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Reviews 2460 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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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.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: I have not used Drexel's transportation yet from what my friends have told me it is fairly easy. Mostly the use of the subway has been easy. Once you get used to which direction to go then it is simple. Even with transportation, walking anywhere is still quick enough if going into center city.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The campus itself is convenient in that you can walk everywhere. Freshmen dorms are going to be freshmen dorms but Race suite style was an upgrade. The upperclassmen usually get better as you go or else just end up with an apartment on campus.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: For the most part all the teachers are very helpful. The general education classes can be a bit much but for individual help the professors are willing to go out of the way to help. As a psychology major most of the teachers are very easy to get along with and the classes are interesting.

4 College Freshman

Weather: The weather does not really get too crazy. Everything is walking distance so getting places is quick. Weather rarely cancels classes unless there is a freak hurricane instance. It rains a good bit during the spring but rest of the year is pretty good.

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: The reason I chose Drexel is because there are so many vast groups of people. There are the art kids but there are also the engineers; there are film majors but there are also BioMeds. You can essentially choose whichever group of friends you'd like, since the options are so wide.

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3 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life at Drexel is more of a popularity matter than anything else. Sure, fraternities or sororities do community work or social events, but mostly students join to meet friends, interact with their sister/brother fraternity/sorority, and drink. Most parties are not frat parties because you have to be invited, but it's better than walking into random parties on a Friday night.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: Being a fairly wealthy school and dwelling in West Philadelphia, Drexel does have a recognizable drug scene, but it is very easy to avoid. Drinking is quite popular among all students, but there are some groups or organizations that enjoy other activities.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: Hate the rainy winters and frequent rainy summer. Not too crazy about the sticky humidity in the summer, but the sunshine is great.

4 College Sophomore

Local Area: Since its a metropolitan, every street is different. I tend to run out of ideas on what to do, but my favorites are South Street, which is a hippie-like district, and Center City, which has tons of restaurants and nice but expensive shops. It's also right next to UPenn, which has a ton more restaurants and shops than our campus.

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2 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Such a pain in the ass. Wrote an appeal, but didn't get a heads up that they received all my documents till 3/4 weeks later after I sent in 2 emails and a voicemail. After they called back, they still haven't even reviewed the documents, and I'm still waiting on a final decision when school is starting in 22 days for me. When it comes to financial aid, Drexel is extremely stingy, even though they're the 3rd most expensive school in the nation and have a huge sum of funds...they're so frustrating.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Public safety is always available tore dive phone calls, and if you're scared to go somewhere alone, you can call to have someone escort you.

3 College Junior

Diversity: There are wide range of diversity on campus. Your nationality or ethinicity is well respresented in one form or another. Most student find that they have some commanility with someone or organization on campus.

3 College Junior

Parking: Parking on campus can be difficult, if you do not plan accordingly. You need to allow for searching for space and delays.

5 College Senior

Local Area: Drexel University is almost literally next to the University of Pennsylvania. There are some beautiful areas to walk and to sit outside when the weather is nice. There are plenty of local restaurants nearby and the Hagerty Library is surrounded by food trucks offering fantastic, affordable options. It is close to the historical area (well, it's all historical in Philadelphia!) and the museums and aquarium. It is an easily walkable campus. I love it!

5 College Senior

Majors: Drexel University offers a lot of options as far as coursework. Being in the Library and Information Sciences on-line program gives me the flexibility to continue working while earning my degree in Digital Library and Archives. The coursework is sometimes intense, but the professors are passionate about helping students really understand concepts and developing skills to be able to work in different aspects of library sciences. Plus, Drexel University is ranked highest for Health Informatics and offer the best courses for the world of e-health information.

1 College Junior

Parking: Absolutely zero free parking spaces. You must either pay a parking meter or pay for a garage.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life exists and they throw parties. Most students don't get involved. Overall, Greek life is just a good way to make friends.

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4 College Junior

Transportation: Subway stations on campus. 30th street station a few blocks away. Drexel Shuttle. You can even walk to Center City in under 40 minutes.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: I've heard stories that drugs exist somewhere on campus, but have never had any experiences myself. Alcohol and Marijuana are 99% of what happens on campus.

The school is very strict on drugs and will not hesitate to expel you if you are caught with anything but the drugs I mentioned above.

4 College Junior

Diversity: There is no majority at Drexel. The school is pretty much an even mix of White/Indian/Asian. There aren't many Blacks or Hispanics, but few other universities do. Comparatively, Drexel is quite diverse.

Most students here are non-religious, but there are a decent amount of Jews that get very involved in their religion.

There are plenty of Gay/Bisexual students here. Like most schools, nobody has a problem with it.

The student body is about 90% Liberal and 10% Moderate. Professors have roughly the same breakdown.

Everybody at Drexel comes from a well-off family.

3 College Junior

Campus Quality: The Co-Op program is obviously the most important facility at Drexel. Other than that, nothing really sticks out.

3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Most guys do not go out of their way to communicate with girls. Guys outnumber girls in almost every social event.

While there are some party animals at Drexel, most guys can be found doing something else on weekends. Guys in the Honor's college are usually very intelligent engineer-type.

Girls are the minority and most of them are Indian/Middle Eastern. The few attractive girls on campus are always taken.

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4 College Junior

Technology: Library never has enough computers for those wanting to print during daytime hours. However, enough students bring their own printers to school nowadays that it isn't a huge problem.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: The school does not give enough aid to students who need it. The cost is unreasonable and many students lost their work study funds after 2 years of working on campus.

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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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