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3 College Senior

Administration: Drexel makes its policies very clear in the student handbook. The have the slogan "Know the Code" which they use to gain awareness for the student body for matters such as alcohol and drugs on campus or in the dorms. There is a zero tolerance policy for drugs and students will be expelled on the first charge. For consumption of alcohol in University buildings or properties, student will receive a letter to their parents, a $100 fine, required attendance to an alcohol class, 1 year probation and a required meeting with the board of the code of conduct.

4 College Senior

Guys & Girls: I love the dynamic of the student population. You typically won't find any two people alike. There are people from all different ethnicity's and backgrounds with such eclectic styles and interests. The social life is one in which you get back what you put in. Everyone is really outgoing and eager to do all sorts of things, so there is no issue finding a friend group with similar interests as yourself.

1 College Senior

Scholarships: The financial aid office is extremely difficult to work with. It's as though everyone in the office is so eager to pass the buck and hand you off to the next representative without even listening to what you have to say. I am self supporting and paying for school has been quite the struggle. This office has done nothing but made it one of the most stressful experiences of my college career and I am looking forward to graduating and not having to deal with them anymore. My only tip would be to explore any and all other options for financial aid before even considering help from this office.

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3 College Sophomore

Majors: Curriculum sets you up to succeed. There is pride in our engineering students.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: Paid co-ops help to defer some of the costs for attending and living. They will also significantly help with the job search in the future.

3 College Sophomore

Local Area: Philadelphia is a big city and you just have to explore it.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Meal plans are forced onto you as a Freshman, but most get out since it's not really worth it.

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: If you're 21, Philly is a great playground. Until then, there isn't a lot more to do once it gets dark.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: There are a lot of people here and classes definitely make it so that you must get to know everyone else.

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3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Between co-op and the quarter system, there is never a dull moment. Lots of learning and life experiences.

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: With the co-op program, getting a job should be a piece of cake.

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3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Joined a few clubs and watched a few games, but with half the student population always working, there isn't as much school spirit.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Campus is in West Philadelphia, but security and police presence is strong.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: They have a lot of academic merit based scholarships.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Didn't and don't plan to go Greek, but it is a pretty active community.

4 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: The students are very diverse and accepting of each other and willing to work together.

5 College Student

Campus Quality: You can find anything if you search for it(: There are even plenty of parks in Philly, you just have to go to them.

2 College Student

Athletics: It would be nice to have a football team, but that's just something that you have to forfeit.

3 College Student

Administration: Drugs and alcohol are highly regulated, just try not to be obnoxious and usually no one will bother you. Most people move off campus anyway, though. Also, it's pretty difficult to let visitors into your dorm. They need to leave a photo ID at the door and you must be in the building with them. If you leave, they leave.

5 College Student

Off-Campus Dining: You can find anything you want if you look for it - go into the historic district and/or center city

3 College Student

Scholarships: It's more generous than any public school you'd apply to, but it's still one of the most expensive schools in the nation.

2 College Student

Guys & Girls: "The odds are good, but the goods are odd."

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3 College Student

Diversity: Drexel is mostly what you'd expect it to be. It reflects Philadelphia well - it's liberal and cosmopolitan and even fiscally diverse (despite what most people post.) Either I'm attracted to poor people, or there are just enough to have notable density. I think that many of them are from other parts of the city.

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4 College Student

Majors: Internships are what most people come to Drexel for - its student populous is very dedicated to achievement. The Materials Science & Engineering program is pretty small, just a little over 100 people, but they are all very smart individuals and some do research that is far beyond most typical college students.

5 College Student

Majors: I'm in STAR and the honors program in addition to being an MSE - it was incredibly easy to get into, they really pushed me in when I first applied to the school. Some people have to apply to these programs separately but students with more competitive backgrounds receive benefits from the school. They just want you to succeed. If you are driven and get good grades, Drexel is for you.


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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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