Drexel University

Philadelphia, PA

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Drexel University

Drexel University

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Overall School Rating:

Rated 4 of 5 Stars 13 Review

Nightlife:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 3.5 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars

Student Ratings

Reviews for Drexel University

Student at This School - Grad Year 2017

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Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Overall

Overall I think Drexel is an excellent school with some amazing opportunities. It has a great atmosphere in University City, within walking distance of center city and many attractions. There is so much to do and so many new people to meet. For new students; make sure you get out and enjoy the rest of Philadelphia and not just stay on campus, get involved.

Academics

Classes are small in size and provide excellent learning opportunities. Professors are accessible and willing to help their students in any way they can. The workload can be a challenge, but if you stay on top of things it is do able. Once you are finished with the general requirements, there are some really fun classes that you have the opportunity of taking.

College Life

Campus has many different activities, from concerts to sporting events, job fairs to culinary conferences. If there is something that you like to do, chances are there is a club involved in that activity, if not it is easy to start your own when you find more people who share your interest. Campus is extremely safe, public safety are all over the place and highly visible, you cannot walk 2 blocks without seeing numerous public safety officers. There are numerous clubs and professional organizations of all specialties and sizes.


Student at This School - Grad Year 2015

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Overall

I enjoy being a part of Drexel and living the Drexel experience. The Co-op is a shoe-in for a good job right out of college, and in today's economy, that is worth the expensive education. I love being in a city, especially one that has so much character to it. As for new students, it takes some time to get used to the change from high school, to college, but once you get used to the change, it becomes obvious how much better college is!

Academics

The classes of the school are definitely a challenge, but after all, life is not easy, so that is exactly what we need. The classes range from lectures with 200 kids, down to individual classes with 10. The professors have hands-on experience in their areas, so we are learning from working professionals, not just professors. The workload can be a bit of a burden, but nothing impossible to handle.

College Life

There are more organizations at Drexel than I could have ever guessed. If you can't find a club with your interests, it is not to hard to make one. I feel very safe at all times on campus, and I suggest staying on campus at night. Even being in the city though, I rarely feel like I am in a bad situation. The athletic teams are pretty good, all Division 1. The weekend activities range from anything available in the city, that is a great part of being in a college in a city!


Student at This School - Grad Year 2013

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Overall

The thing I like most who about my school is all the classes made available to to all the students. There is a wide range for all interests. Drexel also works on a quarter system which I also really enjoy. On our breaks we are in-between semesters, so we are actually on a break and don't have to work about homework. When we come back, we start fresh. Drexel also has a lot of events free, or cheaper for students that I take advantage of, they're all usually fun.

Academics

Drexel is very hands on, which is one of the best ways to learn. We do everything and learn all aspects of your major. It's great. You have to work hard, but I feel like it's not an unbearable amount. You'll be stressed for a little while, but then you'll be just fine.

College Life

Being in Philly there is a lot to do. I love living close enough to jump on a train and be in center city, or old city right away. There is also almost something going on right on campus everyday. There are many clubs one could join, covering lots of hobbies or interests.


Student at This School - Grad Year 2015

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Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars

Student at This School - Grad Year 2015

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars

Student at This School - Grad Year 2015

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars

Student at This School - Grad Year 2012

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars

Student at This School - Grad Year 2012

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars

Former Student - Last Attended 1995

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Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 1 of 5 Stars
Overall

Drexel promotes its co-op program as a great way for people to get a job, but ask any student there and they'll quickly tell you about what a joke it is. Amongst the students there, it's known as "The Drexel Shaft" - the school takes gobs 'n gobs of your money and you get little in return. The school is way overpriced, the classes were lacking (except for , the co-op program was a joke, and I had far more success at another school once I transferred out. The one great thing about Drexel is that it's in Philadelphia. I'm a big fan of Philly - from the food and entertainment to the museums and parks, it's a great place to live. Just save your hard earned cash and don't go to school at Drexel.

Academics

I transferred out of Drexel University after one year, and even after I had left, the school was making my life harder. You see, unlike most universities, Drexel operates on a trimester schedule. What that means, is they tried to cram more classes into a year than a normal university. Yes, you get to take more classes in a year, but the courses feel extremely rushed and the material doesn't stick with you nearly as much as what you'd learn at a school which operates with only two semesters per year. The other frustrating part about this is that if and when you decide to leave the school, you'll find that most other universities won't give you full credit (or sometimes ANY credit) for the classes you took at Drexel. When I transferred out to a better school, I was only given partial credit for most of my courses, and they told me the reason was because the classes weren't as long as those of a standard institution. Granted, if you're going to a school, you probably hope to stay there the entire time - but it would be nice to know in advance that should you decide to transfer to another university, Drexel makes that process far more difficult than it should be.

College Life

I was surprised how much drug use there was going on at this school. Sure, it's a college and some recreational drug use is to be expected, but the amount of cocaine and heroin that was spreading around the campus when I was there was ridiculous. I had no interest in that sort of thing, so I often found myself leaving the campus for social activities. Fortunately, Philadelphia has plenty of great music clubs, museums and shops to check out, so I was rarely bored. The campus did have a decent music department at the time, so I often enjoyed going there and practicing piano and recording.


Parent of Student

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Overall

Do not let the size and location scare you. Drexel may have a large enrollment, but their customer service especially in the financial aid department is excellent and responsive. I have an older child that attended a small private college with approximately 2,500 students so I was very afraid of the 20,000 plus campus enrollment. I thought I would not be able to obtain any real help when I needed specific questions answered. But to my surprise the financial aid department, bursars office , and residence life staff have been very helpful and quick to respond. I am liking Drexel more and more each passing day because my child is liking it more and more. The more she learns about the campus and activities the more she enjoys the University. My child is enrolled in the Westphal School of Media Arts and Design. From the very first visit, she wanted to be in the program. We visited several other colleges but Drexel's curriculum impressed her. She definitely chose program over campus atmosphere initially. We are from Phila. so her plan was to attend college out of the area. But now that she is on campus, she has been impressed with other aspects of the University aside from her specific major. She loves her residence hall, dining hall food and active campus. The new recreational facility is great. She regularly uses the gym and takes advantage of the many free exercise classes offered. She is excited about participating on the Dance Team and several student organizations. For parents, I would say that Drexel provides many avenues to learn about the University. There are several open houses, orientation sessions geared specifically to parents and lots of information online and in written form. Recently they have developed online newsletter to inform families of campus activities,events and new information.

Academics

My daughter reports that her classes are not too large in relation to some other programs. They may range from 25-60 depending on the subject. She definitely has a heavy workload, but the school prepared her for this by discussing it regularly. When she attended the orientation, students that were already in enrolled at Drexel shared their experiences with her about the workload and how to manage it. So I believe she was prepared. She also selected the housing arrangement that allowed her to be housed in the same residence hall with other students in the same major.

College Life

There is always something to do on campus. Campus safety is excellent. There are call boxes every where, foot patrols and campus police that circulate the campus. My daughter has made friends quickly and is very involved socially on campus.


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