

To be admitted to the International Gateway program, students must meet University admission requirements, the program-specific requirements for the major they wish to matriculate to, as well as meet the required English language proficiency requirements.

If you are ready to start an application, after reviewing the information below, view the steps listed on the Application Instructions page.

Admission Criteria

Applicants are required to select an undergraduate major they wish to enter into after completing Gateway. Applicants may also select a second-choice major in case they do not meet the qualifications for their first choice. Eligible majors are listed below. Students must meet all of the program-specific requirements, in addition to general University criteria.

English language proficiency eligibility is determined by the following test score ranges:

  Fall Entry Winter Entry
TOEFL 53-78+ 62+
IELTS 5.0-6.0+ 5.5+
PTE  41-53+ 44+

Students with higher scores should apply to Drexel University for direct Undergraduate Admission

Students with lower scores are welcome to apply for Drexel's Intensive English program. Students with other scores (SAT, ACT, Trinity ISE, etc.) should email the Gateway program to determine if their scores are acceptable.

Eligible Majors

Students who successfully complete the Gateway program transfer into a full-time, matriculated undergraduate program at Drexel. All applicants are required to indicate a first choice of major from the list of majors below. A second choice major should also be selected.

Students should review the websites below for additional information about their intended major after Gateway:

List of Majors


  • Accounting
  • Animation and Visual Effects
  • Architectural Engineering
  • Art History


  • Behavioral Health Counseling
  • Biological Sciences
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Business Analytics
  • Business and Engineering


  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Civil Engineering
  • Communication
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Computing and Security Technology
  • Construction Management
  • Criminology and Justice Studies
  • Culinary Arts and Science
  • Custom-Designed Major


  • Dance
  • Data Science
  • Design and Merchandising


  • Economics
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Elementary Education
  • Engineering Interdisciplinary
  • Engineering Technology
  • English
  • Entertainment and Arts Management
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Studies and Sustainability


  • Fashion Design
  • Film and Television
  • Finance


  • Game Design and Production
  • General Business
  • General Studies
  • Geoscience
  • Global Studies
  • Graphic Design


  • Health Sciences
  • Health Services Administration
  • History
  • Hospitality Management


  • Information Systems
  • Interactive Digital Media
  • Interior Design
  • International Business


  • Legal Studies


  • Management Information Systems
  • Marketing
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering


  • Nutrition and Foods


  • Operations and Supply Chain Management
  • Organizational Management


  • Philosophy
  • Photography
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Product Design
  • Psychology
  • Public Health


  •  Real Estate Management and Development


  • Screenwriting and Playwriting
  • Secondary Education
  • Sociology
  • Software Engineering
  • Sport Management


  • Technology Innovation Management


  •  Virtual Reality & Immersive Media

Program Costs

A majority of Gateway students complete the program in 9 months (3 quarters); however, some students may require 12 months (4 quarters) of enrollment to be successful. The costs below are estimates based on both the 9- and 12-month enrollment plans. For fees and expenses, see ./costs/

Other Costs You Should Consider

It's important to remember that there may be other costs to consider during your enrollment in the Gateway program. Some of these include books, a computer for personal use, transportation, health insurance, and miscellaneous personal costs.

No financial aid is available for the students in the Gateway program; however, students are billed per quarter, which means the annual amounts listed above are broken into quarterly payments throughout your enrollment.