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5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Philadelphia always has something going on. There is almost always some sort of sporting event going on. The nightlife is in full swing .When the weather gets warmer they have concerts in the park and daytime activities. In the winter they ave ice skating at local areas and do little Christmas villages as well. We have easy access to the Franklin Institute, Old City, Rittenhouse Square Park, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Academy of Natural Sciences, the Philadelphia Zoo and countless other attractions.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: The diversity at Drexel is great. There are so many people from all over the US and the world. I have met so many new people and learned about many different cultures. The economic background is mixed greatly as well. I know people that are at the university because of great scholarships and others who had the money to come here. Everyone at the university brings something new to the campus.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Philadelphia is a huge restaurant city so the variety of cuisine is quite large. The cost of the food ranges greatly but what you pay for is what you get. There could be more student discounts since many of the restaurants are right in the heart of University City. The best restaurants are in center city or Old City which is just a subway or car ride away.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: The Photography program here at Drexel University is amazing. They really focus on the fundamentals of photography and teach you all of the old processes for developing photographs. They show you all the job opportunities that come with a BS degree in photography and they focus on the side of photography that will get you hired while still respecting the art form.

College Sophomore

Majors: I have only completed my freshman year at college. In the fall of my junior year I will be doing Drexel's Cooperative Program which is their internship program.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Drexel has pretty active public safety, and an agreement with UPenn to patrol each others campuses. There are occasional reports of attempted robberies, but those seem to happen by the north border of campus (powlton/mantua). Drexel also has an entire committee/department/protocol dedicated to hearing & dealing with sexual assault cases.

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: Freshman year a dining plan is mandatory, so you do a lot of eating in the dining hall that year. There's pretty good food there (I heard it used to be kinda disgusting a few years ago). There's a good variety of other dining places on campus too. The Northside Dining Terrace by the dorms is your best bet for late-night food. There's a Starbucks in the new Lebow, Curito & chic-fil-a in Northside, and a new vegetarian place connected to the student center. There's been a definite improvement in the number & variety of eateries that take either dining (food only) or dragon (all-use) dollars in the past few years.

4 College Junior

Academics: The first quarter of freshmen year, students are automatically registered. After that they have to register themselves online. That system is a little frustrating sometimes. The workload mostly depends on the classes you take and the year you're in. The into/10_ classes don't have that much HW compared to more advanced classes.

4 College Junior

Academics: The chemistry department is one of the smaller ones in the College of Arts & Sciences, so you get to recognize other chem majors and professors pretty quickly. Most of the professors are nice/friendly, especially a few that seem mostly assigned to freshmen classes. The co-op opportunities for the department are really good too. So far, I haven't heard of a chem major not being matched for a co-op, and usually they are with one of their first or second choices.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek students live in normal row houses near the dorms (option not listed above :( ). They do some pretty well-known charity events, like the st. Baldrik's head-shaving. Other than that, they're pretty much like regular students.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I've never had off-campus housing myself, but plenty of my friends have. There are a lot of houses near the dorms that have 6-month leases to fit Drexel schedules. There's been a large influx of freshmen the past few years, though, so availability might be going down. There's some on-street parking available, but not a lot. The area around Drexel & UPenn is pretty safe; between the two there's a lot of campus security. Drexel is close to a major transportation hub (30th street station), so it isn't that inconvenient to have housing further from campus.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: The Financial Aid office sends out packets with expected amounts of financial aid. Some of it federal/state loans that you have to apply to on your own. The University itself gives out pretty large amounts of aid to students who need it. That seems to come primarily from the DU Endowed fund for freshmen. Upperclassmen are transitioned to "named" grants and have to write a thank-you note to the donor of their grant to receive the aid.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Athletics at Drexel University are not a big part of campus life. It is a small private engineering school, so most people are not very sports oriented, however i will say that for our basketball games, during the season, we had a very steady turn-out from the student body. the turn-out was never as overwhelming as other schools, however it was pretty good for a small school.

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3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Drexel is an engineering school so the guys are not very physically attractive. however, if you are looking for a pretty boy or pretty girl, the best place to look would be in the Lebow Business School. This is where all of the attractive kids at Drexel can be found. I would say that on both sides, guys and girls are not as much stuck up as they are privileged. Many of them do come from money, however they do not brag or show off.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Drexels' dining plan is honestly not so bad during weekdays, however on the weekends, especially in the afternoon, the only available food for everyone is pizza, which is very limiting for us as students.

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5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: From food trucks to 5-star restaurants.

1 College Junior

Campus Dining: I only eat off campus because of how bad the food is.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Philly is a wonderful city, especially for a kid from the Los Angeles suburbs.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I lived in the dorms last year and will be in an on-campus apartment this year, so I am not that checked out on off-campus housing.

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3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: I have met a nice diverse bunch of people.

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4 College Freshman

Facilities: I've been impressed by all the facilities available both on campus and in the downtown Philly area.

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3 College Freshman

Facilities: Being in a cluster of three top universities it is possible to interact with a variety of people and cultures. Philadelphia seems to have a positive feeling towards the students and the schools.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: I don't have much interaction with the security people.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are a few places, but nothing to write home about. Mostly fast food.

3 College Freshman

Majors: I started as a Sport Management major but shifted to business because I think it will give me more choices, even if I stay with a sports emphasis.


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Marina Lamanna
Scranton, Pennsylvania
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Some students complain about the "Drexel Shaft" screwing up their scheduling or billing, or a poor professor. The truth is that students will find red tape headaches and unfortunate instructors at just about every university. As long as students are picky about the professors and classes they enroll in, they can surely guarantee a positive academic experience. The University is filled with incredible professors that are more than willing to impart their professional wisdom. The Drexel Co-op is Drexel's strongest selling point, and many students come here specifically for that program. Some can't wait to graduate and zip through their classes, concentrating more on their co-op, as they feel it gives them more valuable experience. This vocational approach of the student works against the joy of the college learning experience. Some students scoff at the idea of taking electives in other academic concentrations, which they might enjoy or which could make them a more well-rounded person.

The hurry to graduate is mostly because of the fact that co-ops usually require students to stay at Drexel for five years. Students load up on courses when they are in school, try just to pass them, and complete their programs as soon as possible. This does not need to be the case, and the students that realize this earlier on tend to be immensely happier than the aforementioned students. It's unfortunate that this facet of students at Drexel feels this rush, but most of the other students relish their college experience and the various benefits Drexel has to offer. Most students are thrilled they went to Drexel in the end. The co-op is an invaluable experience that puts students ahead in the job race after graduation (it also beats any menial college job).

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