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2 College Senior

Campus Quality: The library here sucks.

There's a lot of concrete everywhere and Drexel's really good at performing construction on everything, every single year, even if it's recently been erected. I'm not quite sure what look they're going for, aside from the large grey building look?

The athletic center is amazing. I'd say it's the best part about the school.

The chemical engineering labs are pretty antiquated. The chemistry labs are pretty antiquated as well.

The concerts they have here for Spring Jam and etc are great.

There aren't many campus activities and the events and traditions are...okay. I mean it would help a lot if they had more popular varsity sports.

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4 College Student

Campus Quality: I enjoy living in the dorms and the rest of the campus is also good.

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2 Recent Alumnus

Campus Quality: I am on the center city campus. The library is very small. The building is old and the furniture in the library is old and dirty.

4 College Student

Campus Quality: The majority of the building in my major a new and very nice. Freshman dorms are not that nice, and the 1 ply toilet paper is horrible.

3 College Junior

Campus Quality: I wish there were an abundance of study spots. I feel its better to have too much than too little. I often find myself going into center city to study sometimes.

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The Daskalakis Athletic Center has extensive facilities: a nice pool, a stocked weight room, and well-maintained basketball and squash courts. However, some of the buildings desperately need some renovations and haven't been kept up. Nevertheless, the DAC is a great place to work out, take a dip, or engage in some friendly competition on the court. There are also outdoor soccer fields and volleyball courts near the dorms for students to utilize.

The Creese Center offers a lot, but delivers little. There really is nothing there but a few comfy chairs and some overpriced food. It's a good place to talk, but a bad place to study, as it's normally very busy and loud—particularly during peak hours (12 p.m. to 6 p.m.). The fireplace is nice in the winter, though. Downstairs in the Greenawalt Student Development Center, there are conference rooms and offices for Drexel student organizations. This area has been recently renovated and remains popular for commuting students. Lounge 101, in the basement of Main Building, also attracts a crowd for its free video game usage, pool tables, and table tennis. Ross Commons is fairly new and stylish. This is a good place to hang out, as it's good-looking, spacious, offers Sabrina's Café food downstairs, but is still pretty quiet and underutilized by students.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
Campus Size
77 acres
Student Centers
  • Creese Student Center
  • Ross Commons
Campus Library?
Main Libraries
W.W. Hagerty Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • Anywhere in Creese
  • Cavanaugh’s
  • Drexel Pizza
  • Mad Mex
  • New Deck
  • Ross Commons
  • Your dorm room/apartment
Bar on Campus
None, but the University is in the middle of the city. There are plenty of bars less than a block from campus. Drexel is a dry campus.
Bowling on Campus
Coffeehouse on Campus
  • Creese Café
  • Ross Commons
  • Starbucks in the Pearlstein Business Building
Movie Theater on Campus
"Green" Initiatives
Biowall in Papadakis Integrated Sciences Building
School Slang
  • BMES: Biomedical Engineering & Science
  • CAT: Center for Automation Technology
  • Cav's: Cavanaugh's Restaurant & Bar
  • CHEME: Chemical Engineering
  • Co-op: A period of six months during which Drexel students go out into the world and get real, paying jobs as a part of their studies.
  • The DAC: The Daskalakis Athletic Center (the gym)
  • The Drexel Shaft: The "shaft" that each student supposedly receives from every administrative office during his or her Drexel career. The Drexel Shaft is also a smokestack structure on the rail yard next to campus. According to University legend, the structure grows one more inch every time a student is shafted.
  • Mario the Magnificent: A beautiful and tasteful statue of a dragon at 33rd & Market streets named for a Drexel alumnus and trustee.
  • The Quad: An open slab of concrete, which some of the main buildings border. Activities are usually held here.
  • Van R: Van Rensselaer Hall
  • The Crystal Ball: This is an annual charity ball that has a Homecoming king and queen, who are selected based on the amount of money they raise for their respective charity.
  • Kamikaze Egg Drop: The goal of the egg drop competition is for students to design and build a device, which will interface with the design committee's trolley car to safely carry a large Grade A uncooked egg down a steel cable attached to the second floor of the Main Building into a barricade on the ground floor. After hitting the barricade, the device is then opened to reveal whether or not the egg survived its journey. If the egg survives, the device passes to the second round, at which time it is released from the third floor of Main to see how well it can hold up against the other devices which also kept the egg intact.
  • Research Day: One day each April, everyone in the Drexel community gathers in the DAC's gym to present posters on any research they have done. There is research in all fields, both arts and sciences. Undergraduates, graduates, faculty, medical students, and residents all participate. Prizes are given for the best posters in each category.
  • Spring Jam: This is an annual concert in the spring. There are several bands, but one big headliner. Past headliners have been The Roots and Common.
Urban Legends
To receive good grades on exams, many students rub the toe of the bronze Waterboy statue located in the Main Building. Although the majority of the bronze statue has turned dark brown, the toe is highly polished and shines.
Favorite Things To Do
Drexel shows a different movie each Friday night. The movies are current. They are out of theaters, but are not available for rent yet. Prices are cheap, too. Casino nights at the frats are also very popular. Pre-partying at someone's house or apartment before going to Cav's is very common.
Student Organizations Web Site
Student Newspaper
The Triangle
Clubs and Organizations on Campus
It would be a bit word-heavy to include every student organization and club on campus; however, let it be known that they range from Chocolate Lovers Club to Maya literary magazine. It's incredibly easy to join clubs at Drexel, and it's a popular method to make friends.
Student Activities Offered
  • Campus ministries
  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Pep band
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student newspaper
  • Student-run film society
  • Television station
  • Yearbook
Air Force ROTC: Yes
Navy ROTC: Yes
Army ROTC: Yes

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 143 responses

Very poor
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

What are your favorite campus events or traditions?    Based on 48 responses

  • 24% Spring Jam
  • 24% Fall Fest
  • 12% Basketball games
  • 10% Comedy Shows
  • 8% Homecoming Concert
  • 4% Research Day
  • 4% Penn's parties
  • 3% Spring Fling
  • 3% Commuter Events
  • 2% The Crystal Ball
  • 1% Greek Life
  • 1% I attend the Drexel Ice Hockey games
  • 1% Senior show
  • 1% Drexel Dance ensemble concerts
  • 0% Kamikaze Egg Drop

What are your favorite things to do around campus?    Based on 58 responses

  • 24% Hang out with friends
  • 20% Explore the City
  • 20% Study outside on sunny days
  • 11% Work out and visiting different restaurants weekly
  • 7% Study all the time in the different buildings
  • 5% Play Pickup sports
  • 5% Go get FroYo
  • 4% Work on my art projects/homework in studio
  • 3% Listen to music and study in the main building

How accommodating is this school to students with physical disabilities?    Based on 64 responses

  • 36% Very accommodating. The school does everything in their power to make sure the needs of every student are met.
  • 55% Pretty accommodating. The school has taken a lot of steps to accommodate the needs of students, but they've missed a few things.
  • 8% Slightly accommodating. The school has taken a few steps to accommodate students, but not nearly enough.
  • 2% Not accommodating. Students with physical disabilities are practically ignored here.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 141 responses

  • 26% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.
  • 57% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 16% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 2% I hate my school and have no school spirit.



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