Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know if the classes I have taken are transferable?
An official credit evaluation is provided once students have been admitted into Drexel. We have select programs of study available to give students an idea of what may transfer into Drexel. This will arrive via email from the academic advisor to their program of study. For a credit to transfer, there must be considerable overlap between the course taken at their institution and the required course at Drexel. Additionally, courses in which a student has achieved lower than a "C" are not eligible for transfer. Prospective students can check if their credits are transferable in the degree requirements for your program of interest in the University Catalog. Please note that only credits from regionally accredited institutions are eligible to transfer to Drexel.
Will I be assigned an advisor? How will this advisor assist me throughout my time at Drexel?
All admitted students are assigned an academic advisor. This advisor will assist students through the transfer credit evaluation process as well as assist in the planning of coursework. Students are required to register for classes through their academic advisor for the first term at Drexel. After the first term, students have the option to go through their academic advisor for registration or register for classes on their own. This person will also perform your transfer credit evaluation within two to three weeks of your admission.
What is the maximum number of credits that I will be able to transfer into Drexel?
Students who have attended a regionally accredited institution have the ability to transfer up to 60 semester credits or 90 quarter credits (approximately half a degree). In unique situations, transfer students may be allowed to transfer in additional credits at the discretion of their academic advisor.
Can I transfer into Drexel with a GED?
Students with a GED are required to have either 24 college semester-level credits from a regionally accredited institution or to submit standardized test scores in addition to GED scores.
How long will it take for me to complete my bachelor's degree at Drexel if I am bringing in credits?
Depending upon the number of transfer credits, the co-op option that a student selects, and academic major, degree completion can vary. However, generally speaking, a student can expect to graduate within two to three years if approximately 50 to 60 credits are transferred.
Is my school regionally accredited?
To view a complete list of regionally accredited institutions, please refer to the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.
For international institutions, we will review to determine if the school's accreditation is equivalent to the United States regional accreditation. To expedite the review of your transcripts, it is recommended that you provide a course-by-course transcript evaluation from an organization affiliated with the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) organization. If you are applying to our nursing programs, you must provide a course by course evaluation completed by WES, ECE, or International Consultants of Delaware.
How long will it take for me to receive an admission decision?
Once an application file is complete, it may take two to four weeks for a decision to be rendered once review for that term has begun. For Nursing Accelerated Career Entry (ACE) applicants, it may take four to six weeks after the priority deadline for a decision to be rendered.
How many transfer students does Drexel admit each year/term?
Drexel admits several hundred transfer students each year and the number of students transferring into each major varies program to program. For the fall of 2020, Drexel enrolled over 450 full-time transfer students.
Can I transfer into an accelerated degree program?
Transfer students are not eligible to apply directly to an accelerated degree program. However, transfer students can consult their academic advisor to determine internal admissibility.
What application materials are required for a transfer student?
Refer to the Transfer Application Instructions for a list of required materials.
Do I need to send transcripts from all universities I attended?
Yes. We require applicants to send official transcripts from all universities and colleges previously attended.
What are the admission requirements for a transfer student?
Our admission office takes a holistic approach when reviewing transfer applications. Many factors are considered when reviewing applicants' files, including the full range of their academic achievements, which takes into consideration GPA, course patterns, most recent coursework, major, and essay.
Do I need to take an English proficiency exam?
International transfer applicants (including those applying to our Accelerated Nursing program) whose native language is not English must take an approved English proficiency exam unless the applicant has completed English I and II earning a grade of C or better from a regionally accredited collegiate institution in the United States, has studied for a minimum of four years and graduated from a high school where English is the primary language of instruction, or has earned 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. Please refer to the Transfer Application Instructions for further information and a list of approved exams.
For applicants from Mainland China: The TOEFL ITP Plus for China is accepted in all cases where the TOEFL iBT is accepted.
How can I check my application status?
You can check the status of your application by visiting the Discover Drexel Portal.
Note: Information on Discover Drexel reflects what has been processed into our system. It will not reflect materials that we have received but have not yet processed.
Where can I submit my documents electronically?
Please refer to the Transfer Application Instructions for detailed instructions on how to submit individual items.
Where can I mail my application materials?
Please refer to the Transfer Application Instructions for our mailing addresses.
Scholarships and Financial Aid
Is financial aid available for transfer students?
Financial aid is available to transfer students who are applying for both part-time and full-time programs. Students should file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year, as soon as possible. See our Financial Information for Prospective Students for more information. We also encourage all full-time students seeking their first bachelor's degree (with the exception of our accelerated nursing program) to submit the CSS Profile for the most competitive financial aid package.
How many co-ops can I complete as a transfer student?
Depending on the number of credits transferred in, transfer students may have the opportunity to participate in one or three co-ops depending on the major. In some instances, transfer students have the ability to participate in two co-ops. A student who wants the most co-ops possible should apply for the Three Co-op (five years) option, if available. Students should work closely with their academic advisor to discuss their options.
What kinds of campus resources are available to transfer students?
Transfer students participate in all of the 300+ clubs and organizations that Drexel has to offer. If you are a commuter, you may also find our Commuter Student Resources to be helpful.
Is there a new student orientation for transfer students?
New student orientation is held for all full-time transfer students. Fall orientation occurs the week before classes begin and is called Welcome Week. Details can be found on the First-Year Experience website. Winter and spring students will participate in a Welcome Day and will receive further information after their offer of admission.
Will I be able to live on campus?
Although on-campus housing is not guaranteed to full-time time transfer students, we recommend that enrollment and housing deposits are submitted as soon as possible to be placed on our priority housing list. Housing is assigned on a first-come, first-serve basis, and transfer housing applications will be reviewed on rolling basis. You can learn about all of the unique housing opportunities afforded to transfer students on our Housing website.
Transfer applicants are not required to live on campus, so if you are looking for non-Drexel-affiliated housing in the form of an off-campus apartment or house, we encourage you to visit our Off-Campus Housing Service website.
What if I am a veteran or on active military duty?
The University does all it can to support the success of our student veteran population. To view a list of resources for veterans and military personnel on active duty, visit our Admissions Information for Veteran Students page. Please contact Transfer Admissions with any questions you may have.