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5 College Senior

Majors: Drexel is probably best known for its co-op program - it is the reason most people applied to begin with. A co-op is six months of real work experience. They can be paid or unpaid, but the paid ones are real positions at major companies and typically require 40 hours/week.

You can also choose to do your co-op at a non-profit. These positions are typically unpaid, but often come with perks like bus passes or free food, and are only a 20 hour/week commitment.

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4 College Senior

Majors: I love being a business major at Drexel. I feel as though I've learned more in class than I have in my several jobs outside of class. I have yet to have a professor teaching a business class that didn't have a lot of experience in the field. Their experience is evident in their teaching. T

There are a couple of teachers I probably wouldn't want again, but they don't technically teach business (business majors are required to take multiple electives/ classes that aren't strictly business i.e. sciences.)

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4 College Junior

Party Scene: Drexel is right in the heart of Philadelphia. Therefore, there is always something going on. The World Cafe is great for music and often has shows which include the under 21 crowd. Movie theaters are easy to get to as well as restaurants and clubs. Public transportation will get you most places. The only issue is that it's important to be safe and aware of your surroundings. There are crimes on/near campus and while there is security, they can't be everywhere at once.

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College Junior

Diversity: I am an online student and do not go to the campus for classes. I can only speak about the students I meet online. While, there does seem to be a fair amount of diversity among students, not everyone discloses that much information about themselves. In every class, however, different points of view are always encouraged, and students are treated with respect by their peers.

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College Sophomore

Diversity: I haven't even started yet and I'm only a part time student

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5 College Senior

Diversity: Drexel has a very wide range of people, especially large concentrations of international students. There are people of all different backgrounds and beliefs, and the community becomes rather tight because of our mutual struggle with how hard Drexel is.

4 College Senior

Campus Quality: The recreation center is excellent, and there are lots of things that Drexel provides as activities and services. The student center sucks, but the other hubs on campus more than make up for it.

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5 College Senior

Local Area: Philadelphia is a great city to live and go to school in. There are tons of entertainment and nightlife options, and easy public transit. The atmosphere is very safe compared to a number of other cities, though there are still neighborhoods that should be avoided.

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4 College Senior

Campus Quality: Drexel's co-op program provides practical real-world experience in addition to the theory that is taught in the classroom. Overall, I feel better prepared for getting a job with this experience under my belt.

4 College Senior

Party Scene: Love the Philly – Philly in general has a great nightlife. There are countless bars and clubs to go to but if you're looking for a cheaper night, house parties are the way to go.

4 College Senior

Majors: I have completed three co-ops at this time in civil engineering. They were all full-time positions so students are expected to work 40 hours each week, with an average pay of $15/hour. Responsibilities can range from organizing paperwork to actually performing calculations. Even menial tasks provide a better perspective on what it is like to work in an engineering office.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Getting financial aid definitely can be difficult for a school that costs so much. First thing you should do is file your FAFSA and do it early. You can get a $1,000 towards your tuition for applying before the deadline. If you had any family members who attended Drexel in the past, you may be able to get benefits from that. Besides the school possibly awarding you a scholarship, searching for your own scholarships and grants is a must. Do it early as possible and apply as much as possible.

College Sophomore

Parking: I was originally going to drive to campus every day, but in the end I went against that decision. If you don't live too far away and want to commute, I highly suggest taking SEPTA. Permits do cost a good amount of money and there will be days where you won't even be able to actually use it (for holidays and such), so that is a bit wasteful. Once you're on campus, you're there. Almost everything is within walking distance and there is always biking (plenty of parking spots for those!)

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Although the surrounding downtown area is not considered as the safest, Drexel on its down is very safe. There are constantly people everywhere, whether they are students, employees, or the Drexel Police. There are emergency call buttons located in many areas if anything were to happen. The only place that can get a little scary is if you're commuting to and from Drexel on Septa. Just be aware of your surroundings and sit by the doors. Other than that, Drexel is safe. Nothing bad has ever happened to me.

5 College Freshman

Transportation: It's the City – there are buses, and subway lines everywhere, and also drexel has shuttle buses

4 College Freshman

Academics: Trimesters Are Rough – Drexel is great and everything, I love it there, but the trimesters are tough to deal with. When all your friends go to school in august and you have to wait around until September it can get lonely and boring.

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4 College Sophomore

Majors: I haven't had my first co op yet but I will soon. I am nervous for getting one, but not as nervous as I would be if I weren't at Drexel. Drexel has the co op program so it does everything it can to help you gain a co op experience. You get a class before having any interviews so your resume is done early on. Also there are companies that specifically go through Drexel to find co op students.

4 College Sophomore

Local Area: There's a lot to do in Philadelphia. You just have to look around. There are some cool places like the Trocadero which has a zombie prom event thing every year. It's really cool. Old City Philly is really nice and the skyline is beautiful at night. Just be careful, heading outside of Drexel territory/ UPenn territory in a way opposite of Center City is dangerous.

5 College Sophomore

Weather: It Snows and It Is Hot. I come from California, so snow, amazing! Classes are not far away, Drexel is very small. Get some snow boots, no problems.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Very Diverse – This school is very diverse and it is a very good thing. When you are surrounded by people of different cultures then you learn so much about other people. The students are very friendly and the campus is great for socializing. So whoever decides to attend Drexel will not be disappointed...

4 College Sophomore

Technology: Not Bad – I am an online student so I only go to the campus when I need to study and my house is too loud. When I go its pretty calm and quiet and it seems to be enough computers to go around but I always have my own. I have never personally seen the labs or library overcrowded which is a good thing to me.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: Pretty Easy – When I applied as a transfer student to Drexel it was very easy to enroll in my program. I did not need anything spectacular, just my transcripts from all my previous schools and that was it. Very easy process!

3 College Sophomore

Majors: I Love Computers – I have always had a passion for working with computers and this is the reason I chose a major in Computer Security. The classes are not easy and you learn so much so I feel this is a very good field to be in. I want to use my degree to move to a different part of the government, which I have already started looking into. I want to work with computers to help protect our country in the future and with all the job openings I am seeing so far I do not have any concerns when it comes to finding a job in my field.

2 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: On the Fence About Staying – I love Drexel and I would love to complete my degree with them but this school is very expensive. I started this past April and I had no Idea I was not going to receive financial aid until the fall semester of 2012. So I enrolled in classes as normal and I did the Spring and Summer semester and then I was hit with a bill for over $7000 to cover the cost of Being enrolled April-August. If I had known I was not going to receive aid I would have just started in the Fall and now I have a bill I have no Idea how to pay. I cannot apply for a loan because I do not have perfect credit. I cannot transfer because Drexel has put a hold on my account so they will not release my credit, and I do not want to have a balance with the school. I feel if the financial aid department had told me I was not going to receive any aid until the Fall semester I could have waited and would not be in this situation. I do not want to leave the school but I feel like they kind of got over on me

1 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Drugs Are Everywhere – Just this year - campus had a group selling stamps of heroine. Actually made the news for once. Drugs are prevalent unfortunately - it is philly. Can't stress that enough. Campus police do nothing to stop it. Just stay safe

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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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