Drexel University

Philadelphia, PA 19104
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Established in 1891, Drexel University is a private institution in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It was founded by a financier as an institute of art, science, and industry. It now offers over 70 undergraduate programs and over 100 graduate degree programs. The university is structured into several colleges and schools. These institutions include the College of Nursing and Health Professions, which offers over 25 programs for undergraduate and graduate students in the nursing and health fields. Along with nursing, the college offers programs in health services, nutrition, and radiologic technology. The main campus is in the University City district of Philadelphia and includes 77 acres of urban space.

The undergraduate nursing programs offered at Drexel University include traditional BSN, RN to BSN, and accelerated BSN. Graduate degree programs include MSN, RN to MSN, DNP, and BSN to DNP programs. All nursing programs at Drexel University are accredited by the CCNE. Students who enroll in the four-year BSN program may take part in the co-op program. This program is designed to allow students to divide their time between coursework and real-world experience with placements at local facilities. Along with these opportunities, students may receive their clinical experiences at nearby hospitals and clinics.

Institution Overview

Campus LocaleLarge City
Number of Students24,190
Student to Faculty Ratio11:1
Is Admission OpenNo
Religious Affiliation -
Business ModelNot-for-profit
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate89%

Nursing Programs

Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Bachelor's degree 0 1
Postbaccalaureate certificate 0 0
Master's degree 15 17
Post-master's certificate 1 0
Doctor's degree - professional practice 1 18
Average NCLEX pass rate
  • NCLEX-RN: 95.3%

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Institutional Accreditations
Middle States Commission on Higher Education
07/01/1927 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (CNDNP) - Nursing education programs at the doctorate degree levels
09/22/2016 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
10/03/2003 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
10/03/2003 - Current
Nurse Anesthesia (ANEST) - Institutions and programs at the master's degree, post master's certificate or doctoral degree levels
02/01/1973 - Current
Nursing (MNUR) - Master's program
10/01/1999 - 12/31/2011
Nursing (NUR) - Baccalaureate program
12/01/1980 - 12/31/2011



Acceptance Rate
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
SAT1160 to 1360
ACT24 to 30
Admission considerations
Secondary school GPA Required
Secondary school rank Recommended
Secondary school record Required
Completion of college-preparatory program Recommended
Recommendations Required
Formal demonstration of competencies Recommended
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.) Neither required nor recommended

In addition to the college's admission requirements each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).
Application fee
Undergrads $50
Graduates $65

Cost to Attend

The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Undergrad courses
In District Students$1,116/credit
In State Students$1,116/credit
Out of State Students$1,116/credit
Graduate courses
In District Students$1,228/credit
In State Students$1,228/credit
Out of State Students$1,228/credit

Tuition Estimates

Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.

Program Credit Hours In district In State Out of State
LPN 45 $50,220 $50,220 $50,220
ADN 70 $78,120 $78,120 $78,120
BSN 125 $139,500 $139,500 $139,500
FNP 50 $61,400 $61,400 $61,400
Please note that the above cost estimate does not include school fees, books, supplies, etc.You need to allot additional money for that.
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.

Financial Aid

In 2017-2018 academic year, 99% of Drexel University's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.

Students Receiving Aid Average Amount/Student
Pell Grant 25% $4,728
Other Federal Grant 12% $992
State Grant & Scholarships 16% $3,951
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 98% $26,906
Federal Student Loans 62% $5,908
Private Loans 9% $28,670


Average Net Price
The average net price is calculated by subtracting the average amount of financial aid received by students from the total cost of attendance.
Average Net Price by Family Income
Less than $30,000$28,001
$30,001 to $48,000$28,962
$48,001 to $75,000$34,372
$75,001 to $110,000$38,582
Over $110,000$44,847

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Student Population













Ethnic Diversity
Non-resident alien
Black/African American
Race/ethnicity unknown
Two or more races
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander

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Drexel University
3141 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104

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