The Dragon Scholars Program (DSP) prepares first-year students for the transition from high school to college by providing higher level academic skills and strong peer networks through participation in a diverse learning community, centered on academic excellence. By cultivating the talents and proficiencies of Dragon Scholars participants, students are empowered to navigate the University environment, utilize systems and resources that support your success, and maximize your involvement in the diverse and vibrant Drexel campus. Throughout the first academic year, Dragon Scholars participants will receive customized services that can include mentoring and coaching, as well as networking and social opportunities. Most importantly, the connections made as a Dragon Scholars student will last through your college years and beyond.
Dragon Scholars, a five-week intensive online summer program, enables students to become well-equipped for college.
To be eligible for Dragon Scholars, students must be:
- Admitted for the fall 2020–21 academic year to apply;
Confirmed for the fall 2020–21 academic year to participate
- An incoming first-year student
Apply to Dragon Scholars
DSP enables first-year students to jumpstart their University careers as Drexel Dragons. Aside from engaging in a curriculum designed to cultivate college readiness, participants also receive a comprehensive orientation to campus and academic requirements. A major goal of the program is to ensure that each DSP participant's transition into Drexel occurs as smoothly as possible, which in turn facilitates a solid foundation for student success. Many benefits are gained by participation in DSP, including:
- Understanding of faculty expectations and University culture
- Preparation for traditionally challenging first-year courses, such as college-level math and sociology or communications
- Comprehension of effective and efficient study strategies based on individual learning styles
- Exploration of your career options in relation to your life goals, academic skills, and aptitude
- Establishment of early relationships with key University faculty, staff, and administrators
- Opportunity to make lasting peer friendships before school starts
- Integration into a strong support network with peer and peer leaders
- Opportunity to grapple with issues of social concern or significance
- Deeper awareness of self and others through critical dialogues inside and outside the classroom
- Expanded understanding of the diverse racial, ethnic, religious, cultural, and geographical backgrounds that constitute Drexel's global student community
- Knowledge of campus resources
- Development of critical life skills in moving toward becoming an independent and interdependent member of society
Students will have the opportunity to work with Drexel faculty and staff through various real-time and recorded activities to prepare for academic success at Drexel. This will focus on two main components. The first will be helping students understand important key concepts of being a college student. This includes how to manage your time during the fast-paced Drexel term, how to strengthen study skills, and how to overcome any unwanted stress throughout the academic year. Secondly, students will also use personal self-reflection to better understand past challenges while setting goals for future success.
Students will take two college-level courses online to help prepare them for the transition to Drexel. One course will be math and will cover algebra or precalculus depending on intended major and placement exam score. For the second course, students will choose either a Communications or a Sociology course. Students are eligible to earn up to six credits for courses they successfully complete during DSP. Students will be expected to participate in classes and other activities Monday through Friday from 9am until 5pm. There will be occasional evening activities to facilitate community building.
These workshops provide critical information about navigating the Drexel college experience. Topics include managing finances while in college, thinking about co-op, managing responsibilities and requirements of being a Drexel student, and creating place and voice in a large university setting. Students will learn about Drexel departments such as counseling, student conduct, financial aid, and more, as well as have the ability to participate in online office hours with representatives from university offices.
During the five-week program, students will have opportunities to connect with their peers and peer leaders through real-time activities on Zoom, discussion posts shared via Flipgrid, and various virtual social activities, like game and movie nights.