Extending the University's Test-Optional Policy

The following message was sent to Drexel faculty and professional staff on March 5:

Dear Colleagues,

As many of you know, the University's efforts to offer prospective students flexibility in the face of challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic included the adoption of a Test-Optional policy for first-year and transfer students applying during the 2020–2021 admissions cycle. I am happy to report that this initiative proved to be highly successful; our new policy served to help maintain a high quality of applicant submissions and provided increased access for underrepresented populations, despite the wide variety of obstacles students faced when attempting to complete their traditional prerequisites.

With this in mind — and recognizing the continued impact of the pandemic upon the global education system — we have decided to extend our Test-Optional policy for the next two admission cycles (2022–2023 and 2023–2024). We are confident that this extension will continue to provide much-needed support to students and their families in navigating the college admissions process, while ensuring the University remains positioned to attract and enroll students that meet or exceed the standard of quality we have come to expect from our incoming Dragons.

After the 2023–2024 recruitment cycle has been completed, the University will analyze all resulting data to make an informed decision regarding the sustainability of our Test-Optional policy and the future of Drexel's standardized testing requirements for admission.

For more information regarding Drexel's Test-Optional Policy, please visit the Standardized Test Policies page.


Evelyn K. Thimba
Senior Vice President for Enrollment Management