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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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4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Drexel is in the heart of Philadelphia, so in addition to the campus shuttle, students have access to the SEPTA public transportation system. SEPTA has pretty decent coverage of the city, but isn't always clean or on time.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: I think it depends where you come from. But to me the Hans had a huge variety of foods. I thought it tasted great and when there are special events, the food is especially good.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Everyone is about average. You got international students, hard working students, lazy students, athletic, party-ers, etc etc.

4 College Sophomore

Technology: Computers are pretty good. In the freshman labs they are macs but they have windows os inside aside from the apple os. So it covers mac users. But if you are an engineer, you definitely need your own computer. Otherwise you will have to borrow one from the library (and for now you can only rent inside the library).

1 College Sophomore

Party Scene: The nightlife at Drexel has two areas. Late night sports, and parties. I am not one for drugs or alcohol, which seems to be the most popular among most of the students. But the late night sports are fun. i have met people that i am still friends with, learned about people that i already met, and it allows for some friendly competition.

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4 College Sophomore

Majors: The process of getting into my Political Science major was very easy. On your application to Drexel, you just choose the major you want to study. However, changing from a BA in Political Science to a BS was slightly difficult, seeing how the funding and Co-op had to change. But to study Political Science, it is really easy.

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3 College Sophomore

Majors: Political Science, my major, is a growing field of study. Many believe it to be a dead end path. But with a growing government, Political Science is also growing. It is very reading oriented and contains a great deal of history. Many, such as I, use Political Science as a "pre-law major". My goal is to get into law school and eventually politics itself. At first i was worried about finding a job, but Drexel's Co-op program is a great starting point for students.

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4 College Freshman

Technology: VERY fast, but sometimes the availability is a little shoddy. We have labs in the library and in millenium, other than that you're on your own. The wifi on campus isn't actually as slow as everyone says.

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3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I've really enjoyed my time here so far at drexel. We have decent teachers, some nice facilities and many opportunities to socialize. The only downside is the tuition and complexities that go with financial aid. Other than that and construction, I'd say I've had a great time here.

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5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: We have numerous health facilities available for us. WE have a decent array of nutritional options, and advice on how to eat and excercise. We have a full stock of campus safety officials that are active every night, as well as seminars on how to keep ourselves safe on campuse. Plus we have escorting services.

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3 College Freshman

Party Scene: We have fairly frequent late night student activities, and most of the students know what parties and such are going on around campus

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2 College Senior

Academics: It's really a mixed bag. While there are some good teachers most of them (especially general education) are pretty poor. As I've gotten further in studies I've found a couple of professor I really like and who seem have a passion for what they're doing.

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1 College Senior

Parking: Parking on campus is both difficult and expensive. As with most places in the city, spaces are small and hard to come by. There are certain streets a short walk away from campus that aren't quite as congested, but beware spots that are open, they are sometimes handicapped spots or otherwise not allowed to be parked in. Tickets are expensive, and the PPA does have frequent patrol on campus.

You can pay to park in the lot or in the garage, but thats over $300/term. You're better off investing in a SEPTA pass that will take you anywhere at almost anytime, and you won't even have to pay for gas.

4 College Senior

Majors: I really like being in the Business program. The professors are all really knowledgeable in their fields, and more often than not they are easy to get along with and talk to. Should you need extra help, they are usually available.

The co-op program links you with many job opportunities. Some of the co-ops I know of include companies like Kellogg s, Johnson and Johnson, Lancome, and many other big companies. They also include many small businesses and even some non-profits.

Drexel also offers a center with resources to get your business started.

The curriculum for the business major isn't too tough, and the workload is not too heavy.

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4 College Senior

Majors: The process was really easy. I originally applied as a Psych major, and switched into business before even enrolling.

If you can't get into Drexel as an incoming Freshman, do not go to community college, try to get accepted into a state school and raise your grades before you reapply. One of the higher ups at Drexels admissions office admitted that they take grades from state schools far more seriously than community colleges.

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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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