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Frequently Asked Questions

Who can apply to Dragon Scholars?

During the summer of 2020, the program will be by invite only.  With the online program we want to make sure we are able to support a smaller group of students and assist them with their transition.   You must confirm your enrollment before participating in Dragon Scholars. See Program Eligibility.

How long does the program run, and what are the hours of participation?

The 2020 program runs from July 6 to August 7. Classes and programming occur during the week, Monday through Friday, between the hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with occasional evening events. Some assignments and coursework may need to be done outside of those hours, depending on student schedules.

How many students will be selected to participate in the program?

Enrollment is typically capped at 70 students, However, for the summer of 2020 we are anticipating that about 50 students will participate in the online program.

What is the cost of the program?

The program is free for summer 2020 due to COVID-19 and remote learning.

What materials will I need to participate in the program?

Students will need a computer, laptop, or tablet, as well as internet access, in order to fully participate in courses and activities for the Dragon Scholars Program.

Do students earn college credit for participating?

Yes, students will receive up to six credits for courses successfully completed during Dragon Scholars.

Will students have Drexel professors as their instructors?

Yes. Drexel faculty, staff, and undergraduate students facilitate online learning in the summer program.

How will I know what classes I am taking during the summer?

Summer students are expected to complete their math placement exams by June 5 to ensure correct placement. Students will choose between a Communications and a Sociology course when they confirm their enrollment in the program.

Are students expected to attend every day during all five weeks of the program?

Yes, participants are required to attend every day during all five weeks of the program. Due to the pace, rigor, and interactive nature of the program, participants are highly discouraged from having outside commitments, which could serve as a distraction. Missing too many classes may result in your participation in the program being revoked.

Can students work or have other outside commitments during the program?

See answer in above question.

How many students typically live on campus during the program, and how many commute to campus?

More than two-thirds of all participants typically live in Dragon Scholars housing during the summer. Whether participants live on campus or commute, Dragon Scholars fosters an environment for personal growth and opportunities to participate in additional social, educational, cultural, and recreational activities.

How long has the program been in existence?

Dragon Scholars has been in existence for over 20 years.

What happens after Dragon Scholars ends?

During their first year, Dragon Scholars students are expected to uphold the academic standards established in the program. Students will continue to be connected to the Center for Inclusive Education and Scholarship, as well as with affiliated programs such as Act 101, Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation, Liberty Scholars, Dragon Navigators, and the Center for Learning and Academic Success Services (CLASS). While each program has its unique characteristics, students will continue to be engaged through a variety of community building activities and support from Drexel faculty and staff.

What if I fail the program?

Students who are required to attend the program due to their provisional admission to the University must pass the program with a C or higher in their courses. Students who do not meet that requirement will not be able to enroll at Drexel University for fall 2020.