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Reviews 2339 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I haven't lived off campus, but judging from the places my friends have lived, they get better deals than on-campus. Prices can be $300 cheaper, and the quality may be even better. The only risk is that there won't be Drexel Security around, and there's been a lot of armed robberies and other dangers off campus.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: University of Pennsylvania is right next to Drexel and has a lot more variety and options. The prices range from affordable to moderately pricey. There's anything from fast food to vegetarian places. In Center City there's even more various options, but it gets really expensive since there're a lot of 4 or 5 star restaurants. Philly is known for Restaurant Week so there's a lot of good but expensive food.

2 College Sophomore

Weather: Winters are very cold and summers (LOL here at drex you're here year-round) are very warm. Typical east coast weather

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: As a biology major I am very satisfied with the new Papadakis Integrated Science Building even if the biowall is clearly dying.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: More strict with the drug use than the alcohol use.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I stayed in Kelly Hall and the social atmosphere is fantastic. You make friends not just with your floor but with other floors as well. The only comment is that there is a roach problem since its a pretty old building and also, rooms may be cramped but its expected for a city college dorm

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Freshmen are required to have a dining plan and the Handschumacher dining center has its ups and downs. Many complain about it but its decent food if you aren't too picky. I highly recommend checking out the food trucks especially the food truck alley between Main Building and Engineering Building (CUCINA ZAPATA will change your life) and also, the gyro truck next to the Dragon statue is popular for a reason and the fellas who run it are the nicest people ever.

4 College Junior

Transportation: I have online courses but the college is in a very good area for public transit

4 College Junior

Technology: I use a home computer

2 College Senior

Health & Safety: Off-campus safety is, well, not safe. One of my housemates was robbed point of gun last year while walking alone. That being said, Drexel's public safety is everywhere, and they are always available to escort. Furthermore, walking in groups in a city like Philly is a good tactic. There's only so much one school can do to prevent unsafe situations in a big city.

5 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Philly is known for good food, and you can always, always find something new.

5 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: The school overbooks its dorms, and they partner with some off-campus places to help alleviate the flood of freshman in the dorms. They also have a website dedicated to help students find off-campus housing. Plus, places around here are decently priced if you live with a few other people. (I've lived about six different places since freshman year, so I know from experience)

3 College Senior

Weather: We just had a pretty rough winter. It gets very cold here, and everyone gets used to it eventually. On the other hand, the summers are very hot. Basically, it's the transitional seasons that are the best for being out and about at Drexel.

5 College Senior

Transportation: It's a big city. You can get anywhere you want however you want. I recommend a bike.

3 College Senior

Academics: Bio majors have it rough, honestly. There is a lot of work and a lot of dedication required to do well. However, the co-ops give a nice break from classes, and then classes give a nice break from co-op. It's fast paced, and sometimes overwhelming, but it gives students the ability to manage time well and handle stress.

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4 College Senior

Overall Experience: At first, Drexel seemed like a shaky choice. I felt that I didn't have a place, but that was mostly getting used to the pace of a big city. It turns out that it is very easy to find friends and the academics are, for the most part, top notch.

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4 College Senior

Drug Safety: Policies are in place, but most students live off campus and are outside the jurisdiction of the college campus anyway. Therefore, drug safety is more of an individual concern than a University concern. That being said, I do know a few friends who got nabbed for violating Drexel's alcohol policy, so I know that Drexel does enforce its rules. Still, most people are smart enough not to get in trouble for something like that.

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3 College Student

Administration: The school allows you to have a social life.

4 College Student

Campus Housing: I love living on campus, you can find anything nearby.

4 College Student

Academics: Academically, Drexel is a great school.

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3 College Student

Off-Campus Housing: I don't really know anything about Off- campus housing.

3 College Student

Party Scene: You can rarely be bored.

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3 College Student

Health & Safety: Security is always there whenever you need them.

3 College Student

Technology: Wifi is slow but still works when needed.

2 College Student

Scholarships: I had a hard time receiving financial aid.


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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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