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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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2 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Health: The student insurance plan at Drexel is fantastic. We recently acquired a new medical school, so resources are fantastic when you can get to them. The one problem is that the medical school is not on the main campus, so it can be annoying to get to.

Safety: Safety on campus is another matter entirely. Drexel itself is located in University City, a pretty nice cutout of West Philadelphia, which includes the University of Pennsylvania as well. However, the greater area (West Philly) is pretty dangerous. It's quite common to get "Drexel Alerts" (updates for students via text message) that mention burglaries or shootings. (It's so common that it's become something of a joke among some of my friends.) As much as I like Philadelphia and would love to explore, I generally play it safe and stay within the boundaries that I know.

However, within those bounds, I feel safe. All Drexel Public Safety Officers are fully trained & certified Philadelphia Police Officers, so I know that they would protect me in an emergency. Also, violence rarely occurs between students; it's usually individuals from the greater area who cross the official borders and make poor decisions. Still, as a white female, I don't love walking around campus alone, especially at night. Nothing has ever happened to me, but I'd rather be safe than sorry. Plus, most of the time that I want to leave my building, I'm going to meet friends or I find friends to walk with me.

Most urban campus have their problems with crime; Drexel is no exception. That being said, I think Drexel does a lot to make students feel safe, and as long as you are aware, nothing bad is going to happen to you.

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5 College Sophomore

Academics: For what I was looking for, Drexel is perfect. The courses are challenging, which is what I would expect from an engineering school. The 10-week quarter system can make some classes feel rushed, but at the same time I can fit in a lot more courses than I could if I only had two semesters per year. This also makes it easy to double major, or pursue a minor unrelated to your field (for the most part -- some majors really fill up your schedule and leave you few elective spots).

I really like the coop program at Drexel; in fact, it's one of the reasons I chose this school over others. For my field (software engineering), work experience is huge; working teaches you things you can't learn in a classroom. Also, I like that during the coop you're expected to take a class (you can take up to 4 credits). It's a good time to take the "random" courses required by your major, and it also keeps me from feeling like I'm dropping too far behind on the academics side.

In general, the professors at Drexel are pretty approachable. It depends on your major, of course -- generally smaller majors will form closer bonds between professor and student (for example, one of my friends is majoring in Physics, one of the smallest undergraduate majors on campus, and he knows all the professors in the department personally). However, most professors are responsive to you coming to them with questions about subject matter, or even to discuss class grade.

Drexel does do REAL curves for grading. This is not "padding" like most people think of a curve. Sometimes, it can really count against you -- if half of the class failed, and the other half of the class got above a 95, a 96 could suddenly turn into a B. This only really happens in the intro/"weed-out" courses, though. Still, it can be annoying to take a class for the gen ed requirement and have it significantly affect your GPA.

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4 College Sophomore

Weather: The only drawback to Philly weather is the summers -- they are hot and humid. It's usually around 85-95 degrees, with about 80-95% humidity. You'll definitely want to make sure that any summer housing (early June - early September) has air conditioning.

The winters are usually not too cold or snowy. This year (2014) has been particularly drastic in terms of snow. Normally, there's not more than a few inches' worth of accumulation at any one time, and it stays in the low to mid 30s, right around freezing. You also rarely have to deal with serious wind-chill effects in the winter.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus housing is fairly easy to find. The nice apartment buildings mostly cater to graduate students, so it can be daunting at first if you're looking for a more "professional" environment to live in. There are also a bunch of converted row homes in the area -- the advantage is you can live with a couple friends in a more private environment than an apartment complex, but the neighborhoods can be sketchy.

2 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I don't like Greek Life, so I'm pretty uninvolved in the scene. I have plenty of friends who are also not involved, so in general it doesn't affect me.

4 College Sophomore

Local Area: Drexel is in a part of Philadelphia known as University City, which has both Drexel and University of Pennsylvania campuses. Because of this, there's a lot of great nightlife opportunities, and a lot of student-centered activities are always going on. However, it is in a "seedy" neighborhood, but I generally feel pretty safe on campus. All Drexel Public Safety Officers are fully-certified Philadelphia Police Officers, so I trust that they are taking care of campus, even when dangerous situations occur.

4 College Sophomore

Administration: Drexel is an engineering school, so I did not arrive with the intent to be a big partier. We are pretty strict, but I think that only supports the academic attitude of the school.

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3 College Sophomore

Athletics: I feel very neutrally about the athletics at Drexel. However, I have never been particularly involved in any athletics.

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3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I transferred into Drexel after my sophomore year at a small, private university. My old school offered me a large scholarship; I was somewhat disappointed with the offered by Drexel.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Drexel is really strict with drug use but surprisingly lenient with alcohol

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3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: could be a lot better

5 College Sophomore

Local Area: Tons of places to go in philadelphia….if you have the time. center city and south street are among the popular places students go

2 College Sophomore

Scholarships: drexel does not give you a lot of money and the appeal process is ridiculous and it is sad that they aren't giving out much money to student since they are continuously raising their tuition price.

5 College Sophomore

Technology: Haven't used them but plenty of places for you to utilize a computer such as the library and even creese lends some nice lenovos

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Won't count against you if you don't join because they are a small number on campus but if you are a guy you may want to consider if you are the partying type because house parties require guys to pay $5 at the door

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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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