Admitted Graduate Students

Congratulations on being admitted into your graduate program at the College of Engineering. You are now ready to confirm your admittance and prepare for life as a graduate student.

You may have pressing questions we hope to answer here, but be assured that in the spring we host visit and information sessions for new students that will help to familiarize you. Check our list of events to find those geared towards admitted students.

After Admission Next Steps

Once admitted to your program you will be notified of acceptance by email and a hard copy letter will be mailed to your address on file. You may also access a pdf version of the acceptance letter using your Discover Drexel Portal login. There you can also find important scholarship information, as well as information on how to confirm your acceptance.

Extending the deposit deadline

Requests from admitted students can generally be honored. Please let us know that you are awaiting offers from other institutions or need additional time for other reasons prior to making a commitment to attend Drexel.

Send an email to detailing the request and giving a desired extension date. Deposit extension requests are typically reviewed within 3-5 business days.

Deferring acceptance

For students that are admitted into a program and wish to defer to another intake quarter, you may do so by sending an email request including the desired entry term to your Graduate Admissions Representative or

Please note that confirmed students are eligible to defer their entry term up to one year from the initial start term. If you do not wish to confirm your enrollment, you are welcome to reapply to a future term. Drexel will keep your submitted materials on file for up to one year.

Contact Graduate Admissions

Additional questions about enrolling, deferring or your particular situation, email Our partners in University-level Enrollment Management can assist with application questions. They also host online chats; if you’d like to join them, you can explore the visit schedule.

New International Students, I-20 and Visa questions

Once a new international student confirms intent to enroll by submitting the nonrefundable tuition deposit through the Discover Drexel Portal, International Students and Scholars Services (ISSS) reaches out to the student with instructions on how to apply for a visa. Please give it a few days for processing, but this will happen automatically, and you will not have to do anything to start the process. They will assist with instructions and next steps.

To learn more about special requirements, or if you have any questions, visit the office of International Students and Scholars Services (ISSS) for information and support for international students or contact them at

New Student Resources

Coronavirus Response

Get the most up to date information about COVID-19 and campus policies including vaccinations and mask wearing.

Graduate College Resources

The Graduate College provides information on housing, Philadelphia, graduate student associations and other helpful details. There are international student pre-arrival resources and an arrival guide.

Drexel Central Financial Resources

Drexel Central, our one-stop shop for the offices of the Bursar, Financial Aid and Registrar, has financial information and resources for graduate students.

Tuition and Fees

For guidelines on how to calculate tuition, visit the College of Engineering Tuition and Fees page.

Academic Calendar

The academic year at Drexel runs on quarterly three-month terms, which run approximately as follows:

  • Fall term: late September to mid-December.
  • Winter term: early January to the end of March.
  • Spring term: early April to mid-June.
  • Summer term: late June to mid-September.

New student orientation and welcome events are scheduled the week before classes start in the fall. You will be notified by email of any special events. Please refer to the academic calendar for quarter start dates, add/drop days and vacation days.

Advisor list and course registration

Students with questions about course selection and class registration may contact their academic program advisor. Advisors work with students to create a plan of study that will guide them as they move through the program. Many will reach out before the start of the program but if you still have questions, contact your advisor.