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Drexel University

Pennsylvania, United States

Ranked among top 100 universities in US

About Drexel University

Drexel University is one of more than 600 institutions with graduate schools surveyed by U.S. News on an annual basis. It was founded in 1891 by Anthony J. Drexel, a noted financier and philanthropist. Drexel University confers degrees through various schools such as: the LeBow College of Business, the School of Law, the College of Medicine, the College of Engineering, and the School of Education. Programs are offered at three Philadelphia-area campuses, online, and at Drexel Sacramento, CA.

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Drexel University's urban campus is located in one of America's most exciting cities — Philadelphia. Philadelphia-or ‘Philly’, as they call it- has a plethora of museums, cultural and performing arts, a talented and vibrant music scene and many great restaurants. Surrounded by tree-lined residential blocks just minutes away from Philadelphia's downtown Center City district, Drexel makes its home in the neighborhood of University City. The city is, however, dirty and its infrastructure is crumbling and decaying all around town. The cultural districts are small and surrounded by areas that lack culture and in many cases, are unsafe. Many of the quaint historic neighborhoods quickly blend into higher crime areas and run-down neighborhoods.

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Drexel’s Off-Campus Housing website is a one-stop shop for a student’s off-campus housing needs. It helps the students to search for apartments in the University City and greater Philadelphia areas, buy or sell furniture or find future roommates through the message boards and learn more about leases, off-campus safety, sustainability and more through the many worksheets and guides in the resources section.


Philadelphia falls in the northern periphery of the humid subtropical climate zone. Summers are typically hot and muggy, fall and spring are generally mild, and winter is cold. Snowfall is highly variable, with some winters bringing only light snow and others bringing several major snowstorms; snow in November or April is rare, and a sustained snow cover is rare. Precipitation is generally spread throughout the year, with eight to twelve wet days per month. Early fall and late winter are generally dry; February's is the area's driest month.


Drexel University’s alumni include Paul Baran, one of the founding fathers of the Internet and one of the inventors of the packet switching network, Norman Joseph Woodland the inventor of barcode technology and Kenneth C. Dahlberg, former CEO of Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC).

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