Drexel’s founding in 1891 as an innovative institution has established the University as a national leader in higher education. In 1983, Drexel became the nation’s first university to require all undergraduates to have personal access to a microcomputer for use in all of their coursework. The University continued its commitment to integrating technology when it became the first university to operate a fully wireless campus in 2000. In 2006, Drexel became the first major research university to open a new law school in 25 years and is one of only two universities operating law schools that follow a cooperative model of learning. Through all of the changes and evolution, Drexel’s core mission has held constant. Since its founding, the institution has remained a privately controlled, nonsectarian, coeducational center of higher learning, distinguished by a commitment to preparing men and women for success in their chosen careers. Drexel’s greatly expanded enrollment, campuses, and curriculum reflect a history of responsiveness to societal and individual needs.
Drexel University’s lively urban campus is located in one of America’s most exciting cities — Philadelphia. In a world-class city for business, art, technology, medicine, and education, Philadelphia’s skyscrapers are coupled with a blend of distinct and culturally diverse neighborhoods, creating a unique metropolitan, yet intimate, urban experience. Just minutes away from Philadelphia’s downtown Center City district, Drexel makes its home in the neighborhood of University City. Comprised of five additional universities and dotted by coffee shops, restaurants, shops, and farmers’ markets, University City is just one of the many reasons Philadelphia makes an ideal place for students to live, play, and learn. The city offers opportunities to learn, play, work, and engage in the arts, history, and culture. Philadelphia is close to the best that the area has to offer, from ski resorts in the Pocono Mountains to the local beaches of the New Jersey Shore. It’s also conveniently located between New York City and Washington, D.C.