Visiting campuses and talking to professors, librarians, admissions representatives, and individual students can really help me to understand what sorts of students a particular college or university is seeking. Such visits help me identify clients who might–or might not–fit at particular places.
A recent visit to Drexel in Philadelphia helped to reinforce the fact that Drexel is a strong, professionally-oriented university that is best for those who know what they want out of their higher education.
This short video explains the educational mission of Drexel, and helps to describe the sorts of students that would be a good fit at Drexel. If you prefer, you can read the transcript below.
I’m here on the campus of Drexel University in Philadelphia, and I just got finished with a conversation with an Associate Director of Admission. I was asking about a lot of different things including financial aid and the kinds of programs, the majors that are strong and weak here, and I said, “Well, so what kind of student belongs here.” And she said, “You know, it’s the student who really knows what they want out of college, that they really have decided what they want and can hit the ground running”.
Drexel is a place where you do need to declare your major before you come in. There are many campuses in the United States, including many of the state universities, where you really don’t need to decide upon entry what your major’s going to be. Here at Drexel it is important. This is a professionally oriented university. It has a co-op program so there are a series of internships. You could take up as many as three six month internships while you’re here, extending your undergraduate experience by a year to make a full five years. But it doesn’t cost any more, and you get all of that professional experience along the way. So the student who is really going to do well at Drexel is the student who: number one, really wants an urban environment, because this is Philadelphia but also the student who is very well directed, and who wants the kind of education that is going to prepare for a certain set of professions and that they have clearly defined professional goals because that s what Drexel is set up to do.
It’s not the place for the really undecided; kind of I want to explore kind of kid. It’s for the student who understands what they want and that Drexel is one way that they can get it.