Picture a brilliant, autumn midday on Drexel’s University City campus in West Philadelphia: Thousands of new and returning students are moving about — some beginning their university careers, others stepping into new professional or graduate training. They’ve traveled across town to be here. They’ve come from around the world, too. This is their time and, each year, as I witness their arrival, I know that all of us at this University are just as excited as they are to experience the start of the new academic year at Drexel.
Hold that thought, please. And join me as I look back, ahead and around us, and then I hope you can share in our deep pride and appreciation. We have much to celebrate this year — the launch of the 100th anniversary of the Drexel Co-op program, the continuing breakthroughs of our faculty, new additions to the University City campus, and the arrival of a high-achieving class of first-year students.
For us at Drexel, though, it’s always about the future. The centennial of the Drexel Co-op is accompanied by a number of key initiatives that are coming to fruition across our University — one that is becoming more academically selective; its research enterprises, stronger; its alumni and friends, generously loyal; and with a rapidly evolving campus offering a more inviting, exciting and secure setting for students, faculty, professional staff, alumni and visitors.