Location: Philadelphia, PA
Funding: Private University
Size: 13,572 undergraduate students
Percent Women: 46%
Tuition (one year): $37,505
Most Popular Majors: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Health Professions and Related Programs; Engineering;Visual and Performing Arts; Computer and Information Sciences
Greek Life: Yes
Acceptance Rate: 81%
For more information about financial aid, scholarships, majors, study abroad, and average test scores, visit Drexel University’s website drexel.edu/undergrad/.
Why Choose Drexel?
“Co-op, co-op, co-op! Why not go to a school where you can score potentially paid job experience?!”
“I chose Drexel because of its Co-op Program, urban location, and the college's effort to combine student life with the surrounding city.”
“I liked the Co-op Program and how the students here seemed so driven. Also, people seemed genuine.”
“The fact that Drexel is by the city made it somewhat more attractive to me. Also, the Co-Op Program is great for students who want to get an edge in the workforce.”
“The Co-op Program, where students get to have 6 months of every year in an internship or job, is amazing and definitely puts you ahead of the curve for graduation. However, Drexel being in the heart of Philadelphia and having awesome academic programs is what sold me.”
"I came to Drexel because of their amazing programs. I know my engineering program is top notch, and I have a lot of friends in the competitive nursing progams and the business school!"
“I LOVE the variety on campus. You can find any type of food, any type of club, and create any kind of experience here. You can go to poetry readings, movie screenings, or full out concerts all the time.”
“I love finding out that the performers are for our annual concerts. As a member of Greek Life I always look forward to Greek Week!”
“I love the people and the atmosphere. I have met so many professors and Drexel staff members who only want one thing: for every student to succeed.”
“I love the completely unique college experience you get here. It isn’t like any other school. You’re way more independent. Everyone here has an interesting story to tell.”
“I absolutely LOVE the DAC! The gym has everything you need for any type of workout. It can get crowded around dinnertime but if you go midday or late at night it is almost empty. The workout classes are awesome and a lot of fun to do with friends! The DAC is a great way to blow off steam and stay active”
“The debt you know you’re going to be in is the worst, even if you have a full scholarship.”
“The tuition is absolutely horrendous and there's always construction.”
“During the bleak months of January & February going to class is the least appealing thing in the world. Especially the first year when you live in the freshmen dorms.”
“Since we’re on a quarter system and not a semester system, our breaks rarely match up with my friends’ from high school.”
"There is a lot of red tape around everything at Drexel. It's a running joke that getting things like forms signed could be an Olympic event."
“The dining hall food could be a lot better considering how much the meal plan costs.”
“The nicest part of the Hagerty library is the third floor which isn't even accessible to non-Law school students until the evening! I wish the other floors were renovated and I really wish the library was even bigger.”
New Collegiette on Campus
“Being a freshman at Drexel is really great because you share classes with a certain group of people the first quarter which helps you develop a tight group of friends early on. All of the freshmen dorms are close together, which makes hanging out easy and convenient.”
“When I was a freshman I joined a sorority, so that opened me up to meeting upperclassmen and other freshmen outside of my major. It was so exciting to be accepted by so many new people.”
“It's great to be a freshman and live with freshmen. This way we all know we're starting over and we all have no experience at college so it's a judgment free zone.”
“Being at Drexel is so much better than being at high school in every. single. way.”
“Being a freshman is a blast. Drexel provides a lot of opportunities for freshmen to hang out and get to know each other and experience Philadelphia at the same time.”
"Like any school, it's scary to be in a totally different place, but Drexel is great about welcoming in freshmen and the upperclassmen are really nice. There's no such thing as freshman hazing on campus!"
All About Academics
“It's really hard to balance school work and fun work but if you shut yourself away in the library most of the distractions fade away. Besides that keep your nose to the grindstone!”
“I'm in a major where there are not a lot of women but I think that serves to girls' favors because the professors really want to see you succeed and "beat the boys." The professors that I have had are always accessible if I need to talk to them about a class. I do prefer studying in the library, but unfortunately everyone else does too. Being in the Honors College has its perks because I'm able to schedule classes earlier than upperclassmen.”
“Since we are on a 10-week system, you have to be prepared to work quickly. When you get an assignment you'll only have a couple weeks to work on it. You want to keep on top of your homework and study schedule because the library will be your worst nightmare come finals week.”
“The academics are tough, but rewarding. Honestly, I feel like since we take more classes than other schools, we learn twice as much. Plus, you turn into a time-management genius.”
"We have some really interesting classes available to us. If you're in the Honors College, you can try tons of different classes in subjects that have nothing to do with your major, and are totally fun."
Learn From the Best
“With some majors, your introductory course will have the same professor, so you really get to know them within those 20 weeks. They also enjoy sharing stories of their real life experiences."
"If you ask questions and show interest, they'll show interest in getting to know you. Everyone here wants you to succeed.”
“A majority of my professors have been great and easy to talk to. I only have one-on-one meetings with them if necessary, like if my grades aren't turning out the way I want them to.”
"I have an amazing relationship with my professors. I'm in a small major, so we have a lot of time to get to know our professors and really establish a connection. When it came to choose the director for my senior project, I knew exactly who I wanted to work with and it's been an amazing experience."
"There are definitely some characters on campus! From super-serious professors who are tough to crack, to silly ones who have their own catchphrases, every professor is memorable."
Interests & Involvement
“People usually find out about clubs from emails, the Drexel website, posters, or friends. There are so many clubs on campus it's hard to choose one!”
“During the first few weeks at Drexel, freshmen are bombarded with activities fairs and open houses in greek life. It's surprising if students don't find something to be involved in. I am in several organizations varying from one with cultural significance, a sorority, and a Peer Leader organization within my college. I have friends who have started their own organizations and I believe Drexel is pretty helpful with that.”
“We have something for everyone on campus and you can join at any time. It's easy to get involved and with most organizations you can be as involved as you want. Since half the student body can be off on internships throughout the year, they understand busy schedules and varying commitment levels.”
“Everyone at Drexel is so driven and passionate that I don’t think I know anyone who isn’t in at least one organization, if not three. There really is something for everyone.”
"Our student orgs are one of the best parts about Drexel. I've had a lot of professional success within the media organizations on campus, and I know friends who have really hit their stride in civil service organzations, greek life, intramural sports, and musical groups."
“There's hundreds of clubs on campus and if you want to create a new organization, the process isn't too difficult.”
“We are a basketball school, but if you choose not to participate you don't notice. Other sports are popular, but anything that doesn't happen in the gym happens down Market Street, 10 blocks away.”
“Although Drexel lacks a football team we make up for it with a great basketball program. Luckily for athletes within the school there are so many opportunities for club and intramural sports. It's great to continue your love of sports while playing with your friends.”
“The basketball games are a HUGE event at Drexel! It is so much fun to cheer with the DAC Pack or go to any other sporting event as well.”
“What’s great about Drexel is that team sports don’t have to take over your college experience. If you love going to a game, you have plenty of friends in the DAC Pack. But if you don’t care about sports at all, there’s no pressure to go to every game."
"I don't mind not having a huge sports culture here, but if you're looking for that Saturday tailgate or Spirit Day, you won't find it at Drexel."
“There are a lot of women on campus (myself included) but campus can be just a little difficult when men think they dominate the engineering world [a large college at Drexel] when women are equally as strong as men. Sadly sexism still exists.”
“Being a woman on campus is very empowering. It's great to see other girls doing majors that may seem unconventional for women today. There are so many opportunities for support with women specific organizations. My biggest support comes from my sorority.”
“The female to male ratio is pretty equal which is great for learning how to interact with both genders on projects and in the work force. For almost every college you can find a women's organization within, such as Drexel Women in Business or the Society of Women Engineers.”
“I have found that being a woman on campus is just plain awesome. I’m in a major with mostly men and I’ve never felt underappreciated or discriminated against. There’s a lot of girl power at Drexel!”
"I don't really know how it would be at other schools, but I've found a good connection with other women in my major. My college is mostly women and sometimes it can be catty, but ultimately it's a positive thing."
“Sometimes it feels like women are the minority in majors, mine included, but it can be very empowering. Taking on the mentality that your have different ideas from your male counterpart can prove very successful. Carry this strength forward to Co-Op working in a male dominated field. Co-Op employers love empowered women with a real “go getter” personalities.”
Top photo courtesy of Gabriel Soto.
Food & Drink
“Food on campus can get old quickly since we only have so many options. Once you step off campus though, your options are limitless. We have multiple food trucks around campus, great take out places, and some of the best pizza joints that serve gigantic slices until 2 am.”
“I may have eaten in the dining hall a total of 5 times, but that was because I never had a meal plan. Luckily, there are countless delicious food trucks all over campus and the variety is great. There's also more than food trucks, but wherever you end up venturing, it will most likely make you drool for more.”
“The food isn't the best on campus and it can be pricy. The dining hall (or Hans as we call it) has OK food. But I love to eat at Shake Shack or at Reading Terminal Market in Center City."
“Most freshmen get a meal plan which can be used at the Hanschumacher Dining Center, Chik-fil-a, Currito, Subway, and few healthier options on campus. Upperclassmen usually stay away from the meal plans, though. We recently got a bunch of new restaurants right on campus, too, including two new coffee shops, a sushi place, and a wine bar.”
"I'm pretty glad that I don't have to have a meal plan because the dining hall is, uhm, not great. But I mean we are so close to so many awesome Philadelphia restaurants. Just a few blocks away, we also have access to the restaurants near UPenn's campus. We get double the "campus eats" feel."
“Drexel’s campus is a fantastic place if you are one of those people who love to experiment with different foods from other cultures.”
“Although the Hans may not be the most appetizing place to dine, don’t fret! Here at Drexel, you are SURROUNDED by tons of other options that are much more delicious!”
“I love the variety of restaurants in the city! Whether its girls night out or comfort food during finals, you can grab almost anything you're in the mood for usually at an affordable price. For girls night out we love Groupon! We can try a new sushi place, Italian, or even pub food in center city at half the price.”
“On the weekends I usually go to a Fraternity party, but there is absolutely no pressure to drink, especially if you have dance practice or a study shesh to go to the next morning.”
“Generally freshmen go to parties on Powelton Avenue, but after that point students will party with friends who throw smaller house parties. Being in Greek Life always offers the opportunity to go to parties. Also, living in Philadelphia there are so many places to go and there are other universities close by to meet even more students.”
“There are usually frat parties once a week and a couple of non-greek houses host parties too. They all have certain names like Firehouse, Green Light, Waffle House, and by word of mouth they get the event out there and people show up. You can easily not go to parties though, as there are plenty of TVs and games in the dorms to keep one busy until late at night."
"Everyone's very open to meeting new people and having new experiences. With all the different classes you can easily have 2 or 3 groups of friends for the weekend."
"If you aren't finding a place to go on campus, there's always Center City for social adventures! There's always an event in the city like public concerts when the weather is nice, or farmer's markets to check out with friends. For the 21 and up club there are plenty of nightclubs and bars around. A popular gay bar named Woody's allows ages 18+ on certain nights and it turns into a fantastic dance party!"
“Dorm life is great, if you get lucky. You do have some say in your roommate & dorm location which is nice. The walls are thin so you can hear neighbors running up and down the hall at night but otherwise it's great. Some floors are social, some aren't."
"My floor was co-ed and I think that's why we weren't as close as the single gender floors. After becoming an upperclassman I still enjoy staying close to campus to take full advantage of all the events offered.”
“I commuted, but I was lucky to have close friends who invited me over. From what I saw it seemed like a great part of the freshman year experience. However after freshman year, upperclassmen generally move out of the dorms into off-campus apartments. I currently live in an apartment and it's been a great opportunity to become independent.”
“No matter where you live freshmen year, the amenities won’t be great. However, the people you meet on your floor will make it all worth it!”
“If you get the opportunity to live in a dorm, take it! You’ll meet some of your best friends that way.”
“The Drexel Dorms are typical college dorms, but don’t take this for granted! The RAs do a great job of encouraging you to get to know the people in your building. I met my closest friends freshman year and they didn’t even live on my floor. Branch out and make friends in the dorm, if I didn’t I would have never met my current roommates!”
“Dorm life is so much fun! Decorating you room is a blast and even if you don't get along with your roomate you'll get along with everyone else on your floor!”
"Drexel's freshmen and sophomore classes now need to live on campus or in university-approved housing. The Drexel dorms are nice, but they can get crowded since it seems like there are more freshmen every year. My favorite freshman dorm is Myers because it's only 3 floors so you never have to wait for an elevator and it has a nice courtyard! Also the hallways are huge, so you meet so many people. Now that I'm an upperclassman I've learned one important lesson: Do not live in University Crossings. Trust me, just don't."
"I love Philadelphia. It's so diverse and there's always something to do. Whether it's a night out, something historic, entertaining, or artistic you can find it in Philly. I think it really opens your eyes as a young person, especially if you didn't grow up in a city."
“As a freshman, exploring the city can be intimidating at first, but once you get off campus you’ll love it! When I need a space break from campus I take the shuttle to center city and do homework at a café just off 12th street. Grab some friends, take the free shuttle to center city, and fall in love with everything Philly has to offer!"
"Philadelphia is a great city to go to college in, because you have the security of a campus but then the availability of the city. University City is home to Drexel and University of Pennsylvania, so it acts as if it is own little college town which can be a great environment for figuring out what you want to do in life and who you want to become. Outside of University City offers many different adventures for those who want them, such as the great shopping in Center City, or hanging out by Penn's Landing for concerts, or even exploring Old City for major history lessons."
"Philadelphia is amazing. It has all the best parts of a big city and the suburbs. There are so many different little neighborhoods in Philly and each one is unique. University City is just one of those. There’s Rittenhouse, Old City, South Philly, Northern Liberties, Fishtown, Chinatown…the list goes on! Plus we’re close enough to New York City, D.C., and Baltimore to make day or weekend trips."
"I know it gets a bad rap, but I love Philly. It's home to me, and it's just a completely different experience than other cities. It really is a lot safer than most people think. But I won't pretend that public transportation is great. SEPTA is just the worst. Who came up with this system?!?"
"I think all you have to do is take one run up the Philadelphia Art Museum steps and turn around to understand why people love Philadelphia. Don't forget to sled down the steps when it snows, and figure out whether you like Pat's or Geno's cheesesteaks better!"
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