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3 College Junior

Administration: Drexel has very strict policies, which aren't always enforced. There are policies written such that a pencil can be considered a weapon on the case that they want to get you in the most trouble that they can. I've never heard of such strict prosecution happening, but I'm not the most informed in that area.

5 College Junior

Academics: As a computer science major, co-op options are available everywhere. I went to San Francisco for one of my co-ops, and it was a blast. The workload can sometimes be hectic, but it's definitely worth it.

5 College Junior

Academics: Professors at Drexel are fantastic, the courses offered are diverse and interesting. While being a Computer Science major, I've taken classes about Tolkien, King Arthur, the History of Ancient Science, and Jack the Ripper.

5 College Junior

Campus Quality: Drexel is constantly undergoing construction to better its facilities. We have recently finished a new Rec Center, Media Arts Building, Dorms, Biology Building, and are working on even more.

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5 College Junior

Campus Quality: Drexel student life involves some of the typical partying (if you want, not required), staying up and playing board games, watching bad movies, or going to enjoy parts of Philadelphia. Being in Philadelphia is one of the biggest advantages Drexel has, as we can go to all kinds of museums, go to all kinds of restaurants, and even more.

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4 College Junior

Greek Life: Most Greek organizations on campus have a positive reputation. There is the occasional reference to members of a specific organization all being jerks, or all being particularly loose, but those tend to be because someone holds are grudge or for an unsubstantiated reason. This is coming from someone that is not a member of Greek Life.

5 College Junior

Transportation: Philadelphia's public transport service, SEPTA, is very good. I personally don't like traveling on the buses, but between trolleys, trains, subways, and walking, I can get almost anywhere in the city with relative ease.

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4 College Junior

Scholarships: Drexel has a lot of different types of financial aid. A lot of it is merit based, but there is also plenty of need based financial aid. The A.J. Drexel Scholarship in particular give up to $26,000 a year and all students are eligible. Specific departments also offer scholarships to students, some require application, and others require nomination by professors.

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4 College Junior

Technology: I'm a computer science major, so I work in the CS labs. We use a modified Ubuntu install on the lab computers, there are Macs available in another location on campus, and Windows machines are very easy to find. I've never used the Macs, but the Ubuntu boxes are great. The Windows machines have a terribly slow login, but are good otherwise.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: The food is decent, and there are typically options for everyone, but there is very little variety and the dining hall closes at 8 every night. The dining area near the dorm is open much later, but the food is pricey and the meal equivalency program is pretty much non-existent.

3 College Freshman

Technology: The wireless internet on campus is pretty crummy at times, but the wired internet in the dorms is incredibly fast. Never try to use wireless in the library though - the internet speeds are faster if you use the guest network, and that's saying something.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: On campus, it's extremely rare to hear any cases of criminal activity. Students will often get texts and emails alerting them of crime in areas off campus, but these are typically late at night and in areas that are unsafe to be walking alone.

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3 College Freshman

Parking: If you park off campus, the parking is free (assuming you can find a spot). Closer to the academic buildings there are plenty of spots and lots, but the parking is pretty expensive.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: The bursars office was ok to deal with but usually was pretty busy. The financial aid office was the same thing. I had a few problems throughout my time there but everything was resolved fairly quickly.

4 College Junior

Campus Food: The recently redone cafeteria offers a very good selection of food but it is definitely more expensive then the many options around the city. However with a meal plan it's a good deal and offers many options so you aren't eating the same thing every day.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Being located in the city there is a ton of selection when it comes to good food choices nearby. Some of them will take money from your student ID card but some don't. Price and selection can't be beat.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Drexel has a commuter to campus student ratio of about 4 to 1 so most students are living off-campus. There is a ton of selection in a very varied price range. The lower the price the lower the quality of the apartment however and probably located a little further from campus and getting to unsafe neighborhoods. However there are many many many multiroom apartments available that are located closer than some of the on-campus dorms. There is something for everyone.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: There are plenty of options, anything you want, you can get pretty easy.

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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Everyone seems nice and has proper manners.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: Drexel is a co-op school. Students have the opportunity to get full experience in the work field, it is great.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: They offer a lot of different things to do at different locations on campus.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: They have some cool actives.

3 College Sophomore

Technology: The network can be very slow at times. Paying for printing is not that fun either.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I do not live on campus, I commute each day.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: It tough, I do not come from much so I have to work hard to get scholarships and also work on the weekends.

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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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