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3 College Freshman

Athletics: The athletics here are well respected, however don't get much funding.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There's a few housing options to chose from off campus. However, it is very expensive.

2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There's not much around and its fairly expensive.

2 College Freshman

Scholarships: It has been an ongoing process that never seems to end and keeps being dragged on.

2 College Freshman

Party Scene: Not much goes on during the weekends.

2 College Freshman

Campus Food: All the eating places under our meal plan are bad and all the places that are somewhat good need to be paid for out of pocket.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The dorms are very small and don't provide the best furniture. No one on our floor interacts with one another. Housing is far from classes.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Not a lot of people attend sports games

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Off-campus dining is better than on-campus

3 College Freshman

Administration: The school isn't very strict

2 College Freshman

Scholarships: Getting financial aid is a huge headache. It's an ongoing, confusing process.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: I'm not really into the whole party scene but it is decent enough

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: The food isn't all that good, but it's decent. Using all the meal swipes is hard since the Hans is out of the way from the dorms and my classes. The food at Northside is also more expensive than at a grocery store. It also gets boring eating the same things all the time.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Living on campus was a great idea. It keeps me involved socially and academically. I'm always meeting new people and the atmosphere and diversity is great. It is also very convenient since I live almost two hours away. That would've been a horrible commute.

5 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: I met my significant other at orientation so I'm obviously thrilled with that!

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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: International students are forced to buy the health care plan.

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3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: They try their absolute best to make your freshman year as nice as possible. Obviously that is an administrator's concept of what 18-year-olds want but they really really try. After that... well lets just say the treatment is not so special. I had a blast my first term and only which I had done even more. As time passes it's easy to fall deep into a pit of nihilism though.

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3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Overall its a very good education but I cannot stress how important it is to understand what niche market it is. If you want to go to college for the specific purpose of getting a job related to your major it is literally perfect. If you want the traditional liberal arts education it's something you need to think about. It has a pretty good regional reputation, but most people on the west coast have never heard of it if that matters to you. In short, if you want to study engineering and only engineering and get a job as an engineer immediately after graduation you will be very satisfied with Drexel.

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: You typically do 3 separate 6-month full time "internships" (co-ops) and a lot of people accept job offers from places they did their co-ops. This is the single best thing about the university and it does incredibly well at helping students get a job after graduation.

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4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Not a whole lot of people are in it but you'd think everyone is the way the university promotes them. They're not especially rowdy or obnoxious and do quite a few charity events throughout the year. All in all they're pretty cool. Not involved in greek life my self but have a few friends who are and they all have they heads screwed on tight :)

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Athletics: If you're interested in it it's there but I wouldn't consider it a big deal. I don't know anyone who has ever going to a basketball game sadly. But the people who are into our sports really care.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There's a database website which is really helpful. You can find some nice inexpensive places on there. Its best to use the website first since off-campus housing has to be approved else you get fined.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Be careful, you can get scammed into paying way too much for what is really cheap quality housing. Go a few blocks closer to Penn and you can get an apartment or rent a room in a house for way less than the dorms with more freedom, privacy and comfort. I love living off campus, and it really helped to improve my mood knowing that I was saving and gaining by moving just a few blocks away.

3 College Freshman

Administration: The university subscribes to the TSA approach to security. Which makes your parents feel much better since Philly gets a bad rap for being dangerous (this neighbor hood is perfectly fine and there's literally nothing to do in the sketchy parts of Philly so you have little to worry about!). It get more frustrating over time and it can be quite 1984-esque since everything is recorded and monitored and restricted (you aren't even allowed to enter the library if you have a temporary student ID).

2 College Freshman

Campus Food: It's not that *everything* tastes bad but the value is terrible. You're forced to buy monopoly money that can only be spent at store that are marked up. A 5oz jar of nutella costs $10 for goodness sake! However, after your first year you don't have to buy the meal plan and eat quite well for less than half the cost :) There are really great grocery stores and restaurants in walking distance so it gets much better after your first year!

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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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