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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

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: There are a lot of weird guys at Drexel. The girls are usually pretty much all the same: either over-the-top Jersey girls or classier girls from the suburbs. The girl to guy ratio seems like it would be great for the girls on campus, but no. Drexel attracts some real weird guys.

4 College Freshman

Local Area: One Word, Philadelphia! Drexel is right in the middle of Philly! (but in the good part, of course) Positioned in the University City district, we are surrounded by UPenn and USciences, both great schools. There are tons of college students everywhere. There is always something to do, somewhere to go. Local music scene is great. The party scene is also really good, Greek life rules that area, but there is always a few house parties too.

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5 College Freshman

Weather: It's the City! Drexel University is in the middle of Philadelphia. We definitely experience every season, but the snow/rain that we do get is handled efficiently because the city takes care of it. The sidewalks are shoveled and de-iced a lot in the winter. It's really not a problem for us. And the party scene is never dampened by a little cold weather, in case that was a concern.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Lots to Choose from – I just finished my freshman year at Drexel, and I already love it. The quarter system we have works so well because we only have 10 weeks of a course/professor and then we're done with it. The workload in weeks 6-9 is pretty intense, but so worth it when you finish an academic year with 2x the credits than all of your other friends. Co-op is also a super amazing and unique element to the Drexel curriculum that I think a lot of students would love to experience, they just don't know it yet.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: Dance Is the Best Program – The dance department at Drexel is the most helpful I have found. Miriam Giguere the program director is extremely helpful. You become extremely close with all of the faculty in the department. They are extremely devoted to help you find your niche within dance/movement therapy, dance education or physical therapy. Drexel is a very career oriented school

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4 College Freshman

Local Area: Lots of Things to Do – There are plenty of things to do in Philadelphia. Drexel is also very close to Upenn and a bunch of other colleges which gives you the option to switch it up some nights. Center City has great shopping and food. I would definitely recommend Redding Terminal Market as a must see. Drexel is also not far from the major sports stadiums, I was able to take a pretty cheap cab to the Phillies game one night which was a lot of fun.

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2 College Junior

Health & Safety: Drexel campus is lomming with many odd characters. Though, there is public saftey on campus the neighborhod is dangerous.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: The off campus housing is what you make it. If you put in the work to find something affordable than most likely you will come out on top. But waiting until the last minute will not be in your favor. In the long run it is much cheaper to live off campus in a subsidy that is not university owned.

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5 College Sophomore

Administration: Very Strict – Drexel has zero tolerance for drugs. In fact the school is more harsh than if you were found by Philadelphia police with drugs. If you are caught smoking illicit drugs in your dorm room it's almost positive that you will immediately be suspended. Alcohol is more accepted where they make you pay a fine and go the alcohol classes. Whatever you do in your spare time do it safely with discretion.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: The food at Drexel is about average. The dining hall is usually a hit or miss but freshmen are required to purchase the dining package. Northside is good as long as you don't frequent there too often. The food is tasty but if you go there everyday you will run out of options. Starbucks is always a crowd favorite as well as Taco Bell.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There is plenty of off-campus housing available in the surrounding neighborhoods, both pricier and cheap accommodations. However, be careful that you are choosing to live in a safe area!

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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Safe If City Smart – Drexel and UPenn take huge measures to keep the area safe. Take normal precautions, and be city smart/have common sense, and you should be able to go through your college years without a problem.

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5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Drexel is always updating their facilities with the latest innovative materials and styles, boasting environmentally friendly engineering and construction. The new recreation center is awesome, and beyond the complaints of construction, the in-progress business school and chestnut constructions are bound to be even better.

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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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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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