Founded in 1891 by Anthony J. Drexel, a renowned Philadelphia philanthropist and financier, the university originally came into being as Drexel Institute of Art, Science and Industry. It was established to realize Anthony J. Drexel’s vision to create an institution of higher learning for young men and women from all walks of life. A new tradition of innovation came into existence with this institute, and this tradition is still upheld today by Drexel University.
Drexel started offering bachelor’s of science degrees in 1914. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania granted it the permission to award the master’s of science degree in 1927 and the doctorate of philosophy degree in 1965.
In 1936, Drexel Institute of Art, Science and Industry became Drexel Institute of Technology; the institution adopted its current name in 1970. The university is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. The academic programs are accredited by their top qualified accreditation bodies, which include the ABET (Engineering), AACSB (Business), CEPH (Public Health), ALA (Library Science), and NLNAC (Nursing).