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Undergraduate Admissions Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions for Prospective Students

How do I visit the Westphal College of Media Arts & Design?

We offer many ways to visit the Drexel University campus, either through our daily visit program or larger Open House events. We generally suggest if you are registering for a daily visit, to make sure to also register for the Art and Design add-on, which features an additional Westphal-specific information session. To register for our tours, please visit the Visit Drexel website.

If you would like to schedule an appointment with our Westphal admissions team, please email or call 215.895.1738.

Can I have my portfolio reviewed before I apply?

Yes, there are multiple ways for you to receive a portfolio review before applying to the Westphal College. You can meet with an admissions representative from Westphal at many of the National Portfolio Day events taking place around the country and internationally.

If you prefer to meet individually, please email or call 215.895.1738 to make an appointment with one of our admissions representatives.

Is it possible for me to meet a current student or faculty member before applying?

If you would like to meet with a current student at Westphal or a faculty member, we suggest attending one of our Open House events throughout the year. This is the best way to meet with your major of interest led by the program director and is often attended by a current student to answer your questions.

Do I have to audition for any programs?

We require students to audition for our Dance major. We do not require an audition for any other Westphal majors, including our Music Industry program. To learn more about the Dance audition process, please visit our website here.

Does Westphal offer an opportunity to double major?

While it is not impossible, it can be very difficult to double major at Westphal with another major at Drexel and may require more time to complete both degrees. You can only apply to one major at Drexel and can only enter the University with one declared major. Once admitted into Drexel, you can schedule an appointment with your academic advisor to discuss double majoring and determine your best academic pathway. Drexel also offers a variety of minors, which can be combined with many academic interests.

Westphal College’s major in Art History can be taken as a single major (Bachelor of Arts) or as a dual major (Bachelor of Science). To learn more about a double major with Art History, visit our website here.

Where can I find a list of minors at Westphal?

For a list of Westphal’s 25 minors, please visit our website here.

For a list of all minors offered at Drexel University, please visit Drexel’s website here.

What is cooperative education (co-op) at Westphal?

Co-op, short for cooperative education, is a program that provides students with the opportunity to alternate academic study with full-time employment. Westphal College students spend a minimum of six months (two terms) working in positions that allow them to apply classroom and studio skills to hands-on experience within their chosen professions. Co-op is a graduation requirement for all students at Westphal and prepares students to work in the professional world post-graduation. Each Westphal major offers a different co-op cycle tailored to their curriculum.

Frequently Asked Questions for Parents

What type of pre-college courses does Westphal offer?

We offer a summer series of Pre-College Programs hosted by our different majors. To learn more about these opportunities, visit our website here.

How can we meet with faculty and discuss my student’s program of interest?

If you would like to meet with a program director, we suggest attending one of our Open Houses that are offered throughout the year. This is the best way to meet with our faculty at Westphal and learn more about individual programs. If you would prefer to set up a meeting outside of our Open House events, please email to determine if a faculty member is available when you are visiting campus.

What courses will my student be required to take in order to graduate?

To see the full curriculum for each major at Westphal, we suggest visiting to the Drexel Course Catalog found here. This is the best way to see all required courses and view course descriptions for each major at Westphal.

Does Drexel offer help for students with disabilities?

Yes, we suggest going to Drexel’s Office of Equality and Diversity’s Disability resources webpage for students and families to find out more about accommodations and services on campus.

To learn more about Drexel’s Autism Support Program, please visit the Student Life website here.

Where can I find tuition cost?

For more information regarding undergraduate tuition and fees, please visit the Drexel Central website here.

How is the University calendar structured?

Drexel University is on a quarter schedule, which means we have 10-week terms with a finals week four terms per year. Depending on major, year level and co-op cycle, our students do attend Drexel all year round. Drexel’s university-wide academic calendar can be found here.

What type of housing is offered for my incoming freshman student?

Drexel has multiple housing options and communities for incoming First-Year students. We highly suggest visiting the First Year Housing Overview website for more information.

What career support does Drexel provide?

Drexel’s Steinbright Career Center is a world class resource for cooperative education (co-op), as well as, career services for all Drexel students.

Will my student need a computer to attend Westphal?

Many of our programs at Westphal have suggested laptop requirements to successfully participate and complete our curriculum. We have listed suggested laptops for each of our majors here.

Is there a parent association at Drexel?

Yes, we have a Drexel University Family Association (DFA), which improves our students’ experiences by maintaining a community of parents and family members as a network of support.

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