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.