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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.

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.

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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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