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4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: There is a great deal of competition, but scholarships are fairly simple. They are generally awarded upon acceptance to the university. Drexel is not, however, very generous, particularly in relation to how expensive tuition is.

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3 College Sophomore

Academics: Despite the fact that the classes themselves may not be extraordinarily difficult, the quarter system really puts a strain on all academics. The ten week term feels very rushed, and professors tend to expect a lot from students. There is no time to mess around, and assignments often carry a great deal of weight. There is also no time to put things off.

Ultimately, although the quarter system is fast-paced, it is fairly convenient, in that the terms go by fairly quickly. I would not, however, necessarily say that it is conducive to learning. Students seem to learn for the sake of the class, and then promptly forget that information once the new quarter has begun.

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3 College Freshman

Parking: Some spots free - they fill quickly. Drexel is in the city --- so there are parking lots and meters. Don't really need a car if you're willing to take public transportation or use your feet. My perception is you may want a car (an old one that you wouldn't care got beat up by city conditions) --- in your co-op year or if you commute.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: Cold Winter – Winter is cold and very windy. It is really inconvenient, especially when you have co-op interviews during winter. Spring is almost rainy.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Drexel Buses run every 15-30 mins, but it's not a wise choice in the weekends. The Subway and Trolley stations are right in the campus, within walking distance.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Good School If You Can Utilize Co-Ops – The academics is not rigorous, but the co-ops make up for it. It's not place for you if you want challenging coursework and intellectually competitive classmates (although you may find some if you join Honors classes).

4 College Freshman

Diversity: International or Bust – There are lots of people from Philadelphia that go to Drexel. With that being said, Philadelphia is very diverse. But Drexel also attracts students from CA and a lot of international students. There are always people speaking different languages and having cultural events on campus.

3 College Freshman

Technology: Go Downstairs – There are a number of computers in the library at Drexel on the upper and lower level. The upper level is typically crowded anytime after the morning, but the downstairs labs are almost always available. Beware though, sometimes classes and workshops are held in the labs and you have to wait. If you're in a crunch they have stand-up computers for printing with a 20-minute timer.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Not as Pretentious as Penn – The guys at Drexel are smart, but they're engineers so they're also kind of that sweet socially awkward. Unlike Penn frat guys who think hanging with their bros every weekend will get them any real action.

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: There is a wide variety of off-campus housing options around Drexel University. The places that are closest to school are very expensive and not necessarily the nicest places since college kids have lived in them over the decades. As you get further away from campus, places become cheaper, but you are also living amongst Philadelphia residents which may or may not be comfortable for you.

3 College Junior

Administration: Reasonably Strict – Drexel is very strict on drug use - first time offenders are usually suspended, but is more lenient on alcohol use. There is a 3-strike policy for underage drinking in the residence halls.

5 College Junior

Transportation: Easy to Go Anywhere – You can take public transportation anywhere. We do have a free shuttle on campus that makes a loop through university city and another through center city. However, SEPTA is literally on campus. You can ride the subway or catch a bus just about anywhere. Amtrak is at 30th street, so it's practically on our doorstep. The airport is about a half hr hike either by train or cab during traffic. But everything else is convenient and close by.

3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: You Gotta Pay Attention – In the city there are thousands of women. The girls here go from super model hot to look what crawled out of the lagoon. I don't mean this to be mean, but in terms of attractiveness, you have to really pay attention. The girls at Drexel are rated on a "Drexel" scale which based on the fact that everyone here is particularly brilliant, or completely insane, lowers or raises the typical normal scale. Overall, the girls are at a mix. I give it a B cause I'm generous.

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3 College Freshman

Athletics: D1 Sports – Though theres no football, Drexel has a comedy group called the drexel football team. D1 sports include wrestling basketball and probably others too.

4 College Junior

Technology: Technology at Drexel is decent but I would bring your own laptop.

5 College Freshman

Academics: Materials Sci. Eng. Department – The Materials Sci. Eng. Department is REALLY good here. The teachers are generally nice. The faculty are really nice, and helpful too. By senior year your materials class will be like an extended group of friends, or so I hear.

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1 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Need not apply here, unless they want to be single for 5 years.

Party boy engineers on the other hand can go on ahead.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: I Hear It's Awesome – If you are into parties and frats and such. For someone who isn't into all that, good luck trying to find anything to do on campus.

1 College Freshman

Campus Housing: S****y Dorm Experience – Of course there was no hot water, loud neighbors, ect. But the real issues I had with the dorms here were -the party girl RA (which would be ok for some people, but she was always looking down on me for being a nerdy gamer) -sociopathic roommates down the hall who kept calling public safety on each other, freaking everyone out -A general air of "I don't want to talk to you" from people hanging out in lounges and such. Idk, maybe I'm too ugly, or too black, but I definitely did not get good vibes from the people who hung in the public spaces.

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2 College Freshman

Campus Food: Usually sucks, and is crowded. Some days, and at certain times during those days, they have really good stuff. Good luck finding it though.

3 College Student

Academics: Could Be Better – There is a mix of great professors and the not so great, but the class size is good and you will learn a lot regardless. Quick pace so be sure you can handle a rigorous schedule and tough classes.

5 College Student

Off-Campus Dining: Center City and Upenn – Close to center city and UPenn's campus. Lots of options, both cheap and upscale.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: So Many Options! Drexel is located in University City, so there are a lot of college friendly dining options all over the place. The price varies from place to place, but for the most part they are very reasonable. Definitely check out Baby Blue's BBQ and Pat's!

4 College Student

Guys & Girls: Friendly, Skillful – When the first time I came the school, I got a very nice tour. I saw a couple of students hung out together and some was doing homework.

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3 College Freshman

Academics: Enthusiastic Profs – The biology department at Drexel University consists of very enthusiastic professors who are specialized in the subjects they teach. Unfortunately, in some classes, you only have the professors for half of a term (about 5 weeks) and then switch to a new professor. So it can be difficult to become accustomed to specific teaching/testing styles. Also, TA's are either very nice and helpful, or useless and unfriendly. Overall, an average experience.


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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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