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4 College Freshman

Local Area: I love it here in Drexel and I love that it's right next to the city allowing us students to have fun going off campus.

2 College Senior

Campus Quality: The library here sucks.

There's a lot of concrete everywhere and Drexel's really good at performing construction on everything, every single year, even if it's recently been erected. I'm not quite sure what look they're going for, aside from the large grey building look?

The athletic center is amazing. I'd say it's the best part about the school.

The chemical engineering labs are pretty antiquated. The chemistry labs are pretty antiquated as well.

The concerts they have here for Spring Jam and etc are great.

There aren't many campus activities and the events and traditions are...okay. I mean it would help a lot if they had more popular varsity sports.

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1 College Senior

Scholarships: I'm rating it the worst simply because Drexel costs so much and so you would expect the financial aid process to be a lot simpler and easier to deal with.

They've changed how they bill halfway through my time here and that made some things difficult for my friends with payment plans.

Scholarships are hard to get after you've already enrolled (though it may also be like that at other schools) yet the school is ready and willing to bombard your mailbox with donation pleas after you graduate.

Financial holds have been placed on my account when loans were in the process of being disbursed simply because it didn't match up with their payment schedule and so I'd have to speak with financial aid reps multiple times to solve problems.

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4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Philly has some really good food. Some people from New York or New Jersey will tell you otherwise but I feel that if you separate biases that exist due to where you grew up you'll admit that we have some really damn good food here. If you don't like on-campus food there are some awesome restaurants in center city and even some cool ones on Penn's campus.

3 College Senior

Guys & Girls: ...girls here...the girls here are....they're "meh"

I'm sure women would describe the men at Drexel the same way LOL.

5 College Senior

Local Area: I've grown up in Philly my whole life and while I would never ever ever live in Philly because I like not paying an arm and leg for everything I own (including my house) I think it's a great city to have fun in.

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4 College Senior

Athletics: The basketball team at Drexel is great, but there really isn't a huge sports atmosphere at this school which kind of sucks.

I'm giving it such a great rating because their gym is really top notch. I love how big it is, how many weights there are, the fact that it has an indoor track, basketball court, and swimming pool. Truly I think this is the best part of Drexel.

3 College Senior

Administration: Drexel can be really strict about some stupid stuff-- like responding to automated emails inappropriately and putting someone on disciplinary probation for a year. This in my mind is stupid and is a waste of resources.

However they're pretty lenient when it comes to alcohol use in dorms as long as you're not a belligerent jerk. I mean, obviously if you tell an RA that you're drinking they will tell you to stop and may confiscate it or bring it to notice of higher authorities, but it all depends on how responsible you are being with it.

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4 College Senior

Health & Safety: I think that Drexel does a pretty good job of providing escorts to students walking through bad parts of West Philly to get to class at times. Public Safety takes threats seriously and they do their jobs well. I don't have any huge complaints, but I wouldn't say it's the BEST EVER, because a lot of students who live close to, but not on campus, are victims to robberies quite often.

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3 College Senior

Campus Housing: When my friends were staying in campus housing, Drexel was very different. A lot of the new buildings have been built in the past two or three years. Since it has been about four years since my friends stayed in campus housing I cannot say much about how it is now.

However from what I remember, the cleanliness of some of the places was questionable-- mainly Calhoun and Towers and Kelly. However Millenium was very clean and the buliding next to Calhoun near Northside was clean as well.

Students were different depending on which dorm building you went to. Millenium was kind of boring and uptight at times. Kelly was really fun-- the students were really outgoing and happy. Calhoun was kind of...grungy. Towers was fun, but a little too messy for me.

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5 College Senior

Majors: The co-op program is by FAR the best part of Drexel. I have gained extremely valuable experience through this school working with large companies that even my friends know of.

Since I am a chemical engineering major, I received very good pay from these co-ops.

In terms of time commitment, Drexel's co-ops last for six months at a time. During this time you are a full-time worker and you will usually work at least 40 hours a week. I've heard of some students working in excess of 60 hours a week for some companies. Most of the times a co-op will receive compensation for overtime.

Each co-op had different levels of responsibility. At my first co-op there was very little responsibility. As I got older however, the responsibilities got greater and greater. The greatest responsibility I've had at a job was at my last part-time job which I didn't get through Drexel's co-op system.

The job was an old co-op job that I had. I approached my old manager to see how he was doing and I ended up getting offered a part-time position. This is rather common at Drexel-- another reason why this school has such a great reputation.

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3 College Senior

Overall Experience: Some professors are good, some are not so good. As I got further into my career as a student in Drexel, I found more students who were apathetic or did not account for students' ideas, thoughts, or concerns. However I have also found a good number of professors who have made my experience at Drexel much better.

The best courses I've experienced at Drexel, or at least one of the best, were chemistry courses with Dr. King. He did a great job of teaching large groups of students with thorough review sessions and pertinent homework and interesting lectures. In the chemical engineering department, Dr. Maffia was my favorite professor as he showed interest in students' concerns and thoughts. He always had interesting lectures and meaningful homeworks with applications outside of the classroom.

The worst courses I've experienced at Drexel included EPED with Dr. Chmielewski before EPED was given to another professor and the whole physics program. In addition, some of my worst courses were had when I got further into my education as a chemical engineering student.

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3 College Sophomore

Local Area: The city is pretty awesome and there is always something going on and places to see.

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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I'm not the biggest fan of the Greek life and don't fukly see all the benefits of it.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: The aid is great but does not cover all cost, so it will be a long time to pay off my loans.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: It can be rough in the city, especially at night and a lot of the off campus housing that is reasonably priced is in a sketchy neighborhood.

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4 College Sophomore

Majors: The coop opportunities are unmatched as they bring great real world experiences that I would not have been exposed to anywhere else.

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3 College Sophomore

Athletics: We have a basketball team that has a following, but the rest of the sports are not really mentioned.

4 College Sophomore

Administration: The rules are not too strict, students can mostly do whatever they like. It allows for the students to make their own life decisions.

3 College Student

Party Scene: Most of the time, you will be traveling to other places (center city or Penn's campus) to find a good party.

1 College Student

Campus Food: After only ten weeks on campus, I can no longer eat it.

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3 College Student

Campus Housing: I like the building I'm in for the most part. Some of my friends, however, have some horror stories about rats/mice and bugs, and a lack of hot water.

3 College Student

Off-Campus Dining: The most annoying part is the lack of options right on campus considering Drexel is in Philadelphia.

3 College Student

Off-Campus Housing: It totally depends on where you are staying, and how much you want to spend. You can get apartments for very cheap, but they are in very bad areas. However, campus-housing overcharges you for what you get. You can find a cheaper, better alternative.

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3 College Student

Academics: I have only been in introductory classes so far, and some of the professors could be better.

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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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