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Prospective Students

High school students in the Greater Philadelphia area are eligible to apply to the Drexel High School Scholars Program once they have completed their first year of high school. Applicants must demonstrate the responsibility and maturity expected of university students. Read through this page to learn more about how to apply.

If you have already applied and been admitted to the High School Scholars Program, please see the Current Students section of our website for more information.


Students must have completed 9th grade prior to applying to the High School Scholars Program. The earliest a High School Scholar would be permitted to take one (1) course would be during the summer term following 9th grade. Please note: Students may have to commute to the University 1–3 times per week for classes.

While there are no minimum application requirements, strong applicants generally meet the following criteria:

  • Cumulative GPA of 3.5 (on a 4.0 scale)
  • PSAT or SAT score of 1200 (combined Math and Critical Reasoning) or ACT score of 24
  • Involvement in extracurricular activities
  • Priority given to students entering 11th or 12th grade

Application Materials

  • Completed online application
  • Application essay (responses should be between 500–750 words)
    • Prompt: Drexel University's selective High School Scholars Program is designed to allow academically talented high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors to have an authentic college experience by taking prescribed courses alongside current Drexel students. Please discuss your college goals and how you foresee Drexel's High School Scholars Program moving you closer to your goals.
  • Two (2) Recommendation Letters: Recommenders will receive a link to submit via their email. They can also submit recommendations directly to if they encounter any issues.
  • Copy of high school transcript: Have your school submit this to
  • Copy of PSAT/SAT/ACT official score sheet. If students do not have test scores, they must answer the following two essay questions as an alternative:
    • Academic strengths are those innate abilities, talents, character traits, and experiences that allows one to excel in a learning environment. What are your academic strengths and how do you capitalize on them to do and be your best in school and beyond?
    • Conversely, academic weaknesses are challenges or disadvantages one may face in a learning environment. What are your academic weaknesses and how have you learned to overcome the challenges they may present?
  • $75 non-refundable application fee OR an Application Fee Waiver [PDF]


The High School Scholars Program application for summer and fall terms will be available on February 22.

Application Deadlines

April 6: Application Deadline for students to begin courses in the summer or fall terms. See notice at the top of this page for details on this deadline.

  • Only CURRENT high school first-year students, sophomores, and juniors are eligible to apply at this deadline.

October 1: Application Deadline for students to begin courses in the winter or spring terms

  • Only CURRENT sophomores and juniors are eligible to apply at this deadline. Current high school seniors will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

For more questions about our application process, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions.