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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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4 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: Employers love seeing students from Drexel since we do have rigorous programs. Also, having done co-op/internship always looks great on a resume since it shows you have work experience in your future career setting.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: I believe our public safety is very good on campus. We have officers that will personally escort us home if we feel unsafe at any time.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: Housing options are okay. The pricing is a bit ridiculous, however the social atmosphere is great. The process isn't too difficult, it's just the pricing.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: I honestly don't know much about the Greek life since I was not involved. However, many of my friends are involved and they love it.

4 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: I personally loved my experience at Drexel. Yes co-op and not having a summer is tough but overall I am very pleased with everything I learned and gained from my Drexel experience.

4 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: Drexel offers multiple athletic opportunities to students. The fan support and school spirit could be better, but it is difficult when the school doesn't have a football team and our big team sports like basketball don't have the best ranking.

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: Being online is a very different culture.

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3 College Junior

Athletics: As an online graduate student I do not participant.

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3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Courses were nice if the professor was good. It all depended on the professor

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: You really needed to seek help and faculty to have a chance at getting a job.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: i am glad that public safety is available and that you can always rely on someone to walk you home. However, it is rarely used because it takes too long.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Housing was nice but expensive. I am glad I moved off campus to save money/

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is available if you want to be a part of it but not necessary. I don't think there is any Greek snobbiness or such; just another way for people to be involved if they want.

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3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Drexel is nice in the sense that it is in the city and allows you to take advantage of all the city has to offer. However, classes could be better;

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The campus is very safe. I have never felt unsafe while on campus. The only times I have ever felt unsafe while attending Drexel has been while off campus. Public safety officers are always in sight.

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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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