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| I am a junior in Electrical Engineering at Drexel and the following is my honest and unadulterated opinion of this university. I have no intention of ?bashing? the university and everything I say is what I have observed first hand. I hope it serves useful for prospective students. To start out, I am very hard working and transferred here from community college. I received >3.0 average and got a fair amount of financial aid/ scholarship from Drexel. First thing I noticed was that some of the professors and faculty at Drexel were nothing like what I experienced at CC. Some instructors made you wonder where they got their teaching degree. There was no doubt that they knew their stuff, but their ability to communicate it to you was strikingly bad. (Just note that this is not true of all the instructors. I have had a greater number of good instructors who are truly amazing at teaching and also enthusiastic than I have the bad ones. So just keep an eye out and ask upperclassmen / use rate my professor heavily!) Another thing I noticed was that students RARELY ever ask questions. In an EE curriculum that is supposed to be hard this is strikingly odd. When the instructor pauses and asks if there are any questions you rarely hear anyone speak up. The quarter system at first seems manageable until just 4 weeks go by and you realize that in one week you will be half way done the quarter. Some people, myself included, require a longer time to grasp a concept and gain confidence in the subject and feel like they learned something. Cutting 5 FULL WEEKS out of my academic session, I personally feel, has decreased my ability to fully master the concepts. At the end of every quarter I feel like I was only able to pick up bits and pieces from every class, especially the difficult ones. Needless to say, I lost my scholarship money after the first year and my financial aid also went down due to the fact that I worked the whole summer. That meant my ?need? was lower. They sure won?t mention that to you when you walk in the door at Drexel. |
By the way, did I mention that the tutoring center is also not very helpful? The only tutoring center at this school is located in a small room in the corner of the Kormen building. I went their two times and in both instances, the students who were assigned to tutor me made me feel incompetent and stupid. Why did they think I was coming to the tutoring center in the first place, because I was a genius and knew it all? Since then I have given up on the tutoring center and work on my own or with friends. This was a big change from the tutoring center at my other schools.
Now for my most pressing issues regarding this University, the resources. I?d like to make it clear that I have attended other university?s including Ps u (Abington campus) and my significant other goes to Tmple University, and at no other University or college that I have been to so far, have I ever seen a smaller library and poorer internet service. You might think that these things are negligible but believe me that when you come here (especially if you will be commuting) you will be constantly frustrated by these two things. The library and the internet is a JOKE. The library is SEVERELY undersized. I?m not talking about books, I?m talking about places to study. At mostly any time of the day before 10pm, especially during midterms and finals, it is almost guaranteed that you will not find seat or a place to study. If you do somehow manage to get a seat, do NOT expect to use the internet on your laptop. The schools wireless internet (especially in the undersized library) is an even bigger JOKE. It takes around 10-20 minutes to check your email because the connection speeds and bandwidth are repulsive. I know that I might sound ?nit-picky? but you need to consider the amount of money you are paying to come here. For that price the LEAST you could expect is a reliable and normal speed wireless internet connection and library like just about every other college in this area has. If you do not use a laptop (which you will QUICKLY realize is an impossible task since you will need to submit electronic assignments and get homework from Drexel one regularly) and plan on using desktop computers, you have all of 3 computer labs (in the library) to choose from. Two in the basement, that many times are unavailable due to the fact that they are used to host classes, and one on the 1st floor. They are usually always occupied, especially when you need them. Forget about printing anything because they charge you 10cents a page and make the system so complicated that it will keep you from ever wanting to print. Every other school I have been too has at the VERY LEAST given the students a reasonably sized library to use for studying and a fair internet connection/ computer access. Drexel says you can use the Upenn library for free but they dont tell you that your acess is limited to certain parts of the Upenn semester and that you CANNOT USE their wireless internet.Drexel touts and brags about being such a great school but be warned that your resources WILL be extremely limited. This in conjunction with shortened academic terms makes getting good grades more about learning how to beat the system than actually about learning. How can you learn in a school that does not provide the required resources and environment needed for learning? Think about it.
Don?t be fooled by Drexel?s endless construction either. Take the Papadakis Integrated Sciences biology building or even the new business building for example. They both have HUGE beautiful and elegant atriums. The biology building has a 5 story atrium which seems great and wonderful but why did they spend 69million dollars to build a building with such a huge amount of vacant space? The same goes for the new business building. Drexel honestly seems to be more concerned with its self-image and ability to pull in new customers (students) than it is concerned about their academic well-being and success. For the amount of money that you will pay, you should rightfully expect more than what this college is able to provide and you will be left feeling ripped off.
I did my first Co-Op this summer and I have to say that out of all the negatives that Drexel has, this was a pretty interesting experience. I was able to get involved in real engineering projects and get some experience, but don?t forget that while you might make $17,000 dollars during this time, you are STILL PAYING tuition at Drexel and your scholarship and financial aid will most likely go DOWN after your first quarter here. Drexel claims that the 5 year Co-Op program is cheaper than the 4 year but they keep forgetting to mention or remind you that you are paying that amount over 5 YEARS instead of 4. So in reality, the 5 year program IS NOT cheaper by any means. The probability of you failing or withdrawing a class is high which will mean that you shouldn?t be expecting to graduate in 5 years. Make it at least 5 and a half or 6 years. This school WILL suck money dry from you and you WILL get a taste of the Drexel shaft sooner or later. I wanted to deny it and now I am living with the consequences. I hope that others will read this and at least reevaluate their options. If I was given a choice to go to another school like Psu or Tmpl, I would do it in a heartbeat.
|Oct 31 2013|| 1st Year Male --
Class 2015 |
| A bit of advice for any incoming freshman/transfer students - watch your bill. Drexel is only worried about the money they will make off of you. I started as a Chemical Engineering major and switched to Biology one quarter in; big mistake. Transferring into this school is ridiculously complicated and if you want to switch your major don't expect it to be an easy or smooth transition. I work so hard in my classes but I feel like I'm not really learning anything. Drexel runs on the quarter system instead of normal semesters, so you have 5 less weeks than other universities to learn all the information. Because of this, I feel like I'm being jipped of an education. My advisors in both the engineering department and the arts & sciences department have not even acted like they care about my situation. I felt like a number. I'm transferring very soon. |
|Oct 17 2013|| 2nd Year Female --
Class 2015 |