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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Drexel engineering students take a wide variety of classes freshman year, and each and every engineering student takes the same classes. Once you hit sophomore and prejunior year thats when you start to lose the unity of the other engineering majors and start to hit your major/discipline. Most professors are American but the TAs are largely Indian or Asian. Recitation sections with TAs are about 25 kids per class and lecutures with professors are usually 150 to 250. The Drexel quarter system is very fast paced, and once you feel like you have gotten used to it, the workload increases and the courses get harder. Drexel is not a party school, instead it is a school for people to get ahead and learn about their major. It is very challenging, but it is most certainly doable.

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: As a Drexel student you have the option to do either a 4 year one Co-op or a 5 year 3 Co-op. I chose the 3 Co-op becayse it will give me more experience in the field. From my upperclassmen friends i have heard that a large majority of your Co-ops will offer you a job after you graduate largely due to the fact that you already know a little bit about their company for working there for 6 months. The quality education you recieve is unpresidented as well. Drexel students usually have a higher starting wage that most other colleges because of the quality of the degree. Most employers know the quarter system is very fast paced and very stressful. If you have a Drexel degree it shows that you can work under pressure and complete assignments quickly.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I personally have never heard of any sexual assults on campus, not to say that they happen, but i think the school does a great job with raising awareness. I feel very safe on campus even when it is nighttime, and if i were to feel unsafe i could call the hotline and Drexel security will escort me back to my dorm no questions asked. I constantly see Drexel security police cars driving around, so i usually feel unthreatened. Drexel is in West Philadelphia, which isnt the best area so students usually stay away from certain areas and remain on campus, and travel in groups.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Leaving the roommate issues aside (i chose these roommates via facebook instead of the random generator they have, i have seen the generator work very well) the housing community is very close to each other. There are 2 bedroom dorms, 4 person suites, and 3 person suite options. Overall, the suites gave you more space, but you lost the community aspect of college that you got with a 2 person room. Drexel as a whole is an expensive school, and they didnt forget about the housing department. Personally i think the dorms were too expensive for what was paid, and the worst part is it is mandatory for freshman to live in the dorms. The lottery system they use didnt work in my favor, so i have a bad attitude about it. I got a late ticket and couldnt room with the guys i wanted to. Overall the housing for freshman is overrated and the apartment buildings nearby are finely furnished but expensive.

5 College Freshman

Greek Life: Since Drexel isnt a very sport related school, the Greek community fills that void. As a member of the Greek community myself, i can say that all of the fraternities and sororities usually try to host events for nongreek students to raise money. My fraternity Theta Chi has held a few barbecues and brunches to raise money for The USO. Another fraternity on campus Alphs Epsilon Pi held a pie in the face contest to raise money for cancer research. As a member of Theta Chi we have the optiom to live in our fraternity house at a rate of 550 a month, which is very cheap in comparison to apartment buildings in the area. The greek community helped me in my time of need when i was struggling with roommate issues, and the brothers of Theta Chi helped me get through everything. Overall, joining Greek life was the best decision i have made so far!

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Our varsity teams are not the best in the country, but our rowing team is usually pretty good. We also do not have a football team which can be a little annoying at times, but you ignore it because there are tons of other things to do. Our recreational gym is very state of the art and many students use it because it has been voted the best gym in Philadelphia

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Classes are fairly challenging, very fast paced, and the school is expensive. However the 3 Co-ops that allow me to gain experience in the Civil Engineering field and make money to put toward school, so it makes it all worth it

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Drexel uses the money it asks of you. it may be a lot but once you see all the services it provides you at no extra cost you'll see it's worth it. Teachers want to see their students succeed and provide flexible office hours and more often than not have TAs with their own office hours, not to mention tutoring centers for various subjects. So long as a student is willing to put a lot a (hard) work in, they'll be satisfied with the challenge Drexel provides and the knowledge and experiences they'll have under their belt when they get their diploma.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: One of Drexel's biggest draw is its coop program. There's many options to learn more about exactly what you want or to branch out a bit and get experience in something new.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Drexel cares about the safety of its students. Drexel police can be seen around and a student can call an escort to walk them to their destination if they feel unsafe.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I haven't seen much of the impact that Greeks have done in the school. At the moment it just seems like a good resume builder as some of the houses are for students who excelled in some facet of their academics

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Drexel University is generous with its resources to aid in a students success, making it worth the money

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The only reason I came to Drexel is for co-op so I could get a job post grad

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Some classes are way too big like my differential equations class. The content is too difficult to teach to 150 students at once. Most of my major specific classes have great size and the professors are great.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Most public safety people don't seem like they have any training or could do anything to help me in an emergency.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Campus housing is SUPER overpriced and there are often problems with most buildings.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is great but there's a big divide between nationally recognized PHC chapters and non PHC chapters which is unfair in terms of funding and campus activities.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: No one cares about our teams because they aren't very good. If we start winning basketball again this will probably change.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: A lot of administration officials are incredibly unhelpful

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: If you are a commuter taking night classes and want to take the shuttle bus, good luck with that.

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: There aren't that many good parties on campus

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Teachers encourage you to do the best that you can

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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: It is not the most diverse campus but students here are very accepting of one another

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4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: There are alcohol and drug usage but its not prominent around campus

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The professors have been able to ease me into my new year at Drexel University. The classes and the equipment are great and produce and sxcellent learning environment.

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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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