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Center for Inclusive Education and Scholarship

The Center for Inclusive Education and Scholarship (CIES) provides support for programs which serve traditionally underrepresented and underserved populations. The goal of this center is to support the academic experience of Drexel students, from pre-college access programs to graduation and beyond.

Below are the CIES programs primarily available to current students. For additional information about CIES and its offerings (including pre-college programs and scholarships), visit the EMSS website.

CIES is a member of the Drexel University Learning Alliance.

Act 101: Pennsylvania Higher Education Opportunity Program

The Pennsylvania Higher Education Equal Opportunity Program (also known as Act 101) connects participants to additional resources, like a lending library, academic coaching, and peer mentoring.

Learn more about ACT 101: Pennsylvania Higher Education Opportunity Program

Dragon Navigators

The Dragon Navigator Program (DNP) provides a community of support for students from underrepresented populations, as they connect with various student organizations and academic resources on campus and participate in workshops and other activities throughout the year.

Learn more about Dragon Navigators

Dragon Scholars

The Dragon Scholars Program (DSP) prepares incoming first-year students for the transition from high school to college through participation in a summer program.

Learn more about Dragon Scholars

First Forward: Drexel's First-Generation Program

First Forward brings together members of the Drexel community who are first-generation, to work together at ensuring first-generation college students are supported and recognized for the unique insights and experiences that they bring to campus. Drexel University defines first-generation college students as those whose parents/guardians do not have a four-year college degree.

Learn more about First Forward

High School Scholars

The High School Scholars Program is an opportunity for high achieving, Philadelphia-area high school students to take courses here at Drexel. There are no tuition costs associated with the program, allowing students the opportunity to earn college credit and prepare for the college environment.

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Liberty Scholars

The Liberty Scholars program provides recent Philadelphia high school graduates with a renewable scholarship covering tuition and fees, a dedicated faculty or staff mentor, and a living-learning community during their first and second years, as well as extracurricular and developmental programming.

Learn more about Liberty Scholars