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Reviews 2525 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Although the surrounding downtown area is not considered as the safest, Drexel on its down is very safe. There are constantly people everywhere, whether they are students, employees, or the Drexel Police. There are emergency call buttons located in many areas if anything were to happen. The only place that can get a little scary is if you're commuting to and from Drexel on Septa. Just be aware of your surroundings and sit by the doors. Other than that, Drexel is safe. Nothing bad has ever happened to me.

5 College Freshman

Transportation: It's the City – there are buses, and subway lines everywhere, and also drexel has shuttle buses

4 College Freshman

Academics: Trimesters Are Rough – Drexel is great and everything, I love it there, but the trimesters are tough to deal with. When all your friends go to school in august and you have to wait around until September it can get lonely and boring.

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4 College Sophomore

Majors: I haven't had my first co op yet but I will soon. I am nervous for getting one, but not as nervous as I would be if I weren't at Drexel. Drexel has the co op program so it does everything it can to help you gain a co op experience. You get a class before having any interviews so your resume is done early on. Also there are companies that specifically go through Drexel to find co op students.

4 College Sophomore

Local Area: There's a lot to do in Philadelphia. You just have to look around. There are some cool places like the Trocadero which has a zombie prom event thing every year. It's really cool. Old City Philly is really nice and the skyline is beautiful at night. Just be careful, heading outside of Drexel territory/ UPenn territory in a way opposite of Center City is dangerous.

5 College Sophomore

Weather: It Snows and It Is Hot. I come from California, so snow, amazing! Classes are not far away, Drexel is very small. Get some snow boots, no problems.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Very Diverse – This school is very diverse and it is a very good thing. When you are surrounded by people of different cultures then you learn so much about other people. The students are very friendly and the campus is great for socializing. So whoever decides to attend Drexel will not be disappointed...

4 College Sophomore

Technology: Not Bad – I am an online student so I only go to the campus when I need to study and my house is too loud. When I go its pretty calm and quiet and it seems to be enough computers to go around but I always have my own. I have never personally seen the labs or library overcrowded which is a good thing to me.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: Pretty Easy – When I applied as a transfer student to Drexel it was very easy to enroll in my program. I did not need anything spectacular, just my transcripts from all my previous schools and that was it. Very easy process!

3 College Sophomore

Majors: I Love Computers – I have always had a passion for working with computers and this is the reason I chose a major in Computer Security. The classes are not easy and you learn so much so I feel this is a very good field to be in. I want to use my degree to move to a different part of the government, which I have already started looking into. I want to work with computers to help protect our country in the future and with all the job openings I am seeing so far I do not have any concerns when it comes to finding a job in my field.

2 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: On the Fence About Staying – I love Drexel and I would love to complete my degree with them but this school is very expensive. I started this past April and I had no Idea I was not going to receive financial aid until the fall semester of 2012. So I enrolled in classes as normal and I did the Spring and Summer semester and then I was hit with a bill for over $7000 to cover the cost of Being enrolled April-August. If I had known I was not going to receive aid I would have just started in the Fall and now I have a bill I have no Idea how to pay. I cannot apply for a loan because I do not have perfect credit. I cannot transfer because Drexel has put a hold on my account so they will not release my credit, and I do not want to have a balance with the school. I feel if the financial aid department had told me I was not going to receive any aid until the Fall semester I could have waited and would not be in this situation. I do not want to leave the school but I feel like they kind of got over on me

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1 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Drugs Are Everywhere – Just this year - campus had a group selling stamps of heroine. Actually made the news for once. Drugs are prevalent unfortunately - it is philly. Can't stress that enough. Campus police do nothing to stop it. Just stay safe

2 College Sophomore

Transportation: Walk Everywhere but With a Buddy – You have to walk every where - there is a Lucy (circle bus) but I have yet to see it. You have to walk everywhere - and mind you some classes are evening and run late - do not walk alone - this is Philadelphia!!! Lots of shootings and muggings

3 College Sophomore

Majors: Major is okay - should have gone else where if I knew what campus life was like and the housing nightmares. Faculty is great - job ops are just ok. In this economy many businesses are pulling from the co-op program. One person I knew received his co-op, a week before he was to start, the company pulled out. He had to start all over looking for a job and Drexel does not help when it comes to your co-op or problems that arise. FYI - very important to know - while they have a good sell to you and your parents - there is not a good follow through.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: Good Major – I love my major but I would have gone else where for the education. It is just subpar.

1 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The housing sucks - you will end up living in apartments at some point. The "housing gods" (dept) will screw with you no matter what. The drexel shaft is commonly known for how you are treated at Drexel. Parties - don't exist. Frats do, but I really don't know why. You really shouldn't leave campus because it is not that safe - news just doesn't report all the muggings, especially when having to walk to class because you live too far away and Housing forces you to live else where - I am suprised no one has sued them yet. After all you wouldn't be stopped if you were able to live on campus or even near campus! Expect to pay $1000 a month for a shared dorm - really? Doesn't drexel already own these buildings? They do not clean, or provide any services! Consider picking another school just because of location and how the housing a-holes will treat you! You will get a better education, you wont feel like a number, you'll save money and feel so much safer at another school. Honest.

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3 College Freshman

Parking: I don't really know anyone who pays for a parking spot. Instead, we all park on the streets. There are plenty of spots and no restrictions. You can stay there for days.

4 College Freshman

Academics: I LOVE Being a Business Major – I love Lebow College of Business. They really want to make each student have a successful career. The academics are strong. Many of my professors worked on Wall Street or for the government before teaching and have personal familiarity with the concepts they are teaching. For example, my favorite professor, Jodi Cataline, gained enough money and experience on Wall Street that she retired in her early thirties to teach and raise a family. She is always willing to give her students a hand in their job searches and personal lives. Lebow hosts a lot of workshops and events ranging from Excel work to how to dress for inteviews. I feel very supported by my colllege and I am learning tons.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I Feel Safe! Philly is know for being kind of scary, but I feel completely safe on campus. There are security officers everywhere and they will walk you anywhere you need to go if you feel unsafe. Warning, be careful looking for an apartment off campus. If it is really cheap, chances are it is in an unsafe area.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Go to Reading Terminal Market. There is tons of variety of places to eat. They range from really cheap, but tasty food trucks to fancy steakhouses. I use sites like Urban Spoon to find new places every time I go out. Also, take advantage of Restaurant Week. You can get a 3-4 course meal at those really expensive restaurant for $35! Not a bad deal! Also, make sure that you go to Reading Terminal Market. So mush food, so little time

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: My initial dealings with financial aid was totally fine. I have a $24,000 academic scholarship. However, in order to qualify for the scholarship for this upcoming year, the office required all this information like W-2s, copies of tax returns and all this other paperwork. After e-mailing and calling the office for a month, I finally have everything submitted. It was a pain in the butt.

4 College Junior

Academics: Co-Op and Librarianship – The program is fantastic and the pace really makes it easier to understand the major. The professors make sure to lend a hand when a job is needed and to let students know of opportunities in the school or in other locations.

4 College Junior

Technology: It can become crowded, just like any other school, but finding a spot is not to difficult at the end of the day.

2 College Junior

Scholarships: Could They Be Anymore Difficult – Drexel is constantly screwing things up, I can't believe how bad they are when it comes to financial aid.

3 College Junior

Weather: Four Seasons – Pennsylvania is a beautiful weather state if you enjoy all four seasons


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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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