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4 College Senior

Guys & Girls: You will find a mixture of individuals with different ethnicity, culture, gender, religion, and activities. You should find someone on campus with similar interest and background.

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5 College Senior

Transportation: Public transportation is available all around the campus. The bus system from early morning to late at night, trolley system, close to amtrak station, and subway service.

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3 College Freshman

Parking: Having a car on campus is not necessary for classes; they are all fairly close together. However, if you do bring your car, parking is expensive because Drexel is in the city. For almost all of the lots through the school parking is $450 a term. The cheapest you can find is a lot for $99 a month, which is still pricey. They are very strict with parking there and if you park illegally on a street you will receive a ticket.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: I'm at a satellite campus so we do not have on campus dining. There is a little cafe but that is it. There are not very many restaurants around us so selection is sparse. On the bright side, there are always events going on and any leftovers are fair game for the students.

4 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: I am at a satellite campus. It is pretty small and in a safe area. We are in a building with security at the main entrance. So this adds to the sense of safety at the school.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: The policies about visitors is stupid. However most policies designated for protection of students are vital. Philadelphia is not the safest place so these rules are necessary.

4 College Sophomore

Local Area: Philadelphia is always bustling, without it Drexel would not be nearly as enjoyable.

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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: If you are involved, greek life seems rather enjoyable! However they are also exclusive and uninviting to guests. The parties are typically segregated to females and frat brothers. Formals are a great time!

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: The people here are a little weird. There is still some drama that goes on that should have ended in high school. Students dress normal, nothing special. Partying and social life only happens at the begging of the quarters and dies down a lot as it goes on.

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1 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I had to do a lot of verifying and annoying paperwork before I received the financial aid I was promised before attending. Even then I still did not receive everything I was promised.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Drexel definitely has a lot less visible drug and alcohol use than other schools I have visited, but it is still there and accessible.

1 College Student

Parking: You have to pay for parking since we are in the city and it is very expensive.

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4 College Student

Administration: Zero tolerance for drugs and alcohol. If caught you will be suspended for a long time.

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3 College Student

Off-Campus Housing: You have to get it while you can. It's over priced and sometimes you can't find housing.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: I have not used Drexel's transportation yet from what my friends have told me it is fairly easy. Mostly the use of the subway has been easy. Once you get used to which direction to go then it is simple. Even with transportation, walking anywhere is still quick enough if going into center city.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The campus itself is convenient in that you can walk everywhere. Freshmen dorms are going to be freshmen dorms but Race suite style was an upgrade. The upperclassmen usually get better as you go or else just end up with an apartment on campus.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: For the most part all the teachers are very helpful. The general education classes can be a bit much but for individual help the professors are willing to go out of the way to help. As a psychology major most of the teachers are very easy to get along with and the classes are interesting.

4 College Freshman

Weather: The weather does not really get too crazy. Everything is walking distance so getting places is quick. Weather rarely cancels classes unless there is a freak hurricane instance. It rains a good bit during the spring but rest of the year is pretty good.

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: The reason I chose Drexel is because there are so many vast groups of people. There are the art kids but there are also the engineers; there are film majors but there are also BioMeds. You can essentially choose whichever group of friends you'd like, since the options are so wide.

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3 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life at Drexel is more of a popularity matter than anything else. Sure, fraternities or sororities do community work or social events, but mostly students join to meet friends, interact with their sister/brother fraternity/sorority, and drink. Most parties are not frat parties because you have to be invited, but it's better than walking into random parties on a Friday night.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: Being a fairly wealthy school and dwelling in West Philadelphia, Drexel does have a recognizable drug scene, but it is very easy to avoid. Drinking is quite popular among all students, but there are some groups or organizations that enjoy other activities.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: Hate the rainy winters and frequent rainy summer. Not too crazy about the sticky humidity in the summer, but the sunshine is great.

4 College Sophomore

Local Area: Since its a metropolitan, every street is different. I tend to run out of ideas on what to do, but my favorites are South Street, which is a hippie-like district, and Center City, which has tons of restaurants and nice but expensive shops. It's also right next to UPenn, which has a ton more restaurants and shops than our campus.

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2 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Such a pain in the ass. Wrote an appeal, but didn't get a heads up that they received all my documents till 3/4 weeks later after I sent in 2 emails and a voicemail. After they called back, they still haven't even reviewed the documents, and I'm still waiting on a final decision when school is starting in 22 days for me. When it comes to financial aid, Drexel is extremely stingy, even though they're the 3rd most expensive school in the nation and have a huge sum of funds...they're so frustrating.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Public safety is always available tore dive phone calls, and if you're scared to go somewhere alone, you can call to have someone escort you.

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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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