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Winter Entry Program

Ice Rink near City Hall

A New Year. A New Start at Drexel.

The Winter Entry Program is an admission plan that offers first-year students the chance to start their enrollment during Drexel's winter quarter (January 2022). 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.


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 2022. Any student who has matriculated at another institution but is interested in Drexel should review information about applying as a transfer student.

Applicants can view the list of undergraduate majors for which they can apply on our Undergraduate Majors page. It is important to note that the following majors are not eligible for the WEP program:

  • Animation and Visual Effects
  • Architecture
  • Architectural Studies
  • Art History
  • Dance
  • Film and Television
  • Game Design and Production
  • Interactive Digital Media
  • Music Industry
  • Screenwriting and Playwriting
  • Virtual Reality and Immersive Media
  • Nutrition and Foods
  • Custom Design
  • Undeclared – Design & Media
  • BS/MS Psychology (Accelerated Program)
  • BA/BS+MD Early Assurance Program

Application Process

Applications for 2022 Winter Entry will be available starting August 1, 2021.

Students apply to Winter Entry using either the Common Application or Coalition Application. A letter of recommendation and essay are required; applicants for January 2022 can choose whether to submit standardized test scores as part of Drexel's Test-Optional policy. Applicants who choose to submit test scores to be considered along with their application can utilize the University's Test-Flexible policy to determine which standardized test scores they would like to submit. Additional requirements, such as portfolio submissions or interview submissions, may be required depending upon the program you are applying to.

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 2021–2022 academic year:

Tuition $54,766
Fees $2,405
Room and Board $16,488

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

In the 2020–2021 academic year, Drexel offered financial support to 100% of its incoming students; the average scholarship and grant aid offered to first-year students was $33,623. 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 2021–2022 CSS Profile by the appropriate deadline. Domestic students should also submit a 2021–2022 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 8 2021–2022 CSS Profile due; required to be considered for institutional need-based financial aid.
October 8 (Recommended*) 2021–2022 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). 
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 student visas at the U.S. Embassy/Consulate abroad, and arrive in the U.S. to start their programs on January 3. 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 3 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 8; however, FAFSAs can be received after this date.