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5 College Freshman

Local Area: Center of Action – University City is full of incredible restaurants, shopping, and bars with nearby Rittenhouse Square and Philly as a whole easily accessible. There is always something to do, a new place to try, and nearby colleges to pay a visit.

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: At Drexel people work really hard Monday through Thursday. Come the weekend people are ready to let loose. You can always find multiple parties on the weekends that people just hop to. But during the week there's absolutely nothing, it's a joke to go out during the week.

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3 College Sophomore

Parking: Don't Bring Your Car – Honestly don't bring your car until you go on co-op. Parking is really expensive in the reserved spots and parking on the streets is a joke. Philadelphia is a huge city with very little room for parking spots. Also they're really intense about giving out parking tickets if your meter goes over by one minute. They'll literally stand there waiting for the time to click down. Just don't bring your car to campus because public transportation is so much better. Within blocks from campus there are two subway stops, train station, buses, taxis, etc. Just save money and learn public transportation around Philly.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Some sports at Drexel, like basketball, field hockey, or lacross, are really popular for people to go to and we are very successful. While other sports, such as softball, no one even knows when or where they play. It's like any team no one wants to watch a bad team. We have a great athletic program and the ones that are most successful are the most attended. Another plus is that admission for students to any athletic games are free!

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: One thing I love about Drexel is the co-op program. Everyone is really focused on the future and securing a job, which is amazing because we're really a step ahead of everyone else. Like the saying goes, "work hard, play harder" we still know how to have fun on the weekends. Saying that, if you don't want to focus on your future and just want to go crazy in college, maybe Drexel isn't the right place for you.

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4 College Junior

Party Scene: Always Something Going on – The actual house parties at Drexel are crap. They are dirty, hot, crowded, have terrible alcohol choices, and terrible music. There are plenty of bars and clubs nearby most of them you can get into underage if you have a very good fake. They are all accessible by walking, subway, or taxi. There is even a bar inside of our gym/rec center.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Lots of Restaurants Nearby – Most of the awesome retaurants are either on UPenns campus or in center city which is a 20 min walk or a 5 min subway ride. They are award winning and some of them are even the best in the nation. There are plenty of delicious and cheap options. There is also a huge "lunch truck" culture in Philly where they sell gourmet food for lunch truck prices.

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3 College Junior

Academics: Not for the Feint of Heart – Academics at Drexel are extremely unforgiving. You must register for classes ASAP or it is guaranteed to be full. The professors offer limited help so you must be proactive and ready to learn things on your own or with the help of other students and tutors. The curriculum is 10 weeks so it is extremely fast paced (your first midterm can be as early as week 3) and it is very easy to fall behind. The academic advisers are lacking and you must be prepared to figure things out on your own. Study areas are usually crowded but fairly quiet.

4 College Junior

Technology: Great Wireless, Very Fast Internet in Most Places – The wireless is pretty reliable and it is definitely available in all classrooms and study areas. The dorms also have wireless but it is much less reliable which is why you can use an ethernet cord at your desk. The ethernet internet is flawlessly fast. Now that I am off campus and have other internet providers, I miss it a lot.

3 College Junior

Diversity: Diverse but Lacks Mingling – There are large populations of Indian, Asian, White, and African American. They mostly do mingle together although the Indians tend to clump a lot.

3 College Junior

Parking: Expensive to Park – There is free parking at the tip of campus by the dorms, but if you don't find a spot, you will likely get a ticket. The PPA is vicious. Drexel parking is WAY too expensive. If you can find a spot though, free parking around Powelton Village isn't so bad.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Old City Is the Place – The restaurants around campus are pretty repetitive, a lot of pizza and stuff. All pretty cheap. But Old City and Center City have a lot of choices available. There's even a variety of the types of places...sit down, BYOB, bar, places like Pat's and Geno's where you can stand at the side of the building and eat. Plenty of places to suit any palate.

5 College Senior

Transportation: Drexel transportation is ok and is good for getting to the center city campus along as the athletic fields.. however there is a trolley line that runs along the outside of the western portion, a subway line that runs underneath the center of campus with two stops on campus and 30th street station is on the east side. From 30th street you can grab a Mega Bus, Amtrak, or a SEPTA train for 7 dollars and 20 minute ride to PHL airport.
Drexel is cerca the hub of all transportation in philly and you can get anywhere with out a car. Whether it be a night out on the town and you take the subway or grab a Mega Bus for a day trip to New York

4 College Senior

Academics: Environmental Engineering – My Major is across the board when it comes to engineering. I do have specialties however i take a ton of Civil Engineering classes along with chemistry, bio and some environmental science. I like the diversity of the major because you can pretty much apply it to any situation. You have just enough civil experience that you could take a civil job and not be completely lost or a more chemistry based job with a little extra lab training. Or and environmental engineering job in any direction of the major (air, water, soil, waste management) and feel confident that you have some background knowledge on each topic. You also get a lot of freedom with your professional electives to tailor your major's concentration to what interests you.
Its also and up and coming field so it nice to see a college that has a solid program since not many offer environmental engineering.

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3 College Senior

Academics: Basically as you get higher up in your Degree teachers and registration becomes easier and better. When you are a freshman you get a lot of teachers that are trying to push your through or have you drop out. Advising isn't horrible but doesn't compare to your academic advisers once you get into your selected college and you have a specialized adviser for your major.
Once you get past your sophomore year a lot more opportunities to utilize the schools services along with professors that care more about the class topics make it a nice change of pace and worth sticking it out through the first two years.

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3 College Senior

Campus Housing: Freshman Dorms – Nothing special but not that bad either. Nice quad and eateries are right outside the dorms

3 College Junior

Majors: Not So Easy – Along with usual application process with any college or universities (500 words essay), DU also call you in for interview process. It was a group interview and individual interview, which I did not know before hand. Luckily I've had some experience with group interview and individual interviews and that paid off well! During the interview, I also had to write an essay right there, answering one of the questions they asked on the spot. It took some work but I'm glad I got accepted! I think some tip at the actual interview is just show your enthusiasm and interest and participate as much as you can (without interrupting when others are speaking, of course), dress appropriately for the interview, and smile!

College Senior

Parking: Not Applicable – I am an online student so this does not apply to me and I do not know as I am not physically there.

College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: I Am an Online Student – I am an online student so I cannot answer this question.

College Senior

Party Scene: I Am an Online Student – I do not know as I am an online student so this question is not applicable for me.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: I am an online student in the School of Education getting my Master's Degree. It is a fabulous program and I LOVE the online program!

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: The overwhelming population that I deal with in the engineering department are Asian and Indian.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: Its just your typical east coast weather pattern. There is a lot of rain during the spring and fall seasons. It really hot and swampy in the summer and absolutely freezing in the winters.

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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Good Eats – Philadelphia has a array of tasty eateries from kosher, vegan, and just down right delicious. Drexel has too many to name.

4 College Junior

Academics: Great Online School – I have completed several quarters under my belt now. (Terms divided into quarters not semesters) I have met some interesting classmates and instructors. The teachers are knowledgeable and accessible. I can do practically everything online. I can go check things out from the library, talk to the class (yes actually talk), and participate in seminars. My advisor is great and helpful. I also get invites to social clubs and activities.

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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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