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Reviews 2183 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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3 College Junior

Overall Experience: Drexel is on the quarter system and its super hard to adjust so freshman year was terrible for me, but Sophomore year is going a lot better!

4 College Student

Overall Experience: My school is intertwined within the city, so it is an open campus. it is very big and at first was very overwhelming yet exciting at the same time. i genuinely love my school mainly due to the atmosphere that it upholds. I could not describe it as a close knit, home-like community but there are definitely small groups that allow a person such as my self to feel at home. I would describe my experience so far as adventurous and I look forward to the upcoming years.

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I love the fact that I am in a huge city and can go out and explore whenever I want.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Drexel is not like colleges you see on tv. We don't have crazy football games and people running wild, they take their image very seriously. It's more like a family college, it's small and everyone knows everybody. It's centered where you can be able to explore Philadelphia, security is always there to assist when needed.

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4 College Junior

Overall Experience: It's really intense, and that's why I kind of like it. It weeds out the less motivated people early on. A lot of people drop out by the end of freshmen year, and then your mostly left with the people you know are going to be successful, plus a few stragglers who drop out soon enough.

The biggest complaint people have is about the atrocious tuition bill. We are the 16th most expensive school in the country. The quality of education is great, but nothing is worth the bill unless they were physically injecting knowledge and skills directly into our brains. It is a for-profit school, and it is painfully obvious at all times. We have to pay $80 for our cap and gowns and they mark your name off when you buy it at the campus bookstore. If your name isn't checked off because you borrowed from an alumni or because you bought it somewhere else, then you cannot walk the stage at graduation.

If money isn't an issue for you at all and you are determined and hardworking, then it's great.

If money is an issue for you, then you're going to need some scholarships.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Drexel is a great school, but compared to most schools, it's difficult.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Food: not the best. i do not like sudexo

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: i love living on campus.The whole world is left ou you.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: I know that there are a lot of parties on Greek row. The kids that are very involved in the party life do not tend to do well in school, and their grades suffer.

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3 College Freshman

Administration: I would say that the campus does not promote underage drinking, but they know that there are going to be people that are not legal age drinking.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I have never lived in an off-campus housing selection. I know that there are people that say there are cheap ones to come across, and some of them are kinda far from the campus.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: I do not really know that much about the dining around off-campus areas, but I'm pretty sure that it would be easy to look up.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I would say to apply for financial aid as soon as possible, and if you need more help then ask.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Food: I do not like the fact that our campus only has one dining hall, and it is far away. Sometimes you do not want to spend your money, but you do not want to walk to the Hans.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Living on campus is good if you are trying to live your college experience to the fullest. You get the chance to be involved in activities that are going on around the campus.

3 College Student

Campus Food: The food isn't horrible, it's just that the dining hall is further from the dorms than it should be, everything is overpriced, and there could be a few more options than what we're given.

2 College Student

Campus Housing: I'm currently a freshman and there are many times where I am terrified to leave my room in fear that a cockroach or mouse will be roaming the hallways, bathrooms, or kitchen. Also the doors are impossible to lock, the elevators have been completely vandalized as well as the stairwell, the electricity has gone out multiple times, and package hours are at very inconvenient times.

3 College Student

Off-Campus Housing: I personally don't live off campus but I have friends who do and say it's great but it's a bit of a hassle. Definitely worth it though.

2 College Student

Party Scene: Drexel parties pretty much suck. If you're actually looking for a good party, try the sport houses at UPenn or the houses over at Temple. Definitely much better!

4 College Student

Off-Campus Dining: I love all the restaurants that I've been to in Philadelphia so far. I have a very diverse taste in foods and I have to say I have been very pleased. Although some places have been a little pricey, they're worth it!

3 College Student

Administration: Drexel isn't the strictest school out there but it isn't as lenient as other schools. I'd say it's pretty much in between.

1 College Student

Scholarships: Drexel is for sure the most stingiest institution with their money. For my family's financial situation, I should've qualified for a considerable amount of financial aid but was given none. Both my father and I had to write personal letters to the financial aid office and even then they only gave me about $8,000. Drexel doesn't give money to those who need it and it's a hassle to try and get anything out of them. I also had an athletic scholarship awarded to me that was taken away which i am currently in the process of fighting to get back through compliance. Drexel is terrible with their money and don't try and help you whatsoever.

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4 College Student

Athletics: The facilities are large so that multiple games can take place in the building and multiple sports can be played

3 College Student

Off-Campus Housing: they cost less but the price to pay is distance from the campus

5 College Student

Off-Campus Dining: i saw an abundance of food trucks and the food was excellent where i went


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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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