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5 College Senior

Majors: The co-op program is by FAR the best part of Drexel. I have gained extremely valuable experience through this school working with large companies that even my friends know of.

Since I am a chemical engineering major, I received very good pay from these co-ops.

In terms of time commitment, Drexel's co-ops last for six months at a time. During this time you are a full-time worker and you will usually work at least 40 hours a week. I've heard of some students working in excess of 60 hours a week for some companies. Most of the times a co-op will receive compensation for overtime.

Each co-op had different levels of responsibility. At my first co-op there was very little responsibility. As I got older however, the responsibilities got greater and greater. The greatest responsibility I've had at a job was at my last part-time job which I didn't get through Drexel's co-op system.

The job was an old co-op job that I had. I approached my old manager to see how he was doing and I ended up getting offered a part-time position. This is rather common at Drexel-- another reason why this school has such a great reputation.

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3 College Senior

Overall Experience: Some professors are good, some are not so good. As I got further into my career as a student in Drexel, I found more students who were apathetic or did not account for students' ideas, thoughts, or concerns. However I have also found a good number of professors who have made my experience at Drexel much better.

The best courses I've experienced at Drexel, or at least one of the best, were chemistry courses with Dr. King. He did a great job of teaching large groups of students with thorough review sessions and pertinent homework and interesting lectures. In the chemical engineering department, Dr. Maffia was my favorite professor as he showed interest in students' concerns and thoughts. He always had interesting lectures and meaningful homeworks with applications outside of the classroom.

The worst courses I've experienced at Drexel included EPED with Dr. Chmielewski before EPED was given to another professor and the whole physics program. In addition, some of my worst courses were had when I got further into my education as a chemical engineering student.

3 College Sophomore

Local Area: The city is pretty awesome and there is always something going on and places to see.

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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I'm not the biggest fan of the Greek life and don't fukly see all the benefits of it.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: The aid is great but does not cover all cost, so it will be a long time to pay off my loans.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: It can be rough in the city, especially at night and a lot of the off campus housing that is reasonably priced is in a sketchy neighborhood.

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4 College Sophomore

Majors: The coop opportunities are unmatched as they bring great real world experiences that I would not have been exposed to anywhere else.

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3 College Sophomore

Athletics: We have a basketball team that has a following, but the rest of the sports are not really mentioned.

4 College Sophomore

Administration: The rules are not too strict, students can mostly do whatever they like. It allows for the students to make their own life decisions.

3 College Student

Party Scene: Most of the time, you will be traveling to other places (center city or Penn's campus) to find a good party.

1 College Student

Campus Food: After only ten weeks on campus, I can no longer eat it.

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3 College Student

Campus Housing: I like the building I'm in for the most part. Some of my friends, however, have some horror stories about rats/mice and bugs, and a lack of hot water.

3 College Student

Off-Campus Dining: The most annoying part is the lack of options right on campus considering Drexel is in Philadelphia.

3 College Student

Off-Campus Housing: It totally depends on where you are staying, and how much you want to spend. You can get apartments for very cheap, but they are in very bad areas. However, campus-housing overcharges you for what you get. You can find a cheaper, better alternative.

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3 College Student

Academics: I have only been in introductory classes so far, and some of the professors could be better.

4 College Student

Scholarships: Although I wish they could have given me more, they gave me what they could, and even increased it after I appealed.

4 College Student

Academics: My major is something I want to pursue in, which is Architectural Engineering. I work hard and study hard to try my best.

3 College Student

Off-Campus Dining: Food around campus is expensive.

3 College Student

Athletics: There is no football team.

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3 College Student

Campus Housing: Overall, Drexel's campus is up to date and stylish. It is in the city, which is a plus.

3 College Student

Scholarships: I would like to receive more financial aid, which is why I am also looking for scholarships.

3 College Student

Off-Campus Housing: You have to really search around for a good apartment for Junior year and beyond.

5 College Student

Majors: I plan on having a job next fall through Drexel's co-op

4 College Student

Majors: It's great. There are a lot of options to choose from and the curriculum is very good.

3 College Student

Scholarships: As of now I am on financial hold, due to being unable to get a loan, but me and my family are working on resolving this through getting scholarships.

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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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