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Application Instructions

Application Deadlines

Applications and all transcripts should be received at least six weeks prior to the start of the desired term of enrollment. Admission is on a rolling basis. Refer to the Academic Calendar for term start dates.

You should also submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by these dates. Remember to use Drexel's FAFSA school code: 003256. Please note that non-matriculated students are not eligible for state or federal funding.

Human Lactation Certificate Deadline (fall enrollment only): Priority deadline is April 15. Applications received after this date will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the class is full. Final decisions will be released after this date.

Required Materials

How to Submit Application Materials

Drexel Admissions is currently processing application documents received through the U.S. Postal Service and courier services (DHL, FedEx, UPS, etc.), although there is a slight delay in processing these documents. We strongly recommend that you submit all official transcripts and supporting documentation electronically to If your school is not able to send official transcripts electronically, please request that official documents be sent by mail or courier service. Please allow 3–4 weeks for transcripts and supporting documents sent by mail or courier to be processed. We appreciate your patience during this unprecedented time at Drexel and around the world. We will process all documents as soon as we receive them, but please expect some delays.

Part-Time Undergraduate Admission Application

Complete an application for Part-Time Undergraduate Admission:

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You may only submit one application. To expedite the application process, please write your full name (no nicknames, please) on all items submitted. Your Social Security number is also required to be considered for financial aid. If you need to change your major after submitting your application, please contact the Admissions office or call 215.895.2400.


Official transcripts are required and must be sent directly to Drexel from all colleges and universities that you've attended. Transcripts should include all courses in progress. If you have completed fewer than 24 semester credits at the time of application, you should also submit an official copy of your high school transcript.

Applicants with international coursework are required to submit an official academic record (with notarized English translation) from every secondary or postsecondary school attended. A transcript is official only when it is sent directly from an institution to Admission, or when it is officially signed, stamped in color, and sealed.

Non-degree/non-matriculated applicants are not required to submit transcripts, but are required to have a high school diploma or GED equivalency. International students must provide a copy of their I-20 from their current U.S. institution to enroll as a non-degree student.

Standardized Test Scores

If you have taken fewer than 24 semester credits at another institution, you may need to take either the SAT or ACT and request that the results be forwarded to Drexel Admissions. Test scores are not required for applicants who have completed 24 semester credits. International applicants whose first language is not English are required to take the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE. Test scores are valid up to two years from the test date. Some students may be eligible for a TOEFL/IELTS/PTE waiver. Please contact the admissions office for further information.

All students should use the following codes to send score reports to Drexel: SAT and TOEFL: 2194 or ACT: 3556.

Non-degree and certificate applicants are not required to submit SAT or ACT test scores.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

You do not need to wait to be accepted to apply for financial aid. To be considered for need-based financial aid, you'll need to file the FAFSA. You can complete the form online at; be sure to list Drexel's FAFSA school code: 003256. The FAFSA can be started as early as October 1; however, for full financial aid consideration, you should file by February 15. Please note that non-matriculated students are not eligible for state or federal funding.

Essay (Human Lactation Certificate Applicants Only)

Human Lactation Certificate Program applicants are required to submit an essay specifically indicating the reasons for their interest in the program. You may submit the essay with your application or through Discover Drexel after you submit your application.

Writing Supplement (Architecture Applicants Only)

Part-time evening architecture applicants must submit a writing supplement. Please write a short essay describing why you are interested in pursuing your major of choice at Drexel University's Westphal College. What have you done that prepares you to study in your major of choice? (Maximum 500 words.) You may submit the writing supplement with your application or through Discover Drexel after you submit your application.

If you have questions about the guidelines, please contact Westphal College by email at or by phone at 215.895.1834.

Portfolio (Architecture Applicants Only)

Part-time evening architecture applicants must submit portfolio materials through SlideRoom. All work submitted becomes part of the application and will not be returned.

Applicants are encouraged to follow the portfolio guidelines carefully and submit materials that strengthen their application. Portfolios may include traditional media, alternative creative practices, or any combination of the two.

The Admission Committee is examining your work for originality, creative problem solving, and systematic thinking. You should submit 8 to 12 pieces of your strongest and most recent work in a breadth of media that demonstrate a balance of technique and concept. Thematic work or a series of pieces is received favorably. Time-based portfolios should be limited to a 5-minute maximum. Writers, please submit a minimum of 8 to 12 pages of written work of either a single piece or numerous smaller pieces.

The portfolio may include any combination of drawings, paintings, printmaking, photography, graphic design, architectural design, interior design, ceramics, sculpture, fiber art, fashion design, jewelry and metals, furniture, designed objects, animation, computer-generated images, film, video, performance art, audio recordings, websites, video games, sketchbooks, scripts, storyboards, or screenplays.

In addition to or instead of submitting a traditional portfolio, you may submit alternative creative practices where appropriate to your major of choice. For example, a research-based paper or project, video blogging, online curation, a proposal for a video game, examining and redesigning an existing product or interior, a narrative outline for a short script or interactive design, or an observational essay of curatorial practice in a museum gallery or public space may inform certain majors.

The portfolio must be completed in SlideRoom only.

Résumé (Dance Certificate Applicants Only)

Dance certificate applicants are required to submit a copy of their résumé or CV outlining professional experience. This program is only open to applicants with significant professional experience in the field. Applicants not meeting this criterion may be eligible for our full-time program of study.

Letter of Recommendation (Human Lactation Certificate Applicants Only)

One letter of recommendation is required for the human lactation certificate program. You may request a recommendation with your application.

Alternatively, your recommender may submit a letter of recommendation on your behalf by email. The letter must include the recommender's address, title, phone number, and signature, along with your name, date of birth, and program of application. Students must provide the name and email of the recommender in their application. Once the application is submitted with this information, the recommender will receive an email with further instructions on how to upload their recommendation to Drexel's online portal.

Additional Requirements for Human Lactation Certificate Applicants

The International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE) requires that applicants must have completed at least one academic credit (25 hours or more) and earned a passing grade at an accredited institution of higher learning in the following eight areas:

  • Biology (for example: Introductory Biology, General Biology, Fundamentals of Biology, or Life Science)
  • Human Anatomy (for example: Introductory Human Anatomy, Principles of Human Physiology, Fundamentals of Human Anatomy and Physiology, or Human Biology)
  • Human Physiology (may be combined with Anatomy; see above)
  • Infant Child Growth and Development (for example: Childhood Growth and Development, Early Childhood Development, Development of Infants and Toddlers, or Developmental Psychology)
  • Introduction to Clinical Research (for example: Introductory Statistics, Introduction to Critical Inquiry and Research, Health Sciences Research Methods, Statistics for Health Professionals, Public Health Research and Methods, or Ethics and Responsible Conduct of Research)
  • Nutrition (for example: Principles of Human Nutrition, Introduction to Nutrition Sciences, or Biochemistry)
  • Psychology or Counseling Skills or Communication Skills (for example: Basic Concepts in Psychology, Introduction to Psychology, Applied Psychology, Foundations of Interpersonal Communications, Health Communication, or Consumer-Provider Health Communication)
  • Sociology or Cultural Sensitivity or Cultural Anthropology (for example: Introductory Sociology, Elements of Sociology, Cultural Competency, or Introduction to Cultural Anthropology)

Applicants must have completed at least five of the eight prerequisite courses prior to enrolling in the program; the final three prerequisite courses may be completed concurrently, but must be completed before the student begins supervised practice. The content of the above courses must include the topics outlined in the IBLCE Health Sciences Education Guide. The Health Science Education Courses at Drexel and Philadelphia Area Community Colleges Guide provides a listing of courses that may be used to fulfill the prerequisite requirements.

For help determining which prerequisites may be met with courses applicants have previously completed, please contact Emily Delany, academic advisor, at

In addition, the IBLCE requires that applicants must have completed a course offered by an institution of higher learning or a continuing education course in the following subjects:

  • Medical Documentation
  • Medical Terminology
  • Professional Ethics for Health Professionals

Three additional IBLCE requirements (Basic Life Support, Occupational Safety and Security for Health Professionals, and Universal Safety Precautions and Infection Control) will be fulfilled during completion of Drexel University’s College of Nursing and Health Professions Compliance process prior to beginning supervised practice.

For any questions regarding this certificate, please contact Emily Delaney, academic advisor at or Susan Fuchs, program director, at

Additional Requirements for Construction Management Certificate Applicants

The College of Engineering offers three undergraduate Construction Management Certificates. To be eligible for these certificates, applicants must have a high school diploma or GED. Each level of these certificates also requires completion of all previous level certificates, as noted below.

  • Fundamentals of Construction Management Prerequisites:
    • No additional prerequisites
  • Construction Science Certificate Prerequisites:
    • Fundamentals of Construction Management Certificate
  • Construction Management Concepts Certificate Prerequisites:
    • Fundamentals of Construction Management Certificate
    • Construction Science Certificate

Mailing Addresses

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Philadelphia, PA 19104-2876

Admission Decisions

Applications for part-time applicants are reviewed on a rolling basis.

Check Your Application Status Online

During the admission process, you'll have the opportunity to check your admission status online. Once your application has been processed, you'll receive access to Discover Drexel using your email address and password created during the application submission.

If you are offered admission to Drexel, be sure to review our information for Admitted Students.

Admission Decision Appeals

An applicant who has been denied admission to the University may appeal. Reversal on a decision is rare and, if considered, is done based on changes in the applicant's academic criteria or personal circumstances that could not be considered adequately through the standard admission review process.

An applicant appealing a decision should compose a letter to the Academic Appeal Chairperson stating the reason for the appeal and provide updated documentation. The appeal should be clear and concise, and provide new information. Your letter should not repeat information already presented in your initial application. The appeal should be emailed to the attention of the Academic Appeal Committee Chairperson at

Notification of the decision of the committee is final and will be made known to the applicant via Discover Drexel within two to three weeks.

Transfer of College Coursework

Drexel may grant you credit for courses completed at a college or university that is either regionally accredited or a recognized candidate for accreditation according to the Association of Colleges and Schools/Commission of Higher Education.

To receive transfer credit for courses completed at another institution, the courses must be substantially equivalent to courses offered in the desired curriculum at Drexel and you must have completed the courses with a grade of C (C=2.0) or better. The number of credits and course equivalencies will be determined by your department once you've been accepted.

For more information about transferring coursework, review our Undergraduate Admissions Resources for Transfer Students.

Notices and Disclosures

Please refer to Drexel's Consumer Information and Student Right to Know page for policies that pertain to all prospective and enrolled students.

Public Law 93-380: Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act

Drexel University abides by the provisions of Public Law 93-380, which grants the student the right to examine admission files that are part of the student's permanent "Educational Record." Please note that "Applicants for Admission" are not granted rights under this legislation. Once an "Applicant for Admission" becomes a "Student" by enrolling and attending Drexel, any admission file that becomes a part of the student's permanent "Educational Record" becomes available to the student for review. Applicants should understand that only the transcripts, CEEB, SAT, Achievement Test Score Reports, and those portions of the application generated by the student will become part of the student's permanent "Educational Record" upon enrollment.

No other information or material gathered or submitted in the admission process will be retained as part of the student's permanent "Educational Record." Statements or evaluations provided by any individual do not become part of the student's permanent "Educational Record" and will not be available for the student's review.

Access Privileges and Property Rights

All documents that you submit, or are submitted on your behalf, in support of this application for admission to Drexel University become the property of the University and will under no circumstances be released to you or any other party. In accordance with the provisions of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, all admission decisions are given to the applicant only. No decisions on applications are revealed over the telephone.

Notice of Availability of Annual Security Report

Drexel University, in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act), publishes an annual report for current and prospective students and employees. This report contains important safety information and crime statistics for the previous three years. These statistics pertain to reported crimes that have occurred on campus in certain non-campus buildings, or properties that are owned or controlled by Drexel University, and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from, the campus.

Download a copy of the most recent Annual Security Report [PDF]. Printed copies of this report are also available by calling the Public Safety Administrative Office at 215.895.1550.

For more information about the services provided by the Drexel University Department of Public Safety, please visit the Department of Public Safety website.


Drexel University is accredited through a voluntary, peer-review process coordinated by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE). In addition, the International Gateway program is accredited by the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA).

Required Information for Students and the Public

You can view further information and disclosures about Drexel University at the Required Information for Students and the Public Provost webpage.