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Reviews 2447 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Fine Line.. There's a fine line at Drexel between what is safe and what is not safe for off-campus housing. If you stay very close to campus (practically on campus), the houses will be safe and nice. However, they will not be cheap! The houses a few blocks off of campus will be more affordable, but there are many times when the houses get broken into. And there's not really a compromise, so you have to decide which you want more-- safety or money.

3 College Senior

Athletics: Not Too Important – Drexel's sports are not seen as that important at Drexel. Although there is always a showing at men's basketball games, the same cannot be said for other sports. In fact, Drexel does not even have a football team. Personally, I have only been to a few Drexel basketball games myself, but I do know a large group of people usually attend them.

3 College Senior

Campus Housing: Dorms Are Slightly Above Average – As long as you end up in a sweet (Race Street Dorms, Caneris Hall Dorms, or North Hall Dorms), the dorms are above average, but only slightly. They are spacious compared to some other dorms on campus, and they all have their own bathrooms for each suite. However, they don't have a fresh clean feel. They're all a little old and stale, with only the necessities.

4 College Senior

Administration: Not Too Strict – Drexel's policies are strict, not too strict when it comes to policing the campus. There are constantly Drexel Police riding around on campus, making sure everything is okay. At times, this means that they bust parties or reprimand students for doing things that should not be. However, they are usually satisfied if the student(s) simply stop doing what they're doing. In addition, they make everyone a little safer, since there are no shortage or robberies or other issues on Drexel's campus or the surrounding areas.

5 College Sophomore

Transportation: Extremely Available – Metro and buses are on almost every corner around campus.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: City Atmosphere – Around the corner is not the best area. Drexel itself is pretty safe but as you walk away from campus it is not as safe and drugs are used.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: Philly Isn't Too Bad – It's in the city, so it's not like you have to trudge through snow. And there is enough public transit that it's not that bad. Winter boots and long johns are required for winter no matter where it snows.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: Custom-Designed Is the Way to Go – Individual programs at Drexel are fine, but I think the CSDN program takes it to the next level

4 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: Free Shuttle Is Awesome! I use the free shuttle every day. Its easy and convenient with frequent times. The regional rail is really great too-makes getting home or to the airport a breeze. I am not too familiar with the subway system because I have a car with me...

3 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: Process Was Bumpy at First – Initially, I had a really horrible time trying to smooth over some issues with my financial aid. They have you use this online messaging form for all communication unless you go to the office and its very frustrating! You might communicated with 5 different people before you get what you need and it takes a lot of time and patience! Once the initial issues were worked out for the school year, I have had no issues though. Visiting the financial aid office is fairly painless and the staff are really great in person!

4 Recent Alumnus

Party Scene: Philadelphia is a fantastic city with so much to do! You are sure to find a scene that fits your personality and preferences! The options are truly endless...for 21 and up!

3 College Freshman

Administration: Be Smart – Campus administration isn't overly harsh when it comes to underage drinking violations. Drexel isn't a dry campus, so they don't make a big deal of shutting down parties and constantly checking dorm rooms. Also, if you seek medical attention for someone who may have drank too much, you [most likely] will not be punished for drinking yourself. However drug use, cheating, and plagiarism aren't tolerated at all, and could get you kicked out.

3 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Old buildings are just that--old. Even though the constant construction can be annoying, the new buildings are great. The Integrated Sciences Building is beautiful, and houses the majority of science classes in all disciplines. The rec center is really state of the art, and with three floors of workout equipment, it rarely gets over crowded. Northside Dining Terrace--with Chik-fil-a, Subway, Currito, and a market, is really the best building on campus.

3 College Freshman

Parking: Get There Early – There are plenty of free parking spaces around campus, however they fill up quickly, especially during the week. 34th Street and Powelton tend to be the most crowded. Cherry Street and 32nd Street are often overlooked, but usually have some free spaces available. There is also a parking garage and a few paid parking lots throughout campus. Good news is, with Philly public transportation, you probably won't need to bring your car.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: Head Off Campus – Good parties at Drexel are few and far between, but they do happen most weekends. They're typically hosted by frats, which means the scene gets a little repetitive. Your best bet is to head off campus where there are plenty of events, clubs, restaurants, and concerts throughout the city-- or over to Penn--parties are a LOT better.

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2 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: It's Tolerable – There's enough places around that there's always somewhere to eat; however, if you eat out often, it gets tiring. There aren't enough places in walking distance to keep things different all the time. There are a lot of locations of the same fast food joints as well.

4 College Student

Academics: There are plenty of study rooms and areas at Drexel. The professors are awesome and they all want you to succeed.

5 College Student

Majors: Lots of Options – There are a ton of options for majors at Drexel, including a "build your own" major where you can mix more than one major into one degree.

5 College Student

Local Area: Philly Is the Best – Being in Philadelphia gives you a lot of choices to do fun things. There is a way to get everywhere thanks to public transportation.

4 College Student

Campus Food: Pretty Good for College Food – The food here is actually pretty good. The quality of the food trucks is amazing and the dining hall isn't bad either.

3 College Student

Campus Quality: Co-Op as Schooling – As part of your time spent here at Drexel, you will complete 6 or 18 months of co-op. This means you will work a job in your field based on your major and get paid a competitive wage. Something that is also unique to Drexel is that the rowing team has a boathouse on the famous Boathouse Row on the Schuylkill River. The crew teams are division I and have very good reputations.

4 College Freshman

Academics: The classes are directed towards your major and you don't have to take pointless classes that aren't relevant to your major. The classes are very major focused and very helpful. They are in depth which makes them a little challenging but the professors are very helpful and there isn't a lot of outside resources the school offers to help you with maintaining good grades and receiving help.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: Rather Diverse Population of Students – We get all sorts of people from across the country and the world. We are very open to all races, cultures, religions, and sexual preferences. We are located in the "City of Brotherly Love" so acceptance of all people is big.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Rather Safe – I have never felt unsafe. There is security on campus 24/7, blue light emergency stands everywhere do you can call for help, you can call public safety to help you or to just walk you home if you feel unsafe, and the area the school is in is in its own bubble but if you go out if the boundaries it can get sketchy. We get reports of incidences the minute they happen so you can avoid the area and get clearance reports when the area is safe.

1 College Freshman

Parking: Drexel is located in the city of Philadelphia so parking is scarce. You can get parking through the school but it's limited. Parking on the street isn't always convient or reliable.


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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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