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Drexel University has decided to stick to its Philadelphia home. The university announced major plans in 2008 to build up both undergraduate and graduate programs in Sacramento. Then in 2011 the university called off the plans to build an undergraduate campus and said it would stick with graduate programs. But on Thursday the university announced it would phase out the graduate programs as well, after giving students time to finish their degrees.

"As we aligned Drexel’s programs and operations in recent years to better focus on pressing priorities -- improving academic quality, growing financial aid and increasing student retention -- it became more and more apparent that our efforts in Sacramento no longer advance our mission as a research university. Moving forward, we believe Drexel can best serve students and society through degree programs in Philadelphia and online, an enhanced connection to greater Philadelphia and new global academic and research partnerships," said a statement from John Fry, president of the university.