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3 College Student

Party Scene: There are good parties, but they usually get shut down by 12 am. The best place to go for parties is UPenn's campus a couple blocks away because they are usually free.

3 College Student

Administration: The administration has numerous safety policies in place to protect the students. However, when it comes to capital planning, they rarely listen to student input before making a decision on something.

3 College Student

Scholarships: The initial financial aid is just based on your academic merit. Any other aid you appeal for is pretty straightforward to obtain based on your family's income status. Sometimes it can be a painstaking process as not all people in the financial aid office can really help you with your question.

3 College Student

Campus Food: I like that there's an option for more dining dollars to be used outside of the Hans, but I wish they made a customizable dining plan for freshmen. The variety can be interesting sometimes.

4 College Student

Campus Housing: Campus housing is not wonderful, but it serves its purpose and there is still a large social atmosphere to become a part of so it is what you make of it.

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5 College Senior

Health & Safety: The campus security is a full fledged police department. They also will escort students at night. A service is provided that will make sure you got home okay. There are a lot of CCTV cameras and emergency telephones.

Drexel is very proud of their security team, and I generally feel very safe on campus.

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4 College Senior

Overall Experience: Drexel is perfect for me. The campus and population are fairly small for an urban campus. Classes with recitations and labs give you lots of practice and one-on-one time with teachers/TA's. There is a lot of club activity. The sports aren't a huge part of campus life, but are available.

The 5 year co-op program is a great way to get lots of experience before graduation, hopefully securing you a decent entree level job. Unlike simple internships, co-op jobs usually pay, and pay decently.

The only downside is the horrendous price. You have to be able to plan your finances and look past the tuition bill.

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4 College Senior

Overall Experience: At most schools, freshman level classes tend to be large and impersonal. Drexel combats this class size in a few ways. For instance, a freshman Physics class may have an auditorium sized lecture twice a week, but once a week you may attend a recitation and/or lab period in a classroom of 15-25 people. There you can ask questions and practice problems with an knowledgeable TA. As you progress into specialized courses, the classes get smaller and more manageable, but 4 credit classes still tend to have a recitation period designed for group practice.

I've never had a professor or TA that didn't respond to emails in a timely manner. They're all required to be available for regular office hours, and its generally easy to see them.

Professors almost always provide resources on the online blackboard system. Grades are almost always posted there as well, making it easy to tell how you're doing in any given class.

Finally, most professors are good about grading the student for demonstrating what they've learned. For instance, if you did badly throughout the term, but proved that you knew the material on the final, they're likely to still give you a passing grade.

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5 College Senior

Overall Experience: If you want to graduate with a quality education AND work experience, Drexel is the place to be. The co-op program is an excellent way to get real life experience in your field.

The Steinbright Career center is amazing and a huge part of life at Drexel. Career fairs are happening ALL the time. We have to take a mandatory co-op preparation class, which trains us to write effective resumes, give good interviews, and network effectively.

Short of an Ivy League degree, a degree from Drexel is probably one of the most valuable degrees available in the country.

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4 College Senior

Athletics: Honestly, I would say that the average student at Drexel is not very involved in athletics. There is no football team, but the basketball team is fairly popular. The squash facilities are renowned, and Drexel often hosts tournaments. There are a number of intramural/club sports available.

Some people are crazy about the sports teams, but I would say that most are not.

4 College Senior

Administration: Alcohol and drug use is very very strictly enforced. They will not hesitate to expel you if you are caught. At orientation, the administration really tries to scare students into not breaking these rules. They are also very serious about sexual assault.

Other than that, social life and campus life is pretty lax.

4 College Senior

Scholarships: Drexel is REALLY expensive. I mean, insanely expensive. However, most students are offered merit based scholarships renewable each year. Mine is nearly 10K per year. There are a number of other school based scholarships available. The federal aid process here was easy. I did have to provide tax returns and W-2's, but in the end they took care of me. After aid, however, you may still need help paying for the first year. Private loans or gifts from family may help. After your first two years, you'll get to start co-op. Co-op jobs almost always pay, and depending on your major, pay well. If you apply most of your co-op pay to tuition, you may be able to cover it without too many private loans. Work study is also abundantly available if you qualify.

4 College Senior

Campus Food: The food trucks are the best place to eat. Wahoo's across from main is good, but expensive. The Hans is gross, and if you don't have a meal plan, it's expensive. Vegitate is overrated, but they have some options if you are a vegetarian/vegan. The food trucks are the best option for your taste buds and your wallet.

3 College Student

Off-Campus Housing: some areas are worse than others

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3 College Student

Administration: As long as you follow the rules and are smart about our actions, you will be fine.

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3 College Student

Party Scene: kind of stinks. parties get shut down around 12:30/1.

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3 College Student

Campus Food: Northside can get boring.

Could use a little more variety.

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3 College Student

Campus Housing: Conveniency to classes good.

Food right next to dorms.

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5 College Student

Off-Campus Housing: Evo and The Summit offer a ton for students.

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5 College Student

Off-Campus Dining: Philadelphia has so many restaurants to offer.

3 College Student

Administration: There is a zero tolerance policy for all you potheads

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3 College Student

Party Scene: There are some house parties, but they get lame.

4 College Student

Scholarships: If you need it, you usually get it!

4 College Student

Campus Food: Quick and easy access to all of your options

3 College Student

Campus Housing: It's pretty steep for what it is.

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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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