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Chances of getting into Drexel University


Acceptance Rate
Admission Difficulty for Drexel University
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsVery High
Applicant CompetitionVery Low
How hard is it to get into Drexel and can I get accepted?

The acceptance rate at Drexel is 77%.  It ranks #49 in Pennsylvania for lowest rate of acceptance. Drexel University is an easy school to get into with a very good chance of acceptance if you meet the admission requirements. Last year, 24,112 out of 31,237 applicants were admitted.

The school has very high admission requirements for SAT and ACT scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 24 percent (SAT 1180/1380 ACT 25/31). Drexel University typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.77. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top quarter of their high school class. 10% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

The Drexel application fee is $50 and applications are due by Jan 15.

Testing Requirements

You are required to submit admission test scores with your application. Drexel University is not a test optional school. Note: Please consult the school directly to determine if testing requirements are temporarily suspended due to COVID-19.

Drexel SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
Applicants Submitting SAT
SAT Scores for Drexel University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 590
SAT Math 25th 590
SAT Composite 25th 1180
SAT Scores for Drexel University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 680
SAT Math 75th 700
SAT Composite 75th 1380
Average SAT Score 1280

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Drexel University?

Drexel University typically prefers applicants to be in the top 27 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1180 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 1080. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1280 out of 1600. Drexel ranks #10 in Pennsylvania and #138 in the nation for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 87 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Drexel University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1380 and Above Good >85%
1280 to 1380 Avg + 77%-85%
1180 to 1280 Avg - 66%-77%
1080 to 1180 Reach 54%-66%
Less than 1080 Low <54%
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Drexel ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
Applicants Submitting ACT
ACT Scores for Drexel University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 24
ACT Math 25th 25
ACT Composite 25th 25
ACT Scores for Drexel University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 33
ACT Math 75th 30
ACT Composite 75th 31
Average ACT Score 28

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into Drexel?

Admission data indicates that Drexel regularly accepts students with ACT's of 25 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 22 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 22 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 28 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 31 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #10 in Pennsylvania and #159 in the U.S. for highest average ACT composite score. 26 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Drexel University.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Drexel University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
31 and Above Good >85%
28 to 31 Avg + 77%-85%
25 to 28 Avg - 66%-77%
22 to 25 Reach 54%-66%
Less than 22 Low <54%
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Drexel GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
Typical High School Grades

What GPA do you need to get into Drexel University?

Applicants require exceptionally good grades to get into Drexel. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Drexel University was 3.77 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily A- students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #10 in Pennsylvania for highest average GPA. If your high school grades are above the average 3.77 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as Drexel accepts 77% of all applicants.

 What do these ratings mean?

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2021

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High School Class Rank

71% of Drexel University freshman were in the top twenty five percent of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted Drexel University students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 40%
Top 25% of class 71%
Top 50% of class 94%
Data Source, Peterson's Data


Admission Statistics

Drexel University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 15,904 15,333 31,237
Accepted 12,386 11,726 24,112
Acceptance Rate 78% 76% 77%
Enrolled 1,136 1,203 2,339
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 9% 10% 10%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Fall 2022 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
Jan 15, 2022
Days left to Apply

The application deadline for Fall 2022 has passed. Applications were due on Jan 15, 2022.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Drexel University is $50.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Drexel University and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Drexel University Application Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Recommended
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Drexel University
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=212054 IPEDS survey data for Drexel University.


Does Drexel University prefer SAT or ACT?

87% of students submit their SAT scores to Drexel. 26% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Drexel University?

77% of those who apply are granted admission to Drexel. Admission competition is and the college has very high admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Drexel University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1180 and 1380. 87% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Drexel University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 25 and 31. 26% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.