Who We Are

DUCA is a five-week, residential, summer computing program at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA that promotes interest in information technology, computer science, business and digital arts & media. DUCA students do not focus on one specific area of computing. Rather, the program has a more holistic approach to education, exposing students to a variety of fields in computing through interactive, group projects.

What Students Explore:
  • Information Technology
  • Game Design I Game Development
  • Robotics
  • Computer Networking I Security
  • Social Media I Web Development
What Students Gain:
  • An authentic college experience
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Leadership skills
  • Friendship
  • Confidence

The program is open to current high school sophomores and juniors. Students within the United States and international students can apply.

The Drexel University Computing Academy Scholarship is available to incoming freshmen students who have participated in the summer academy program. Recipients will receive $1,000 for each quarter they are enrolled full-time in classes and provided they maintain a minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA. This award will not be applied in excess of 12 academic quarters and pays towards tuition only.

The Eugene and Meher Garfield DUCA Scholars Endowed Fund, established in June of 2013, provides funding for a full scholarship for one economically underserved high school student per year from Philadelphia, The Delaware Valley, or Southern New Jersey to attend DUCA. Selection of the recipient shall be determined by the Director of DUCA.

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Life As A DUCA Student

DUCA Residential Life
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DUCA 2015 Application is NOW Closed.

Any questions, please email duca@drexel.edu


"While our child was at DUCA we were able to see pictures and videos on DUCA web sites. We were struck by how in every shot he looked so happy. As a social experience, it’s beyond anything I’ve experienced in my life. Watching them say goodbye to each other it was clear how much they meant to each other. Nobody’s excluded. They are now all close friends. They did a group hug reminiscent of the last episode on the Mary Tyler Moore Show. None of them wanted to stop." - DUCA Parent

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Contact DUCA
Phone: 215.895.2474 | Email: duca@drexel.edu