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Reviews 2410 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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3 College Senior

Scholarships: The financial is not too bad. I received a good amount through Dean's scholarship and everything was quite helpful.

3 College Senior

Health & Safety: Drexel is not unsafe. It is downtown and pretty well protected. It sucks that it is next some weird areas however it is nice being there.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: New buildings coming up all the time. That being said, the campus is filled with construction zones, detracting from the campus environment.

4 College Sophomore

Local Area: Philadelphia always has something going on, Drexel doesn't. If you want to keep busy, it's easy, you just need to go out and find it. (Cross the bridge)

4 College Sophomore

Academics: I just enrolled in my program so I am not sure about how it is to be in my specific major, however curriculum in my program seems to be excellent.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Some buildings and infrastructure needs to be updated but for the most part it is decent

3 College Sophomore

Weather: You get the best of all seasons at Drexel, Snow in winter, light breeze and sun in spring, heat in summer, leaves changing on trees and beautiful weather in Autumn.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: There aren't a lot of cute guys on campus. However, finding a smart guy is not hard. Most of the better looking guys are on the sports teams.

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College Junior

Technology: I am enrolled in all online courses, so I use my own computer. I have never been on campus.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Parking: You need to get there early otherwise spots on the street fill up quick. I'd recommend getting a monthly pass to a garage. Better yet, commute by train.

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Most people just stay in and hang out, watch movies, have little get togethers, or if possible go to sports games. There are parties here and there, but most stay in because of the limit of time with the quarter system.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: There is the school's bus and the enormous Septa world within the area. Everything is connected to one another, it is very easy once you learn what to take and where things are. School transportation is free and Septa you can get tokens for about 2 bucks each or get transpasses (monthly is $75~).

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: The drug scene is definitely not big at all. Everyone is so busy all the time in the 10-week schedule that you rarely will have that much free-time to waste.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: Summer is hot as ever and some rooms have air conditioning, some don't. Winter can get really chilly when traveling across campus. There is generally heat in the buildings though. Snow and slush can be a hassle. Spring and Fall can get a bit chilly on rainy days.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Great athletic center/gym. Good fields (soccer, volleyball, basketball, tennis, squash). A+ for athletic facilities.

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3 College Freshman

Majors: As an sophmore engineering student, I am already tired of big lecture classes. I thought i would have smaller classes by now, but its still just all big lecture classes, often with a boring and bad teacher. The recitation TAs are always more helpful than lecture. You have to go out of your way to get a decent education: go for extra help, and I end up teaching myself a lot since a lot of lecturers are worthless. Essentially, you go to Drexel if you want a job. Coop sets you up well for working, with experience and connections. The education however is average.

3 College Freshman

Administration: Drinking underage isnt too big of a problem, just dont be stupid. Where Drexel is strict is on drug usage. Do not try to smoke in the dorms, unless you have a foolproof method, and/or an RA who doesn't care. Drug offenses are taken seriously (even just weed) and can result in expulsion. Get an off campus apartment if you want to smoke a lot of weed.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There's chinatown, old city, and a few good restaurants around uni city, more so on Penn's campus. If you want to get value for your money though, stay away from uni city, good food will cost you more.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Financial aid is worth the effort, especially considering the ridiculously high tuition. There are many forms and people to deal with, but it pays off in the end. Financial aid rate is average.

3 College Student

Local Area: The places around campus are really nice, and there's a lot to do in Philly. Hard to get bored here. I didn't rate an A because of how Philly is known for it's unsafe parts.

3 College Student

Campus Quality: They're great, but not perfect. A lot are quite old.

3 College Student

Campus Housing: I live in Towers Hall, which is the worst hall at Drexel, but it's still not that bad. I've been to some of the other halls, and they are a little to a lot nicer than mine. Needs some work. The elevators are CONSTANTLY breaking down. Three to a room only causes more problems, unless you like both roommates.

4 College Sophomore

Local Area: Philadelphia is a big city with a lot to offer. It has everything from really, REALLY good food to major historical and cultural sites to world-class shopping. University City, where Drexel is located, is also home to University of Penn and University of the Sciences and provides a college-town feel in a big city. On the other hand, do use your street smarts and learn what areas to avoid, because not all of the City of Brotherly Love is so, well, loving.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: Drexel has a respected engineering program and for the most part, I'm pretty satisfied with the quality of the academics. I definitely value the emphasis on hands-on, practical learning. My biggest gripe is with the engineering core classes, some of which are pointless, unnecessarily difficult, and taught by professors who clearly don't want to be there. A few seem to exist solely as weed-out courses. As a transfer student, I find it particularly frustrating and a waste of time, as I came in to the program already having most of the basic skills and knowledge that the core classes are intended to develop, but I still had/have to take a number of them. On the other hand, I like most of the courses in my major and was pleased to find that the professors in my department generally have significant industry experience and are down-to-earth, helpful individuals.

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3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: My experience with the financial aid process here is mixed, but mostly unsatisfying. Drexel tends to hand out mediocre scholarships to very bright students and then refuse to budge on the amount as they continue to jack up the already astronomical tuition rates. Dealing with the financial aid office can either go smoothly and pleasantly or be an absolute nightmare, depending on the representative that you happen to get. My advice to potential students is to really be aware of how much you will be paying. A lot of people get wowed by the initial scholarship offers and the promise of money made on co-op. The scholarship amount might seem great, but make sure you consider it in relation to Drexel's price tag, which is one of the highest in the country--and still climbing. And yes, the co-op program is invaluable (and what drew me to this school), but do NOT rely on it to pay for tuition. Negotiate your aid package early, BEFORE you make any kind of commitment to attend here, because dealing with financial aid once you're enrolled can be extremely frustrating.

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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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