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Reviews 2571 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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1 College Sophomore

Parking: It's honestly awful there is no good place to find decent parking without searching for awhile

4 College Senior

Transportation: Transportation around Drexel is very convenient since the school is located in a major city like Philadelphia. There are different subways, trolleys, and buses headed from different areas of Philly into the Drexel campus, and even if you happen to miss your transportation or need to make an urgent trip (i.e. late for class or an exam) there are always cabs driving through the streets. Drexel itself has shuttles as well, but they are not as convenient as the city transportation since they only offer transportation locally.

3 College Senior

Technology: Like most schools, the computer labs are crowded especially during exam periods. It is very helpful to bring your own laptop, since WiFi is available, because it would definitely make it less of a hassle transferring data, printing, working on assignments, etc.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: The great thing about Drexel is that it is situated right between University City and Center City District. So if needed, there are close-by shops like Jimmy John's and so on, but if you are looking for delicious gourmet food around Center City, it's not too far of a travel. (It's even faster if you have a bike!)

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3 Recent Alumnus

Weather: I grew up in the tri-state area, so the weather is normal to me. The only reason I gave a B+ rating is because the snow in the city streets can be a little annoying. Especially if you have a car, I know I was snowed in plenty of times due to the plowing trucks. On the plus side, classes were normally cancelled when public transportation and the streets gave any inconvenience to students.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: If you're not okay with being in an urban location, then you're not going to be happy with off campus housing. The reality is that Drexel is right in the middle of Philadelphia. If you go 10 blocks in any direction the area could get what some might call "questionable". However, it is very easy to find affordable and better quality housing and from my experience I usually felt safe.

2 Recent Alumnus

Parking: At the University itself, parking is terrible. All of the spots are metered and can be hard to find. Its better to park off campus a few blocks if you intend on being there all day. Or, if you live within the area most students just walk to class or take public transportation since its much more convenient.

4 Recent Alumnus

Majors: Drexel's co-op system is great. While I thoroughly enjoyed my major and loved the faculty, the internships I had helped me realize that I did not actually want to stay in forensic psychology. During my junior year, I became interested in industrial psychology and have decided to pursue Human Resources instead.

2 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: I didn't have much exposure to Greek life. However, I was a little disappointed with the lack of minority fraternities. Freshman year it was fun to go to the frat parties, but the enthusiasm for that quickly died out.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Quality: When I was in Drexel, our facilities were pretty average. However, I've stayed in the Philadelphia area and have seen the campus grow and improve. The gym, library, buildings and dorms are all pretty incredible now. Glad to see the campus improving, even if I didn't get the full benefit!

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Quality: I took part in a cultural society, so we always had events and parties to take part in. That mixed with Drexel's social initiatives allowed for a great social life on campus.

3 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: I wasn't exposed to many drugs while at Drexel, apart from marijuana. Public Safety and the local PD were always around so I would say it was pretty safe. I did know of other students who could find drugs easily, so it could be because I never went looking for it.

5 College Senior

Majors: Process of returning to nursing was relatively easy.

4 College Senior

Majors: I am happy with my program at Drexel. The instructors are all very helpful; they assist in any way they can to make sure you understand all the material. What I am not happy with is that the financial aid department does not make every effort to assist with aid. I feel that they should try harder to assist all students in the aid process.

3 College Junior

Majors: I had to fill out several applications, send in an official transcript, fill out information for the school, and wait for a response.

4 College Junior

Majors: Drexel is known for their Co-Op program. This program allows students to work for a company for a semester and learn valuable knowledge while gaining work experience. This definitely sets apart Drexel graduates from the rest of the country.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek Life is a big part of the student community. All the big organizations have houses on campus. Even the smaller or newer greek organizations are alive and well in Drexel. The parties can get overcrowded though. Even in the bigger houses.

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: The school has a very diverse and large student community. You will find many types of students varying from frat boys to indie girls to etc. Each race is well represented in this big private school.

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4 College Junior

Transportation: The schools' shuttle is a very good option for students. The price is free as long as you have your student ID card. The school is located in the city so buses and taxis are readily available. The timing of the school's shuttle is also very good. It runs a loop around campus and is 24 hours.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: The dorm's facilities are in very good condition. The location is perfect as they are only 1-2 blocks from the University classrooms. The dorms are a bit overcrowded and the strictness of security can be overbearing at times. Overall the dorms are a great choice for incoming freshman or new transfer students.

4 College Junior

Diversity: Drexel University has a fairly diverse group. They offer acceptance for international students which makes it even more interesting. This also opens up doors for students who live in the USA to socialize and become more open minded knowing that they have friends from such different cultural backgrounds.

4 College Junior

Party Scene: The campus all round is always lively. Being in the city makes it acceptable for lively entertainment whether its being put on by the school itself of an outside venue.

4 College Junior

Athletics: The Drexel Men's Basketball team has been extremely active and constantly progressing in their achievements. They have accomplished many victories over the course of the last two years and will continue to push their limits in reaching each victory.

4 College Senior

Academics: Great engineering program with well-educated professors.

4 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: There is campus transit and also tons of public Philadelphia transit. Campus transit is free for students, which is preferable of course.


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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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