Drexel University, at Philadelphia, Pa.; coeducational; founded 1891 by Anthony J. Drexel, opened 1892, chartered 1894 as Drexel Institute of Art, Science, and Industry. It was renamed Drexel Institute of Technology in 1936 and gained university status in 1970. Drexel was a pioneer in cooperative education and continues to offer a curriculum with alternating periods of academic and professional work. Research facilities include a computer-aided design engineering center, a robotics laboratory, and an electronic music laboratory. In 2002, MCP Hahnemann Univ. (representing the merger of the Medical College of Pennsylvania and Hahnemann Medical College) became the Drexel College of Medicine.
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