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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.

1 College Senior

Campus Housing: No Space! The dorms are small and over-crowded. Some residence halls have three people per room now and others no longer have common areas because they have been converted into dorm space. The facilities are not very clean and any game tables they had were not in great condition. Students have to swipe a card to get in and can only sign in three guests at one time maximum. Security is great, but it makes it difficult to hang out if you have a big group. Overall, though, the staff is very friendly.

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3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Wide Selection – There is plenty of off campus housing close to campus. Some properties are more dorm-like while others would be more appropriate for more mature students. Prices vary greatly from around $300 to $1200 depending on size/rooms and location. But after freshman year, off-campus housing is your best choice of living.

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4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Subways Are Great – The subway and trolley system is cheap (a dollar per token if you buy 10 or more at once) and really useful. It closes around 12:30 though, so if you're out late you'd need a taxi or to find the Night Owl buses. There's also a bus during the day that takes Drexel students into the center city campus for free.

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2 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Dorms are incredibly expensive, and just get pricier for upperclassmen since only suites are available. Freshmen dorms are really small and overcrowded since Drexel accepts way too many students.

2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Safe or Affordable - Pick One – There are tons of apartments and houses for rent in the area, but the safe ones are closer to Penn's campus and really expensive. The affordable ones definitely come with a lot of risk of break-ins or being mugged on the way home, and they're a farther walk from campus.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Good Enough – The two plans open and required for freshman have a combination of meals at Hans and dining dollars to be spent at smaller non-buffet places on campus. There's a good variety of decent places to spend dining dollars, but my friends and I like to say that the Hans is where you go to get your spirit crushed. The food there is average for colleges, but after the first quarter, the atmosphere is just demoralizing. Most people don't get meal plans after freshman year.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Very Accepting – I've never heard of a race or diversity issue at Drexel or any other incidence of intolerance. There are a lot of international students, a lot of students from Philadelphia itself, and a lot from suburban areas. There's less economic diversity, because the school gives a few very good scholarships each year, and not much to the rest of the body, and it is an expensive school.

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College Sophomore

Scholarships: I have not really looked for scholarships offered by the university

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Lots of Bars and Lounges – Before I was a Drexel student I spent a lot of time enjoying the night life in the area....its great for relaxing and just having a really good time.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: Bus Runs Frequently – I am an online student so there is no need to travel on the buses but when I am on campus I do see a lot of buses running very often

5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: One of the Best All Around – The facilities at Drexel are awesome the student centers,the huge libraries ,the campus activities ,the grounds, the food in the dining halls is off the hook a large variety for everyone. I love that in the gym area that the track is up high so while you maybe playing basketball students can be running track above love that...

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3 College Freshman

Party Scene: House Parties: All Girls Welcome, Guys Pay $5 – House parties at Drexel can be super fun if they have good DJ's. However, they are hard to find, there is a 50/50 chance of it being bad, plus all guys are charged $5 at the door. If you are a girl, risk it! If not, walk a few blocks to the U Penn parties, which are definitely worth the walk.

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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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