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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Drexel offers a plethora of opportunities to get invovled and make the most of your time here. I really enjoy being a tour guide for the Student Ambassadors program and I’m looking forward to the unique collection of classes I will be taking through the honors program. Coming from a very non-diverse high school I have been pleasantly surprised by how much diversity we have amongst students and facultly. The location of the school is in a perfect mix of upperclass urban atmosphere with hints of historical aspects. The endless options for public transportation make it easy and affordable to explore the city, and Philly is known very well for its savory and memorable food.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: They have excellent help available when you need it online.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: The online program is annoying because of the busy work provided because you're not physically in a classroom.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: When I meet people and they find out that I am attending Drexel - their first question is "Majoring in Engineering" That in itself says a lot about the school and its reputation.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I have basically been taking general classes, just now starting to take courses in my choose field of study. I find the professors generally to be very helpful and accommodating when I have questions. I have only had one professor that was very difficult to understand due to his accent.

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I feel very comfortable walking around campus with the amount of Drexel security and Philadelphia police around campus - plus being near U of P their security is in areas that I visit also.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I am very fortunate to have made great friends and we all share a suite in North. I like that I don't have to pay for wash. The suite could be a updated with new paint, flooring and should have been cleaned before we moved in for the price we pay - but it is a college dorm and with the other expensive options for off campus living what we live in now is OK.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I really cannot comment on Greek life. I have no interest in joining a fraternity nor do I have any friends that have joined.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: I really do not attend spring events at our school. I am involved in the ski club/race team and other clubs. I attend more of the Philadelphia team sporting events.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: I felt pretty secure when visiting the campus as there were security guards posted at entrances. They would not allow you to enter until you presented your ID. Also, buildings were locked.

5 College Senior

Overall Experience: From going to Accepted Student Day, the professors showed the very many opportunities that were available to us and help us get set up in starting our careers after graduation. They even brought an alumni that went through the program to tell us about it. Great atmosphere. Great professors. Great education. Great job availability.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: I haven't began here yet but I am very excited to start classes.

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1 College Freshman

Academics: Tough classes, but mostly busy work. Instructors are mostly top notch. You don't take meaningful classes until midway through second year, at which point a lot of people transfer out and are stuck with debt and a lease for the next year.

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4 College Freshman

Diversity: Drexel, much like Philadelphia, is incredibly diverse. Many people are tolerant beyond belief and don't see any difference between people.

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1 College Freshman

Drug Safety: We have policies against drug/alcohol use?

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2 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Drexel praises it's public safety, but they have no part on campus besides swiping ID cards at the front desks of residence halls. Drexel police is great though. They respond almost immediately. There are also emergency stations at almost every corner and building.

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I've had a lot of great teachers. Most of the instructors and professors genuinely care and want to help students succeed. Many are approachable and give you unlimited opportunities to connect with them. Class sizes are either around 15 people or filled lecture halls. There are so many courses that you could take, but almost all of them are restricted by major.

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: You'll get a job. Not so sure about a career.

2 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Social atmosphere is good. The diversity helps with this. It doesn't matter who you are, you'll find a group within the first month. RAs don't do anything worthwhile and bug you to go to events that they run because they want attention from their bosses. The buildings themselves are pathetic. Most of them are in shambles. Hot water doesn't work for a couple of days each month. You don't get a say in temperatures, even if you have a heater/air conditioner, its either hot or cold. The only dorm with room to live in are suite-style, which is great if thats the dorm life you want. Unsurprisingly, the suite-style dorms always smell like weed.

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1 College Freshman

Greek Life: They're primarily assholes. To each his own, but frats are annoying. You'll know someone is in a frat less than a minute after meeting them because they'll shake your hand, tell you there name, and tell you what house they belong to.

2 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Drexel is diverse and expensive, but if you want a unique college experience, look somewhere else. "Drexel is difference" is plastered everywhere and thats the message the university pushes on new undergrads. I'll tell you what though: having reached the end of my first year, Drexel is built up of ambitious and greedy administrators who know how to manipulate students.

While looking at Drexel as an education option, I recognized the challenge presented to me by the university. 11 week (including exam week) terms on a quarter schedule, with the average credits per term hovering around 18. I wanted a challenge and Drexel showed me they had it. What they don't tell you is that in the majority of these classes, there is no learning until the last 3 weeks. The first 7 being all busy work to "prepare you" for the exam/final project/paper. If you are absolutely sure that you want a degree from Drexel in whatever field, then by all means spend $70k a year for it. But if you have even a but of hesitation, don't bother. You won't have an actual class that is worthy of college until halfway through your second year, and by then you will already be in debt for the next 15-20 years. If you figure out that you don't want to pursue the major anymore, you can switch majors and start all over and go deeper into debt, or you can transfer somewhere else and start over.

Let's talk Civic Engagement. Drexel and UPenn have been effectively building up West Philadelphia for a decade now under the banner that they want to help the impoverished and the low quality of life. What they don't tell you is that all they are doing is making it impossible for those West Philadelphians to live. Drexel buys up a block in Powelton, tears down what was there (displacing anyone who lived there), then builds small and pretty-looking more expensive housing for it's students (low cost compared to the mandatory on-campus residence fess, not to the local housing). I'm out of space, but don't go to Drexel.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I've been very impressed with this school. I'm about to handle two jobs and classes. It's nice to have the option to better yourself if you're willing to put in the work. All of my professors have been very kind and their expertise is top notch. I wish the school wasn't so expensive and I wish there were ways to have a "social group" for those of us who are remote and are already working professionals with families. I would love to get to know my peers and professors better. But for the most part I love this school and I recommend it to anyone who is in a similar situation.

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: There are plenty of options to choose from, even for online!

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: This school is incredibly flexible. I work a full time and a part time job and I'm a single parent. Drexel has made is possible for me to go to school even with all of that going on. Now all I have to do is study and make the grades.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: I had a great experience with my courses and professors. They were all very helpful and the class sizes were always small enough to provide a good learning experience.

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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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