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Reviews 2459 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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5 College Junior

Majors: It is really good major. I maintain a GPA above 3.5 and I'm an international transfer student.

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3 College Sophomore

Parking: You definitely don't need a car - a lot of people have bikes and you can also walk/take public transportation most places. If you do have a car, there are a lot of places close to campus where you can park for free, but it can sometimes be difficult to find a space, especially on the weekends. Also, Philadelphia Parking Authority is pretty harsh. Most people I know with cars on campus have gotten a parking ticket at least once.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: A lot of students at Drexel live off-campus. Apartments and houses are easy to find. Because we're in a city, housing can get pretty expensive, but if you're willing to live a little bit farther away from campus you may end up paying less. I don't really feel the need to complain about the price of my off-campus housing because I love where I live. Philly is awesome.

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2 College Sophomore

Greek Life: From my perspective, Greek Life is annoying anywhere, so I don't think I would give it a good grade regardless of what school I went to. But I think I should add that Drexel's Greek Life is kind of weird in that if you aren't a part of it, you are excluded from most of their parties. Guys are pretty much never allowed at a frat party unless they are part of Greek Life, and for unaffiliated girls there are only a limited number of "open socials." This isn't to say that there aren't things to do at Drexel. I am more than happy to never go to a frat party.

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3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: I don't eat near campus very often. Tons of food trucks in the area. Tons of restaurants too. all within walking distance.

4 people found this useful Report
3 College Senior

Scholarships: The lady I spoke with in Financial Aid is awesome. But the whole process is completely screwed up. I need to go back and actually speak with them some more.

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1 College Junior

Parking: Being in the city, most if not all parking spots are on the street, and unless you only plan to park for two hours in a free space a little off campus (which are also hard to come by), you'll be paying $1-2 an hour, if you're lucky enough to find a space. Parking availability typically depends on the time of day, but if you're trying to park during business hours, be prepared to park way out of your way. Drexel parking lots are also reserved for students with parking permits only, which cost $450 a term. Outrageous costs that aren't worth the money. Plan on walking everywhere and you'll save yourself a ton.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Campus Quality: Many students are not a fan of the quarter system at Drexel, but it actually provides us with benefits that many students at other universities do not obtain. For instance, we take more diverse classes throughout our college career due to the 10-week terms. Our Co-op program is also very highly regarded. If you are a four year student, you work at one six-month co-op, many of which are paid, full time positions. Five year students work three six-month co-ops. Often, students co-op abroad to gain a different perspective. There are also many program-specific internship programs that allows you to enter the workforce earlier as a more hands-on asset to a company.

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3 College Junior

Administration: In dorms, the drinking policy is moderately strict and the drug policy is "they catch you and you die." Essentially. Many students have been caught with drugs in their dorms and have been immediately expelled. Academically, it's a bit different. You are placed on academic probation and your account is on hold if you earn under a 3.0 overall in a term, and after three times, you are expelled for academic violations. Basically, stay on track here and you'll be fine. If you're looking to party, go elsewhere.

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4 College Junior

Campus Quality: Being in Philadelphia, Drexel often has events on the streets and in different spaces on campus. Often, there are free events in different buildings to promote Drexel pride, which unfortunately falls a little short around here. The building are state-of-the-art and the athletic centers are fantastic, though the library can use some remodeling. Student hangouts are everywhere, and being so close to the city ensures a ton to do on weekends other than typical college parties.

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4 College Senior

Greek Life: If Greek life is what you enjoy then you should not have a problem.

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4 College Senior

Guys & Girls: You will find a mixture of individuals with different ethnicity, culture, gender, religion, and activities. You should find someone on campus with similar interest and background.

4 people found this useful Report
5 College Senior

Transportation: Public transportation is available all around the campus. The bus system from early morning to late at night, trolley system, close to amtrak station, and subway service.

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3 College Freshman

Parking: Having a car on campus is not necessary for classes; they are all fairly close together. However, if you do bring your car, parking is expensive because Drexel is in the city. For almost all of the lots through the school parking is $450 a term. The cheapest you can find is a lot for $99 a month, which is still pricey. They are very strict with parking there and if you park illegally on a street you will receive a ticket.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: I'm at a satellite campus so we do not have on campus dining. There is a little cafe but that is it. There are not very many restaurants around us so selection is sparse. On the bright side, there are always events going on and any leftovers are fair game for the students.

4 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: I am at a satellite campus. It is pretty small and in a safe area. We are in a building with security at the main entrance. So this adds to the sense of safety at the school.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: The policies about visitors is stupid. However most policies designated for protection of students are vital. Philadelphia is not the safest place so these rules are necessary.

4 College Sophomore

Local Area: Philadelphia is always bustling, without it Drexel would not be nearly as enjoyable.

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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: If you are involved, greek life seems rather enjoyable! However they are also exclusive and uninviting to guests. The parties are typically segregated to females and frat brothers. Formals are a great time!

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: The people here are a little weird. There is still some drama that goes on that should have ended in high school. Students dress normal, nothing special. Partying and social life only happens at the begging of the quarters and dies down a lot as it goes on.

1 person found this useful Report
1 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I had to do a lot of verifying and annoying paperwork before I received the financial aid I was promised before attending. Even then I still did not receive everything I was promised.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Drexel definitely has a lot less visible drug and alcohol use than other schools I have visited, but it is still there and accessible.

1 College Student

Parking: You have to pay for parking since we are in the city and it is very expensive.

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4 College Student

Administration: Zero tolerance for drugs and alcohol. If caught you will be suspended for a long time.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Student

Off-Campus Housing: You have to get it while you can. It's over priced and sometimes you can't find housing.


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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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