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Dragons Prep

Dragons Prep

The Dragons Prep program prepares first-year students for the transition from high school to college by providing higher level academic skills and strong peer networks through participation in a diverse learning community, centered on academic excellence. By cultivating the talents and proficiencies of Dragons Prep participants, students are empowered to navigate the University environment, utilize systems and resources that support their success, and maximize their involvement in the diverse and vibrant campus. Throughout the first academic year, Dragons Prep participants will receive customized services that can include mentoring and coaching, as well as networking and social opportunities. Most importantly, the connections made as a Dragons Prep student will last through their college years and beyond.

Dragons Prep, a five-week intensive summer program, enables students to build a strong foundation of knowledge and skills. In 2022, Dragons Prep will from Sunday, July 24 through Saturday, August 27. Dragons Prep participants participate in program activities Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET during the summer program. Additional homework, studying, and project time may be required outside of these hours. All program classes and activities are mandatory. Space is limited and there is a competitive application process. Completed applications are due May 15 and reviewed on a rolling basis.

Who Qualifies?

To be eligible, students must be:

  • Admitted for the 2022–2023 academic year to apply
  • Confirmed for the 2022–2023 academic year to participate
  • An incoming first-year student

To learn more about the Dragons Prep program, join us for an information session:

Program Benefits

Dragons Prep enables first-year students to jumpstart their University careers as Drexel Dragons. Aside from engaging in a curriculum designed to cultivate college readiness, participants also receive a comprehensive orientation to campus and academic requirements. A major goal of the program is to ensure that each Dragons Prep participant's transition into Drexel occurs as smoothly as possible, which in turn facilitates a solid foundation for student success. Many benefits are gained by participation in the program, including:

Academic Benefits

  • Understanding of faculty expectations and University culture
  • Preparation for traditionally challenging first-year courses, such as college-level math and sociology or communications
  • Comprehension of effective and efficient study strategies based on individual learning styles
  • Exploration of your career options in relation to your life goals, academic skills, and aptitude
  • Knowledge of campus resources

Social Benefits

  • Establishment of early relationships with key University faculty, professional staff, and administrators
  • Opportunity to make lasting peer friendships before school starts
  • Integration into a strong support network with peers and peer leaders
  • Opportunity to grapple with issues of social concern or significance

Personal Benefits

  • Deeper awareness of self and others through critical dialogues inside and outside the classroom
  • Expanded understanding of the diverse racial, ethnic, religious, cultural, and geographical backgrounds that constitute Drexel's global student community
  • Development of critical life skills in moving toward becoming an independent and interdependent member of society

Program Activities

Academic Success

Students will take two courses for credit to prepare for the rigor and pace of college-level academics. Through working with Drexel faculty, professional staff, and peer leaders, students learn the skills needed to achieve academic success. This includes how to manage your time during the fast-paced Drexel term, how to strengthen study skills, and how to manage stress throughout the year. Students will also use personal self-reflection to better understand past challenges while setting goals for future success.

Transition Workshops

These workshops provide critical information about navigating the college experience at Drexel. Topics include managing finances while in college, thinking about co-op, managing responsibilities and requirements of being a Drexel student, and creating place and voice in a large university setting. Students will meet with professional staff from Drexel departments such as Counseling and Health, Student Conduct, Financial Aid, and more.

Community-Building Activities

During the five-week program, students participate in both group social and cultural activities, such as visiting local landmarks and museums, to help build friendships and embrace Philadelphia as a part of the broader community.