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Reviews 2198 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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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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4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: The cost is very high, but the education here is very worth it, especially with the CoOp experience. Campus life is decent and lively. The building are all in good order, though a few of the dorms could be a bit better/bigger. The dinner hall needs to improve a bit as well. Other than that there are always activities to get involved with and things to do.

3 College Junior

Campus Food: If you eat at the dining terrace, the food is alright. The market is severely overpriced and the dining hall offers a lot of options that suck.

3 College Junior

Campus Quality: Renovations are constantly being done. The gym is great, the new buildings are great. The library is small and the old buildings are just ok.

3 College Junior

Weather: Average weather. Classes don't get cancelled much.

5 College Freshman

Local Area: There are a lot of thing to do down at Drexel. Drexel offers may events and activities to do. There are also others things to do around campus.

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Not to good at studying. There isn't much drugs out in the open. I am a sophomore and haven't seen any drugs at all. If there are drugs on campus there isn't any sign of it. Drexel doesn't not allow drugs on campus and if found with drugs you will most likely be expelled.

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5 College Freshman

Academics: Drexel is very well-known for its engineering program. As an electrical engineering major, I take hands-on classes and labs that are fun and very informative. Drexel students can work with HUBO robots, take up to 3 co-ops (internships) with companies like AT&T and Philadelphia Electric Company, and get to work with top-of-the-line computer software. Classes can be tricky, but core subjects are finished by the end of freshman year.

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3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Financial aid process is smooth, however Drexel will nickel and dime you if you're not careful. I was charged a late fee last quarter two days before my bill was even submitted to me. You need to keep track of things yourself and save records.

1 College Freshman

Parking: Drexel's calendar requires a new $425 permit every QUARTER. In addition to this, the parking garage is a 10 minute walk from the closest dorm. Parking by the dorms is free and metered, but this is the only free parking in the area, so it fills up immediately from students and Philadelphia residents.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: There are SO many different ethnicities/backgrounds/races at Drexel. We cater to tons of international students from Africa, India, Asia etc, and we have an extremely diverse student population.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: It's all about what you make of it. If you are 21 and under, house parties and even controlled dorm parties are fun enough. Don't waste your money on trashy Philly clubs!

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5 College Freshman

Athletics: Athletics are Grade A! D1 sports, fun Club Sports! I play Men's Rugby and love it. The trainers are top notch, and make sure to keep you safe and healthy.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: The DAC PAC is an awesome thing to be involved with, especially with how awesome Drexel Basketball was doing last year. I worked in the Rec Center during that time, and it was really awesome to see how excited the kids at Drexel were for basketball. However, we do not have a football team, which I know a lot of people like to have at a big university.
I was involved with the club lacrosse team and we didn't have constant participation (which sucked because I was a commuter who also is a goalie... bringing my equipment only to have 4 people show up was NOT fun). However, there are a lot of well-established intramural and club sports that I know people really enjoy, like the field hockey and rugby teams. So, overall, B+ because we're not like Penn State

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: It depends on where you go. There are some really awesome food trucks on the side of the main building, and also some more upscale ones near Buckley Field. I never ate at the Hans (our main dining hall) because I am a commuter without a meal plan (and it would cost $10 for all you can eat. Sometimes worth it, not usually). The Hans has lots of choices, some healthy, some not. They have a fully vegan food station where food is cooked to order (but because of that, the lines can be long). There are two really good and cheap cafes that I would usually eat at if I didn't want to eat at a food truck. Overall, it's good food, but it can be boring/expensive. That's why it deserved a B+.

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4 College Freshman

Technology: There are a TON of computers available from the library. They are even implementing two new systems. One for iPads (you can carry them around campus) and one for laptops that can be used when there are no people working the desk (like a swipe your student ID card and a laptop is unlocked. It's not there yet though!). You can rent out a laptop for 3 hours, and there are a lot of desktops that you can use. Prints are 10 cents, but I do that at the Drexel Copy Center where it's only 5 cents.
The only two reasons that I didn't give it an A+ is because 1). There are NEVER enough outlets to charge the laptops (especially when you rent them) and 2). WiFi can be iffy depending on what can of connection you have (a/b/g/n connection. My personal laptop only has a b/g/n connection and there are many times in many places where there are a lot of people and I can't connect to WiFi or the speeds are so slow it's not worth it).
Overall, Drexel is a very tech and computer friendly place

3 College Student

Campus Housing: The freshmen dorms at Race hall are very nice. I prefer the suites to the standard dorm room. The suites have their own bathroom and living room. However the down side of the suites are you meet less people because it is a bigger room.

4 College Student

Diversity: There are people from all over the world here at Drexel. I have met down the hall from me, a student here from kuwait looking t become a doctor. I also see Foreign students from China that make this campus diverse.

3 College Freshman

Campus Quality: The co-op program at Drexel is extremely unique. I guess it all depends on each person's own opinion but in mine it is a great program. You can have up to a year and a half of real work experience by the time you graduate which looks fantastic on your resume and increases your opportunity to get jobs once you finish school. I love Drexel for their co-op program and again in my opinion, it is the best thing about Drexel.

2 College Freshman

Scholarships: There are many steps you have to go through in order to receive your financial aid. None of these steps were explained to neither me nor my parents so I missed out on a lot of my financial aid package freshman year which hurt pretty badly. Once you know what you are doing, it gets easier but that's no thanks to Drexel.

2 College Freshman

Campus Food: There is only one Dining Hall where you can use your swipe card, and it's not great food. The school forces freshmen to buy a dining plan with at least 12 meals a week at the dining hall along with several hundred "dining dollars." I can hardly get to the dining hall more than 5 times a week since it's so far away from all the dorms, and my dining dollars run out fast because everything in the other Drexel dining facilities is ridiculously overpriced. The only good things I have to say about Drexel dining are that it's easy to sneak things out of the dining hall and that the Northside Dining Terrace is open until 1 am.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: I don't really notice an abundance of ugly people, but not everyone is pretty. There's a variety of people, especially because it's a city school. I do have to say, though, this school is known for engineering, so there's a pretty big nerd population. Other than that, there are so many different people that I think there are plenty of attractive men and women.

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3 College Freshman

Administration: The parties get broken up pretty early, so that can be a bummer. Also, the drug policy is very strict. One offense and you'll be suspended. However, the alcohol policy is pretty loose and the people in charge don't seem to catch it until it gets really unsafe. I don't think that the policy is too strict, but you can't get away with everything.

3 College Freshman

Technology: You definitely need to bring your own computer. The library isn't open 24 hours, so I'm not sure how you would survive without one. A printer is handy to have because otherwise, you have to find one on campus and usually have to pay to use it. Usually, you can't pay with cash either. You need to set up a special account on your school ID card.

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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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