Drexel University, one of the top private universities in Philadelphia, United States is ranked 601-610 in QS World University Rankings 2024. The university, positioned in the heart of downtown Philadelphia, is a prominent global research institution serving over 22,000 students. It has a rich history originating in 1891 when Anthony Drexel, a notable banker, established it as the Drexel Institute of Art, Science and Industry. It underwent name changes, becoming the Drexel Institute of Technology in 1936 before adopting its current name, Drexel University, in 1970.
Drexel boasts a comprehensive array of nearly 200 academic programs, spanning more than 80 undergraduate majors, a variety of accelerated degree options, and approximately 120 graduate and professional degrees and certificates. With 15 schools and colleges, Drexel ranks among the top 15 largest private universities in the United States. The institution retains its original essence, highlighted by the enduring legacy of the Academy of Natural Sciences—a venerable natural science museum and research institution established over 200 years ago, making it the oldest of its kind in the nation.
The university’s footprint encompasses three campuses within Philadelphia: the vibrant University City campus and Centre City campus are strategically located in dynamic urban settings, while the Queen Lane campus resides in a more residential area a bit further out. Beyond its main campuses, Drexel extends its reach to other locations, including the historic Academy of Natural Sciences and the Business College on the Malvern campus, which caters to part-time and accelerated graduate studies. Additionally, a Drexel presence exists at the University of the Pacific in Sacramento, California. Drexel earned distinction in 2000 as the first major American university to provide a fully wireless campus. Moreover, a significant number of Drexel’s courses are available for online learning.