Impressions of………………….. Drexel University
Drexel is located in Philadelphia, 10-15 minutes from downtown. As I walked there, it looked like a bunch of buildings mixed in with other office and retail buildings
. But as I toured it, it really does have a campus feel. It is a medium sized university, known for it’s co-ops. Co-ops are where students don’t take classes, but instead work in their chosen field. Most students do take co-ops and especially in engineering and business, where students often take 2-3 co-ops. Some are paid and some aren’t. The work is the same as any other entry level position. Most students on a 4 year plan, do one co-op, while those on a five year, often take 3. Since you pay tuiton during your co-op, 5 years does not cost more. There are over 2000 co-ops and you get a co-op advisor and they have a 98% placement rate. The best thing about co-ops is sometimes students learn that they don’t really like working in their chosen field. Kind of nice to learn that before you graduate and have spent tens of thousands of dollars. Co-ops are also great for networking and learning the inside of your particular area of study, so that when you do graduate, your career and job choices are much more informed. Drexel is one of, if not the leader, in co-ops. First year students are required to live on campus. There are 7 residence halls for them, all in the same area. For the send year, students can stay in dorms again or university approved housing-which is more apartment like.
They are on the quarter system, so this enables the co-ops better. Students who miss classwork, often attend in the summer-when I toured, to make up for loss time and letting them still graduate in 4 years. The facilities were very impressive. Located right next to Penn, they seemed more modern and less ivy-covered halls.
My impressions – Although I toured in summer and did not talk to admissions at that time-I did talk to them later. I was impressed. I know about the coops, but I was surprised by the campus feel. I thought there would be a lot of commuters. For those looking for a real, and I mean, real hands on education………………………… Drexel might be for you!