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4 College Sophomore

Academics: The workload is above average in pace and difficulty. Definitely worth it.

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4 College Sophomore

Weather: Sometimes the classes are rarely due to snow storms. The rain is not a huge factor and most days are nice.

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Drug scene is not very notable. Policy is fairly strict and visibility is low..

4 College Sophomore

Administration: Never encountered an issue. From what I've heard, respect is greatly valued - leniency is in accordance.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: The prices might be fairly expensive since the school is in the city. Parking might be hard to find, but many student use bicycles to get around.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: The Greek Life is average. No one will treat you any differently if you do not join fraternity or sorority.

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5 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Financial aid process went smoothly. You have to make sure to fill out the FAFSA on time. The school also provides a monthly way of paying for tuition.

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: There are parties, but it's not the thing for me. Students usually get together on their own time and you are very likely to find someone with similar interests.

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4 College Sophomore

Technology: The Wi-fi is great on the campus and the availability of computers in labs is high. The personal laptop is most likely preferred due to convenience.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: I'm personally not very interested in the sports, but I would describe student involvement as being average.

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4 College Sophomore

Transportation: The school is in the city so car parking might be an issue. The regional train is only 5 minutes away from the school therefore getting around the city and suburbs is very easy.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Campus is in the fairly decent area, there are many security officers. Crimes do occur, but usually outside the campus area. Any issues that occur are immediately reported through e-mail/cell phone messages.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: Online application needed to be filled out, which was free. I personally think that admission was highly based on the GPA from high school and SAT's math score (applied for computer engineering major). If you have a high high school GPA and took related classes, there is a very good chance in receiving a great scholarship.

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5 College Sophomore

Majors: The program offers 3 different co-op opportunities with different companies which is priceless. The first year in the Computer Engineering program is fairly basic - many overlapping classes with other majors. The following years the program becomes more specific to the computer engineering field. There are many laboratory classes where innovation and free thinking ideas are welcome and encouraged. Don't expect it to be very easy, the classes are accelerated and are fairly in depth.

3 College Freshman

Technology: You pretty much need a computer. The internet is a little unreliable, but is accessible from anywhere on campus. If you are in the honors program, printing is free.

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3 College Freshman

Transportation: Cars are hard to have on campus because parking is difficult and expensive. It is much easier to walk or use public transportation. The Drexel shuttle is nice because it is free. I mostly use the subway. It's about $2 per ride, but it is fast and easy to use. Anything on campus is within walking distance. In fact, you can access most of the city by foot.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: The curriculum is rigorous, but the professors are very good. Study abroad is very easy to do. Also, because Drexel has wide variety of programs from art to engineering, you can explore almost anything that interests you.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I always feel very safe on campus, even at night.

4 College Freshman

Local Area: Philadelphia is a great city! Drexel is conveniently located in a very safe neighborhood away from the main part of the city, but is very easy to get to any other areas. There is always something to do and everything is close proximity to one another. Because there are tons of colleges and universities in the city, students are very well accepted.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I live in the honors dorm. It is a great space...the rooms are very small, but the view is amazing, the bathrooms are nice, and it is very well kept. There are two lounges on each floor and a kitchen. The housing process was very easy for me because, as an honors student, I was guaranteed a spot in the honors dorm.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: I don't really know much about the drug scene. In regards to alcohol, you can drink if you want, but you won't be judged if you choose not to.

3 College Freshman

Majors: Getting into the fashion design program is moderately difficult. You must submit a portfolio with your application. I did not find the application process too difficult. Just make sure to have a portfolio prepared well-before the application deadline to avoid unnecessary stress. I have found that Drexel accepts about 25 to 30 into the program each year, but many of them drop out as they go through the program. This is because the workload is very intense, BUT the education is very good.

5 College Freshman

Majors: The fashion design program is very rigorous and one must love it if they want to continue. That being said, they program is one of the best in the country. Drexel fully prepares you for a future in the field. Unlike other schools like FIT and Parsons, you gain a strong technical knowledge base along with your design training. The co-op is another exciting part of the program. Upon graduation you will have already gained valuable experience in the field.

Additionally, Drexel does not do a foundation year, so you will be taking fashion design classes right off the bat. The faculty is impeccable, with very knowledgeable professors who all have incredible credentials in the fashion industry.

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Drexel has a zero tolerance program for drugs, and a very strict program for underage drinking. I believe it is a one warning system for drinking. Drugs are automatic expulsion. That being said, there is some drug use on campus. It's not huge, but there is some truth to the adage "work hard, party hard". In general, though, I would say that the drug scene is not invasive -- if you don't want to be a part of it, you aren't, and you're not considered a total shut-in.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: In general, campus housing is pretty good. Most freshmen end up in the ancient buildings, but a brand new building was recently built for students accepted into the honors program.

Upperclassmen have a variety of options, including traditional dorm-style housing and some apartment buildings. As of the incoming class of 2012-13, all first-time students have to live in dorm housing the first two years. The first year this is standard dorms; the second, you can chose from the options. However, you'll probably end up in dorm housing, or in the less-valuable apartments. Meal plans are not required if you live in one of the apartments.

If you're willing to hunt, there are some good off-campus housing options. There are townhouses to the north end of campus, which are nice if you have a couple friends you want to live with in a bit more privacy than an apartment complex. Closer to center city (east of campus), there are apartment buildings which generally cater to graduate students, if you're looking for a more professional atmosphere.

Drexel recently finished building new apartments for mostly upperclassmen. These are really nice, and right in the center of campus, but they fill up quickly. I would definitely go after them if you're on top of things, because the location is great and the price is reasonable for the area.

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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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