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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: There are decent selections of fraternities and sororities.

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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: During my time at Drexel I have met wonderful people from all around the world, including Germany, China, France, Africa, etc. It is a wonderful experience to be exposed to different cultures and customs, which enriches the college experience.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I stayed in Kelly Hall. Hot/Cold air is controlled by maintenance, and is dependent on the season. However, I usually like the room cool, and in the winter the room was unbearably hot. In the summer the AC was not working for a couple months, which made staying inside uncomfortable. Overall, the freshman dorms are fairly decent, they are very spacious. Race Hall is the most modern besides, Millennium, which is reserved for honor students.

4 College Sophomore

Local Area: Thanks to UPenn Drexel Students have access to shops, a wide variety of restaurants, parties, etc. Also, Drexel is very close to Schuykill River, which is a great place for jogging, taking a walk, or clearing one's mind from studies.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Good variety and choices. Sometimes there are complaints about the food being undercooked.

2 College Junior

Health & Safety: There is really no way around it, you live and go to school in West Philadelphia. The police help sometimes, but unless a student is directly involved, you don't get an alert about it. Security sucks, the police can only do so much, and you live in a dangerous part of Philadelphia, so just be aware. Know where you can and can't go, and don't walk alone at night if you can help it.

4 College Junior

Party Scene: There is usually something going on at Drexel, usually at least one house party on any given weekend, and during the regular school year, there is sometimes a fraternity party or two. But if you're a guy, prepare to spend some money, no matter where you go. House parties usually charge for guys, and frat houses usually don't let guys in at all unless you know someone. Once you are over 21, everything changes though. Philadelphia has tons of bars and has awesome nightlife in general. Really, it depends on your age and how often you want to be stuck in a sketchy basement in West Philadelphia.

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3 College Junior

Drug Safety: A lot of people smoke weed at drexel. Its a popular way to deal with the stress of the quarter system, but its never a forced thing. If you don't smoke, its fine, if you do, its also fine, no one really cares. The Police have bigger problems to worry about, so its rare that people get in trouble for it. Not everyone smokes, but if you don't, just be okay with it being around, because its everywhere.

5 College Sophomore

Technology: There are macs and pcs, all different types. They are all new and work well.

5 College Sophomore

Transportation: Major city, many options of transportation and the school shuttle is free around philly.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: The campus is well maintained most of the time and is constantly improving.

4 College Senior

Athletics: The rec center is brand new and amazing- there is a rock wall, a big indoor pool, an indoor track, three floors of exercise equipment, and many rooms for free classes. There is a really nice basketball court and a bunch of practice basketball courts, 2 outdoor tennis courts and 4 indoor multi-purpose courts, a bunch of brand-new, swanky squash courts, an outdoor soccer stadium with turf and 2 beach volleyball courts. The facilities are top-notch. The most watched sport is basketball, and the games are well-attended, especially when the team is doing well.

2 College Senior

Party Scene: When there are frat parties, they are fun, but other than that, there aren't many parties on campus- if you're under 21, the nightlife is not so great. If you're over 21, there are clubs and bars, but you have to have cash flow to consistently have a good time.

3 College Junior

Majors: The process of getting in Nursing was pretty easy. It seems like Drexel accepts many smart students. The application is free online and I don't remember having to write an essay, if I did write one then it was very short. The problem is not many of these students are ready for the intense program. By softomore year in college, the major dropped by about 50%, many because of grades and financial problems and others who did not like the school.

5 College Junior

Diversity: Drexel University is a very diverse school. It has a large amount of student body and a good majority are international. At this school it is very common to be bilingual and many people are proud of their nationalities. There are many groups on campus that celebrate their culture for example Fight for Isreal, Jewish and Indian fraternities, Polish Society, FISDU etc. But I tend to see all races except each other well as there are many groups of friends that have all the cultures in them. It may be because Drexel is located in Philadelphia, an already diverse city.

4 College Junior

Technology: You can print 10 cents per page at the library otherwise you need your own printer. There aren't many computers at the library for the amount of students in the library but mostly everyone has their own laptop so it works out. If you don't, you could always rent a mac for free at the library or use their hp computers when available

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is very important for those who want a broad social life. Social life is possible without it though. They do a lot to help the community, but for the most part, they are known for the parties they throw.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: There is a lot of alcohol use around the school, but the peer pressure is very minimal. Most people respect your decision to drink or not drink without much questioning. If you get caught with alcohol, the consequences are very serious, and if you help a person with alcohol poisoning, even if you're also intoxicated, they let you off the hook. Saving that person's life is more important in that situation.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: The athletes at Drexel stick together. They practice together, study together, eat together, whatever activity you can think of doing that isn't personal, they stick together. They encourage each other on and off the field, and if they made it on any team at Drexel, that means they are the top of the line athlete. The school as a whole has very great school spirit. The faculty and students attend most, if not all games, and will travel to see them if possible.

3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Dress mainly like slobs, interests are materialistic

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5 College Freshman

Local Area: Philly is an amazing city I absolutely love it. There is so much to do.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I think if you are a guy Greek life is great, but if your a girl it is not necessary. Since the ratio is so off if your a girl you can get in to almost any party, any weekend for free.

4 College Freshman

Academics: I am a Architectural Engineering major. The work load is kind of intense, as with any engineering major. I really love it though because it allows me to be a little bit creative while still while still having a strong base in math ad science. I have the opportunity to take drafting classes at Westfall, our arts school, which is unique for an engineering major.

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4 College Freshman

Scholarships: Almost everyone at Drexel receives a scholarship. I got a really great scholarship but even with that I still have to pay more than I would at a state school because Drexel is so expensive. You can not let your grades go because you will lose your scholarship. I know more people who left because of financial reasons than any other reason.

4 College Freshman

Academics: As an engineering student the classes are really challenging. In order to do well you need to go to most of your classes, even non mandatory ones, study a lot on your own, and go get help if you need it. If you don't you will end up overwhelmed and under prepared when midterms and finals come around. At the beginning of the quarter it seems like you have a lot of time but ten weeks goes by incredibly quickly.

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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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