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Academics and Cooperative Education

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Drexel Co-op: This Is Experiential Education

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Drexel's dynamic curriculum combines world-class academics with real-world experience, allowing you to build your skills and preparing you to make an impact. This unique model of learning is specifically designed to help you expand the boundaries of your education — and enables you to start right away.

You'll begin by building a strong foundation of knowledge through comprehensive coursework under the guidance of our expert faculty and mentors. You'll then get the chance to apply this newfound learning through immersive experiences and research endeavors to see how these concepts are actively used in the field. Through this intensive combination of preparation and application, you'll not only learn how things work, you'll get to see why they work.

This innovative approach to learning has propelled Drexel to become one of the nation's most respected leaders in experiential education. Our renowned cooperative education program — also known as co-op — now partners with over 1,500 employers from around the globe and provides students with up to three six-month, full-time professional work experiences.

Through co-op, you can build an impressive résumé with industry leaders ranging from Fortune 500 companies and emerging startups to innovative nonprofits and government agencies. Plus, you'll get the chance to test-drive your career and figure out what you want to do and what you don't want to do – all before you graduate. And when you return to class, you'll do so possessing enhanced insights and a practical understanding that can't be found in any textbook, which will both enhance your classwork and allow you to serve as a knowledgeable resource for your classmates and instructors.

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Co-op Fast Facts


Drexel undergraduate students enrolled in the co-op program.


Co-op students that found their experience relevant to their career objectives.


Co-op employers who say they would consider rehiring their co-op student for a future co-op or full-time position.

While on co-op, you'll have the opportunity to develop relationships with individuals and organizations across our constantly growing community of employers and partners, allowing you to build a robust professional network of your own. Through co-op, you'll graduate not only with the skills you need to succeed, but with the connections that will help you build a career path.

Drexel co-op students employed domestically and abroad.

Drexel students have worked with
co-op employers.

Co-op has taken Drexel students to
different countries and
different states (plus D.C. and Puerto Rico).

The median paid six-month co-op salary. 83.1% of co-ops are paid. More detailed information on Steinbright Career Development Center's Salary Guide webpage.

*Data from academic year 2018-2019 co-op data

Select Co-op Employers

  • Academy of Natural Sciences
  • Amazon
  • The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Comcast Corporation
  • Drexel University
  • Estee Lauder/Northtec
  • Exelon Corporation
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • Google
  • Independence Blue Cross
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Lockheed Martin
  • PJM Interconnection LLC
  • SAP America
  • Susquehanna Int’l Group LLP
  • Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
  • The TJX Companies, Inc.
  • University of Pennsylvania

Drexel Academic Stats

  • Number of Courses: 2,106

  • Number of Faculty: 2,392

  • Median Class Size: 19

  • Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 11 to 1

Study Abroad Stats

  • Continents where students study: 6

  • Countries where students study: 65

  • Unique Study Abroad Experiences: 157

Information and Resources

Honors Program 

The Honors Program offers a space in which students can grow as academics, professionals, and people. Through discussion-based courses, the Honors Program allows students to explore diverse topics and perspectives while meeting faculty and students outside of their majors and academic concentrations. With co-curricular events such as Ticket Tuesday, TED Talk Lunches, Workshops, and Guest Speaker Events, the Honors Program provides students with unique connections to their peers and their Philadelphia community. The Honors Program also gives students the avenues for self-improvement through leadership opportunities and service involvement through programs like the Honors Ambassadors and Honors Mentors.

The Smart Set

The Smart Set is an online magazine covering culture and ideas, arts and science, global and national affairs — everything from literature to shopping, medicine to sports, philosophy to food. The Smart Set strives to present big ideas on the small, the not-so small, and the everyday.

Pop, the Question

Pop, the Question is a spirited dialogue about popular culture. Hosted by Dr. Melinda Lewis, the series engages in conversations with guests about the ways in which popular culture intersects with their academic fields of study and research.

Here are some of the additional offerings available to all students through the Pennoni Honors College:

Office of Global Engagement & Education Abroad

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Engage with the world.

Imagine studying while sipping a latte in Paris, working at a lab in Shanghai, or polishing your language skills with a host family in Chile. Your time as a Dragon will start in Philadelphia, but your Drexel education can take you all over the world! Our Education Abroad programs will encourage you to expand your horizons and experience new countries through study abroad, international co-op, international research experiences, and more.

Performing Arts

No matter your major, you can engage your passion for performing arts while you're at Drexel. Through the Department of Performing Arts, all Drexel students can take classes in dance, music, and theatre, and you can join a performing ensemble to express and develop your artistic ability.

Full-time students from all majors are also invited to audition for Performance Scholarships in dance, music, and theater. Scholarship auditions will be virtual and must be completed by April 19, 2020. Students can still audition to participate in an ensemble after the scholarship deadline date; however, scholarship funds will not be awarded until the next academic year cycle. Visit the Performance Scholarships page for further details.

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Performing Arts Music

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Performing Arts Theater

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Westphal Dance Major Overview

Preprofessional Programs (Pre-Med and Pre-Law)

There's no single undergraduate path to professional school. A student who plans to continue on to medical school may major in any number of programs, from the humanities to engineering, while students can make the jump to law school from business, the sciences, history, and even philosophy.

Pre-Medical School Opportunities

For students interested in Drexel's medical school options, this presentation covers the various pathways for pursuing a degree in this highly competitive field. Visit the Steinbright Career Development Center's website for more information on Pursuing a Health Profession.

Pre-Law School Opportunities

Visit the Steinbright Career Development Center's website for more information on Heading to Law School.

And here are some additional materials about Drexel's Thomas R. Kline School of Law:

Steinbright Career Development Center

The Steinbright Career Development Center is Drexel's world-class resource for career and cooperative education services. Our dedicated career service team works to assist our students in developing meaningful professional skills for a successful future career. Steinbright also connects students to a constantly growing network of industry leaders around the globe through our vast base of employer partners. Our employer partners provide opportunities for our students to gain up to 18 months of real-world work experience before graduating through our renowned cooperative education program, also known as Drexel Co-op. 

Steinbright's Cooperative Education Admitted Students Day Presentation

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Understanding Co-op

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This Is Your Team

University Catalog

The University Catalog contains information for all of Drexel's academic degree programs, including majors, minors, and concentrations. The catalog also provides degree requirements, sample plans of study, and course descriptions to help students plan their schedules.

Undergraduate Research & Enrichment Programs (UREP)

Undergraduate Research & Enrichment Programs is focused on engaging students in the process of intellectual and self-discovery through research, fellowships advising, and enrichment programming. Through our advising and programming, we hope to expose our students to a full spectrum of experiential learning, empower our students to make informed choices, and motivate our students to turn passions into opportunities.



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