Drexel University College of Law
In the closing decades of the nineteenth century, Philadelphia financier and philanthropist Anthony J. Drexel envisioned an institution of higher learning uniquely suited to the needs of a rapidly growing industrial society and of the young men and women seeking their place in it. In 1891, he realized his vision with the establishment of the Drexel Institute of Art, Science and Industry.
In founding the Institute, Anthony J. Drexel launched a tradition of innovation, which today is carried on by Drexel University, and by its newest college, the College of Law. Although distinguished by decades of growth and change from Mr. Drexel’s Institute, the University remains faithful to his vision. Its greatly expanded enrollment, campus and curriculum reflect a history of responsiveness to societal and individual needs, which Mr. Drexel sought to address in his day.
For 115 years, Drexel’s doors have been open and welcoming to those who have come from disadvantaged backgrounds, those who were not “typical” students, and those who faced major barriers to academic success: women, minorities, immigrants, the “working class.” Respect for this tradition of inclusion and for the values that such diversity bring to learning are integral to Drexel Law.