College Freshman 2013-12-06T21:05:27Z
Parties are not great. It's all guys and a few sloppy girls, if that's what you are into. The Philly life is great and there's an abundance of public transportation.
College Freshman 2013-12-06T21:03:49Z
There are some good professors that genuinely care about you. However, there are a lot of professors who clearly dislike Drexel and don't care about the class whatsoever. The workload is okay and manageable. The curriculum of my official major (bio) is meant to weed out people hard. The curriculum of the major I was supposed to be in (comp. sci.) hasn't changed in years...
College Freshman 2013-12-06T21:03:49Z
There's the co-op program that Drexel has. The catches that Drexel never tells their students are, you still pay Drexel while on Co-op and you are not guaranteed a paid job, let alone any job. You are going to fight for class spots because Drexel made a dumb decision of accepting way more people than they can even house. Good luck graduating when you are supposed to.
College Freshman 2013-12-06T20:59:31Z
Guys & Girls:
There are cute guys here but most of them are into pretty white girls, just saying. The girls are just plain out stuck up. I saw a poor guy get snapped at just for complimenting a girl's hair.
College Freshman 2013-12-06T20:56:20Z
The administration is just plain out terrible. I was placed in the wrong major and I have been relentlessly trying to change my major for a year and a half now. They refuse to admit their system security hole and that incompetence I faced when I met with several useless advisers and administrative staff. I lost my scholarship along the way and I had to retract my case or else I get suspended. I wasted my time, money, and future on this corrupted school. This school is ignorantly unaware on how unhappy the student body is.
College Freshman 2013-12-06T18:37:42Z
I come from a family with 0 EFC where both parents do not speak English and have always worked under the table for about minimum wage, living in a low-income area, and where you are the first generation to go to college as well as the one to provide half of living expenses income as a teenager. I barely got any grants from Drexel. I got the PELL Grant, some work-study money, and a lot of federal loans to help me pay off Drexel. If you are reading this review, please keep in mind that the tuition at Drexel is about *$38,000* ish (depending on your program and etc.) for a /commuter/. Also, keep in mind that the tuition is raised by about 5% each year. You will also get less financial aid the new few years if you are going on co-op. Why? Federal grants are only given when you are in SCHOOL session and coop does not count at all.
Appealing for financial aid was a simple process in itself. You send a letter to the Drexel Central Service (aka financial aid office) explaining your situation, any financial difficulties, and etc. However, your chances of getting more financial aid is very little, even if you stand a good case like I did. You are only allowed to appeal /once a year/ for financial aid AND merit aid.
The worst part? If you try to connect with the appeals committee to ask why you were rejected or for any questions at all, you are only told generic answers that do not pertain to your case and that the committee is anonymous.
Also, I ran into a lot of trouble with verification to receive any aid. I sent all appropriate papers multiple times throughout a course of a year. I kept asking, in person/phone/AskDrexel, why I still was not approved for any financial aid distribution and was just told to send in papers and what not. It wasn't until I was placed on hold that I had to bring my sister (35 years old and practically my legal guardian) into the office to figure out why my financial aid hasn't been processed. It was not until then I was told that I needed to physically write down that my parents do not work. I was very annoyed that they did not tell me that crucial information until months later even though I had explicitly asked them what was wrong with my paperwork.
College Sophomore 2013-11-11T23:37:57Z
I love it. At first I didn't want to go here and the first year was tough but I am so glad I go to Drexel. I've had a lot of great experiences and learned a lot. I have amazing friends and have met some of my heroes through Drexel events and programs.
College Sophomore 2013-11-11T23:36:02Z
It's there, it's easy to get and easy to participate in.
College Sophomore 2013-11-11T23:35:02Z
You can get anywhere you need to go. Market street is right in the middle of campus so you can get on the subway. There is a shuttle that runs every half hour from Market and 34th to our center city campus which is free for students. Taxis are an option but usually students just take the subway because it's cheaper. The university has a program where you can rent Zip cars as long as you're over 18 which is 3 years younger than most rental cars.
College Sophomore 2013-11-11T23:32:19Z
We don't have a football team. Our basketball team is apparently pretty great though. I know a lot of people who really like the intramural sports they participate in though. Our gym is excellent and only a few years old.
College Sophomore 2013-11-11T23:30:35Z
The cheap dorms (Towers) are awful, you meet a lot of people but there is barely any living space. Some freshman dorms, like Millennium and Race are great but have restrictions for the honors program and price. Upper classmen housing, like the new Chestnut Square are great though.
College Sophomore 2013-11-11T23:27:48Z
It's great being in the city, there's always something to do. There are a lot of restaurants and movie theaters that offer student discounts. Philly sports teams will also offer discounts to home games. There are a ton of discounts at museums as well. We are also right next to UPenn so there's a good amount of interaction with them.
College Sophomore 2013-11-11T23:25:38Z
Drexel is pretty diverse. We have a lot of Asian students and international students. Most of the international students are attracted to our engineering program because that is what Drexel is known for, so there aren't very many in the smaller arts majors.
College Sophomore 2013-11-11T23:23:09Z
Drexel gave me the most aid out of the schools I applied to, but it is very expensive and most of the aid was merit based. After the first year I didn't receive work study anymore which was frustrating.
College Sophomore 2013-11-11T23:21:59Z
The food is getting much better, but still has some problems. The Hans is a terrible dinning hall but only freshman use it. North Side and Taco Bell are pretty good but can get repetitive. They're opening more restaurants and dinning halls in the next few years though.
College Sophomore 2013-11-11T23:20:00Z
Health & Safety:
We're number 3 in the country for campus safety. I walk home from friends dorms and computer labs in the middle of the night all the time and always feel safe despite being in the city.
College Sophomore 2013-11-11T23:18:36Z
Our campus is fairly strict but only on Freshman. Once you're an upperclassman you can pretty much do what ever you want. Some professors do take attendance more seriously than others though.
College Sophomore 2013-11-11T23:16:17Z
It's Philly, there are a lot of options and a lot of pizza.
College Sophomore 2013-11-11T23:15:23Z
I love a majority of my professors. They really know what they're talking about because most of them have worked in the industry. Registration has always been pretty easy; I've never had trouble enrolling in a class that I couldn't easily fix.
College Sophomore 2013-11-11T23:15:22Z
I love being a film major here. It was rough the first year because I transferred in so I knew fewer people, but now I love most of the professors and the experiences I've had have been great. My friend who transferred to NYU said the programs are very similar and wished she had stayed at Drexel.
College Sophomore 2013-11-11T23:10:08Z
There are a lot of labs and and computers available. Printing will cost $.05 to $.1 per page but if you're honors or live in a building with printing it won't be a problem.
College Sophomore 2013-11-11T23:08:00Z
Philly weather can vary but this fall has been excellent. Almost everyday the weather has been beautiful. It doesn't get as cold or snowy as farther north. When it does snow it's pretty for the first few hours then gets a bit gross and inconvenient cause it is a city.
College Sophomore 2013-11-11T19:31:46Z
Center city is a good time.
College Sophomore 2013-11-11T19:30:23Z
It is improving a lot
College Sophomore 2013-11-11T19:29:19Z
Hard to find parking
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