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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There are plenty of Pizza places on campus. If you really want variety, you have to go to Penn. That's really not that big of a deal though. Drexel is currently vamping up the dining options.

4 College Sophomore

Parking: I can almost always find parking where I live. If you go on the later side, parking on campus is pretty easy to find. When in doubt drive to Powelton and there are tons of parking spots.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: There is a lot of variety in the dining hall, but some of the quality is questionable. I would definitely recommend using the dining hall the first year or two for convenience. The breakfast menu is usually terrific. Besides the dining hall there are a few nice locations to get food across campus. They all offer different types of food, but are relatively expensive. I definitely felt that I had access to a lot of food at Drexel. Just try to get a good meal plan.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: Hard to come by and rather expensive, but that just how it is. I personally walk to campus but when i need to drive, i find its better to park 2 or so blocks away from the commercialized part of campus because its usually free and its usually easy to come by

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: If your outside of around a mile, its quite easy to find a cheap and reasonably priced apartment if your planning to commute at Drexel.

1 College Sophomore

Campus Food: The Hanz cafeteria at drexel is absolutely terrible. Of the two times i have been there, I had heard various staff swapping the N word back and forth to each other and at one point i was served raw/uncooked meet that flat out disgusted me.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Quality: Drexel's Co-Op Program is it's greatest selling point. The Co-Op helps you to get your foot in the door with a ton of companies that might otherwise be difficult to secure an interview with. Drexel has good relationships with plenty of large companies in a variety of fields.
The work experience you gain is invaluable for a plethora of reasons. for one, having work experience on your resume puts you a step ahead of your peers come graduation time. Also, getting a taste of your field before you spend 4 (5) years paying for tuition and studying your a$$ off is a good idea. Co-Ops often lead to full time employment and higher starting salaries straight out of school. Even if you don't get hired from your co-op employer, your co-op will give you a ton of networking opportunities with other companies. all the future employment stuff aside, the things you learn on your co-op will be the things you will actually need to know for the rest of your career. The stuff from the books are necessary to understand, but they will only take you so far...
Don't be turned off by the thought of going to school year round for 5 years because in reality, you will start your classes later than most other schools and finish them around the time of their spring break. The co-op should be looked at as a summer job that will actually help your future.. instead of just flipping burgers (plus you usually get paid more).

4 Recent Alumnus

Local Area: Drexel is in the City of Philadelphia. Even if the 'campus' doesnt always have activities, there is ALWAYS something going on in the city. All of the Professional sports stadiums are accesible by the subway. (or busses, or cabs, or a short drive). The same is true about a variety of other social events. There are also multiple colleges located in Philadelphia, so the city is full of college age people for you to interact with. There is a world of possibilities here... but remember it is what you make of it. Go out and find something fun to do- its not hard here!

College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I am an online student, so Off-Campus Housing does not apply to me.

College Sophomore

Athletics: I am an online student, so I do not have any experience with Drexel's Athletics.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There is a big variety of price and type. The only problem is they are a little further away than right outside of campus. Mostly right next door is pizza places which are good but to get something different you have to walk a little bit further. The pricing in the restaurants seem to be fair.

3 College Junior

Transportation: There are taxi's everywhere since it is next to Philadelphia. So if the shuttle isn't available, which you really don't need unless you are a nursing student, you always have a ride. there is a subway on campus. So if there is not Drexel transportation available there is always public.

2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Landlords can be pretty bad, and a lot of the houses are old and overpriced because leasing companies have a monopoly over the area. Many people choose to commute because you can find much bigger, cleaner, safer, and cheaper options just outside the city in places like Manayunk.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: The city of Philadelphia is very diverse. Drexel is known for representing a large population of minority students. There is always something going on for everyone in the city.

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2 College Student

Greek Life: Greek life and non-greek life co-exist at Drexel. Students in Greek life are just as successful in the social atmosphere as those who aren't. The frat parties are fun to go to and anyone can have fun there however no one is socially ostracized if they aren't part of a frat. Greek houses are limited in the number of students they house and they are in general worn down because of years of use just like any campus housing. Students don't have to live in a Greek house if they're part of a frat and may choose to live elsewhere.

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3 College Student

Drug Safety: Drugs aren't all that noticeable at Drexel. It's very easy to steer clear of them although plenty of students do drugs. The policies are in place but they aren't enforced as stringently as they could otherwise be. Alcohol is also very easy to come by. Alcohol and drugs are easily available at parties which are open to everyone. However, those who don't want to take part in them, don't have to and can still maintain their friendships without the peer pressure.

3 College Student

Academics: I love Drexel mostly for its location and co-op. The library is sub-par when compared to other schools I was looking at (NYU and Vanderbilt), and while there are some truly brilliant professors, there's a good handful of quacks amongst them. You get a great education in architecture, engineering, biomed, and a few others, and they're the only school I've seen that offers my major (International Area Studies), but it's not perfect. You will get a good education and a very respectable degree.

4 College Student

Scholarships: Despite Drexel's having a huge attendance cost, they offer A LOT in financial aid. As long as your grades are decent, you'll get 10k+ right off the bat, and if you actually need more money it's not too difficult to appeal to them to give you more. Drexel loves giving us money (which is confusing with the little, petty ways they attempt to rip off their Freshmen and Sophomores with the overly-expensive housing and meal plan).

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5 College Student

Local Area: I adore Philadelphia in general - there is always something wonderful and culturally significant to do (A special student season pass to the Philadelphia Orchestra is only $25.00... Just throwing that out there). University City is great - it feels safe, it's extremely close to center city yet a little more laid back, and there's always something interesting going on.

3 College Student

Transportation: While Drexel's busses are free and fairly on-time, after a certain hour they just stop and you're left with Septa as your only option. The busses take you into center city or out into west philly, which covers most places I feel the need to go. When the bus isn't running, though, you've got Septa, which is cheaper than New York's public transport and (in my opinion) far less confusing. You won't have trouble getting around.

4 College Junior

Technology: There are lots of computers on campus and even a new macbook vending machine in the library. You probably could get by without your own computer. Printing is $.10 per page though. Only certain schools have free printing (like the iSchool), so you'll probably want your own printer. There is a new book scanner in the library that lets you preview what the pages look like, which is pretty nifty. Drexel wireless speed is pretty good, but some areas don't get great signal.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Soooo many awesome places to eat off-campus. Even places close by like Ed's Pizza. The food trucks are AWESOME! Also, first fridays give discounted multiple course meals that would usually cost a lot at some pretty nice places. Seriously, there is food everywhere.

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3 College Junior

Athletics: Drexel has great athletic facilities, including a brand new rec center with a rock climbing wall. There is a lot of school spirit for Drexel's varsity teams, especially basketball. However, we don't have a football team, and that apparently bums some people out. Drexel also has a big club sports scene. There are tons of student organizations and it's easy and encouraged to start one yourself if it doesn't exist already. So there are lots of options.

4 Recent Alumnus

Party Scene: Depending on the night there are a decent amount of parties on campus. There are usually better parties at Penn which is less than 10 minute walk away.

4 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: I have always felt secure on campus. There are always security guards around and blue lights in case there is a need to call for help. We are always alerted through text right away if a robbery or anything is going on nearby so that we can stay safe and avoid the area.

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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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