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High School Scholars

High School Scholars

Program Hiatus Until Spring 2023

Drexel's High School Scholars program is currently on hiatus while the program undergoes evaluation and reconfiguration to best provide access to college-level coursework for high school students. During the hiatus, only current high school seniors will be permitted to register for courses through the program.

During this time, the Center for Inclusive Education and Scholarship will not be accepting applications for the program. We anticipate re-opening applications in Spring 2023 for the Summer 2023 classes.

About the Program

The High School Scholars Program began in 2004. Since its inception, the program has accepted over 600 high school students. These students have taken over 800 classes and earned nearly 2,500 credits. Of students who take a class through the program, 13 percent enroll at Drexel. As the program grows, one of our primary goals is to increase the percentage of student who enroll at Drexel.

What is the High School Scholars Program?

The High School Scholars Program is a highly selective program that allows high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors to register for college courses — on a space-available basis — at Drexel University's University City Campus while completing high school. Applicants must demonstrate the responsibility and maturity expected of university students and have the approval of their high school guidance counselor to participate. It is important to note that this is NOT a dual-enrollment program; the High School Scholars Program does not offer high school credit through college courses.

The High School Scholars Program provides a number of advantages to students:

  • There is no tuition cost for courses taken through the High School Scholar Program.
  • High School Scholars have the ability to earn credits toward a future degree at Drexel, or possibly transfer credits at other universities.
  • The High School Scholars Program prepares students for the college environment.


  • Drexel University adheres to a 10-week term schedule with Final Exams occurring during week 11.
  • High School Scholars may register for ONE (1) course per term (up to 4 courses per year).
  • High School Scholars attend regular University courses with current full-time Drexel students and must meet the same requirements as other Drexel students in the class.
  • High School Scholars earn college credit for courses completed with a passing grade and receive an official Drexel University transcript.
  • High School Scholars must earn a B-grade or better in order to remain in good standing with the High School Scholars Program.

Course Restrictions

  • No online courses
  • No Saturday courses
  • High School Scholars can only take courses listed without prerequisites or specific restrictions
  • Scores from Advanced Placement exams or credit earned at other colleges/universities will NOT count for prerequisites through the High School Scholars Program

For any questions about eligibility for certain courses, please contact the High School Scholars Program staff at