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Make Drexel Your Home: Transfer Today!

  • Kelsey Kvandal
Posted on April 15, 2021
Questions and Answers

Making the decision to transfer schools can be a bit of an overwhelming process. Where will I live? Will my courses transfer? How long until I can graduate? All of these (and many more) are valid questions to have when considering transferring schools. Below, we've included some answers to questions students frequently ask. At Drexel, we have a team of transfer admissions counselors ready and waiting to assist you in demystifying the process, so if it's not on the list below, feel free to reach out! It's important to note that you're not alone in this process. Drexel welcomes hundreds of transfer students each year, with this population coming from a wide variety of backgrounds. There are plenty of ways to get involved and really make this campus feel like your home away from home!

At Drexel, we have a team of transfer admissions counselors ready and waiting to assist you in demystifying the process, so if it's not on the list below, feel free to reach out!

How many credits can I transfer? How do I know what will transfer?

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). Your assigned academic advisor will send you a transfer credit evaluation about 2–3 weeks after you are offered admission to the University, with a list of how courses transfer and what courses you'll still have left to complete your degree. While we don't have a comprehensive list of courses that will or will not transfer, prospective students can check if their credits are similar to those listed in the degree requirements for their program of interest in the University Catalog. Please note that only credits from regionally accredited institutions are eligible to transfer to Drexel.

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. Once you're admitted, this is a conversation you can have with your academic advisor, as it is based on individual circumstances, such as major and transfer credits.

What are the steps to applying to Drexel?

For transfer students, you may either complete the Common Application or the Drexel University Admission Application. Once you complete your application, request to have your transcripts sent to Drexel. They can either be sent by mail or electronically to enroll@drexel.edu. We must receive transcripts from any college or university you have attended (even for just one class) in order to move forward with review of your application. There is also an essay component to the application. This is a great place for you to tell us a little bit about yourself. If you've had a difficult path that led you here, let us know that. Maybe you took the opportunity to serve your country prior to pursuing a degree and have a lot of life experience in your field, which is a great topic to consider. This is your opportunity to give yourself a seat at the committee table and let us know what makes you you!

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.

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. They can also consider the Early Assurance program if interested in entering one of our accelerated programs. For more information about the Early Assurance program, please visit the Preprofessional Advising website.

What are the admission requirements for a transfer student?

Our admissions 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.

Is the application process different for international students?

Not really. You will still fill out the same application and send in all college level transcripts. Typically, we do not require a formal course evaluation, but we will need both the original language as well as a notarized English translation. All nursing ACE and nursing BSN applicants who have coursework from an institution outside of the United States — except Study Abroad — must have their transcripts evaluated by one of the following agencies: World Education Services (WES), International Consultants of Delaware, or the Educational Credential Evaluators.

The last important thing to note for international applicants is English language requirements. All 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 or has studied for a minimum of four years and graduated from a high school where English is the primary language of instruction. Please refer to the Transfer Application Instructions for further information and a list of approved exams.

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.

Can I live on campus?

Transfer students can submit an application to live on campus, although it is not guaranteed. We do have many housing options available, as well as virtual tours, that allow you to see some options before deciding. Our Housing website offers a lot of helpful information to make an informed decision surrounding living arrangements. There is also an Off-Campus Housing website to help you explore housing options.

The list above is by no means exhaustive, but can hopefully help you understand that you're supported and not alone through this process. While the path to transferring may look a bit different for every student, it is our goal to help you make the most informed decision for your individual circumstances. Our team of seasoned counselors have seen students from just about every situation and are here to help. If at any point through the application or enrollment process you have additional questions, reach out. We love working with #FutureDragons!


Kelsey Kvandal is an Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions, specializing in transfer admissions. She is an avid reader, baker, and dog lover (no really, she will stop any dog on the street and insist on petting it).

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