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4 College Student

Administration: Security is very strict about drug and alcohol use. Do not experiment with any of that on campus or they will catch you! And the harsh consequences are really not worth it.

4 College Student

Weather: Weather can be very bipolar in the Philadelphia area. It can be sunny now, and 5 minutes later the sky can be bitch black. A cute umbrella is a fashion staple for everyone here.

1 College Sophomore

Scholarships: There should be more scholarships for Drexel students.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: A lot of people complain about certain things here, but overall, I like Drexel. Its a good school if you actually care about your future. It will really set you up for success later on. Socially, you will meet a lot of awesome people and will have some awesome times with them. Not the biggest party school, but there are social options available (including parties) and everyone is really looking to have a good time, so it all works out fine. Drexel really is what you make of it. If you look at the negatives of it, you will hate it. If you focus on whats important and make the best of things, you will have a good experience overall and will come out of it prepared to lead a successful life.

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3 College Freshman

Party Scene: As far as parties go, at the beginning of the year they are a lot of fun and you meet lots of people through them. As the term progresses tho, they get worse and worse because there is less and less of them to go to and they get crowded. I have heard good things about the bars. Get a fake after freshman year. Also, being in Philly is awesome if you like going to concerts. There is constantly awesome options in that area, and its easy to get the the venues.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Great local pizza places and cafes, as well as tons of cheap but good food trucks. Most of the restaurants are open pretty late (2am) on weekend nights so you can grab some food on the way back from parties

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: Very repetative. Even with the best meal plan (blue), you are essentially able to go to the local fast food places (very limited) once per day without running out of dining dollars. Other than that, you are stuck with the dining hall, which is far away from the dorms and pretty poor quality.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Every professor I have had so far has been extremely smart, helpful, and kind. Many of the male teachers are really cool as well. The courses have all been structured fairly and I really have learned a lot since coming here. No complaints really.

3 College Senior

Drug Safety: Drug scene doesn't seem to big. I guess it depends on which crowd you hang around with. Drexel seems to be majority a drinking school as there are many bars to go to being in the city.

2 College Senior

Campus Food: Dragon Dining dollar options are poor. Not much variety tho I believe they are adding more options soon. Taco Bell, Starbucks, Currito, Subway, Chick-fil-a, and an expensive mini mart. Nothing great.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: The greek life at Drexel is not huge but it is not non-existent either. The greek life is here known for parties, charity events, and social events around campus. It's not absolutely required that you join one or anything to be able to go to social events or to mingle with people within the greek organization.

5 College Freshman

Majors: Despite being a biological sciences major, I have had internships for developing software and web-based applications companies. I am usually a back-end programmer working with a team of other developers and programmers. I develop the back-end coding and debug codes. I work full-time, 7 hours 5 days a week. My pay varies from internship to internship but the average pay I receive is 17 dollars per hour. I plan on taking another internship for 6 months during my fall/winter quarter term as a information technical support during my enrollment at Drexel.

3 College Freshman

Majors: I am currently a biological sciences/premed major and I have been trying to switch out to the computer science program since the summer before my enrollment at Drexel University. As much as I am passionate about the sciences, I have never ever signed up as a biological sciences when I had applied to Drexel. Unfortunately, the Drexel administration keep rejecting my plea to switch my major despite the fact that I am /PAYING/ for my degree. As of now, I am even more sure that I am not interested in the premed track as the first science courses were meant to weed out the premeds and discourage them from ever continuing on the premed track. None of the classes challenged me enough and required only /memorization/ rather than actually applying knowledge to skills.

My career goals are to start my own scientific research and technological advancement company and build my own technological platform (ambition goal of mine). I plan to an astrophysicist and collaborate with others in the astronomy/mathematics field to understand the universe. I also plan to design software applications to cater to society's technological needs.

Aside from that, I am currently enrolled in the 5 year 5 CO-OP (basically three 6 months internships),which is fantastic for students to build up on their experiences on their resumes when they graduate.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I feel very safe on Drexel's campus. There are police and public safety officers all around campus who will help if needed. I have never felt the need to ask for their assistance. We have a text alert system that tells us when and where there is any danger such as a robbery. I think that the security measures taken around the university are sufficient and make me feel safe.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life hosts events and parties, but doesn't dominate student life at Drexel University. I am not a member of Greek life and do not plan on joining, but I have friends who are and who really love it.

5 College Sophomore

Local Area: I love the atmosphere surrounding Drexel. It is just blocks away from Center City Philadelphia with so much to offer. The surrounding neighborhoods do not pose much of a threat to Drexel students. I love that the Art Museum and Fairmount Park are right around the corner, and The University of Pennsylvania's campus is in walking distance with even more shops, food, and entertainment. I love the location of my university!

3 College Student

Guys & Girls: Mostly people from the immediate area (Delaware, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey). If you're from around here, you'll fit in just fine. Some city folk, and some country folk but everyone mingles together evenly and starts to pick up the unique University City way of life, kind of city kind of college campus but not exactly either

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3 College Student

Greek Life: I personally am not part of Greek life at Drexel. I know some people in frats and sororities, but other than that I don't have much of a connection. It's definitely not a status thing, there are many different activities that people are a part of and Greek life is one of them.

3 College Student

Campus Housing: All the traditional dorms are about the same. Honestly not worth the money to pay more for a double. Towers is cheaper and you gain a better relationship with your floor. If you don't live in Towers, chances are you're going to be hanging out in Towers if you have a few friends in there.

4 College Senior

Scholarships: Unfortunately, as a part-time graduate student, I did not receive any financial aid. All of my schooling is being funded through student loans.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: The shuttlebuses around the school are more or less reliable. Personally, I never had a problem with them, and I only need them to go to the Center City campus. The ride is about 10 minutes long. Philadelphia's public transportation is a bit confusing and a bit neglected from cleaning procedures.

5 College Sophomore

Weather: There is about a 10 minute walk maximum to any building on the main campus and even smaller for Center City Campus.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There is plenty to choose from around the Philadelphia area; however, I personally feel that the selection near the college is in one of the worst places in the city of Philadelphia. Public Safety officers are responsible to patrol the area, which adds security, but the choices for housing do not look secure themselves. However, if one would like a nicer apartment, it will cost big bucks due to city living.

4 Recent Alumnus

Majors: As a Drexel alumna, the undergraduate engineering program at Drexel offered a surprising entry into education as my professional path. The experience gained from the cooperative education internships were invaluable for gaining a peek into what are some of the expectations in industry and finding ways to incorporate those lessons to my students. Earning a graduate degree in my field, will enable me to keep my skill sets fresh and define my entrepreneurial ideas.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: It is located in center city, so it has the night life and good food that the area has to offer.

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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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