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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Very Safe – Drexel was rated something like the sixth safest campus in the nation. I personally have never felt unsafe on campus, even when walking back to my dorm from the labs at three in the morning. Drexel is an urban campus, so you still shouldn't be walking around at night with your iPods hanging out, but overall campus safety is pretty great.

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3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Drexel is awesome with merit based scholarships because there are no separate forms or applications to fill out. You simply find out if you got a scholarship when you find what your financial aid package is. Drexel gives a lot of people work study, which is nice, but when it comes to actually contacting the financial aid department, you will be frustrated and likely still not get any more money than they were already willing to give you.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: Don't Get Caught – Drexel isn't super strict about enforcing any rules. The public safety and police are more interested in keeping you safe than in busting you for underage drinking. However, if you are obvious and stupid about whatever you are doing and get caught, the punishments are harsh. For example, if you are found with pot, you are kicked out of school on first offense.

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3 College Junior

Weather: Cold and Snowy! It can get pretty windy and cold. But that's what happens when its Philly! But I enjoy the snow and while it can get tricky, I have enjoyed it.

5 College Student

Campus Food: The food is prepared and fresh! It is a great way to gain the Freshman 15 :)

5 College Student

Administration: Police Protection – Drexel does not experience much of a problem with students, but they do have a lot of protection because it is in the city of Philadelphia.

4 College Freshman

Weather: Its typical Philadelphia weather. Not sun everyday but also not rain everyday.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Because Drexel is so expensive, most people who go here have some sort of scholarship/aid. If you're pretty smart/have a good portfolio you will be awarded a decent scholarship they'll make the cost to attend go way down. However, if your family is upper middle class/wealthy don't expect any financial aid to be awarded to you other than a scholarship.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: All Dorms Are Good, Some Are Better – Towers, Kelly, Calhoon, and Meyers are all nice, normal dorms. Towers triples seem horrible but because the rooms are so big, it's really not bad at all. Millennium has private bathrooms in the hallways which is nice but it also has the smallest rooms. Race and Van R are the suite options. This is good if you like privacy, but I personally feel like you don't meet as many people if you live in a suit. It's easier to meet friends and become close with the people on your floor in a normal dorm.

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3 College Sophomore

Transportation: Pretty Good – Philadelphia has a great subway/train system. You can pretty much get to anywhere around the city in under half an hour if you take the subway. The one annoying thing is that it stops running around midnight, so if you go out somewhere not within walking distance you may have to pay for a cab back. Drexel also has a shuttle bus that can take you into center city, but honestly it's much easier and faster to just walk.

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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Not Too Bad – It's pretty easy to get drugs on campus and plenty of people smoke pot. However, I wouldn't say it's a big drug school. People keep it on the down low if they're doing any and rarely does it affect other people. Drinking is more popular for the most part.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Love It – I'm really happy I made the decision to come to Drexel. It's a fun school that's also teaching me many new things and preparing me for my future career. It's really easy to make friends and there's always something going on. It's a good school if you like to party but are still concerned with doing well in your classes.

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: There are such a wide range of races and ethnicity at Drexel. There are students here from all over the world, and we just keep growing. I have met people of all different races, sexual orientations, religions, etc.

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3 College Sophomore

Weather: It's NOT Always Sunny in Philadelphia – It tends to rain a lot, but not ALL of the time. The winter is the worst because when it snows, we usually still have classes. Other than that, it's not bad.

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4 College Sophomore

Majors: I'm only a sophomore, but I have had one class in my field so far and I loved it. The instructor knew exactly what he was talking about and made it easy to pay attention and get interested in the subject. The workload can be tough for any engineer at Drexel, so materials engineering is no exception. That's probably the only downside.

3 College Senior

Academics: I did my undergrad at NYIT and the professors are knowledgeable but some are very rude and not helpful

3 College Sophomore

Parking: Not as bad as it sounds – Finding a parking spot isn't too bad; you just have to be strategic about it. There are a LOT of two-hour spots if you cannot find an unlimited spot. In this case, park temporarily and then move your car if possible. Most people just don't care to try hard enough, honestly.

1 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Watch Your Back – While there are many, many opportunities for off-campus housing, it is not located in the safest of areas. There are frequent occurrences of muggings, assaults, and other crimes in the area and police do little to prevent it. Be smart when choosing to live off-campus.

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4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Plenty to Do – Philadelphia is filled with plenty of things to do regardless of your age. Of course, because Drexel is a Greek-involved university, frat parties are common almost any night, especially Thursdays through Saturdays.

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4 College Sophomore

Transportation: No Car Needed – Being in the city of Philadelphia, there are plenty of travel options throughout the city. While there are also opportunities for all students to have a car on campus, it is totally unnecessary (and pretty expensive anyway). It is efficient to use the number of public transportation services, from taxis to buses to subway and so on. And for the most part, it is all pretty safe.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: If you want to get into the city aside from 15th street, public trans is a must. Unfortunately right now Drexel Shuttles while free only take you to the other Drexel Campuses rather than more options around the city. 15th street is not a bad stop but busses have more range. Shuttles from Drexel are free though and walking to and in the city is not bad. The city itself is about 2 blocks off campus and all you need will be on either Drexel's campus or Upenns campus, as Upenn has a grocery store and many other stores you will need.

3 College Freshman

Academics: its hard when your school is majority an engineering and business school. I'm a double-major in photography and international area studies. every so often you feel like all the arts & sciences kids don't get enough credit

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Its All Worth It – The party scene isn't that great, the guys aren't very cute, the cost is pretty outrageous, but the academics and the city make it so worth it.

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3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Girls are pretty average, not very pretty, not very ugly. that's one of the reasons why guys tend to flip out whenever they see a seemingly cute girl around the campus. As for guys, I'd say the exact same thing: average.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: Drexel does a good job at making this school very diverse, especially since the school is in a city

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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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