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Reviews 2183 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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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.

4 College Junior

Weather: Fall and spring are nice because there are plenty of places to sit outside and enjoy the weather. Summer is not much of a problem because almost all of the buildings have air conditioning. Winter is only a problem when you get snow: if you commute, snow can be trouble because Drexel is a little more reluctant to cancel classes than other schools.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Drexel is pretty safe. It's like a lot of other urban schools: it's mostly safe, but you have to use your common sense. Walk with other people at night, and try to stay on the campus. We have a pretty good public safety department, and they're always on call if you want an escort to walk with you for extra precaution.

2 College Sophomore

Scholarships: It sucks how when Drexel offers you money to the school under a scholarship, it doesn't change depending on the tuition. So I am paying more every year. We also don't have a scholarship office or anything of that sort; it's hard trying to find a scholarship that's sponsored by Drexel. Most of the scholarships go to engineers anyway, they need more scholarships for liberal arts.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Mediocre Drug Scene – There are alot of people who do marijuana on campus but drinking is still the top party item of choice. It's really easy to get drugs on campus except for the hard stuff like cocaine but everyone knows someone who knows someone who deals marijuana. I would say out of the people at an average house party, 30% have smoked marijuana.

2 College Sophomore

Greek Life: No one really cares if you're in a fraternity or not, it's not a big thing on campus unless you're a Greek youreself. Greek row houses are small here and Greeks only party with Greeks. Guys who are not in greek life are not allowed into parties due "liability reasons" but girls are. There are also no asian fraternities on campus.

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1 College Junior

Scholarships: The aid I got was from the gov. But Drexel is disorganized and is confusing in how they share the information

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3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Overall, during the day I feel generally safe on campus. I always am alert though because I feel like I could get mugged at any time, especially at night. I noticed they installed more cameras on campus which helps but it would not stop a mugging. It might help prevent some muggings but not all

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: Overall my experience at drexel have been great. My classes are challenging but fun. I am always leaning so much in the ten week terms. I feel that when i graduate i will be prepared and have all the experience.

3 College Junior

Local Area: Drexel is in the middle of the city. This gives you freedom for you to travel do anything. Drexel campus is save, clean and fun. You have millions of thing to do in the city. Just always be smart and never walk along at night.

4 College Student

Campus Quality: Inside Scoop – Co-Op is great, Greek life is really fun and I recommend it

4 College Student

Transportation: The SEPTA is a great way to get into center city fast and easy, it's about 3$ for two tokens, and there are buses as well. I try to walk around campus which is easy.

3 College Student

Parking: the parking is somewhat difficult,you need to know how to parallel park and you can usually find a spot on the street near the dorms if it isn't too busy,if you can't drexel has a parking garage which costs about 10$

3 College Junior

Weather: Coldness and Snow – Philadelphia can have some harsh winters. Be prepared to bundle up in your winter jacket, because you will most certainly need it here.

3 College Junior

Party Scene: Forget About the Clubs – Sorry perspective students. Drexel's nightlife usually caters to the 21 years and older crowd. Your best bet is to go to a nearby frat/ house party.

1 College Junior

Campus Housing: Underclassmen Dorms Are the Worst – C- The freshman dorms are terrible. There are mice in Calhoun Hall. I suggest living off of Drexel's campus; it is probably your best bet.

1 College Sophomore

Administration: the policy for sign in to a residence hall is very strict, we have to show the dragon card every time. it is really unconvenient. sometimes I forget the dragon card, and frontdesk will not allow me in. Also, when my friend come and visit, she/he have to bring a dragon card. If he/she is not Drexel student, she/he can't even go to my dorm, because the frontdesk do not let he/she in!

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Recreation Center Is Excellent – the recreation center is really good! there are lots of machine available, and we can running, climbing or do other exercises. and we have many sports clubs, like table tennis, tennis and so on.

3 College Sophomore

Technology: There are only a few computer available in the liberary, sometimes I want to borrow a mac book, and all are lent out, only PC left. Also, we just have one printing machine in the library, and we don't have free printing machine which is so unconvenient.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: Drexel has a pretty nice range of diversity. But you will see mostly asians.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Drexel has many different solutions for housing issues. You can live on campus or off canpus. They have many off campus places but expansive plus the transportation (train, bus..) is expensive.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Drexel is a really competitive school to get in. They are really selective also so the school doesn't get over populated. The curriculum is amzing and really chalenging at the same time.

3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Boys Are Okay – The boys at Drexel are average looking, especially in the engineer and sciences, but they're usually nice and funny.

3 College Junior

Campus Quality: So-So but Getting Better – The facilities at Drexel University are quite varied. You have the new buildings like the DAC (gym) and Bossone (Engineering) which are spacious and pretty looking but you have drab, old buildings like Stratton (Biology) and Disque(Physics and Chemistry). As a bio major, lab and study space is important and currently there isn't much of it. The labs are cramp and dirty and the library is full of freshmen who can't stay quiet. Fortunately, new buildings are currently being built to fix this. In 2011, the new integrated science building and the bookless library are expected to open. Hopefully, these two buildings will be great improvements to the current problems.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: Very Good – Joining Greek life is one of the best decisions that I have made, classes are tough but professors are pretty good and care for students for the most part. Made a lot of good friends and Philly is a great city.


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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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