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Drexel University was founded in Pennsylvania in 1891 by financier and philanthropist Anthony J. Drexel. The school’s 74-acre campus is located in Philadelphia, the nation’s fifth largest city; the campus is a 10-minute walk from Center City, Philadelphia’s commercial and business district. The university also offers four satellite locations throughout the country.
Drexel is a top-ranked, comprehensive university with an enrollment of almost 24,000 students, and the 14th largest private university in the US. The school’s cooperative program, requiring students to complete an internship as part of their degree requirements, is the only mandatory co-op in Pennsylvania and one of only three in the United States. Drexel also offers study and internship programs in Europe, Asia and Latin America.
The university has a history of integrating cutting-edge technology into the learning process. In 1983, Drexel became the first university to require all students to have microcomputers; in 2000, it was the first to operate a fully-wireless campus. In 2002, Drexel launched the first mobile Web portal service for students.
Drexel is also a research university; the school’s spending on sponsored research projects grew from $15 million in 1996 to approximately $110 million today. US News and World Report ranks Drexel second among national universities in its list of “Up-and-Comers.”
Notable alumni include “Gong Show” creator Chuck Barris; early 20th-century artist Maxfield Parrish; and the actor best known as the coroner of Munchkin Land in the Wizard of Oz, Meinhardt Raabe.