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Reviews 2210 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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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.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: Extremely Diverse – The school is full of students from different backgrounds and races. As the city itself is very diverse, acceptance is high.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Expensive Near Campus – Since the city itself is full of college students, there are lots of off-campus housing options available. But, it is expensive near campus. If you are willing to walk a little, you might get cheaper places. Beware, safety is a big issue, as all neighborhoods are not safe. landlords are fine, they are used to dealing with students.

3 College Freshman

Local Area: Always Something to Do – Since the school is located with in the city, there is always something to do. A very diverse city, in terms of cultures. With UPenn and Temple University being in the city too, the city is full of college students. Fun place to be in.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I live about 15 minutes off campus and even then, I have never felt too unsafe walking back to my apartment at 9-10 at night. Cops are EVERYWHERE. You have Drexel paddy wagons, Philly cops, and even UPENN cars are around. The escorts are very nice and helpful and they are always around. Usually at major intersections. And if they see you walking at night by yourself, they'll come up to you and ask if you'd like them to walk you wherever you need to go.

Even so, this is a huge, potentially dangerous city. Use your smarts, avoid creepy places at night by yourself. As long as you use common sense you have nothing to be afraid of.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The off-campus dining is one of the biggest perks of attending Drexel. Seriously, if you crave it, you can find it here. There are so many places I'd like to recommend, I don't know where to start. Obviously, you can't go to school here and not have a Philly cheesesteak every now and then. Definitely try classic rivals Pat's and Geno's. Also, Capogiro on 20th has the best gelato ever. So good, in fact, that it made #1 worldwide on National Geographics list.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Pretty Safe – I have never felt unsafe at Drexel. It's not bad for a big city campus. Granted, I commute and am rarely on campus late at night. I also don't go near the dorm/residential area very often. It is the middle of Philly, so use common sense. Drexel's police are friendly and helpful, and I wouldn't hesitate to ask them to escort me somewhere if I felt unsafe for any reason.

3 College Freshman

Parking: While there are parking spaces relatively close to the dorms and some of the classes, actually obtaining one is nigh impossible. Being in a city, all of the parking spots are full, except for the ones outside of freshman dormitories (since most of them are lacking in the vehicular persuasion).

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: A Scattered Few Gems – While some might find that the average Drexel, or indeed Philadelphian, female is not quite what one is looking to deal with for extended periods of time, upon a closer inspection one might find that there are quite a few "nice" girls. By nice I imply that they are not only good looking, (i.e. not "ghetto") but sweet of spirit and mind. Unfortunately, there is quite the party scene, so one might find it hard to find these few gems scattered amongst the dross.

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5 College Freshman

Majors: Interior Design – I love the interior design program at Drexel. You learn so much, so fast and gain a lot of experience. They have great teachers and everyone is willing to work with you or be there to help if needed.

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5 College Freshman

Transportation: A Lot of Options – Public Transportation is really good around Drexel. There are a lot of options to choose from as well. There is always buses running, subway is right on campus, cabs everywhere, and train station is right next door, walking distance to campus.

2 College Freshman

Athletics: Not Much – Doesn't play a very big role at Drexel. There is so football team or big homecoming weekend. People play a lot of sports and are in a lot of clubs, it's just not that popular and public.

2 College Junior

Weather: during the spring and summer when the weather is nice it is a good spot to walk to class and grab a bite to eat outside. However, during our cold winters and heavy snow it stinks having to walk to class.

3 College Junior

Party Scene: Philadelphia city night clubs are very strict on their min. age to enter club. Some will allow 18yrs in but all will require intense card info to recieve drinks.

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Some of the older facilities are rather worn-down, but older building are being torn-down and newer facilities put in place. The newer facilities are state-of-the-art, such as the Papadakis Science Builing. The athletic center is amazing, and I would say the library has everything needed for research.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Very Secure, Expensive Health Services – I would give the security an A, I always feel secure on campus, even late at night. However, the Health Center is very expensive and doesn't accept any insurance.

3 College Student

Campus Quality: Drexel has some good facilities like the new Papadakis Science building. It is state-of-the-art, and it has a really nice biowall in its big atrium. But, building like Disque and Stratton are very run down and are in needs of renovations/replacement. Like Matheson got torn down this year because it was run down, and it's going to be replaced with a tall state-of-the-art business building. Overall, I enjoy the facilities at Drexel.

2 College Student

Technology: Here at Drexel, the computers are okay. The wireless connection is slow, and the connection for faster connection isn't working on my computer. But, the wired internet is awesome.

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5 College Freshman

Transportation: Shuttles Are Great – There is always a way to get around Drexel. There is a free shuttle that will take you into center city, where the nursing and medical students go, as well as people that just want to go shopping! Shuttles will also take you to the different fields where athletics play. If the shuttle doesn't take you there, the SEPTA is a good way to get around, either subway or bus.

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3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Big Variety – There is a wide assortment of guys and girls at Drexel. There are city kids, art students, pretty much everything. Guys are pretty good looking and there are extremely pretty girls all around campus. there are a bunch of different ethnicities and races.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: West Philadelphia – Local restaurants are located all around the campus. Places like Savas, Drexel Pizza, and restaurants all throughout University of Pennsylvania's campus, which is a block away, are extremely convenient and affordable for college students. There are plenty of restaurants in walking distance of campus.

4 College Freshman

Majors: Coop in Software Engineering – I am still a freshman and therefore haven't had any coops yet but i plan on going on coop in 2012. I am very excited about this phase because not only does it mean that i will get good work experience but i will also be making some money. SO far, i have seen some companies come to the CS department at Drexel to recruit students for coops at their companies and so i know that the prospect of coop employment is a fantastic one.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: The Engineering Program and Coop – The engineering program here at Drexel is very strong is definitely no joke. There is a tremendous workload and you must be willing and ready to put in sufficient work to get good grades. The coop for engineering students here is also fantastic and i have a couple of friends on coop who get paid a great deal weekly and therefore live quite comfortably.

3 College Freshman

Weather: Having lived in Philadelphia just shy of a month, I've experienced a gamut of weather changes; there have been days when I felt as though all four seasons were crammed into a matter of hours; the day would start out hot, then it would start to pour, after which the "weather drama" would end with a cold and windy closing note. Sometimes it's nice to have variety but it has quickly become overwhelming; waking up every morning and without an idea as to whether to put on a summer dress or a coat with a pashmina or even rain boots and an umbrella.

2 College Junior

Drug Safety: Pretty Average – The school has a zero-tolerance stand on drugs so it's pretty low-key around campus. The drinking is about par with any other tech based 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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