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Reviews 2193 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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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.

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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

3 College Senior

Administration: I think that since the campus is in the city, they should be more strict with letting people into buildings.

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3 College Senior

Scholarships: It costs a lot to go here. I did receive quite a bit in financial aid.

3 College Student

Scholarships: it was easy to apply for it, but the tuition is so expensive to begin with, it is still a challenge to pay, which is why i still need so many extra scholarships

4 College Student

Campus Food: Chic fil a is always good and the place next to it that's like chopotle was very good even though it felt like they dont give enough meat sometimes

4 College Student

Off-Campus Housing: There are lower cost affiliated apartments, as well as pretty cheap approved apartments.

4 College Student

Off-Campus Dining: Off-campus dining is some of the best food you can get without having to make it yourself. The best places to check out are Jimmy Johns, Pdubz, and Spencers.

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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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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