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Your chances of getting into Drexel University

Admission Rate & Difficulty

Percent Admitted 

Admission Difficulty for Drexel University
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Very High 
Applicant Competition Very Low 

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Drexel is 82.6%.  Its admission rate is the 65th lowest in Pennsylvania.

Admission Selectivity

How hard is it to get into Drexel and can you get accepted?

Drexel University is an easy school to get into and you have a very good chance of acceptance if you meet the admission criteria. Last year, 28,522 out of the 34,519 who applied were admitted.

The school has very high admission requirements, generally admitting students who can score in the top 20 percent on standardized admission tests. Drexel University typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.67. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top quarter of their high school class. 10% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Can you get into Drexel?

83% are accepted, can you get in? Use the admission calculator to see if you have the grades and test scores needed to get in. See your admission chances based on your extracurriculars, intended major, background, and more.

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Admission Requirements in Brief

To have the best chance of getting into to Drexel University you should:

  • Have a high school GPA of 3.67 or better
  • Earn B+ grades in high school
  • Score 1310 on the SAT
  • Score 29 on the ACT
  • Graduate in the top 25% of your high school class
  • Submit letters of recommendation from your teachers

Drexel GPA

GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 


Typical High School Grades 


What GPA do you need to get into Drexel University?

GPA Requirements

The GPA requirements for getting into Drexel are to have around a 3.67 high school GPA. You are required to have very good grades in high school.

If your high school grades are above the average 3.67 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as Drexel accepts 83% of applicants.

Average GPA

The average unweighted GPA at Drexel is 3.67 on the 4.0 scale. To achieve the average GPA for admission, you need to earn B+ letter grades and regularly score around 87-89 percent on tests and assignments in high school.  The school ranks #17 in Pennsylvania for highest average GPA.

Importance of GPA

Since Drexel is a test optional college, extra focus will be placed on your GPA when the school considers your application. As a result, it is very important that you meet the GPA requirements.

See additional colleges accepting applicants in the 3.7 GPA range.

*This school has not published high school GPA data for its incoming freshman class. In these cases, CollegeSimply uses an algorithm to predict GPA based on this school's test scores and a large sample of college GPA data. 3.67 is a prediction of the school's average incoming freshman GPA.

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Drexel SAT Scores

Test Optional

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required for admission to Drexel University. If you submit test scores, they will be considered with your application, but they are not mandatory. 37% of students submitted SAT scores and 9% submitted ACT scores for admission for the most recent academic year..

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 


Applicants Submitting SAT 

SAT Scores for Drexel University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 600
Math 25th Percentile 610
Composite 25th Percentile 1210
SAT Scores for Drexel University
SAT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 690
Math 75th Percentile 720
Composite 75th Percentile 1410
Average SAT Score 1310

SAT Scores you need to get in

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

Average Score & Range

The average SAT score at Drexel is 1310 out of 1600 and the range for the middle 50% of accepted students is 1210-1410. Students who get into Drexel University score in the top 23 percent of all SAT test takers..  Drexel ranks #11 in the state of Pennsylvania and #149 in the nation for highest average SAT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

You should target scoring 1310 or above to be most competitive with other applicants. Drexel regularly admits students with SAT scores down to 1210 on a 1600 scale. However, three quarter of admitted students score higher. If you score below a 1210, admission should be considered a reach. Some students may be accepted with minimum SAT's as low as 1110, but scores this low are outside the normal range.

Score Submission Requirements

Drexel University is a test optional school meaning do not have to submit SAT scores with your application. The position on SAT scores from the college is "considered but not required".

View other colleges which accept students in the 1310 SAT score range.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

The table below outlines your predicted admission chances based on SAT score alone. If you are an average applicant with a score of 1310, you have around a 83% chance of being admitted. A 1410 places you well ahead of most other applicants and gives you about a 90% chance of getting in.

Drexel University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1410 and Above Good >90%
1310 to 1410 Avg + 83%-90%
1210 to 1310 Avg - 72%-83%
1110 to 1210 Reach 57%-72%
Less than 1110 Low <57%
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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
Reading 25th Percentile 25
Math 25th Percentile 25
Composite 25th Percentile 26
ACT Scores for Drexel University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 34
Math 75th Percentile 31
Composite 75th Percentile 32
Average ACT Score 29

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

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

Score Range

The average ACT score for admitted students to Drexel is 29, while the middle 50% of students (25th to 75th percentile) score between a 26 and 32.  The school ranks #11 in Pennsylvania and #154 in the U.S. for highest average ACT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

For the best chance of admission, you should have an ACT of 29. This will place you in solid competition against other applicants. At a minimum, you should aim for a 26 and score in the score in the top 18 percent nationally. The lowest ACT score likely to be admitted is a 23.

9 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Drexel University.

Score Submission Requirements

You do not have to to submit ACT scores with your application as Drexel University is test optional. The policy from the school on ACT scores is "considered but not required".

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Here are your predicted chances of getting into Drexel for different ACT score ranges. A typical applicant with a 29 score has around 83% chance of getting in. Your odds increase to about 90% with a 32 ACT score.

Drexel University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
32 and Above Good >90%
29 to 32 Avg + 83%-90%
26 to 29 Avg - 72%-83%
23 to 26 Reach 57%-72%
Less than 23 Low <57%
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High School Class Rank

65% of Drexel University freshman are in the top twenty five percent of their high school graduating class and 32% are in the top ten percent.

High School Class Rank for admitted Drexel University students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 32%
Top 25% of class 65%
Top 50% of class 91%
Data Source, Peterson's Data


Admission Statistics

Admission and enrollment rates by gender are detailed the the table below.

Drexel University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 18,286 16,233 34,519
Accepted 15,331 13,191 28,522
Acceptance Rate 84% 81% 83%
Enrolled 1,483 1,371 2,854
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 10% 10% 10%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Fall 2024 Application Deadline

Applications Due

Jan 15, 2024

Days left to Apply


Applicants have 45 days left until the Fall 2024 term applications are due on Jan 15, 2024.

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 Considered but not 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

Admission Requirements Summary

Because Drexel University is lightly competitive to get into, you have a very good chance of acceptance with the right GPA and test scores. If you have a 3.67 GPA, you are almost certain to getting in. Combining this with an SAT score of 1310 and ACT of 29 will almost guarantee your admission.

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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?

37% of students submit their SAT scores to Drexel. 9% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Drexel University?

83% 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 1210 and 1410. The average SAT score is 1310. 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 26 and 32. The average ACT score is 29. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.