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Reviews 1847 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: There's a lot of partying and drinking, but it's just like any other college. Parties normally get busted within 2 hours.

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4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Every street is different and since its a city it's very fast-paved. There are so many shopping and eating options.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: There are a lot of goodlooking people in Greek life, but I feel like many of them act like idiots.

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3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: I don't party much so I wouldn't know.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I feel really safe on campus since there are always public safety officers around, if not other students.

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4 College Sophomore

Computers: There are many computer labs in dorms, different buildings and the library. They have a lot of macs and you can borrow MacBooks at the library, so there's a lot of available resources.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Although I'm in Greek life, it's not my biggest thing. It's typical. There are many shallow, cliquey and superficial people. It's really big on campus though, and gets really competitive during Greek Week. There's an entire street dedicated to Greek housing.

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1 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Drexel is unfair and money hungry. It sucks up money from students and barely gives back. Their method is giving a lot of financial aid to freshmen and handing them many work studies, then after the first year they take it all away and make the process so strict that you barely get any. That's how they get you, so you need to rely in outside scholarships too.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: It's good. I like the people I've met, the classes I've taken and the fact that I get to live in a completely different fast-paced environment.

1 College Sophomore

Weather: Philly weather is bipolar. It's extremely snowy and rainy in the winter and hot, sticky and humid in the summer. When it rains, it's usually warm and sometimes when it's sunny it's extremely cold so choosing what to wear is confusing.

5 College Sophomore

Transportation: Drexel has a free shuttle service that goes in two different locations, so I get to most places for free. It's also right by the train station and there are many subway services around so transportation is easy. Getting to the airport is very easy, since it's a 15 minute train ride away.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: It really varies. Half of my courses have been boring with ineffective teachers and the other half are engaging classes with innovative teachers who are really enthusiastic and stress diversity and peer interactions.

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3 College Sophomore

Diversity: It's better than most schools. Half the population is Caucasian but I see a lot of Indians, Asians and African Anerucans on campus.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: I'm a Design and Merchandising major, and they provide a lot of useful classes for us that other schools most likely don't have. There's a wide range of majors to choose from from health to engineering to design.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: My program suits me very well. Because I'm a fashion major, I am scared of how successful

At finding a decent job for me will be though. Despite this, Drexel is ahead of most schools since it provides us real world experience through co-op.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Drexel, like many schools a very bad with academic integrity. So many people cheat, since teacher assistants give out answers a lot and they're really unfair about financial aid. They barely give aid to students, especially to those who need it. They give it to the wrong people for the wrong reasons. People from wealthier families with closer ties to Drexel tend to get covered cost, even though they don't deserve it. The system is screwed up.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: It really depends. Drexel Housing is terrible because it's expensive, but low quality. The kitchens don't work well, the maintenance (water and appliances) is bad, it's very cramped. Apartments like Crossings and Chestnut are better and cheaper.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I haven't lived off campus, but judging from the places my friends have lived, they get better deals than on-campus. Prices can be $300 cheaper, and the quality may be even better. The only risk is that there won't be Drexel Security around, and there's been a lot of armed robberies and other dangers off campus.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: University of Pennsylvania is right next to Drexel and has a lot more variety and options. The prices range from affordable to moderately pricey. There's anything from fast food to vegetarian places. In Center City there's even more various options, but it gets really expensive since there're a lot of 4 or 5 star restaurants. Philly is known for Restaurant Week so there's a lot of good but expensive food.

2 College Sophomore

Weather: Winters are very cold and summers (LOL here at drex you're here year-round) are very warm. Typical east coast weather

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: As a biology major I am very satisfied with the new Papadakis Integrated Science Building even if the biowall is clearly dying.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: More strict with the drug use than the alcohol use.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I stayed in Kelly Hall and the social atmosphere is fantastic. You make friends not just with your floor but with other floors as well. The only comment is that there is a roach problem since its a pretty old building and also, rooms may be cramped but its expected for a city college dorm

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Freshmen are required to have a dining plan and the Handschumacher dining center has its ups and downs. Many complain about it but its decent food if you aren't too picky. I highly recommend checking out the food trucks especially the food truck alley between Main Building and Engineering Building (CUCINA ZAPATA will change your life) and also, the gyro truck next to the Dragon statue is popular for a reason and the fellas who run it are the nicest people ever.

College Junior

Campus Housing: Im off campus but it appears that they have great housing

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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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