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Reviews 2459 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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5 College Junior

Diversity: Drexel University is a very diverse school. It has a large amount of student body and a good majority are international. At this school it is very common to be bilingual and many people are proud of their nationalities. There are many groups on campus that celebrate their culture for example Fight for Isreal, Jewish and Indian fraternities, Polish Society, FISDU etc. But I tend to see all races except each other well as there are many groups of friends that have all the cultures in them. It may be because Drexel is located in Philadelphia, an already diverse city.

4 College Junior

Technology: You can print 10 cents per page at the library otherwise you need your own printer. There aren't many computers at the library for the amount of students in the library but mostly everyone has their own laptop so it works out. If you don't, you could always rent a mac for free at the library or use their hp computers when available

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is very important for those who want a broad social life. Social life is possible without it though. They do a lot to help the community, but for the most part, they are known for the parties they throw.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: There is a lot of alcohol use around the school, but the peer pressure is very minimal. Most people respect your decision to drink or not drink without much questioning. If you get caught with alcohol, the consequences are very serious, and if you help a person with alcohol poisoning, even if you're also intoxicated, they let you off the hook. Saving that person's life is more important in that situation.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: The athletes at Drexel stick together. They practice together, study together, eat together, whatever activity you can think of doing that isn't personal, they stick together. They encourage each other on and off the field, and if they made it on any team at Drexel, that means they are the top of the line athlete. The school as a whole has very great school spirit. The faculty and students attend most, if not all games, and will travel to see them if possible.

3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Dress mainly like slobs, interests are materialistic

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5 College Freshman

Local Area: Philly is an amazing city I absolutely love it. There is so much to do.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I think if you are a guy Greek life is great, but if your a girl it is not necessary. Since the ratio is so off if your a girl you can get in to almost any party, any weekend for free.

4 College Freshman

Academics: I am a Architectural Engineering major. The work load is kind of intense, as with any engineering major. I really love it though because it allows me to be a little bit creative while still while still having a strong base in math ad science. I have the opportunity to take drafting classes at Westfall, our arts school, which is unique for an engineering major.

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4 College Freshman

Scholarships: Almost everyone at Drexel receives a scholarship. I got a really great scholarship but even with that I still have to pay more than I would at a state school because Drexel is so expensive. You can not let your grades go because you will lose your scholarship. I know more people who left because of financial reasons than any other reason.

4 College Freshman

Academics: As an engineering student the classes are really challenging. In order to do well you need to go to most of your classes, even non mandatory ones, study a lot on your own, and go get help if you need it. If you don't you will end up overwhelmed and under prepared when midterms and finals come around. At the beginning of the quarter it seems like you have a lot of time but ten weeks goes by incredibly quickly.

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3 College Sophomore

Technology: Often times the computers at the library are full, so I recommend having a personal computer because online work is incredibly prominent. The wired access is relatively fast. Wireless however can get pretty bogged down and sluggish during periods of time when nearly everyone on campus is trying to get their work done. During the late night hours, it will speed up again, but its conducive to buy an ethernet cable and plug in every once in a while. Printing is easy enough to do at the library, but costs $0.10 a page which can get very expensive for large papers or projects, so I recommend having a personal printer and maybe splitting the cost of ink and paper with a roommate.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: There is no need to use transportation around campus unless you have classes at the center city portion. If this is the case, there is a shuttle that takes you directly there for no charge as long as you have your student ID on you which is relatively mandatory everywhere else anyway. Being a city school, there are also tons of other transit options such as buses, taxis, and the subway. With the exception of taxis, trips usually only cost a few dollars.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: There are plenty of options. The Handschumaker dining hall and Northside Dining Terrace are the most easily accessible. The grade is mostly because the food is not always the best at the Hans nor are there good options at certain hours. They often close sections earlier than advertised. Northside has Currito, Subway, and Chick Fil A where you usually get decent service unless its a weekend and there is a market where you can buy food to make for yourself. There is also dining dollars available for Starbucks, Taco Bell, and a noodle bar. They are adding a lot of additional choices to use your dining dollars at such as a Shake Shack.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Off campus housing is great when you know how to look. Many of the surrounding off-campus housing are remodeled old Victorian houses and are spacious and moderately priced. Cheaper but nice housing is within a 15 minute walk at most. The tricky part may be during co-op when students have to sublet or relocate.

3 College Junior

Administration: As long as there isn't a noise violation, parties around campus aren't a big issue. Things tend to break up pretty early if there are complaints. A good amount of the student population goes out to center city. Some staff might ask for a drink or a cigarette if they're cool with you.

4 College Junior

Scholarships: They are always available at the financial aid office and they are clear with answering any questions.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: I do feel safe on Drexel's campus. There are campus security personnel riding on their bikes and walking around, even on most of the blocks in which Drexel undergraduate students live in that reach some of the "dodgy" neighborhoods. Cleanliness staff is always on point which makes up for all of the construction sites. They are also well protected and rounded off so that no one gets harmed in the midst of all of the building.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: The newer housing buildings are extremely nice and are close to academic buildings

2 College Junior

Parking: on campus s expensive, off campus is either metered or permit only and philadelphia parking authority is notoriously harsh

3 College Junior

Campus Quality: Offer 6 month co-op experience where you get experience in a position related to your field of study

4 College Junior

Party Scene: In philadelphia so there are plenty of bars to go to.
Center city is shot subway ride away

3 College Junior

Campus Quality: Great athletic center complete with rock wall.
Everything is close together.
Lacks green space

3 College Freshman

Majors: Too many kids=not enough seats in other programs if you want to change.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: Lots of international students but also many natives.


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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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