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Winter Entry Program

Ice Rink near City Hall

A new year. A new start at Drexel.

Given the level of uncertainty the COVID-19 pandemic has created, Drexel recognizes the need for more flexibility in offering first-year students opportunities to start their college careers. Therefore, the University has created the Winter Entry Program, effective for the 2020-2021 academic year. Offering this new option for first-year students provides more time for families to plan and promotes access to those who find their choices limited due to traditional fall starts for first-year students.

The Winter Entry Program is a new admission plan that offers first-year students the chance to start their enrollment during Drexel's winter quarter (January 2021). Students must apply and be admitted to the Winter Entry Program, meeting the same criteria as their peers beginning in the fall term. Students who are admitted and confirm their space for Winter Entry will receive the same level of academic rigor and preparation their first year as other students. Students in the Winter Entry Program will begin their second year at the same point in their plan of study as their fall entry peers and will not experience any delays in reaching graduation due to participation in this program.

For more information about the program, please view our Frequently Asked Questions.


Students must apply and be admitted to the Winter Entry Program. Winter Entry is not a Transfer program, so applicants will only be considered if they have not matriculated into a degree-seeking program at another institution prior to January 2021. Any student who has matriculated at another institution but is interested in Drexel should review information about applying as a Transfer student.

Applicants can apply to any academic major open to first-year students with the exception of Architecture and select accelerated degree programs.

Application Process

Students apply to Winter Entry using either the Common Application or Coalition Application. A letter of recommendation, essay, and standardized test scores are all required. Applicants can utilize the University's Test-Flexible policy when determining which scores to submit. Additional requirements, such as portfolio submissions or interview submissions, may be required depending upon the program you are applying to.

If you're ready to apply, review our Winter Entry Application Instructions. We accept the following applications:

Common Application
Coalition Application

Financial Aid and Cost

The cost of the Winter Entry Program is the same as for fall entry students.

During their first year at Drexel, Winter Entry students will attend classes for three quarters: winter, spring, and summer. Below are the estimated costs for the three terms of tuition, fees, and average room and board for the 2020–2021 academic year:

Tuition $53,868
Fees $2,405
Room and Board $16,008

These numbers reflect the estimated cost of attendance prior to any financial aid being applied.

In the 2019–2020 academic year, Drexel offered financial support to 95% of its incoming students; the average scholarship and grant aid offered to first-year students was $30,753, while the average offered to full-time transfer students entering in the fall was $16,665. These amounts include federal, state, and institutional aid.

Winter Entry students are automatically reviewed for merit scholarships once their application is complete. Applicants can also be considered for institutional need-based grants if they complete a 2020–2021 CSS Profile by the appropriate deadline. Domestic students should also submit a 2020–2021 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be reviewed for federal and state aid eligibility.

Performing Arts scholarships are also available to Winter Entry students who complete auditions.

Please note: Winter Entry Students are not eligible for Drexel-affiliated or special interest scholarships.


Deadline Documents Due
October 1 Applications and all supporting documents due; decisions released by November 1.
October 9 2020–2021 CSS Profile due; required to be considered for institutional need-based financial aid.
October 9 (Recommended*) 2020–2021 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) priority submission deadline; required to be considered for federal or state need-based financial aid (domestic applicants only). 

Read more about How to Apply for Aid.
Immediately upon confirming (International admitted students only) We strongly recommend that admitted first-year winter entry international students submit their I-20/DS-2019 applications as soon as possible after confirming their enrollment to the University. That would allow them sufficient time to receive their I-20/DS-2019s, obtain their students visas at the U.S. Embassy/Consulate abroad, and arrive in the U.S. to start their programs on January 4. Applying later may cause visa application delays and impact their ability to start their program as planned.
November 13 Tuition deposit and housing deposit due for admitted first-year winter entry students.
January 4 First day of winter quarter.

* In order to receive a financial aid package that reflects eligibility for federal and state aid at the same time as admission, applicants are encouraged to submit their FAFSA by October 9; however, FAFSAs can be received after this date.