Drexel University

Drexel University is a private research university with three campuses in Philadelphia . It was founded in 1891 by Anthony J. Drexel , a financial and philanthropist . Founded as Drexel Institute of Art, Science, and Industry ; It was renamed Drexel Institute of Technology in 1936, before assuming the name Drexel University in 1970.

As of 2015, more than 26,000 students are enrolled in over 70 undergraduate programs and more than 100 master’s, doctoral, and professional programs at the university. [2] Drexel’s Cooperative Education Program (co-op) is a unique aspect of the school’s degree programs, offering students the opportunity to gain up to 18 months of paid, full-time work experience in their undergraduate major or graduate Degree program prior to graduation.


Monumental conical pendulum clock by Eugène Farcot , sculpture by Albert-Ernest Carrier-Belleuse . Donated in 1912 to the University. Main building, great court.
Main article: History of Drexel University

Drexel University was founded in 1891 as the Drexel Institute of Art, Science and Industry, by Philadelphia Financial and Philanthropist Anthony J. Drexel . The original mission of the institution was to provide educational opportunities in the “practical arts and sciences” for women and men of all backgrounds. The institution became known as the Drexel Institute of Technology in 1936, and in 1970 the Drexel Institute of Technology gained university status, becoming Drexel University.

Although there were many changes during its first century, the university’s identity had been held constant as a privately controlled, non-sectarian, coeducational center of higher learning, and distinguished by a commitment to practical education and hands-on experience in an occupational setting. The central aspect of Drexel University’s focus on career preparation, in the form of its cooperative education program, was introduced in 1919. The program was integral to the university’s unique educational experience. Participating students alternate periods of classroom-based study with periods of full-time, practical work experience related to their academic major and career interests.

Between 1995 and 2009, Drexel University underwent a period of significant change to its programs, enrollment, and facilities under the leadership of Dr. Constantine Papadakis, the university’s president during that time. Papadakis oversaw Drexel’s largest expansion in its history, with a 471 percent increase in its endowment and a 102 percent increase in student enrollment. His college leadership in college, college, university, college and university. It was during this period of expansion that Drexel acquired and assumed management of the MCP Hahnemann University, creating the Drexel University College of Medicine in 2002. In 2006, The University established the Thomas R. Kline School of Law , and in 2011 the School of Law achieved full accreditation by the American Bar Association . [6]

Dr. Constantine Papadakis died of pneumonia in April 2009 His successor, John Anderson Fry , was formerly President of Franklin & Marshall College and served as Executive Vice President of the University of Pennsylvania . [4] [7] Under Fry’s leadership, Drexel has continued its expansion, including the July 2011 acquisition of the Academy of Natural Sciences .


College of Arts and Sciences

Main article: Drexel University College of Arts and Sciences

The College of Arts and Sciences was formed in 1990 when Drexel merged the two existing College of Science and College of Humanities together.

Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts and Design

Main article: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts and Design

The College of Media Arts and Design “fosters the study, exploration and management of the arts: media, design, performing and visual.” The college offers sixteen undergraduate programs, and 6 graduate programs, in modern art and design fields that range from graphic design and dance to fashion design and television management. The National Architectural Accrediting Board , and the Council for Interior Design Accreditation, have been awarded full accreditation from the National Association of Schools of Art and Design .

Bennett S. LeBow College of Business

Main article: Bennett S. LeBow College of Business

The Bennett S. LeBow College of Business History dates to the founding in 1891 of the Drexel Institute, which later became Drexel University, and of its Business Department in 1896. Today LeBow offers thirteen undergraduate majors, eight graduate programs, and two doctoral programs; 22 percent of Drexel University’s undergraduate students are enrolled in a LeBow College of Business program.

Leonard Pearlstein Learning Center at LeBow College of Business

The LeBow College of Business has been ranked as the 38th best private business school in the nation. [8] Its online MBA program is ranked 14th in the world by the Financial Times ; The publication also ranks the undergraduate business program at LeBow as 19th in the United States. The part-time MBA program ranks 1st in academic quality in the 2015 edition of Business Insider’s rankings. Undergraduate and graduate entrepreneurship programs are ranked 19th in the country by the Princeton Review . [9]

School of Economics

Economics programs at the LeBow College of Business are housed within the School of Economics. In addition to the undergraduate program in economics, the school is home to a recently launched PhD program in economics. Faculty members in the School of Economics-have-been published in the American Economic Review , Rand Journal of Economics , and The Review of Economics and Statistics . The school has been ranked among the best in the world for its extensive research into matters of international trade. [10]

College of Engineering

Main article: Drexel University College of Engineering

Drexel’s College of Engineering is one of the oldest and most important academic colleges, and served as the original focus of the career-oriented school on its founding in 1891. The College of Engineering is home to several notable alumni, including two astronauts; Financial Bennett S. LeBow , for whom the College of Business is named; And Paul Baran , inventor of the packet-switched network. Today, Drexel University’s College of Engineering, which is home to 19 percent of the undergraduate student body, [11] is known for creating the world’s first engineering degree in appropriate technology . [12] The college is also one of only 17 US universities to offer a bachelor ‘ S degree in architectural engineering, and only one of five private institutions to do so. [13] [14]

The Drexel Engineering Curriculum (tDEC)

The 2006 edition of US News ranks the undergraduate engineering program # 57 in the country and the 2007 edition of the graduate schools graduate program ranks # 61. The 2008 edition ranks the University Engineering Program at # 55 and in the 2009 US News Ranking, the university has moved up to the # 52 position.

The engineering curriculum used by the school was originally called E4 (Enhanced Educational Experience for Engineers) which was established in 1986 [15] and funded in part by the Engineering Directorate of the National Science Foundation . [16] In 1988 the program evolved into tDEC (the Drexel Engineering Curriculum) [16] which is composed of two full years of rigorous core engineering courses which encompass the freshman and sophomore years of the engineering student. The College of Engineering has not used the tDEC curriculum since approximately 2005.

College of Computing and Informatics

Main article: Drexel University College of Computing and Informatics

The College of Computing and Informatics is a recent addition to Drexel University, though its programs have been offered to students for many years. The College of Information Science and Technology (often called “iSchool”), the Department of Computer Science, and the Computing and Security Technology program. Undergraduate and graduate programs in computer science, software engineering, information systems, and computer security are offered by the college. [17]

College of Medicine

Main article: Drexel University College of Medicine

The Drexel University College of Medicine is a recent addition to the colleges and schools of the university, having been formed upon the acquisition of MCP Hahnemann University in 2002. The College of Medicine was ranked # 83 in the “Best Medical Schools: Research” category By US News & World Report in 2015. In addition to its MD program, the College of Medicine offers several graduate programs in professional studies and biomedical sciences.

Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies

The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies offers both Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degree programs in fields like biochemistry, biotechnology, clinical research, and forensic science. Drexel University, University of Durban.

School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems

Founded to Combine Drexel’s College of Medicine, College of Engineering, College of Engineering, School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems. Primary research areas within the school include bioinformatics , biomechanics , biomaterials , and cardiovascular engineering. [18]

College of Nursing and Health Professions

Main article: Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions

Drexel’s College of Nursing and Drexel’s College of Nursing , Drexel’s College of Nursing and Health Sciences. The college’s research in matters of nutrition and rehabilitation has garnered $ 2.9 million in external research funding on an annual basis. The physician assistant program at Drexel’s College of Nursing and Health Professions is ranked in the top 15 such programs in the United States; Its anesthesia programs and physical therapy programs are, respectively, ranked as top-50 programs nationwide. [9]

Richard C. Goodwin College of Professional Studies

Main article: Goodwin College of Professional Studies

Established in 1892, the department now known as the College of Professional Studies has focused exclusively on educational programs and pursuits for nontraditional adult learners. Today, the Goodwin College of Professional Studies offers several options designed for adult learners at all stages of career and educational development. Bachelor of Science degree completion programs are offered in part-time evening or weekend formats; Graduate programs and doctoral programs are offered at the graduate level, as a self-paced “continuing education” courses and nearly a dozen self-paced certification programs. [19]

Pennoni Honors College

Main article: Pennoni Honors College

The Pennoni Honors College , named for Drexel alumnus and trustee Dr. CR “Chuck” Pennoni ’63, ’66, Hon. ’92, and his wife Annette, recognizes and promotes excellence among Drexel students. Students admitted to the Honors College The college provides these students with access to unique cultural and social activities and a unique guest speaker series. Drexel’s “Alternative Spring Break,” an international study tour held each spring. [20]

Thomas R. Kline School of Law

Main article: Thomas R. Kline School of Law

Upon its founding in 2006, the Thomas R. Kline School of Law, originally known as the Earle Mack School of Law, was the first law school founded in Philadelphia in more than three decades. Juris Doctorate program, and a co-operative education program, as part of its curriculum across all programs. In 2015, Bloomberg ranked the Kline School of Law as the second most underrated law school in the United States. [21]

School of Education

One of the oldest schools within Drexel University, the modern School of Education dates back to the 1891 founding of the school. Originally, the Department of Education offers career-focused degree programs. Today, the School of Education offers a coeducational approach to teacher training at the elementary and secondary levels for undergraduates. Other undergraduate programs in the education sector, including education and training. Graduate degrees offered by the School of Education include those in administration and leadership, special education, higher education, mathematics education, international education, and educational creativity and innovation.

Edmund D. Bossone Research Center, located on Market Street ‘ Avenue of Technology ‘

Dornsife School of Public Health

Main article: Drexel University School of Public Health

The School of Public Health, which is responsible for providing education, conducting research, and partnering with communities and organizations to improve the health of populations. ” [22] To that end, the school offers both a BS and a minor in public health for undergraduate students in various options for students pursuing graduate and doctoral degrees in the field. At the graduate level, the Dornsife School offers both a Master of Public Health and an Executive Master of Public Health, as well as MS in biostatistics and MS in epidemiology. Doctor of Philosophy in epidemiology. The school ‘

Center for Hospitality and Sport Management

The Center for Hospitality and Sport Management was formed in 2013, in an effort to house and consolidate academic programs in hospitality, tourism management, culinary arts, and sport management. Academic programs combine the unique skills required of the sports and hospitality industries with the principles and curriculum espoused by the management programs within Drexel’s LeBow College of Business. [23]

Charles D. Close School of Entrepreneurship

Focusing specifically on the skills required to successfully start and launch a business, the Charles D. Close School of Entrepreneurship is the first and only freestanding school of entrepreneurship in the United States. Undergraduate students take part in a BA program in Entrepreneurship and Innovation, while graduate students at a Bachelor of Science degree in biomedicine and entrepreneurship. Minors in entrepreneurship are also offered to undergraduate students.

Laurence A. Baiada Institute for Entrepreneurship

Housed within the Baiada Institute for Entrepreneurship. Drexel is a graduate of Drexel University in the United States. [24]

Online education

Drexel University launched its first Internet-based education program, a master’s degree in Library & Information Science, in 1996. [25] In 2001, Drexel created its wholly-owned subsidiary, Drexel e-Learning, Inc., Better known as Drexel University Online. [26] [27] It was announced in October 2013 that Drexel University Online would no longer be a for-profit venture, but rather become an internal division within the university. [28] Although headquartered in Philadelphia, Drexel announced a new Washington, DC, rental in December 2012 to serve as both an academic and outreach center, catering to the online student population. [29] [30]

Drexel University Online Founded National Distance Learning Week, in conjunction with the United States Distance Learning Association, in 2007. [31] [32] In September 2010, Drexel University Online received the Sloan-C award for institution-wide excellence in online education and had outstanding programs of demonstrably high quality at the regional and national levels and across disciplines. [33] Drexel University Online won the 2008 United States Distance Learning Association’s Best Practices Awards for Distance Learning Programming. [34] In 2007, The online education subsidiary had a revenue of $ 40 million. [35] In March 2013, Drexel Online had more than 7,000 unique students from all 50 states and more than 20 countries pursuing a bachelor’s, master’s, or certificate. [36] As of December 2013, Drexel University Online offers more than 100 fully accredited master’s degrees, bachelor’s degrees and certificate programs. [37] S degrees and certificate programs. [37] S degrees and certificate programs. [37]

Cooperative education program

Drexel’s longstanding cooperative education, or “co-op” program is one of the largest and oldest in the United States. [38] Drexel has a fully internet- based database, where students can submit summaries and request interviews with any of the companies. They interview with employers during three rounds of applications: A round, B round, and C round. Students also have the option of obtaining an internship via independent search. A student graduating from Drexel’s 5-year degree program typically has a total of 18 months of internship with up to three different companies. The majority of co-ops are paid, averaging $ 15,912 per 6-month period, however this figure changes with major. [39] About one third of Drexel graduates are offered full-time positions by their co-op employers right after graduation. [40]

Research activity

Drexel’s knowledge community of researchers and scholars are socially, professionally and intellectually diverse. Research Centers and Institutes at Drexel include:

  • Arts and Sciences
    • Center for Interdisciplinary Programs
    • Center for Public Policy
    • Mobilities and Research Policy
  • Education
    • The Center for Labor Markets and Policy
    • The Center for the Prevention of School-Aged Violence
    • The Math Forum
  • Information Science
    • Data Mining & Bioinformatics Lab
    • Geographic Information Systems & Spatial Analysis Lab
    • Institute for Healthcare Informatics
    • Metadata Research Center
  • Media Arts & Design
    • Kal and Lucille Rudman Institute for Entertainment Industry Studies
    • The RePlay Lab
  • Business and Leadership
    • Laurence A. Baiada Institute for Entrepreneurship
    • Center for Corporate Governance
    • Sovereign Institute for Strategic Leadership
    • Center for Corporate Reputation Management
  • Engineering
    • AJ Drexel Plasma Institute
    • AJ Drexel Applied Communications and Information Networking (ACIN) Institute
    • AJ Drexel Institute of Basic and Applied Protein Science
    • AJ Drexel Nanotechnology Institute (DNI)
    • Ben Franklin Technology Partners’ Nanotechnology Institute
    • Center for Electric Power Engineering
    • Center for Telecommunications and Information Networking
    • Centralized Research Facilities (CRF)
  • Public Health
    • Autism Public Health Research Institute
    • Center for Health Equality (CHE)
    • Center for Public Health Readiness and Communication (CPHRC)
    • Center for Nonviolence and Social Justice
    • National Resource Center on Advancing Emergency Preparedness
    • Center for Public Health Practice


University rankings
ARWU [41] 72-98
Forbes [42] 338
US News & World Report [43] 96
Washington Monthly [44] 197
ARWU [45] 201-300
QS [46] 501-550
Times [47] 351-400
US News & World Report [48] 405

In its 2017 rankings, US News & World Report ranked Drexel tied for 96th among national universities in the United States, and tied for 14th in the “Most Innovative Schools” category. [49] The publication also ranked the Library and Information Studies program for 10th in the nation for 2017. [49]

In 2016, Bloomberg Businessweek ranked the undergraduate business program 78th in the country. [50] In 2014, Business Insider ranked Drexel’s graduate business school 19th in the country for networking. [51]

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering was ranked 18th of 88 programs in the 2011 National Research Council survey rankings. [52]

The Physician Assistant program is ranked tied for 13th in the nation by US News & World Report in its 2017 rankings. [49]

In 2014, The Princeton Review ranked Drexel 20th in its list of worst college libraries. [53]


Main article: Campus of Drexel University

Drexel University’s programs are divided across three Philadelphia-area campuses: the University City Campus , the Center City Hahnemann Campus including Hahnemann University Hospital , and the Queen Lane College of Medicine Campus .

University City Main Campus

The 77-acre (31 ha) University City Main Campus of Drexel University is located just west of the Schuylkill River in the University District of Philadelphia . It is Drexel’s largest and oldest campus; The campus contains the university’s administrative offices and services as the main academic center for students. The northern, residential portion of the main campus is located in the Powelton Village section of West Philadelphia. The two prominent performing internships at Drexel University are the Mandell Theater and the Main Auditorium. The Main Auditorium dates back to the foundation of Drexel and construction of its main hall. It features over 1000 seats, and a pipe organ installed in 1928. The organ was sold by Saturday Evening Post publisher Cyrus HK Curtis after he had donated a similar organ, the Curtis Organ , to nearby University of Pennsylvania and Drexel. [54] The 424-seat Mandell Theater Was built in 1973 and features a more performance-oriented training, comprenant un full fly system , modern stage lighting facilities, stadium seating, and accommodations for wheelchairs. It is used for the semiannual spring musical, as well as various plays and many events. [55] University of Pennsylvania and Drexel. [54] The 424-seat Mandell Theater Was built in 1973 and features a more performance-oriented training, comprenant un full fly system , modern stage lighting facilities, stadium seating, and accommodations for wheelchairs. It is used for the semiannual spring musical, as well as various plays and many events. [55] University of Pennsylvania and Drexel. [54] The 424-seat Mandell Theater Was built in 1973 and features a more performance-oriented training, comprenant un full fly system , modern stage lighting facilities, stadium seating, and accommodations for wheelchairs. It is used for the semiannual spring musical, as well as various plays and many events. [55] As well as various events. [55] As well as various events. [55]

Queen Lane Campus

The Queen Lane Medical Campus was acquired in 2003 by Drexel University as part of its acquisition of MCP Hahnemann University. It is located in the East Falls neighborhood of northwest Philadelphia and is primarily utilized by first- and second-year medical students. A free shuttle is available, connecting the Queen Lane Campus to the City Hahnemann and University City Main campuses. [56]

Center City Hahnemann Campus

Main article: Drexel University College of Medicine

The Center City Hahnemann Campus is in the middle of Philadelphia, straddling the Vine Street Expressway and centered on Hahnemann University Hospital . Shuttle service is offered between the City Center Hahnemann Campus and both University and Queen Lane campuses of the university.

The Academy of Natural Sciences

A complete Tyrannosaurus rexfossil on display with other dinosaur specimens at the Academy of Natural Sciences.
Main article: Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

In 2011, the Academy of Natural Sciences entered into an agreement to become a subsidiary of Drexel University. Founded in 1812, the Academy of Natural Sciences is a world leader in biodiversity and environmental research.

Drexel University Sacramento

Main article: Drexel University Sacramento

On January 5, 2009, Drexel University opened the Center for Graduate Studies in Sacramento, California . [57] Eventually renamed Drexel University Sacramento on the addition of an undergraduate program in business administration, the campus also offered an Ed.D. Educational Leadership and Management in Business Administration, Finance, Higher Education, Human Resource Development, Public Health, and Interdepartmental Medical Science. [58] On March 5, 2015, Drexel University announced the closure of the Sacramento campus, with an 18-month “phase out” period designed to allow students to complete their degrees. [59]

Student life

Stratton Hall as seen from the Creese Student Center

Student government

The Undergraduate Student Government Association of Drexel University.

Graduate Students Association

The Graduate Student Association, “The Graduate Student Association”, “The Graduate Student Association”, “The Graduate Student Association” . ” [60]

Campus Activities Board

The Campus Activities Board (CAB) is an undergraduate, student-run event planning organization. CAB creates events for the undergraduate population. To assist with planning and organization, the Campus Activities Board is broken down into 5 committees: Special Events, Traditions, Marketing, Culture and Discovery, and Performing and Fine Arts.

Press and radio


Main article: WKDU

WKDU is Drexel’s student-run radio station, with membership open to all undergraduate students. Its status as an 800- watt , non-commercial station in a major market city has given it a wider audience and a higher profile than many other college radio stations.


DUTV is Drexel’s Philadelphia cable television station. The student operates a part of the Paul F. Harron Studios at Drexel University. The purpose of DUTV is to provide “the people of Philadelphia with quality educational television, and providing Drexel the opportunity to gain experience in television management and production.” [61] The Programming includes an eclectic variety of shows from a bi-monthly news show, DNews, to old movies, talk shows dealing with important current issues and music appreciation shows. [61]


The Triangle has been in the newspaper since 1926 and now has a weekly basis every Friday. The yearbook Was first published in 1911 and named the Lexerd in 1913. [62] Prior to the publishing of a campus wide yearbook in 1911 the Hanseatic and The Eccentric Were Both published in 1896 as class books. [63] Other publications include MAYA , the undergraduate student literary and artistic magazine; D & M Magazine , Design & Merchandising students crafted magazine; The Smart Set from Drexel University , an online magazine founded in 2005; And The Drexelist a blog-style news source founded in 2010.

The Drexel Publishing Group. The Drexel Publishing Group oversees ASK (The Journal of the College of Arts and Sciences at Drexel University), Painted Bride Quarterly , has a 36-year-old national literary magazine housed at Drexel; The 33rd , an annual anthology of student and faculty writing at Drexel; DPG Online Magazine , and Maya , the undergraduate literary and artistic magazine. The Drexel Publishing Group also serves as a pedagogical organization by allowing students to intern and work on its publications.


Drexel requires all non-commuting first-and second-year students to live in one’s ten residence halls or in “university approved housing.” [64] First year students must live in one of the halls halls specifically designed for first-years. These residence halls include Millennium, Calhoun, Kelly, Myers, Towers, Van Rensselaer and Race Halls. Kelly, Myers, Towers and Calhoun, while Race and Van Rensselaer Halls are suite-style residence halls (shared bedrooms, private bathrooms , Kitchens, and common area within. Millennium Hall, Drexel’s newest residence hall, is a shared suite with one roommate,

Freshman Experience in a slightly different way. Calhoun, Kelly and Towers Halls are all typical residence halls. Myers Hall offers “Living Learning Communities” as a group or group of students. Most of Millennium Hall is reserved for students of the Pennoni Honors College , although some floors are occupied by other students.

Second-year students have the option of living in a residence hall for upperclassmen, or “university approved housing”. The residence halls for upperclassmen are North and Caneris Halls. North Hall operates under the For Students By Students Residential Experience Engagement Model, developed by the Residential Living Office. There are a lot of restaurants in the area. Three of the largest apartment buildings in the Chestnut Square, University Crossings, and The Summit, all owned by American Campus Communities . Powelton Village is located in Powelton Village . A second-year student may choose one of the listed university approved housing options or petition the university to add a new property to the approved list. [65] Drexel Co-op system, many students end up in the residence halls because they have a quarter-by-quarter basis, and don ‘ T require students to be locked into leases.

Graduate students can live in Stiles Hall.

All Residence Halls Except Caneris Hall, University Crossings, and Stiles Memorial Hall are located north of Arch Street between 34th Street and 32nd Street in the Powelton Village area.

Student organizations

Drexel University recognizes over 250 student organizations in the following categories:

  • Academic
  • Club Sports
  • Community Service / Social Action
  • Cultural
  • Fraternity & Sorority Life
  • General Interest
  • Honorary
  • Media
  • Performing and Fine Arts
  • Political
  • Spiritual & Religious

Honorary and professional organizations

The following groups are recognized as honors or professional organizations under the Office of Campus Activities and are not considered part of social life at Drexel University.

  • Phi Chi Theta – Zeta Delta (2008) – Professional Business Fraternity
  • Alpha Kappa Psi – Eta Psi Chapter (2008 est.) – Professional Business Fraternity
  • Alpha Omega Epsilon – Social and Professional Sorority for Engineers
  • Alpha Phi Omega , Zeta Theta Chapter (1948) – National Service Fraternity
  • Alpha Phi Sigma – National Criminal Justice Honor Society
  • Beta Alpha Psi , Delta Tau – Honors Fraternity for Accounting, Finance and MIS
  • Beta Beta – National Biological Honor Society
  • Beta Gamma Sigma , – International Business Honor Society
  • Chi Epsilon – National Civil Engineering Honors Society
  • Delta Epsilon Iota – National Honors Society
  • Eta Kappa Nu , Beta Alpha Chapter (1935) – Electrical Engineering Honor Society
  • Gamma Sigma Sigma – National Service Sorority
  • Phi Beta Lambda – Community Service Fraternity
  • Phi Eta Sigma – National Honors Society
  • Phi Sigma Pi , Gamma Xi Chapter – Honors Fraternity
  • Pi Nu Epsilon – Music and Performing Arts Fraternity
  • Pi Sigma Alpha , Alpha Epsilon Chi – The National Political Science Honor Society
  • Pi Tau Sigma , Xi Chapter – International Mechanical Engineering Fraternity
  • Psi Chi – International Honors Society – Psychology Fraternity
  • Tau Beta Pi , Pennsylvania Zeta Chapter – Engineering Honor Society
  • Upsilon Pi Epsilon – Computer Science Fraternity

Greek life

Approximately 12 percent of Drexel’s undergraduate population is a member of a Greek-letter organization. There ares currently fourteen Interfraternity Council (IFC) chapters, seven Panhellenic Council (PHC) and thirteen chapters Multi-cultural Greek Council (MGC) chapters. [66]

Three IFC chapters have been awarded Top Chapters in 2008 by their respective national organizations; Tau Kappa Epsilon , Pi Kappa Alpha , and Alpha Chi Rho . In 2013, Sigma Phi Epsilon and Alpha Epsilon Pi were awarded the Top Chapter award by their respective national headquarters.

IFC fraternities

  • Alpha Chi Rho , Lambda Chi Phi (1992 est.)
  • Alpha Epsilon Pi , Delta Rho Chapter (1995 est.)
  • Alpha Pi Lambda, Local Fraternity (1935)
  • Beta Theta Pi , Eta Omicron Chapter (est. 2016)
  • Delta Sigma Phi , Gamma Chi Chapter (1956, Recolonized Fall)
  • Lambda Chi Alpha , Epsilon Kappa Zeta Chapter, (East 1941, Recolonized Fall 2009)
  • Phi Kappa Psi , PA Upsilon Chapter (2002 est.)
  • Pi Kappa Alpha , Lambda Zeta Chapter (2001 est.)
  • Pi Kappa Phi , Alpha Upsilon Chapter (est. 1919, Recolonized 2007)
  • Pi Lambda Phi , PA Delta Iota (1965, Recolonized 2017)
  • Sigma Alpha Mu , Mu Eta Chapter, (East 1947, Recolonized 2009)
  • Sigma Phi Epsilon , Pennsylvania Beta Beta Chapter (1999)
  • Tau Kappa Epsilon , Alpha Tau Chapter (1919)
  • Theta Chi , Beta Theta Chapter (1927)

MGC organizations

  • Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Gamma Epsilon Chapter (1945) [67]
  • Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Psi Chapter (Recolonized at Drexel in Fall 2011)
  • Beta Chi Theta Fraternity (Founded at Drexel in 2014)
  • Chi Upsilon Sigma Latin Sorority, Omicron Chapter (1997 est.) [68]
  • Delta Epsilon Psi Fraternity, Xi Chapter (2010 est.)
  • Delta Phi Omega Sorority, Gamma Chapter (2000 est.)
  • Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, (Recolonized 2008)
  • Iota Nu Delta Fraternity, Gamma Chapter (1997 est.)
  • Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity,
  • Kappa Phi Gamma , Nu colony (est. 2011)
  • Pi Alpha Phi , Colony (est. 2014)
  • Sigma Beta Rho Fraternity, Upsilon Chapter, (2002 est.)
  • Sigma Psi Zeta Sorority, Nu Charter (2002 est.)


  • Alpha Sigma Alpha , Nu Nu Chapter (1925)
  • Delta Gamma , Eta Upsilon Chapter (est. 2016)
  • Delta Phi Epsilon , Delta Epsilon Chapter (est. 1942, recolonized 2003)
  • Delta Zeta , Epsilon Zeta Chapter (1928)
  • Phi Mu , Beta Tau Chapter (1954)
  • Phi Sigma Sigma , Beta Rho Chapter (1959)
  • Sigma Sigma , Alpha Delta Chapter (1926, recolonized)


Drexel’s school mascot is a dragon known, as “Mario the Magnificent,” named in honor of alumnus and Board of Trustees member Mario V. Mascioli. [69] The Dragon has been the mascot of the school since the mid-1920s; The dragons in 1928, when the football team was called “The Dragons in The Triangle .” Before, the dragons, the athletic teams had been known by such names as Blue & Gold, the Engineers, and the Drexelites. [69] The school’s sports teams, now Known As the Drexel Dragons , Participate in the NCAA’s Division I as a member of the Colonial Athletic Association . They do not currently have a varsity football team. [70]

In addition to its NCAA Division I teams, Drexel University is home to 33 active clubs including lacrosse, water polo, squash, triathlon, and cycling. Other soccer clubs include soccer, baseball, rugby, field hockey, and roller hockey. The club teams operate under the direction of the Sports Council and the Recreational Sports Office.

Student lore and traditions

Tradition suggests that rubbing the toe of the bronze “waterboy” statue , located in the main building atrium, can result in receiving good grades on exams. Although the rest of the bronze statue has developed a dark brown patina over the years, the toe has highly polished and shines like new. [69]

The ‘Drexel Shaft’

Drexel Shaft “to describe their interactions with the administration during their academic career at the school. The “Drexel Shaft” was once associated with the Flame of Knowledge fountain, now located in North Hall. As the legend of the Drexel Shaft grew larger, however, the “shaft” itself grew alongside the legend. [71] Eventually, the Penn Coach Yards smokestack, located just east of 32nd Street on the University City main campus, came to embody the unresponsive treatment that frustrated many students during their time at Drexel. The smokestack was demolished, to cheers by students and faculty members alike, in November 15, 2009, Drexel Shaft “itself, in which the university community hopes to be transformed from both the campus’ aesthetics and the legend of the” Drexel Shaft “itself. [72]

In popular culture

Drexel has appeared in several media. In 2006 Drexel served as the location for ABC Family’s reality show “Back on Campus.” [73] Also in 2006, the Epsilon Zeta chapter of Delta Zeta won ABC Daytime’s Summer of Fun contest. As a result, the sorority was featured in national television spots for a week and hosted an ABC party on campus, which was attended by General Hospital and All My Children . [74]

John Langdon, adjunct professor in the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design, created the ambigram featured on the cover of Dan Brown’s Angels & Demons; A number of other ambigrams served as the central focus of the book and its corresponding film. It is believed Prof. Langdon was the inspiration for the name of the lead character, played by Tom Hanks in the film adaptation. [75]

Howard Benson , a Drexel alumnus and a music producer associated with Hoobastank , Creed and Kelly Clarkson , teaches a music production masterclass at Drexel.

Drexel University was a sponsor of Matthew Quick’s novel Silver Linings Playbook , which was made into a movie in 2012. Matthew Quick held several readings at Drexel University.

In 2007, Drexel was the host of the 2008 Democratic Presidential candidate debate in Philadelphia, televised by MSNBC . [76] The university hosted the US Olympic Trials Table Tennis entre January 10 and January 13, 2008. [77] [78] Drexel University aussi hosted the 2011 US Open Squash Championships from October 1-6, 2011, as well as the 2012 US Open Squash Championships from October 4-12, 2012. [79] [80]

In the US TV series House of Cards , Congressman Peter Russo (played by Corey Stoll ) is a graduate of Drexel University.


Main article: List of Drexel University alumni

Since its founding the university has graduated over 100,000 alumni. [81] Certificate-earning alumni such as artist Violet Oakley and illustrator Frank Schoonover reflects the early emphasis on art as part of the university’s curriculum. With World War II , the university’s technical programs swelled, and as a result Drexel graduated alumni Such As Paul Baran , one of the founding fathers of the Internet and one of the Inventors of the packet switching network, and Norman Joseph Woodland the inventor of barcode technology.

In 1991, the university’s centennial anniversary, Drexel created an association called the Drexel 100, for alumni who have demonstrated excellence work, philanthropy, or public service. After the creation of the association 100 alumni were inducted in 1992 and since then the induction process has been on a biennial basis. In 2006 164 total alumni had been inducted into the association. [82]


Drexel University created the annual $ 100,000 Anthony J. Drexel Exceptional Achievement Award to recognize a faculty member’s work. The first recipient was bioengineer James J. Collins of Boston University (now at MIT) and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. [83]

In 2004, in conjunction with BAYADA Home Health Care , Drexel University’s College of Nursing and Health Professions created the BAYADA Award for Technological Innovation in Nursing Education and Practice. The award honors nursing educators and practicing nurses whose innovation leads to improved patient care or improved nursing education. [84]

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