Goodwin College’s tradition of offering university degrees to students who are working full-time during the day began more than a century ago. Drexel University offered the first evening courses in 1892.
However, it was not until 1950 when in response to the demand for post-war education, the Evening College, as it was called then, was allowed to grant baccalaureate degrees, following a major restructuring of the College’s curriculum and entrance requirements. The first graduating class of nine students received their degrees in 1952.
Since then, programs for adult students offered by the College have enjoyed increasing popularity. By 1980, in response to working students’ demands, the College was able to offer 14 degree programs in various disciplines such as architecture, engineering, and construction management.
New programs continued to be established throughout the 1980s and most of the '90s. In 1997, the College of Evening and Professional Studies was established as an independent college of Drexel University, again targeting students working full-time during the day and wishing to obtain degrees during the evening.
In the fall of 2002, the College introduced the Saturday Scholars® program, an accelerated degree completion program for the adult student, and developed new full-time majors in Engineering Technology, Construction Management, Computing and Security Technology, and Sport Management, incorporating full-time, tenured, and tenure track faculty.