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Transfer Instructions

Drexel takes into consideration a number of criteria when determining admission, including your college performance in relation to your desired major, your essay submission, and more.

Drexel assumes that you've completed coursework similar to Drexel's curriculum. A reminder that if you have fewer than 24 semester college credits, you will also need to submit your high school transcript.

Prerequisites and Deadlines

Before beginning your application to Drexel, please review our Admission Prerequisites and Application Deadlines.

Required Materials

How to Submit Application Materials

We strongly recommend that you submit all official transcripts and supporting documentation electronically to If your school is not able to send official transcripts electronically, please request that official documents be sent by mail or courier service. Drexel Admissions will process application documents received through the U.S. Postal Service and courier services (DHL, FedEx, UPS, etc.), although there is a slight delay in processing these documents. Please allow 3–4 weeks for transcripts and supporting documents sent by mail or courier to be processed.

Undergraduate Admission Application

Complete an application for Undergraduate Admission. We accept the following applications:

  • Full-Time Transfer Programs
  • Nursing Accelerated Career Entry
    Note: To be considered for our accelerated BSN program, you must already have a bachelor's degree in a non-nursing major. To apply for this program, select "Accelerated Career Entry Nursing" as your application. You should not use the Common Application, but instead use the link below. If you do not already have a bachelor's degree or are seeking our traditional BSN program, select "Undergraduate Transfer Full-Time" as your application using the link below.

If you are interested in part-time studies, visit the part-time application instructions page.

To expedite the application process, please write your full legal name (no nicknames, please) on all items submitted. U.S. citizens and permanent residents are required to provide their Social Security number to be considered for financial aid. If you need to change your major or co-op selection after submitting your application, please email or call 215.895.2400.

Application Fee, $50 – Waived for the Upcoming Winter and Spring Terms

Effective June 25, 2021, we are waiving the application fee for applicants applying for the winter 2022 (January) and spring (April) 2022 terms.

For all terms after spring 2022, Drexel applicants must pay a nonrefundable application fee of $50.00 USD, which should be paid online when you submit your application.

Students who feel that the application fee would be a financial hardship can request a fee waiver with their application. For students submitting the Common Application, they can request a fee waiver through the application. For students submitting the Drexel University Admissions Application, they can request a fee waiver through the Discover Drexel Portal once they have submitted the application. Drexel is also granting application fee waivers to applicants who are living in areas recently affected by natural disasters. Please contact your admissions representative for more information.

Applicants to the Nursing Accelerated Career Entry (ACE) program and part-time applicants are not required to pay an application fee.


All full-time applicants (except Nursing ACE) must submit a 250- to 650-word essay on a topic of their choice with their application. We do not accept essays submitted on paper.

Westphal College of Media Arts and Design applicants should submit a writing supplement instead of the application essay. More information regarding the writing supplement can be found below.


Official transcripts must be sent directly from your college or university to Drexel electronically or via mail or courier service. The transcript should include all courses in progress. You are required to submit transcripts from each college or university attended.

If you have fewer than 24 semester college credits, you will also need to submit official transcripts from each high school attended.

Your admission decision may be delayed if you do not send transcripts from all of the colleges and universities where you have completed coursework.

International applicants are required to submit an official academic record (with notarized English translation) from every postsecondary school attended. Applicants may also be required to submit official secondary academic records unless they have completed one year of full-time coursework from an accredited institution. Syllabus/course descriptions must accompany transcripts for evaluation of transfer credits.

Important notes for international applicants:

  • A transcript is official only when it is sent directly from an institution to the Admissions Office, or when it is officially signed, stamped in color, and sealed.
  • Please use your full name on all documents (should match the name listed on your passport).

All nursing ACE and nursing BSN applicants who have coursework from an institution outside of the United States — except Study Abroad — must provide an official course-by-course evaluation from one of the following agencies for each international school:
World Education Services (WES)
International Consultants of Delaware
Educational Credential Evaluators

Standardized Test Scores

If you have fewer than 24 semester college credits and would like the admissions committee to consider your standardized test scores along with your high school transcript, please have them submitted at the time you apply. Refer to our Standardized Testing Requirements for specific requirements and to learn more about our Test-Optional Policy.

International Applicants whose first or native language is not English must take an approved English proficiency exam and request the results be forwarded to the Admissions Office. These scores are only valid for up to two years from the test date. Drexel's TOEFL school code is 2194.

Approved English Proficiency Exams:

  • Pearson PTE
  • Duolingo English Test (DET)

Exemptions may occur for the following reasons:

  • You have completed English Composition I and II (and III if attending a quarter institution) earning a grade of C or better from a regionally accredited institution in the United States.
  • You have studied at, and subsequently graduated from, a high school or university where English is the primary language of instruction for a minimum of three years.
  • You have received a minimum score of 600 on the SAT Critical Reasoning section or a minimum score of 27 on the ACT English section within the last two years.

Applicants who wish to request a waiver of the English proficiency exam based on their high school or university credentials must submit a copy of their official transcript(s) reflecting years of attendance and graduation date. Transcripts may be sent via email to, fax to 215.895.1285, or mail to the address below.

For applicants from Mainland China: The TOEFL ITP Plus for China is accepted in all cases where the TOEFL iBT is accepted.

Financial Aid Information

U.S. Citizens and permanent residents who are interested in Drexel's institutional need-based financial aid are required to submit both the CSS Profile and Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Applicants should submit the CSS Profile as soon as possible. Applicants who do not submit the CSS Profile will not be eligible for institutional need-based financial aid.

You can submit the CSS Profile on the College Board website; be sure to list Drexel so that we can receive this information. You can submit the FAFSA online at using Drexel's FAFSA school code: 003256. You should not wait to be accepted to submit the CSS Profile and FAFSA. The CSS Profile and FAFSA can be started as early as October for the next school year.

U.S. Citizens and permanent residents who are only interested in need-based aid from the federal or state government only need to file the FAFSA.

International applicants who are interested in Drexel's institutional need-based financial aid are required to submit the CSS Profile. Applicants should submit the CSS Profile as soon as possible. Applicants who do not submit this information will not be eligible for institutional need-based financial aid. You can submit the CSS Profile on the College Board website; be sure to list Drexel as a recipient so that we can receive this information.

Learn more about How to Apply for Aid.

Proof of Financial Responsibility (International Applicants Only)

It is Drexel's expectation that every family fulfill and understand the financial responsibility for educational costs at Drexel. Since you and your family or sponsors must assume responsibility for your student expenses, Drexel requires proof of financial responsibility showing sufficient financial support for education in the United States in order to obtain a student visa for students who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

Proof of financial responsibility is not needed to receive an admissions decision, but will need to be submitted for the I-20/DS-2019 application process. Review the information for New International Students on the International Students and Scholars Services (ISSS) website to learn about the I-20/DS-2019 application process.


Applicants are encouraged to follow these portfolio guidelines carefully and submit materials that strengthen their application. Please be sure to select the transfer application when submitting your portfolio in SlideRoom.

Required Portfolios

Applicants to the following programs are required to submit a portfolio for admission.

  • Animation & Visual Effects
  • Fashion Design
  • Game Design & Production
  • Graphic Design
  • Photography
  • Virtual Reality & Immersive Media

Optional Portfolios

Applicants to the following programs are not required to submit a portfolio for admission. It is optional, though we strongly encourage all students with collegiate art or design coursework to submit a portfolio in order to facilitate the transfer credit evaluation process. Please note, optional portfolios cannot be considered after an applicant has been reviewed for admission and provided their admission decision.

  • Art History
  • Design & Merchandising
  • Entertainment & Arts Management
  • Film & Television
  • Interior Design
  • Product Design
  • Screenwriting & Playwriting
  • User Experience and Interaction Design

Portfolio Guidelines

The Admission Committee is examining your work for originality, creative problem solving, and systematic thinking. You should submit eight to 25 pieces of your strongest and most recent work in a variety of media that demonstrate a balance of technique and concept. Thematic work or a series of pieces is received favorably.

Portfolio contents may include any combination of drawings, paintings, printmaking, photography, graphic design, architectural design, interior design, ceramics, sculpture, fiber art, fashion design, jewelry and metals, furniture, designed objects, animation, computer-generated images, film, video, performance art, audio recordings, websites, video games, sketchbooks, scripts, storyboards, or screenplays.

If the portfolio includes audio, film, video, animation, game design, and interactive work, it may not exceed five minutes of total running time. For collaborative works, it is important to provide credits and describe your role(s) within the creative process. Writers, please submit a minimum of eight to 12 pages of written work of either a single piece or numerous smaller pieces.

The portfolio must be completed in SlideRoom only. Upload the highest possible quality of documentation of your creative work. Media requirements are outlined in SlideRoom for files consisting of images, audio, videos, PDF, or embedded media. If the file is an example of a recording, composition, or mix done in Pro Tools, Logic, Ableton, or GarageBand, please include an in-progress screenshot and a detailed description of your process.

Projects for Students with an Art or Design Background

Transfer applicants who have taken art courses, classes related to your major of interest at Westphal, or classes within the realm of media arts and design should try to include three to five examples of work from any class or classes at their previous institution in order to be reviewed for credit. Transfer applicants can also include syllabi and/or course descriptions as PDFs in support of their work.

Transfer credits and level placement will be determined based on a comprehensive review of all aspects of the application during the time of admission; therefore, supportive documentation of previous art, design, or major-specific coursework is required. It is important for applicants to show examples of prior work from all of their art, design, media, and major-related classes. Failure to do so may result in not being awarded credit for those prior courses.

Please submit samples of work, syllabi, and/or course descriptions from those courses in SlideRoom. If applying for a program that requires a portfolio for admission, please be sure to add examples of your work from your major-specific courses to that portfolio. If your program does not require a portfolio for admission, you should still submit creative work from any relative course you would like to be evaluated for credit.

Projects for Students with a Limited or No Art Background or Portfolio

If you do not have any background in art or design, you can still apply. For example, you may want to start your portfolio by drawing from life: sneakers, bedrooms, friends, and landscapes are all excellent subjects, or you may photograph and document your day, your life, or an ordinary event in an extraordinary way.

Other examples of creative work may include a mixed-media collage inspired by your dreams, a research-based paper or project, video blogging, online curation, a video game proposal that modifies a children’s board game so that it requires the skill of an adult, a résumé for performing arts or technical theater, business or marketing plans, social media/promotion plans, examining and redesigning an existing product or interior, a narrative outline for a short script or interactive design, or an observational essay of curatorial practice in a museum gallery or public space. When you have eight to 12 projects you want us to see — you have a portfolio! Upload your projects to SlideRoom.


Should you have questions about the portfolio, please contact the Westphal College of Media Arts & Design at

Writing Supplement (All Westphal College of Media Arts & Design Majors)

Applicants to the following Westphal College of Media Arts and Design programs must submit a writing supplement with their application.

  • Animation & Visual Effects
  • Art History
  • Dance
  • Design & Merchandising
  • Entertainment & Arts Management
  • Fashion Design
  • Film & Television
  • Game Design & Production
  • Graphic Design
  • Interior Design
  • Photography
  • Product Design
  • Screenwriting & Playwriting
  • User Experience and Interaction Design
  • Virtual Reality & Immersive Media

Writing Supplement Topic: Please write a short essay describing why you are interested in pursuing your major of choice at Drexel University's Westphal College. What have you done that prepares you to study in your major of choice? (Maximum 500 words)

If you have questions about the guidelines, please contact the Westphal College of Media Arts & Design by email at

Audition (Dance Applicants Only)

Dance majors are required to audition. Auditions can be done live or by video. Visit Westphal College's Dance Auditions page for guidelines and dates.

Interview, Plan of Study, and Vision Statement (Custom-Designed Majors Only)

Applicants to the Custom-Designed Major (CSDN) are required to submit supplemental application materials and complete an Introductory Meeting with CSDN staff after submitting an admission application. In this virtual introductory meeting, prospective applicants can ask questions about CSDN and discuss their academic goals. This meeting will also review the draft submission and feedback process for the CSDN application materials: the Plan-of-Study and Vision Statement. Please note that the process for completing the Plan of Study and Vision Statement will take several weeks after your Introductory Meeting. Review examples of these required materials.

Mailing Addresses

By Postal Mail By Express Courier
(DHL, FedEx, UPS, etc.)
Drexel University
Application Processing
PO Box 34789
Philadelphia, PA 19101
Drexel University
Application Processing
3141 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-2876

Admission Decisions

Applications for transfer applicants are reviewed on a rolling basis for all terms. Please check your program of interest to determine which terms the program enrolls.

Check Your Application Status Online

During the admission process, you'll have the opportunity to check your admission status online. Once your application has been processed, you'll receive access to Discover Drexel using your email address and password created during the application submission.

If you are offered admission to Drexel, be sure to review our information for Admitted Students.

Admission Decision Appeals

An applicant who has been denied admission to the University may appeal. Reversal on a decision is rare and, if considered, is done based on changes in the applicant's academic criteria or personal circumstances that could not be considered adequately through the standard admission review process.

An applicant appealing a decision should compose a letter to the Academic Appeal Chairperson stating the reason for the appeal and provide updated documentation. The appeal should be clear and concise, and provide new information. Your letter should not repeat information already presented in your initial application. The appeal should be emailed to the attention of the Academic Appeal Committee Chairperson at

Notification of the decision of the committee is final and will be made known to the applicant via Discover Drexel within two to three weeks.

Notices and Disclosures

Please refer to Drexel's Consumer Information and Student Right to Know page for policies that pertain to all prospective and enrolled students.

Public Law 93-380: Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act

Drexel University abides by the provisions of Public Law 93-380, which grants the student the right to examine admission files that are part of the student's permanent "Educational Record." Please note that "Applicants for Admission" are not granted rights under this legislation. Once an "Applicant for Admission" becomes a "Student" by enrolling and attending Drexel, any admission file that becomes a part of the student's permanent "Educational Record" becomes available to the student for review. Applicants should understand that only the transcripts, CEEB, SAT, Achievement Test Score Reports, and those portions of the application generated by the student will become part of the student's permanent "Educational Record" upon enrollment.

No other information or material gathered or submitted in the admission process will be retained as part of the student's permanent "Educational Record." Statements or evaluations provided by any individual do not become part of the student's permanent "Educational Record" and will not be available for the student's review.

Access Privileges and Property Rights

All documents that you submit, or are submitted on your behalf, in support of this application for admission to Drexel University become the property of the University and will under no circumstances be released to you or any other party. In accordance with the provisions of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, all admission decisions are given to the applicant only. No decisions on applications are revealed over the telephone.

Notice of Availability of Annual Security Report

Drexel University, in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act), publishes an annual report for current and prospective students and employees. This report contains important safety information and crime statistics for the previous three years. These statistics pertain to reported crimes that have occurred on campus in certain non-campus buildings, or properties that are owned or controlled by Drexel University, and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from, the campus.

Download a copy of the most recent Annual Security Report [PDF]. Printed copies of this report are also available by calling the Public Safety Administrative Office at 215.895.1550.

For more information about the services provided by the Drexel University Department of Public Safety, please visit the Department of Public Safety website.


Drexel University is accredited through a voluntary, peer-review process coordinated by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE). In addition, the International Gateway program is accredited by the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA).

Required Information for Students and the Public

You can view further information and disclosures about Drexel University at the Required Information for Students and the Public Provost webpage.

Finding Your New Home: Transferring to Drexel

Drexel is equipped with numerous resources to ensure its transfer students feel they are seamlessly entering a community that already feels like home.