Drexel University Summary

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Basic Statistics

Philadelphia, PA
Full-Time Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
Large city
In-State Tuition
Out-of-State Tuition
Room & Board
Acceptance Rate
75 %
Admission Difficulty
Average SAT Scores
Average ACT Scores

Best ThingsMore . . .

  • Co-op
  • Much diversity
  • Wireless Internet
  • Cheap basketball tickets

Worst ThingsMore . . .

  • "The Drexel Shaft"
  • No reading week before finals—finals start three days after the last lecture
  • "Quick" mentality of administration and students
  • Construction

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Overall ExperienceWhat's This?

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).

Drexel Student Reviews

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3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: More restaurants are located on University of Pennsylvania's campus, which is very close by, but is a little far for Drexel students. The area is fairly safe because there are security all over the two neighboring campuses.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: There are many people involved in the Greek life at my school, but also many people who aren't involved. There isn't that much pressure to join a sorority or fraternity, but there are many chapter houses surrounding campus.

3 College Sophomore

Computers: There are some computers available for students that are scattered all over campus. Most of the computers can be found in the library, but that's about it. Printing on campus isn't free as I expected it to be The network access on campus is also spotty and unreliable in certain classrooms

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.


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