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Frequently Asked Questions

Who can apply to Dragons Prep?

Any student who is admitted to Drexel for the 2022–2023 academic year is eligible to apply. In order to participate in Dragons Prep, students must confirm their enrollment at Drexel by the May 1 deadline.

How long does the program run, and what are the hours of participation?

The 2022 program runs from July 24 to August 26. Classes and programming occur during the week, Monday through Friday, between the hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with occasional evening events. Some assignments and coursework may need to be done outside of those hours, depending on student schedules.

How many students will be selected to participate in the program?

Enrollment is typically capped at 100 students.

What is the cost of the program?

The program fee is $50. Students who choose to live on campus or opt into a meal plan for the duration of the program will incur additional charges.

What materials will I need to participate in the program?

Students will need a computer, laptop, or tablet, as well as internet access, in order to fully participate in courses and activities for the Dragons Prep program. Any textbooks or other materials required for courses will be provided.

Do students earn college credit for participating?

Yes, students will receive up to seven credits for courses successfully completed during Dragons Prep.

Will students have Drexel professors as their instructors?

Yes. Drexel faculty, professional staff, and undergraduate students teach and are involved in Dragons Prep courses in the summer program.

How will I know what classes I am taking during the summer?

Summer students are expected to complete their placement exams by June 19 to ensure correct placement. All Dragons Prep students will take a math course and choose a second class.

Are students expected to attend every day during all five weeks of the program?

Yes, participants are required to attend every day during all five weeks of the program. Due to the pace, rigor, and interactive nature of the program, participants are strongly discouraged from having outside commitments. Missing too many classes may result in your participation in the program being revoked.

Can students work or have other outside commitments during the program?

See answer in above question.

How many students typically live on campus during the program, and how many commute to campus?

More than two-thirds of all participants typically live in Drexel housing during the summer. Whether participants live on campus or commute, Dragons Prep fosters an environment for personal growth and opportunities to participate in additional social, educational, cultural, and recreational activities.

How long has the program been in existence?

The summer program, known throughout the years as various names including Dragon Summer and Dragon Scholars, has been in existence for over 20 years.

What happens after Dragons Prep ends?

During their first year, Dragons Prep students are expected to uphold the academic standards established in the program. Students will continue to be connected to the Center for Inclusive Education and Scholarship, as well as with affiliated programs such as Act 101, Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation, Liberty Scholars, Dragon Navigators, and the Center for Learning and Academic Success Services (CLASS). While each program has its unique characteristics, students will continue to be engaged through a variety of community building activities and support from Drexel faculty and professional staff.