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Reviews 2207 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Cheese Steak – They have cheese steaks all over philadelphia. they are all pretty good and they love their steaks. They also have any other style of food that you could want in a stone throw from campus in the city of Philly.

3 College Student

Transportation: The Shuttle Sucks – The Drexel shuttle has a VERY short route around campus, and the only people who really use it are the Hahnemann students. It can be convenient for getting to center city though. I use SEPTA a lot more. There's a token machine in the student center and you can get 10% off of monthly trailpasses. I take SEPTA pretty much everywhere I need to go.

Drexel also has an Escort Service if you're ever afraid to walk somewhere alone. Free and convenient!

Taxis are another option, and easy to find around University City

3 College Student

Diversity: Definite White Majority – There's a decent number of Asians here, but it's mostly a white population. There are some African-Americans, but I don't see a lot of interracial friend groups. It's really weird because it seems like the housing situations are separated by race. I live in Millennium and there don't seem to be a lot of African Americans in the dorm unless you go to a particular floor. I don't know if it's just a coincidence, but it's a weird one if it is.

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3 College Student

Local Area: I Love Philadelphia – I'm a Philadelphia native and I'm so glad I stayed here for college. There are so many colleges in this city and tons of stuff to do. Great shopping, restaurants, and a team for pretty much every sport. The only downside is that some areas are not safe and you need to know what neighborhoods to avoid. Once you do know, though, Philly is so much fun!

2 College Student

Scholarships: Absolutely Awful Headache – Drexel is soo disgustingly stingy with their scholarships. They give great students half tuition loans and won't budge after that. And the FinAid office is so terrible to deal with. You speak with a different person every time, and they all tell you something different. Awful.

4 College Student

Greek Life: Well Liked for the Most Part – The Greek Life is pretty important because their responsible for almost all campus parties. They also do a lot of charity, fundraising work. Obviously the mob mentality can be annoying sometimes, but they're definitely not terrible.

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3 College Student

Campus Food: Bland, but Edible – The Hanshumacher Dining Center has really stepped up their game this year. The breakfast is delicious, the lunch and dinner are mediocre. I guess because they serve a vast variety of people nothing can be seasoned too much, so everything's pretty bland.

There's also a Taco Bell, Currito, Chic-Fil-A and Subway which are typically crowded but decent.

Ross Commons also has a meal deal that's decent. Pizza, a side, and a drink.

3 College Student

Weather: Winter Is Bad! Fall term was great, nice weather with a brisk breeze. However, once winter term hit, the wind was painful and the snow storms create slush and ice. Very bad in the winter. Spring is beautiful though.

4 College Student

Transportation: Students are able to use Drexel transportation, UPenn transportation, and public transportation to get around the city. The subway is very convenient, safe, and fast. Drexel has a shuttle that is on a constant-loop every 15 minutes. And if you need to go anywhere that is not covered by the trains, taxis are typically under $20, so it is not bad at all.

5 College Student

Academics: Lebow College of Business Is Terrific! I am in the Business College, and I only have good things to say about the school. The professors are more than engaging, willing to stay after class and talk about projects, the stock market, or anything really. I am always hanging out with friends who are engineers, and I have a substantially lower work load. As a a business major, I am able to attend many extracurricular events, career development workshops, and activities throughout the city more frequently than engineering majors. Besides social aspect, Drexel has career development workshops that help develop resumes, teach you how to network, and anything else needed for the business world. There are so many activities going on everyday, but it is up to the student to take advantage of them. You are paying well over $20,000 a year, so you might as well beef up your resume, learn how to present, and get a bunch of business cards!

5 College Junior

Campus Quality: Excellent Internship System – Drexel's co-op system is unrivaled. You enter in your resume, apply for interviews, go on interviews, and rank employers you want to intern for. By the time I graduate, I'll have 18 months of real work experience dealing with contractors, designs, and data. I've actually designed projects and watched them be built in the field. Interning is an excellent way to apply what you learn in the classroom to real world problems.

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Affordable With Roommates – There are plenty of options around the campus and it's really affordable when you split the bills between 4-5 people. You don't have the convenience and security of the dorms, but it's much more affordable.

2 College Junior

Campus Food: Too Expensive – For the amount it costs per ten week term, Drexel's meal plans just aren't worth it. They'll get you by if money isn't an issue and the food is decent, but the most affordable solution (and most fun in my opinion) is just cooking for yourself.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: Pretty Diverse – Drexel is a pretty diverse university. You will see a many different races around campus. I would say that there are more Caucasian people on campus but it is still other races.

3 College Junior

Campus Quality: I go to school online and not really familiar with the facilities. I do live near the campus and noticed they have rebuilt and updated alot of facililites.

1 College Junior

Scholarships: They give you a packet freshman year with your acceptance, and IT DOES NOT CHANGE. They do not account for your living costs of the region you live it, or care when a parent (or both) lose their jobs. You just have to suck it up and pay them the 50 grand they want. So they can plant flowers and have construction on 8 different buildings at once.

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1 College Junior

Parking: Parking sucks. $300 per quarter for on campus..thats $1300 a year! And spots are pretty limited. The only other option is street parking, and cars get broken into daily.

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3 College Student

Scholarships: Not Great – Make sure to fill out the FAFSA early, you get a $1000 for that. That being said, financial aid is not the school's strong point, it still comes out to be pretty expensive unless you have really good grades, or if you're a good athlete (they actually get more scholarships).

4 College Student

Off-Campus Dining: Philadelphia is home to the Philly Cheese Steak. You can find a good one almost everywhere, but if you go to Pat's or Geno's you can find the best steak (although which one is truly the best is still up to debate). There are many places to eat both on and off campus, and the main campus is right next to UPenn, so you can make use of their places to eat as well. Over all, the food is pretty cheap and you can find almost anything, from pizza and burgers to middle-eastern food and sushi. The really unique part is the food trucks. It sounds weird, but the trucks are actually really good, cheap (a whole meal can be as little as $3), and clean.

4 College Student

Local Area: Philadelphia is huge, and there are so many different things to do. One of the best things is restaurant week, where you can get amazing food for cheap! Drexel has several places where students can work-out or play sports for free. Philadelphia comes with all the perks of a big city, plus the benefit of being home to the Philly Cheese Steak. Drexel gives students many opportunities to make use of the resources in the city, and you even get credit Freshmen year for going to the zoo, or any of the museums. Also, at the start of the year Drexel reserves part of the Phillies stadium for Drexel students.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: They have a deferrment program with partner employers and a tuition discount

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Drexel gives out several scholarships based on quality academics in high school.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: City Life – I come from a very small, country town so living in the city was a new experience. I enjoy having lots of things to do very close by and the public transportation is very convenient.

2 College Sophomore

Administration: If a party gets too noisy the cops will show up but do not give out under-ages often, mainly just want everyone to leave and go home.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: My personal experience with financial aid was that it was fairly easy. The paperwork is tedious, and there were a few times I had to visit financial aid to straighten out paperwork issues or make inquiries because they weren't clear about some things.
The scholarships here are pretty good. If you came from high school or another college with good grades, there's a chance you'll get a scholarship from Drexel. Just be aware that you have to keep up a certain GPA to keep scholarships.


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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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