Drexel University is a private, not-for-profit research university located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Drexel also operates two additional campuses throughout Philadelphia and a campus located in Sacramento, California. Drexel University was originally established in 1891 as the Drexel Institute of Art, Science and Industry (which would later be renamed to Drexel Institute of Technology in 1936 and again to its present-day name of Drexel University in 1970) by Philadelphia-native financier and philanthropist Anthony J. Drexel. Anthony Joseph Drexel played a prominent role in the rise of modern global economics after the American Civil War and 1871, he founded the commercial and investment banking institution Drexel, Morgan & Co (which would later be renamed to J.P. Morgan & Co.) with J.P. Morgan as his junior partner.
Today, Drexel University is separated into 20 schools, colleges and divisions, including their Online Education Division, which was launched in 1996 and which offered the university’s first online degree program; a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science. Through these 20 schools, colleges, and divisions, Drexel University grants undergraduate degrees, graduate degrees and professional certificates to the approximately 27,000 attending students. These academic programs span across many areas-of-study, and the education provided is high caliber in nature, as Drexel is consistently ranked among the top 100 best universities located within the nation by many different publications.
In addition to the appeal that Drexel University holds, the surrounding area of Philadelphia is also a popular tourist attraction which features more than 60 local National Historic Landmarks. Philadelphia is also the birthplace of the United States Marine Corps, is home to seven Fortune 1000 company headquarters and is known for being the state’s center for culture, shopping, unique culinary experience, history and the arts. Due to this, students attending Drexel and visitors to the area are guaranteed to easily find something with which to occupy their time and to enrichen their Philadelphia experience. Some recommendations are:
- The Liberty Bell Center:
The Liberty Bell Center houses numerous exhibits relating to the Liberty Bell, including the Liberty Bell itself. The Liberty Bell is one of the most iconic symbols of American independence, making The Liberty Bell Center not only an incredibly important landmark but also an excellent designation for anyone interested in American history to visit. The bell was moved from its longtime home in Independence Hall in 1976 to a large glass pavilion on Independence Mall before finally being moved to its current, and what is intended to be its permanent, home within The Liberty Bell Center in 2003; which is adjacent to the pavilion at Liberty Mall that previously held it.
- The Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site:
The Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site is the preserved home which was once rented by American author Edgar Allan Poe and which is located in the Spring Garden neighborhood of Philadelphia. Although Poe lived in many houses over several years during his time in Philadelphia (which was from 1837 to 1844), it is the only one which still survives today. The site features guided or self-guided tours of the house, which features many exhibits relating to Poe and his writings, such as a large statue of a raven which represents his most famous poem, The Raven, and the house’s basement is set-up to resemble the basement described in Poe’s short story The Black Cat.
- The National Constitution Center:
The National Constitution Center is a not-for-profit institution with the purpose of explaining to visitors the United States Constitution. The center features three prominent exhibits, Freedom Rising which is a 360° theatrical production which traces the American quest for freedom through the years; The Story of We the People exhibit, which is an interactive exhibition highlighting the history of the Constitution; and the Signer’s Hall which is the Assembly Room where the signers of the Constitution met on September 17, 1787.
- Tony Luke’s:
It would be almost criminal to visit Philadelphia and not enjoy an authentic Philly Cheesesteak. Tony Luke’s makes for an excellent stop if you’re interested in experiencing this culinary treat the way it was meant to be. Tony Luke’s is a restaurant located in South Philadelphia which serves this city staple, in addition to various other fares such as hoagies and natural-cut French Fries. Tony Luke, the owner, was featured on the Food Network’s Throwdown! With Bobby Flay and even went on to beat the host Bobby Flay, a highly prominent and famed chef, in the cheesesteak competition. Tony Luke’s was also featured on the Travel Channel’s Man v. Food, and the Travel Channel’s Food Wars and Tony Luke’s was named as one of GQ magazine’s Golden Dishes of the year in 1998.
Drexel University Online Degrees and Programs:
Drexel University has an astounding selection of fully online and asynchronous undergraduate degree-granting programs, graduate degree-granting programs and professional certification programs from which distance learning students can choose. A comparatively small sampling of the available academic programs includes the following:
- Arts Administration, Master of Science;
- Television Management, Master of Science;
- Master of Laboratory Animal Science;
- Biomedicine and Business, Master of Science;
- Biomedicine and Digital Media, Master of Science;
- Biomedicine and Entrepreneurship, Master of Science;
- Biomedicine and Law, Master of Science;
- Drug Discovery and Development, Master of Science;
- Molecular Medicine, Master of Science;
- Master of Health Administration (MHA);
- Adult Education and Organization Development, Master of Science;
- Women’s Health/Gender Related Nurse Practitioner, Master of science in Nursing;
- Professional Studies, Master of Science;
- Masters in Sport Coaching Leadership;
- Cybersecurity, Master of Science;
- National Security Management, Master of science;
- Computer Science, Master of Science;
- Master of Legal Studies;
- Educational Leadership and Management, Ed.D;
- Doctor of Health Science in Rehabilitation Sciences (DHSc) and;
- Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
What Makes Drexel University Unique: Cooperative Education Program
Drexel University’s longstanding cooperative education program is one of the oldest such programs in the United States. The university has an internet-based job database where students are able to submit their résumés and are able to request interviews with any of the thousands of companies that offer positions through the university’s co-op program. Drexel’s students also have the option of obtaining an internship with one of these companies via independently searching for available internship opportunities. This program is a great resource for students to take advantage of, as nearly one-third of the students that complete the co-op program are offered a full-time position with the company that they were employed part-time at or the company that they had an internship at immediately after upon graduation from their degree program.
Other Drexel University Facts:
Drexel University maintains a highly diverse collection of research institutes which conduct research into many disciplinary and interdisciplinary areas-of-study, including public policy, labor markets, mathematics, bioinformatics, geography, art design, entrepreneurship, engineering, nanotechnology, telecommunications, public health, social justice and business leadership. Out of all of the research institutes operated by Drexel, arguably the most famous is the A.J. Drexel Plasma Institute, which is the largest university-ran plasma research facility in the United States. The facility examines various applications for plasma, including medical usage, fuel conversion, and hydrogen production.
Drexel University’s Website: http://drexel.edu/
Drexel University’s Accreditation: Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)
Drexel University’s Values and Mission Statement: http://drexel.edu/strategicPlan/message/mission/
Drexel University’s Motto: “Science, Industry, Art”
Drexel University’s Mascot: Mario the Magnificent
Drexel University’s Colors: Blue and Gold