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Undergraduate Degrees Frequently Asked Questions

Associate's Degrees: 

Does Drexel University offer associate's degree programs Online? 

Bachelor's Degrees: 

What bachelor's degree programs does Drexel University offer online? 

Admissions Requirements: 

What are the admissions requirements for Drexel's online undergraduate programs? 

Can I still apply to your program if I do not meet the minimum admissions criteria? 

Transferring Credits: 

Will my credits transfer into your program? If so, how many credits will transfer? 

International Students: 

What steps does someone with an international degree take to apply to the online undergraduate programs? 

Transcript Review: 

Is it possible to have transcripts evaluated by an advisor to see what will transfer? 

Credit for Learning from Work and Life Experience: 

Does Drexel University award credit for learning from work and life experience towards the online undergraduate degrees? 

Certifications for Experience: 

Will any IT certifications provide me with credits towards a bachelor's degree? 

Non-Matriculated Students: 

Will students without an associate's degree or 24 college credits be considered for admission into one of the undergraduate programs? 

Can I take just one or two online classes from one of the undergraduate programs without being fully enrolled in an online degree program? 

Coursework: 

How much time per week does a student generally spend on coursework online? 

Program Length: 

How long does it typically take to complete one of Drexel's online bachelor's degrees? 

On-Campus Requirements: 

Will I ever be required to come to the Drexel University campus in Philadelphia for any of the online bachelor's degree programs?

Tuition Reductions: 

Are there any available tuition discounts for employees or members of partnering corporations, associations or health systems? 


Does Drexel University offer associate's degree programs online? 

No. Drexel University only offers bachelor's degrees, master's degrees, and certificate programs online.

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What bachelor's degree programs does Drexel University offer online? 

Drexel University offers the following bachelor's programs completely online:

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What are the admissions requirements for Drexel's online undergraduate programs? 

  • A completed application form
  • Official transcripts from all regionally accredited universities or community colleges attended
  • A minimum of 24 college credits with a grade of C or better
  • College GPA of 2.5 or above

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Can I still apply to your program if I do not meet the minimum admissions criteria? 

Prospective students who do not meet all of a program’s admissions criteria (such as minimum GPA) are still encouraged to apply. Student applications are reviewed on a case-by-case basis and transfer courses as well as work experience may be a factor in the decision process.

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Will my credits transfer into your program? If so, how many credits will transfer? 

In order to be eligible for Drexel Online’s undergraduate programs, students must transfer a certain number of credits into their program. The amount of credits a student may transfer depends on the degree program, the courses being transferred, and what grades were earned in that class.

When a prospective student submits their completed application, it is up to the college to determine which credits can be transferred. Students will be contacted by their academic advisor in order to determine which credits may be transferred.

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What steps does someone with an international degree take to apply to the online undergraduate programs? 

In addition to the general admissions requirements, anyone who has been born outside of the United States is required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and have an official score report (indicating a minimum score of 550) sent directly from Educational Testing Service (ETS) to Drexel University before their file is evaluated.

TOEFL scores must be less than two years old to be considered. Information regarding the TOEFL can be obtained by contacting:

Educational Testing Service
Princeton, NJ 08541
609-921-9000, or 609-771-7100
http://www.toefl.org 

In addition, international students are required to list on their application all schools attended, including primary and secondary schools. Along with your application, you must enclose official transcripts (mark sheets and degree certificates) in your native language and in English from all colleges and graduate/ professional schools that you attended. Do not send transcripts from secondary schools. If your school issues only one transcript for life, you may send a notarized photocopy, bearing the seal on each page.

Applicants are responsible for contacting World Education Service for evaluation of transcripts:

World Education Service, Inc. (WES)
P.O. Box 745
Old Chelsea Station, New York, NY 10113-0745
212-966-6311
http://www.wes.org 

Applicants are responsible for supplying all necessary documentation.

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Does Drexel University accept transfer credits into the undergraduate programs? 

Yes. The online undergraduate programs allows transfer of up to 135 quarter credits (equivalent of 90 semester credits) from any accredited institution of higher learning as long as the student received a grade of C or better. Most credits will fulfill liberal arts or general classes.

For the BS in Computing & Security Technology, you can transfer up to 113 quarter credits. Please refer to the admissions criteria to learn what types of credits are transferrable.

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Is it possible to have transcripts evaluated by an advisor to see what will transfer in? 

Yes. Academic Advisors for online undergraduate program students conduct unofficial transfer credit reviews for anyone interested in our online undergraduate degree completion programs. To have your transcripts reviewed, you will need:

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Does Drexel University award credit for Learning from Work and Life Experience towards the online undergraduate degrees? 

This varies by undergraduate degree program. Please visit the online undergraduate program of your choice to learn if credit for learning from work and life experience is awarded.

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Will any IT certifications provide me with credits towards a bachelor's degree? 

Drexel gives credit for many IT industry certifications. A student can earn up to 15 quarter credits toward the BS in Computing Technology. Click here to see how certifications equate to Drexel University credits.

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Will students without an associate's degree or 24 college credits be considered for admission into one of the undergraduate programs? 

There are non-matriculated options for those students not meeting the admissions requirements. (A non-matriculated student is one who may take classes but has not been accepted into a degree program.) To apply students simply need to fill out an online application by the application deadline and note that they are seeking 'Non-Matriculated' status. Students in the following situations may apply to the online Bachelor's programs as non-matriculated students:

  • Applicants who have submitted an application but have not submitted transcripts prior to the deadline may still join the program prior to the start of the term. They will matriculate in the next term as long as they complete all application paper work (including submitting official transcripts), have 30 credits, and a GPA of 2.5 or above.
  • Applicants with no prior college experience who intend to ultimately be admitted to the degree program. If a student's high school graduation date is within the past 5 years, an official high school transcript and SAT scores are required. If a student's high school graduation date is greater than 5 years, only a complete application is required. Students will matriculate upon satisfactory performance in their initial coursework.
  • Students with less than 24 college credits and a GPA of less than 2.5 are only permitted to take 1-2 courses per term until GPA of 2.5 or higher is reached.
  • Applicants enrolled in another college or university that wish to take a course at Drexel for transfer back to their home institution.

*Important note: Financial Aid is not available to non-matriculated students.

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Can I take just one or two online classes from one of the undergraduate programs without being fully enrolled in an online degree program? 

Yes, students may take courses as a non-matriculated student. To apply students simply need to fill out an online application by the application deadline and note that they are seeking 'Non-Matriculated' status.

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How much time per week does a student generally spend on coursework online? 

For a 3 credit undergraduate course, students should expect to spend 6 - 9 hours per week on course studies.

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How long does it typically take to complete one of Drexel's online bachelor's degrees? 

The time to complete each program varies from student to student. The length of the program depends on how many credits a student transfers into the program and how many courses they take per quarter.

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Will I ever be required to come to the Drexel University campus in Philadelphia for any of the online bachelor's degree programs? 

No, students are not required to travel to campus for the undergraduate programs.

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Are there any available tuition discounts for employees or members of partnering school districts, corporations, health systems, or associations? 

Yes. Drexel has a large network of partners all over the country who benefit from reduced tuition rates. To find out if your employer or association is one of Drexel's partners, please contact us toll-free at 877-215-0009, via email at info@drexel.com, or by visiting Drexel e-Learning's Partner Network Page.

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