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Location
Philadelphia, PA
Undergrads
13,072
Tuition
$36,090
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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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 Sophomore

Academics: People think it's interesting that I'm a Psych major. The workload is really big, it's a lot of reading and papers. Facilities aren't that great, they put us anywhere.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: The professors I met are all actually very nice and inviting. Registration is online, and very easy. The curriculum is average, and the workload is huge. Study areas are nonexistent.

3 College Junior

Academics: Academics at Drexel is very tough yet managable if you work hard

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 115th
    Best Technology in the Classroom
  • 214th
    Best Online Course Options
  • 441st
    Best Use of Teaching Assistants
  • 823rd
    Best Course Variety
  • 1071st
    Smartest Professors

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Marina Lamanna
Hometown
Scranton, Pennsylvania
Major
English
Grad Year
2015
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Drexel is a very intense school with more of a technical focus than an academic one. In recent years, Drexel has been expanding many of the academic departments to rival the top schools in the country. They have created more sophisticated elective courses in each of their departments and added majors such as anthropology. Professors are generally very good at Drexel. Many professors in Drexel's strongest fields—like business, biomedical engineering, and legal studies—are established professionals who teach well. Even in smaller departments like philosophy or foreign language, the professors are knowledgeable, caring, and impressive teachers. Most of the Drexel adjuncts teach at Penn, as well.

Most Drexel students will tell others that it is difficult to actually learn all of the material presented within a 10-week term. Ten weeks is not nearly long enough to receive an enriching learning experience and grasp material. Therefore, many classes that would be taken in two semesters at another school are taught in three quarters so students aren't left short-handed. A lot of information packed into a small amount of time leads to constant testing and long assignments. Drexel students truly deserve their breaks each term. In addition to taking classes, there are many ways students can enrich their learning experience. Drexel has many hidden opportunities that are waiting to be taken advantage of. Independent studies are available in every field and are encouraged by most departments. Students can also add minors and concentrations to tailor their degree specifically for them. There are research positions available (if not for credit or money, then for pure, resume-building experience) with professors in lab science, social science, and the humanities. All students have to do is ask a professor if they can work with him or her. They can also apply for research through the STAR program—an undergraduate research program.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
14:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
1,011
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
918
Total FT Faculty
1,378
Faculty with Terminal Degree
83%
Average Faculty Salary
$92,781
Full-Time Retention Rate
85%
Part-Time Retention Rate
62%
Transfer-Out Rate
26%
Graduation Rate
65%
Programs/Majors Offered
116
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
Yes
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 50%
  • 20 to 49 students: 43%
  • 50 or more students: 7%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: Yes
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: Yes
Recreational/Avocational: Yes
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
  • Bennett S. LeBow College of Business
  • College of Arts & Sciences
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Information Science & Technology (The iSchool)
  • College of Nursing & Health Professions
  • Goodwin College of Professional Studies
  • Pennoni Honors College
  • School of Biomedical Engineering, Science, & Health Systems
  • School of Education
  • School of Public Health
  • School of Technology & Professional Studies
Degrees Awarded
  • Associate degree
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Certificate
  • Doctorate - Professional practice
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
  • Other
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
  • Post-master's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Business/Commerce, General: 7%
  • Library and Information Science: 2%
  • Medicine: 2%
  • Registered Nursing (RN): 5%
Graduation Requirements
  • Arts/fine arts
  • Computer literacy
  • English (including composition)
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Philosophy
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
  • Social science
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
  • Weekend/evening college
Other Academic Offerings
  • Accelerated program
  • Cooperative education program
  • Double major
  • Dual enrollment
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
Online Courses
Drexel University offers online classes from each academic department.
Best Places to Study
  • Library study rooms
  • Wherever you live. Avoid the public study areas. They are crowded and loud, filled with people on cell phones or socializing.
Tips to Succeed
  • Actually go to class.
  • Always dispute bad grades.
  • Do your homework yourself, so you actually understand the material.
  • Don't ask too many questions in organic chemistry lab.
  • Go to your professors' office hours with questions.
  • Know what you want to study before coming here.
  • Pick classes you like.
  • Quarters are short. Missing one class can be like missing a week of classes at a different school, so go to all your classes.
  • Research your professors before choosing your classes.
Did You Know?
  • Drexel University has a quarter system because of its unique co-op program. Students take classes for six months (two quarters) and then go on co-op for six months (another two quarters). The co-op experience is designed to enrich students' learning experiences and to give them a leg up on the competition after graduation.
  • Drexel University hosted the 2007 Democratic National Debate.
  • Drexel's College of Engineering is ranked among the best undergraduate engineering programs in the nation.
  • If students ever need a little help with their studies, they can visit the Drexel Learning Center in the Creese Student Center. The DLC offers peer tutors for different departments.
  • As of 2012, Drexel University students are allowed to take an online course if they are doing a co-op that isn't in the Philadelphia area.

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 84 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 84 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 9 responses

  • 47% Joseph Woodland - inventor of the bar code
  • 40% Paul Baran - a founding father of the Internet
  • 13% Malik Rose - NBA player

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