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3 College Freshman

Scholarships: The process itself was a little long but simple. All that was needed was financial information from your parents and yourself. After you apply, you should visit the college to confirm.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: The free Drexel buses are good, and you can use Septa to take you any were in or around the city. If you don't want to walk

3 College Sophomore

Majors: It was relatively easy getting in to school, I had an average SAT but a high GPA and tons of volunteer work under my belt.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: They're pretty lenient. Just don't get caught doing the same thing twice.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: Drexel has an decent co-op program that will land with a full time job as you take a six month break to gain the experience from your work.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: Other than my Calc1 teacher everyone was pretty pretty fair and easy to understand. However, my first English teacher was amazing!

4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: I did not live on campus but when I have visited friends, the parking was the biggest issue. Parking is not included and you must pay $100+ a month to park your car.

4 Recent Alumnus

Administration: Drexel's campus is very strict on underage drinking and drug use. This is a very important aspect to a college campus in order to keep everyone safe.

3 Recent Alumnus

Technology: There are computers in the libraries on both the main and center city campuses but most times, they are taken. It is important to have your own computer.

5 Recent Alumnus

Majors: 6-month COOP is a paid internship with a company/hospital that you must apply to. During this time, some institutions require a CO-OP project be completed. Many times, these companies may keep a person employed after graduation.

3 College Junior

Campus Food: There is only one dining hall on Drexel's campus. It's currently being renovated.. and there is talk of a new one arriving at some point but it is not yet in the making. There is a bit of variety at the dining hall but the variety really doesn't change. Meaning, there are about five categories you could choose from and those categories don't change. After a while the dining hall can lose its' sparkle so there are other options on campus like cafe's and fast food places that are pretty good like Chick-fil-A and Currito (like Chipotle).

4 College Junior

Local Area: Drexel is located in the city of Philadelphia. It is right near the river and boathouse row where people often like to go for a picnic or for a jog. Its especially attractive in the fall. It's also very close to the Philadelphia Art Museum which is nice for certain class assignments. Philly is also a city that is easy to adapt to. It is not too large or too overwhelming and it's also pretty quiet on the weekends. As a student from the suburbs, it was easy to get used to and it was fun because there is always something to do in the city and there is almost always a form of cheap public transit that can get you where you need to go.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: On-Campus Housing is pretty nice but also really expensive so most people after their freshman or sophomore year lean towards living off campus. Depending on what someone is looking for, prices aren't too bad. Apartments can be pretty expensive especially if it is in a nicer area. Row homes or town houses though can be pretty cheap especially if you move into one with a bunch of friends. The only issue with finding a house is finding a good area, and also finding a reliable landlord who isn't looking to screw anyone over and is willing to come chase the rats out or replace the oven if needed.

5 College Junior

Diversity: I would say overall Drexel is a very diverse campus. There are people from everywhere. There is definitely a large group of people that are from the Tri-state area or Pennsylvania naturally. But there are also people I've met from Hawaii, Europe, China, India etc. People at the school are very accepting to other races and cultures. I've never seen Drexel as a clique-y school. Drexel also makes it a point to offer certain opportunities to certain groups of people, for example there are international study groups as well as learning communities in dorms.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life is not very big at Drexel. There are fraternities and sororities but there are not nearly as much in other places or at maybe a state school. There is a house for each frat or sorority (except for a couple new one that just arrived on campus) that are usually row homes that can fit up two about 18-20 students in it to live. I wouldn't say that Greek Life is really active around campus and if it is, typically not everyone is informed or people don't really know what is going on. It's not a big deal whether you are involved in Greek Life or not involved at my school. When you know about frat parties, mostly everyone can attend and those can be fun. But Greek Life is not exclusive at Drexel.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: The actual dining options that are on your meal plan aren't that great but you can't expect much more for college food options. The great thing about going to school in the city is that there are alternate food options EVERYWHERE. But the downside is this can be very expensive. Food trucks are a great alternative because many are cheap and there are a ton on campus.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The freshman dorms at Drexel vary a lot as far as how nice they are and what to expect for floor community. There are suite style dorms which are very nice, but do not offer great floor community. Some dorms have coed floors which can have its pros and cons as far as getting alone with everyone. Then there are traditional dorms, which is what I had. This style is great for floor community but ONLY if the floor has a common area. Other wise you will not really get to know anyone unless your RA makes a real effort. Regardless, all dorms are in one area of campus which is great! Cost is very expensive but you can make up for it by not getting on campus housing the next years you are in college.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I have never felt unsafe on Drexel's actual campus. But you do need to take precautions such as not walking alone at night and locking your door. Because this is a city campus you need to be smart and realize that if you go outside of the actual campus there is less security. Over all the campus security does a good job of trying to limit suspicious activity on campus.

4 College Junior

Diversity: The campus is very diverse! there are people from different countries, cultures, and religions all over campus. People are very accepting and I've never seen racism on campus

5 College Junior

Party Scene: On the weekends, you can always find parties on campus. If you're not the party type and are of age, you can ALWAYS find an excellent club or bar! Center City is a 10 min subway ride away and has so many great nightlife options! not to mention, once you're all partied out, you can go and enjoy a delicious Philly Cheesesteak from Geno's!

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5 College Junior

Local Area: Drexel is right near the museums that Philly has to offer; you can walk or take the shuttle. And Walnut Street Shopping is only a subway ride away!

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: The off-campus dining options are awesome! Whether you walk to Sansom to eat some delicious sushi at Pod or you take a taxi to center city, the dining options are never ending

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4 College Sophomore

Weather: Typical northeastern weather. You definitely have all four seasons and can get a lot of rain or snow.

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Not really visable on campus. There is a zero tolerance rule which is strictly enforced.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: There are some sports (like Basketball) that get a lot of attention since the teams were in the NIT tournaments. There are also a lot of club sports available for people who want to play for fun.

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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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