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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I have had a great experience with my housing. I live in a safe neighborhood in a beautiful apartment. However, the tradeoff is in cost. Because of where I chose to live for my safety and well-being, I pay a huge price in housing.

4 College Sophomore

Local Area: Philadelphia is home to many colleges and universities. As a result, it is a young, vibrant city with many students and young professionals. There is great nightlife, and the restaurants are top notch. There are also different museums, including an art museum and a medical anomalies museum. Safety depends on where you go in the city. Be smart, and you'll be fine.

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5 College Sophomore

Academics: My program has phenomenal professors, courses, and clinical experiences. We are properly prepared for the career from the minute we enroll. It is a lot of work, but it's worth keeping up.

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5 College Sophomore

Academics: The quarter system does not work for everyone, but I love it. The fast pace keeps me constantly reviewing, and I learn the material much more thoroughly.

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3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I got a very nicely sized scholarship, but the financial aid process was all done very close to the semester starting, meaning there were months in which I had no idea what my finances would look like during school.

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: On the Center City campus, where I spend the majority of my time, I feel very safe.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: There aren't a lot of places to eat, but the places that exists are okay.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: Philadelphia has pretty typical mid-atlantic weather. It's unpredictable. As long as you dress in layers, you're usually fine.

5 College Junior

Transportation: Public transportation is great at Drexel. SEPTA, the main form of public transportation has several modes of transportation fairly close to campus. The buses, trains, and subways generally run late and taxis ride through the campus frequently.

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3 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek Life is there at Drexel but it is not overwhelming. They are involved and volunteer in the community but also hold parties in their downtime. If you are not apart of Greek Life, it is okay. There is a great balance between people that go Greek and those that do not.

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3 College Junior

Drug Safety: Its contingent on who you hang out with. I'm a graduate student who doesn't live on campus so I cant really provide any worthwhile insight to this.

2 College Freshman

Administration: Drexel is extremely strict when it comes to violations of the drug policy and academic dishonesty. There is a zero tolerance for both...However, they are more of a "if we don't see it, its not happening" when it comes to underage drinking. they know its going to happen, but as long as youre quiet about it and arent breaking things and being obnoxious, then you'll be fine.

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5 College Freshman

Technology: the labs are pretty crowded during midterms and finals, but besides that, its not to hard to get access to a computer if needed. The campus has good WiFi so you can use your laptop anywhere.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: We have very new buildings, and very old buildings. The new ones are amazing, but the old ones feel like a prison. I loved living in a suite style my freshman year, it gave me more privacy and I was able to study in my room while my roomates were in our living room.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: I think Drexel lacks a lot of school spirit. a lot of students wish we had a football team and I agree with them. Our basketball team is decent, but we had a disappointing season this year.

5 College Junior

Majors: It is really good major. I maintain a GPA above 3.5 and I'm an international transfer student.

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3 College Sophomore

Parking: You definitely don't need a car - a lot of people have bikes and you can also walk/take public transportation most places. If you do have a car, there are a lot of places close to campus where you can park for free, but it can sometimes be difficult to find a space, especially on the weekends. Also, Philadelphia Parking Authority is pretty harsh. Most people I know with cars on campus have gotten a parking ticket at least once.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: A lot of students at Drexel live off-campus. Apartments and houses are easy to find. Because we're in a city, housing can get pretty expensive, but if you're willing to live a little bit farther away from campus you may end up paying less. I don't really feel the need to complain about the price of my off-campus housing because I love where I live. Philly is awesome.

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2 College Sophomore

Greek Life: From my perspective, Greek Life is annoying anywhere, so I don't think I would give it a good grade regardless of what school I went to. But I think I should add that Drexel's Greek Life is kind of weird in that if you aren't a part of it, you are excluded from most of their parties. Guys are pretty much never allowed at a frat party unless they are part of Greek Life, and for unaffiliated girls there are only a limited number of "open socials." This isn't to say that there aren't things to do at Drexel. I am more than happy to never go to a frat party.

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3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: I don't eat near campus very often. Tons of food trucks in the area. Tons of restaurants too. all within walking distance.

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3 College Senior

Scholarships: The lady I spoke with in Financial Aid is awesome. But the whole process is completely screwed up. I need to go back and actually speak with them some more.

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1 College Junior

Parking: Being in the city, most if not all parking spots are on the street, and unless you only plan to park for two hours in a free space a little off campus (which are also hard to come by), you'll be paying $1-2 an hour, if you're lucky enough to find a space. Parking availability typically depends on the time of day, but if you're trying to park during business hours, be prepared to park way out of your way. Drexel parking lots are also reserved for students with parking permits only, which cost $450 a term. Outrageous costs that aren't worth the money. Plan on walking everywhere and you'll save yourself a ton.

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4 College Junior

Campus Quality: Many students are not a fan of the quarter system at Drexel, but it actually provides us with benefits that many students at other universities do not obtain. For instance, we take more diverse classes throughout our college career due to the 10-week terms. Our Co-op program is also very highly regarded. If you are a four year student, you work at one six-month co-op, many of which are paid, full time positions. Five year students work three six-month co-ops. Often, students co-op abroad to gain a different perspective. There are also many program-specific internship programs that allows you to enter the workforce earlier as a more hands-on asset to a company.

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3 College Junior

Administration: In dorms, the drinking policy is moderately strict and the drug policy is "they catch you and you die." Essentially. Many students have been caught with drugs in their dorms and have been immediately expelled. Academically, it's a bit different. You are placed on academic probation and your account is on hold if you earn under a 3.0 overall in a term, and after three times, you are expelled for academic violations. Basically, stay on track here and you'll be fine. If you're looking to party, go elsewhere.

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4 College Junior

Campus Quality: Being in Philadelphia, Drexel often has events on the streets and in different spaces on campus. Often, there are free events in different buildings to promote Drexel pride, which unfortunately falls a little short around here. The building are state-of-the-art and the athletic centers are fantastic, though the library can use some remodeling. Student hangouts are everywhere, and being so close to the city ensures a ton to do on weekends other than typical college parties.

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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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