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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: After freshman year many students choose to live "off-campus". Surrounding the dorms are many places for rent. Also, Drexel has leases the first couple of floors of University Crossings. This is nice because your you can pay for housing through with your student loans and grants. The process of independent living is a gradual process.

4 College Freshman

Academics: College Is the "Best" – I always knew that drexel university was the college for me it has one of the best engineering program in the state. I live on campus and I'm loving it. I mostly enjoy making new friends and meeting other students from all over the world.

3 College Senior

Academics: Great Program, Not the Best Support – The program itself is amazing and rapidly expanding. Its multidisciplinary, so students have the option of getting a degree that covers multiple realms of study. The professors and administrators for the program are helpful, engaged and interested in seeing the students succeed. The university as a whole, on the other hand, is not terribly supportive of any program outside of their Engineering and Business schools. Things are not well organized or funded, so resources are limited and/or outdated. Since the school of Arts and Sciences isn't a priority, issues you may have are not well handled. There are also fewer decent co-op opportunities for anyone outside of the heavy hitters.

4 College Student

Majors: Get Involved – Drexel is very big on students who are not only smart, but also involved in extracurricular activities, clubs, and organizations. The process would go very smoothly if admission sees that you are well-rounded and willing to be involved and hands-on.

5 College Student

Transportation: Dragon Shuttle – Drexel offer its students with a shuttle bus that transport then directly to center city for free if you are a Drexel student. In addition, Drexel is conveniently located near the subway and offer many bus routes that SEPTA provides. The fare is cheap and can come very frequently.

4 College Student

Local Area: City of Brotherly Love – Drexel University is located in the heart of Philadelphia in University City. Adjacent to the prestigious University of Pennsylvania and the renowned University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, Drexel is also a very competitive school is ranked 6th as one of the up-coming universities and colleges nationwide. University City is a very dynamic and culturally diverse part of Philadelphia and offers many dining experiences and unforgettable activities that will attract students around the globe who is interested in a great college experience. We have museums, restaurants, cafes, shopping stores, bakeries, bookstores, and much more that keep students motivated to work hard, but also offer them so relaxation as well.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The Right Choice – I've switched majors several times since I started, but my academic advisor was still able to arrange my class schedule so that I can graduate on time with everyone else. I was encouraged to find the right major for me and was allowed to take all sorts of classes to help me decide. Most teachers are excellent, and it was easy for me to make great friends right away. I love being in the city and am so excited to start my first co-op experience this summer. The only draw-back is the high price of tuition and student housing.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Casual Pot – Most people use pot at Drexel. It's treated very casually as if it is not an illegal substance. However, smoking pot usually does not interfere with studies of become an addictive problem for most people. It's not that Drexel is full of hippies, students from all walks of life smoke pot to relax on the weekends. Hookahs are very popular on campus as well. Harder drugs are not as popular.

1 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greeks Are All About Themselves – Many Greek life students I know are constantly having to sacrifice study and work time because of all their mandatory Greek events. Many Greek life students stick to their own Greek cliques. I haven't been aware of any community service or charity events Greek life has done; they appear to put all their time and effort into having fun for themselves. One of my close friends was harassed by a several frat brothers because he's a homosexual. I really have nothing positive to say about Drexel's Greek life.

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3 College Sophomore

Weather: NO SNOW DAYS!! The weather is quite variable, so remember to check the weather on a regular basis. Oh, and Drexel never has snow days...EVER! As in it only cancelled one day of classes for the blizzard of 2010. Just stay on your toes and you'll be fine!

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Fan Support – There's an awesome DAC Pack that comes to every game and shows their support to the Drexel teams

2 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Most of the students on campus are on financial aid, but even so, the cost of living is extremely high. I suggest moving off-campus as soon as possible and learning to cook in order to avoid ridiculous dining/dorm room costs.

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5 College Freshman

Transportation: By Bus or Train or Even Shuttle – Due to its location, Drexel has many transportation options. It's around 20 blocks (~1.5 mi) from the city center, so walking is a viable option. There are also several SEPTA (subway) stations and an Amtrak (train) station nearby. Drexel also has a shuttle reserved for students that takes a predestined route (but goes quite far).

3 College Student

Weather: Very Wimpy – Sometimes it snows during October and it hits 75degrees during November

4 College Student

Transportation: There are cabs around the campus and SEPTA is nearby as well

3 College Student

Health & Safety: I have never felt unsafe on Drexel University campus but there are a lot of crimes going on around our campus.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: Great Opportunities for Internships and Jobs – Almost all of the professors are doing research on their own time and are very welcoming to students coming into the lab and field and helping them with their research.

4 College Student

Health & Safety: Its pretty good, we have a lot of safety officers constantly walking around. As well as this but there is a police station right around the corner. There also is "Drexel Alert" which is a text messaging system that keeps you updated on dangerous activity and tells you what to avoid.

4 College Freshman

Local Area: I love Philly. There is an abundance of culture and activities to do. The museums are mostly free to us students and it is a great place to get involved. It is a mecca for underpriviledged folks and we have an opportunity to help them through community service...

5 College Student

Drug Safety: Have Fun! Don't be alarmed by the one strike penalty on marijuana at this school. There are designated places around campus that have seemed to become the haven for "drug" use. Though it's deemed safe because as long as you have fun there, public safety will not care, administration will not care, you're not hurting anyone but yourself and the school is liberal enough to think that. Just be careful when parents come, they tend to call the police sometimes and have the real police show up.

4 College Student

Greek Life: Not Required Freshman Year – The greek life is very vibrant and seems to attract many to it. Though at this point in time, I do not feel like it is necessarily required. I've had a lot of exciting times with my floor of my dorm and very few of us have joined fraternities for this reason. I see the greek life as something more enthralling sophomore year or one of the other upperclassmen levels.

3 College Student

Off-Campus Housing: So basically it depends on how much you're willing to spend on off-campus housing. There are many choices, especially north of campus behind Van R. The only place I wouldn't recommend is between 33rd and 32nd on Powelton, many of the houses aren't the best looking things internally nor externally, though almost everything nearby has been lived in by college students, so good luck.

3 College Student

Administration: They are very lenient about parties here as long as you are not intolerable about it. They do, however, have a no-drug policy that if you are caught once, you are kicked out immediately. Other than that, the RA's do not really mind at all and neither do the police as long as you are not throwing up; they have more important things to worry about.

3 College Student

Party Scene: There is tons to do at Drexel University since it is located in the city including plenty of bars if you are over 21. Parties are located from anywhere to here at campus to a neighboring school such as Temple or Penn. There are clubs that are available such as Roxy's but that could cost money. Your best bet is to walk if it is not too dangerous or to take the Septa station on 30th Street to Center City which is free if you get off at that stop.

4 College Student

Academics: The co-op program at Drexel University is the reason why I came here. All the professors know exactly what they are talking about and are very helpful. The curriculum is superior throughout. The only problem is that it is a little unorganized since it is a newer school.


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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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