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Reviews 2460 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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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.

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.


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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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