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5 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: I met my significant other at orientation so I'm obviously thrilled with that!

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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: International students are forced to buy the health care plan.

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3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: They try their absolute best to make your freshman year as nice as possible. Obviously that is an administrator's concept of what 18-year-olds want but they really really try. After that... well lets just say the treatment is not so special. I had a blast my first term and only which I had done even more. As time passes it's easy to fall deep into a pit of nihilism though.

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3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Overall its a very good education but I cannot stress how important it is to understand what niche market it is. If you want to go to college for the specific purpose of getting a job related to your major it is literally perfect. If you want the traditional liberal arts education it's something you need to think about. It has a pretty good regional reputation, but most people on the west coast have never heard of it if that matters to you. In short, if you want to study engineering and only engineering and get a job as an engineer immediately after graduation you will be very satisfied with Drexel.

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: You typically do 3 separate 6-month full time "internships" (co-ops) and a lot of people accept job offers from places they did their co-ops. This is the single best thing about the university and it does incredibly well at helping students get a job after graduation.

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4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Not a whole lot of people are in it but you'd think everyone is the way the university promotes them. They're not especially rowdy or obnoxious and do quite a few charity events throughout the year. All in all they're pretty cool. Not involved in greek life my self but have a few friends who are and they all have they heads screwed on tight :)

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3 College Freshman

Athletics: If you're interested in it it's there but I wouldn't consider it a big deal. I don't know anyone who has ever going to a basketball game sadly. But the people who are into our sports really care.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There's a database website which is really helpful. You can find some nice inexpensive places on there. Its best to use the website first since off-campus housing has to be approved else you get fined.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Be careful, you can get scammed into paying way too much for what is really cheap quality housing. Go a few blocks closer to Penn and you can get an apartment or rent a room in a house for way less than the dorms with more freedom, privacy and comfort. I love living off campus, and it really helped to improve my mood knowing that I was saving and gaining by moving just a few blocks away.

3 College Freshman

Administration: The university subscribes to the TSA approach to security. Which makes your parents feel much better since Philly gets a bad rap for being dangerous (this neighbor hood is perfectly fine and there's literally nothing to do in the sketchy parts of Philly so you have little to worry about!). It get more frustrating over time and it can be quite 1984-esque since everything is recorded and monitored and restricted (you aren't even allowed to enter the library if you have a temporary student ID).

College Freshman

Party Scene: *Pfft* I sure as hell don't know, I play board games on Friday nights.

2 College Freshman

Campus Food: It's not that *everything* tastes bad but the value is terrible. You're forced to buy monopoly money that can only be spent at store that are marked up. A 5oz jar of nutella costs $10 for goodness sake! However, after your first year you don't have to buy the meal plan and eat quite well for less than half the cost :) There are really great grocery stores and restaurants in walking distance so it gets much better after your first year!

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: If you receive the long sought-after generous scholarship or have a family willing to invest in the hefty price tag and want very practical career training it is 100% the school for you. But be careful, when you're accepted the scholarship looks big until you see how much tuition is. Oh, and institutional aid isn't pegged to tuition inflation so even though tuition goes up a few percent each year, your scholarships don't. Do careful calculations! If you're interested in co-op and are going to college for a specific career it's a wonderful place to be. If you just want a solid broad-base undergraduate education it might not be the best.

3 College Student

Off-Campus Housing: A lot of the off-campus housing is spread out through West Philadelphia, but still close to campus. The farthest I've seen is 45th street (campus ends at 36th).

4 College Student

Off-Campus Dining: Love off campus dining! I wish I could afford to have every meal from a different restaurant.

3 College Student

Administration: You will not get kicked out if you get good grades and don't do drugs in the dorms

2 College Student

Scholarships: Drexel gives a lot of endowment grants which is nice, but the financial aid office is very unhelpful, it takes forever for documents to be received/reviewed, and you have to reapply for aid every year.

2 College Student

Party Scene: There is a new alcohol policy this year, so the frat parties are basically nonexistent unless you are a part of the frat or a sorority. A lot of the frats will have parties at satellite campuses.

3 College Student

Campus Food: The food trucks and Northside are definitely the best places to go.

4 College Student

Campus Housing: Living on campus can be really fun or really boring. The dorms are all located fairly close to one another with one dining hall close by. The actual dining hall is a bit of a hike.

4 College Student

Greek Life: Alot of people try to join greek Life. It wasn't for me. A lot of the sororities are very snobbish and will recruit based off of looks.

3 College Student

Overall Experience: Drexel itself is not all i thought it would be. I feel I could get similar experiences elsewhere.The curriculum can be really demanding. 10 weeks is really hard and you have to really keep up with the work.

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3 College Student

Overall Experience: Tuition is outrageous and the Financial aid people really don't want to help you out. They may also change your aid and not tell you which was a big shock when i owed 1,000 dollars one quarter. But the teachers are really good and there is a lot of opportunities if you try to take them.

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3 College Student

Guys & Girls: The guys are semi- attractive but a lot of them can have stuck up personalities.

4 College Student

Off-Campus Dining: The best thing about Drexel so far. The food carts are really good as well as savas and sabrinas.

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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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