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Act 101 Services

Act 101 services evolve with the needs of our participants. Currently, the program offers transition programmingpeer academic and financial counseling, tutoring, and developmental activities.

Transition Programming

Transition programming takes many forms. New, incoming first-year students are invited to participate in a four-week, summer academic bridge program. Beyond the transition, students continue to have access to an academic counselor and mentor who can help them build the skills necessary to be competitive and to succeed at Drexel.

Peer Academic Coaching

Our peer academic coaches are trained upperclassmen who are available to assist students with their transition to Drexel in their first year. Coaches will be able to introduce first-year students to life at Drexel and in Philadelphia.

Financial Counseling

Drexel Central provides initial assessment of program eligibility with regard to income and residency guidelines. A designated representative from Drexel Central meets with all new Act 101 students to review their financial aid package, ensure compliance with loan and other financial aid requirements, and address issues of affordability. Continued support is available for students in completing the FAFSA and in navigating complex financing issues.


Tutoring is available to students on request. Our staff works to connect students with department-based supports wherever possible. Coordinated drop-in tutoring is available through the respective academic departments for math, biology, chemistry, engineering, physics, computer science, statistics, and accounting. Appointment-based tutoring is available for nursing and other health sciences through the CLASS in Center City. Appointment-based support for writing-intensive courses is available through the Drexel Writing Center (for all students) and the English Language Center (for ESL students). Some of our students require more individualized attention, a service most departments are unable to provide. In these instances, our staff work to identify an upper-division tutor with Federal Work-Study eligibility who could work one-on-one with the student.

Developmental Activities

Developmental workshops and seminars are informed by the staff, advisory board, and our active caseload of students. The focus is on promoting students’ personal, social, intellectual, and professional growth. At an institution such as Drexel, connection to the profession is an especially important institutional value. The program regularly sponsors a fall and spring welcome back event that provides an opportunity for returning Act 101 students to reconnect with program staff and each other.