Drexel University Becomes Third R1 Institution in Greater Philadelphia

Drexel University was recently awarded as an R1 research institution, a prestigious honor for research universities with the “highest research activity.”

Drexel joins the University of Pennsylvania and Temple University as the third R1 institution in our region to reach the highest level a research university can achieve, according to the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.

An R1 ranking has shown to attract talented faculty to the area and boost research efforts, which in return can fuel job creation and economic growth.

“There are great opportunities that come with this and we want to leverage them and attract the best and brightest, whether it’s faculty or students, and be a great place to work,” said Aleister Saunders, Senior Vice Provost for Research at Drexel.

Research universities all across the country are evaluated every three years by Carnegie based on the number of research doctorate graduates and research expenditures.

Temple University’s status went from R2 to R1 in 2016 due to an increase in research activity. Having three R1 institutions in Greater Philadelphia speaks to the high-quality of education, talent, and life sciences resources we have in our region.