Impressions Of
Drexel University

Academic Experience

Male Economics Major C/O 2018

Can you describe your weekly coursework for your major?
Freshman year it was problem sets, and when I got to the middle years it was less weekly problem sets and more like four problem sets a term, and then when I got to my upper-level classes it was all papers and group projects.

Is there anything you feel your major’s department does especially well or especially poorly?
In terms of what they did poorly, I think it would have been smart to have a separate section of Economics majors for introductory economics classes because there are a lot of people who are in the college of business who have to take Economics as an elective so it slows down the class a little bit. They have that for Biology and Chemistry, and I think they could have done that for Economics. In terms of what they do well, the professors are all very smart and know what they are doing. They all have very advanced degrees and experience in Economics.

Male Health Sciences Major C/O 2019

Can you describe the learning environment? Do you think it’s particularly competitive or collaborative?
I think it’s a mix of both. I think it’s competitive because we’ll compete for the same co-ops and we’re trying to do our absolute best. But I think it’s collaborative in that if you’re struggling people can get help from their peers. I’ve never seen anybody turn down somebody when they ask for help.

What has been your favorite class in your major?
The anatomy classes because we have a cadaver lab. It was special being a sophomore in college and already working on dead bodies. It’s definitely an experience not a lot of colleges can offer that early in my career.

Female Health Sciences Major C/O 2018

Can you describe your weekly coursework for your major?
I had many labs and most of the courses took place at the Hahnemann University Hospital in the city center of Philadelphia, which was a nice experience. For my grades, I mainly had midterm and final exams, and for the lab classes, you had lab practicals.

Can you describe the learning environment?
It was collaborative and competitive. Most of the projects are group work, which was nice but also sometimes a pain. The people are competitive, but in small aspects.

Is it common to take classes over the summer?
Yes. It depends if you are a four or five-year student. Many students want to stay over the summer to take classes because of the quarter system.

Social Opportunities

Male Economics Major C/O 2018

What kind of weekend activities or nightlife do you like to participate in?
Pretty much everything. If you had to put Drexel’s nightlife into one bin, it’s a bar school. I enjoy house parties, going to bars, anything really.

What nights of the week do you regularly go out? Are there certain places you like to go?
On Tuesday nights there is Taco Tuesdays at Wahoo’s. Thursday nights everyone goes to Cavanaugh’s near Penn’s campus. Fridays and Saturdays, we don’t really have a set spot, but usually, Saturday nights are spent in Center City.

How happy are you with the nightlife? Is there anything you would change if you could?
I was pretty happy. When you have a team of close friends you can make the best out of anything. We had a lot of fun this year especially with the Eagles doing really well. Super Bowl night was one of the best nights of my life. It’s a different scene than the larger state schools, but the thing with going to bars is they’re always open. You don’t have to wait for someone to organize a house party.

Female Health Sciences Major C/O 2018

What kind of weekend activities or nightlife do you like to participate in?
We mostly went to bars because it is a city school. If you’re on a sports team you usually hang out with your sports team or whatever affiliation you’re with.

What have been some of your favorite times at Drexel?
The first week of school is called Welcome Week. It is an orientation thing and for freshman it is a huge time and many people are coming back for it, so it is not just freshmen. It is a lot of fun.

How happy are you with the nightlife at Drexel? Is there anything you would change if you could?
I like the nightlife because there is always something to do in the city and you will never be bored.

Female Marketing and Legal Studies Double Major C/O 2019

What kind of weekend activities or nightlife do you like to participate in?
I’d go to a lot of house parties in the beginning. [Now that I’m 21], I’ve been going to bars which is a lot of fun. We’ll Uber to a bar or club in Center City or the neighborhoods of Philly, which is basically all I do now.

What’s an alternative to going to a party or a bar that you like to do?
I go to concerts all the time and there are a bunch of great venues. There are a lot of beer gardens too, which I wouldn’t count as going out in terms of partying and dancing. In the winter, you can go ice skating at Penn Landing or walk around South Street where there is always a festival going on. Phillyvoice.com lists events going on that week. This weekend we went to Blue Mountain to snowboard, and I also go hiking a lot.

Campus Culture

Male Economics Major C/O 2018

How would you describe the overall social scene?
I don’t want to say it’s cliquey, but none of the teams have huge houses so you’re never at a party with tons of people there. I feel like we’ve gone through rotations where we hang out with other girls’ teams and a couple other guys’ teams. I’m not sure what it’s like outside of athletics. I know there are fraternities, but I’m not really sure what their deal is.

To what extent do you think people of different races and sexual orientations mix socially?
Drexel’s pretty diverse. But, I’d say that someone who’s a minority in terms of race fits in a little bit better than somebody who is a minority in terms of sexual orientation. [In the Class of 2022, about 50% of students are White, 22% are Asian, 10% are international students, and 6% are Hispanic.]

Female Health Sciences Major C/O 2018

How would you describe the overall social scene at Drexel?
There are people who love to go out, but there is also a good amount of people who go more to the library and don’t go out. You know who you will see out because it’s the same people that go out.

How would you describe the student body?
Diverse. There many foreign people who come to Drexel. When you are walking on the streets you will hear different languages. [10% of the Class of 2022 are international students.]

Female Health Sciences Major C/O 2018

To what extent do you think people of different races and sexual orientations mix socially?
I think very well. Drexel is very diverse outside of sports, as well. It’s an extremely diverse place and I think it’s very good for everyone.

Do you think people are happy with their choice of Drexel by the time they graduate?
I think so. I think people kind of figure out soon if this isn’t what they want. It’s a pretty unique school. Three or four of my friends transferred out, so I think you figure out pretty soon if the city school is for you or not. [For the Class of 2021, about 89% of students returned the next year.]

Philadelphia, PA

Pros of

  • “You’re within walking distance of everything, so if you need medicine or anything you can walk there and get it or have something delivered.”
  • “It’s access to public transportation. The main train station is right on campus.”
  • “It’s proximity to the University of Pennsylvania. I utilize lots of their resources and meet up with their organizations.”
  • “You’re never bored. There’s always something to do.”

Cons of

  • “When it rains you’re screwed because you have to walk everywhere.”
  • “You don’t have that campus feel. There are some patches of grass and you can tell which buildings are Drexel, but you don’t have that open area.”
  • “It’s always very noisy. Sometimes I found it hard to concentrate or sleep when I first got there because we lived right behind the train station, and it’s always noisy in University City.”
  • “Transportation can be kind of a hassle. It can be difficult to get in and out because there’s always traffic.”

Advice for Prospective Freshmen

Male Economics Major C/O 2018

What is something you wish you knew about Drexel before entering as a freshman?
I wish I understood that you’re a number unless you put a name to yourself. Freshman year I was kind of put down by the fact that if I needed something or forgot to submit a form nobody would go out of their way to help me. There are so many students here that you’re just a student ID number unless you make yourself visible, that’s especially true with your adviser. I wish I knew earlier on to make those personal connections. I did that later on, and by the end of my fifth year there were people helping me out with various issues in order to graduate.

What is something a prospective student may have missed on a visit that is worth checking out?
I would recommend walking down by Penn because everything inside University City is shared resources. I’ve seen Penn students at the Chick Fil A on our campus and we go down there for their bars. While it’s two different schools, you interact a lot more than you would think.

Female Health Sciences Major C/O 2018

What is something you wish you knew before entering Drexel as a freshman?
I wish I knew how fast-paced the classes were. We have the quarter system so we have only 10 weeks for each course. You have a midterm every three weeks or you will have a project halfway through. I wish I knew how fast it goes by, which is nice, but sometimes also hard if you have a tough schedule and everything is coming towards you at once.

What is something a prospective athlete should know that we haven’t touched on?
They take grades seriously here. It is nice and helpful to stay on track and to have an athletic adviser that help you with your academic stuff. For athletes, there are specific study areas and you have your own snack lounge on campus.

Female Architectural Engineering Major C/O 2022

What is something a prospective athlete or LGBTQ student should know that we haven’t touched on?
There’s a lot of resources to help both athletes and LGBTQ that exist just for those specific groups, but you have to know how and when to use them.

What is something you wish you knew about Drexel before entering as a freshman?
The rigor of the courses. A lot of the courses you take as a freshman are [very difficult] and that weighs on your shoulders. Even though the majority of the classes I was taking Freshman year I had already taken in high school, it was nothing like I had ever seen before. Drexel is one of the fastest paced universities out there since you’re on a quarter system. You have to get done in a 10-week period, what most students do in a 16-week semester, and it definitely weighs on you.

Reasons to attend and not to attend Drexel University

To Attend

  • “The co-op program sets itself apart from other schools. If you do three co-ops over the five years, you graduate with [a lot] of experience.”
  • “I think being in a city is pretty cool. I like that you can go to Center City. You’re not isolated, you can always travel.”
  • “Philadelphia is amazing and there are many opportunities for things to do on and around campus. You will never get bored and there is always something to do.”
  • “Public transportation connects you to most major train stations, so you can travel the East Coast. Also, the Philly airport is a half-hour away.”

To Not Attend

  • “You have to take academics seriously because it is very fast-paced and you have to be on top of your stuff, otherwise it can be overwhelming.”
  • “The relative danger of living in a city. You do get heckled a little and there are always homeless people outside of 7-11 near campus.”
  • “There is zero school spirit. There is no football team and everyone here is either in sweats or in business suits.”
  • “It’s a different experience than what people think of when they think of college. It’s not the classic college experience.”
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