Living in the city wise Drexel is fantastic. All the reviews about "ugliest campus" simply arent true, because Philadelphia is a beautiful city. If you have a date with a nice girl--its absolutely no stress to just hop on the trolley (theres a trolley station on campus) and go into center city and find a nice little restaurant. Want to see a game, or a show? Trolley or subway. I have barely driven the entire time I've been at school---which is saving me a bundle on gas and insurance. Another great aspect of Drexel is it's orientation program. While I'm aware that most schools do this, our orientation hooked me up with some people who are best friends to this day. And I got a great chance to see what it felt like to be at college, and eat by far the best food I've ever experienced in the cafeteria. When I got to school I instantly had a great time. To make people feel involved the school has alot of free or price reduced the first week---like a Phillies game or a concert. Also the way they set up the classes first term you end up having most (if not all) your classes with the same group of people in your major. This greatly helps the friend making process and helps you feel at home much easier. However because of this I would personally advise against the learning communities--because then you live your whole life with the same 30 people. The classes are more or less interesting, and there are plenty of choices once you get beyond freshmen year. I somehow managed to get into Honors English first term, however, and I can honestly say it was the best English class I ever took. Instead of endlessly analyzing poetry we read great works and talked about philosophical meanings of stuff. I mean how many times do you get to read Lysistrata and talk about sex in class? Really made me love English as a subject. If you like to party Drexel also has that covered, even though your parents probably wont want to read that. Because of the way the CoOp system is set up almost half the student body is out of class and working at any given time. This means half the student body has alot of money to spend on partying and having fun. The schools security force (Public Safety) does a pretty good job escorting obnoxious college kids back to the dorms whether they are asked or not. If you tell them you dont need any help---they tail you and your group of friends by about 30 feet until they are sure that you are back on campus. The dorms, though, have almost no partying. While this means you have to walk to go to a party, it also means that you wont be interupted if you decide to spend your weekends working on things in your room, reading, or doing anything else that you dont want people partying outside your room for. Another (and possibly my favorite) aspect of Drexel is it's Greek Life. Never, in a thousand years, would I have predicted that I would join a fraternity when I went to college. But then I met the brothers of AXP-who were more well rounded as a group then probably all the friends I had previously had put together. I got a chance to really start being involved on campus and I must say i don't regret it at all. Instead of spending a good deal of my Saturday waiting for it to be party time and sitting in the caf for 3 hours--I do community service, goto our sports games, and barbecue. i've gotten more exposure to more good people through AXP than I ever had by meeting people in classes or at parties. I've gotten to be good friends with people have have been students here and know the inside tricks of Drexel. When my grades slipped to below a 3.0 for one term, one of the older guys told me that I got to make sure to not let fraternity stuff, or anything else, get in the way of my grades. I have a group of friends now that I know would honestly drive me to the hospital if need be, who would pick me up at the airport if I got stranded, or loan me their car if i needed to go home for any emergency. I've gotten an outlet where I can truly become a leader because of merit far before that type of thing is possible in any normal club or a job. By going Crow, I really truly did evolve to be more than a man.
The most popular groups on campus are the Campus Activities Board, FUSE, USGA, Greek Life, and Weekend Warriors. Usually they do the most on campus. Personally, I'm not involved with any of the larger organizations I just listed. I have joined the DAC Pack to show my school spirit. and am involved in a few engineering organizations. I am interested in possibly getting involved with Greek Life. Men's basketball and lacrosse tend to be our most popular sports although our woman's team has gained momentum recently because of a great season. The most social and interacting residence halls are definitely the traditional style with the community bathrooms. Personally in Myers, we always left our doors open and were always interacting with one another. When I moved into North, a suite style, our doors are almost always closed and people barely interact with one another. This is the same in Caneris. Although there is a similar situation in the Race Street Residence, because they are freshmen, they have less social interaction and less doors open then the other freshman halls, but have more interaction than North or Caneris. By leaving my door open in Myers and always be with my hall in a learning community I made my closest friends and we're still all close even after a year of not living near each other. In Myers at 2am on a Tuesday we would probably be watching a hallway movie, just hanging out, or all studying together in one of the study lounges. There are many traditions and events that happen annually. One of the most well known is the Philly Kick Off festival in the fall quarter. Its for all of the Philly colleges and it usually has a few big name bands. In the spring quarter, we have our SpringJam where we've had Jack's Mannequin, New Found Glory, and the Roots play. Each year there is a beautiful formal dance called the Crystal Ball which happens each February. Greek Life celebrates Greek Week towards the end of the spring quarter, which is full of fun and funny events. Its college and people do party, but not really on campus. Most parties occur in apartments and houses off of campus. The people that do party consistently usually keep it to Thursday nights, Friday nights, and Saturday nights though. If you're not a party person, you don't have to be bored. Sometimes we stay in and watch movies since our school has provided us with big screen televisions in the lounges of the residence halls. Also, we get discounted tickets for various shows, events, exhibits, concerts, etc. CAB will often hold movie nights or hold weekend trips, along with Weekend Warriors. Plus, you are in Philadelphia, you can do almost anything. You can go shopping, you can walk down South Street or go towards Penns Landing, you can go to Dave and Busters, you can take a bus to King of Prussia mall or the IMAX movie theater there, we have tons and tons of major museums such as the Art museum or the Franklin Insitute, there's the Philaldephia zoo, places to bowl, thousands of restaurants, clubs etc. Sororities and Fraternities are present but not overbearing and there is no pressure to join. They usually do a lot of community service activities and hold different events around campus.
Drexel does have a very involved and active Greek Life. I am not a part of it but just about all of my friends are, so if that is something you are interested in doing when you head to college you will have that opportunity here. There is CAB (Campus Activities Board) which helps to coordinate concerts/events for Drexel. We have a great office of diversity and multicultural studies. There are also a lot of other student organizations, to be honest I never really had the time to join any because I was too busy with working and school, but I know there are a ton! Also, if there is something that you want to see at Drexel that they don't have you can always try to get it brought on campus. I do a lot of work with Invisible Children, and I have held a ton of events and fundraisers on campus, without there even being a designated club. I lived in Towers my freshman year and met a lot of my friends that way. Everyone pretty much left their door open, and we became good friends with the guys on the floor below us. However, most people move "off campus" (into apartments and away from Drexel's WAY too expensive housing) after freshman year, so you will make most of your friends after that from clubs or classes. Because we are right in West Philadelphia and SO close to the city, there are endless opportunities for things to do. I would say Wed-Sat there is always a bar or party to go to, if that is your thing. If you aren't into that scene, there are tons of restaurants and concert venues throughout the city. Most students work so hard during the week on their studies, so the weekend is the time to relax. Every year the weekend before and of St. Patrick's Day there is Erin Express. It is a bar crawl for the holiday that starts at about 8 or 9am (yes, in the morning), and you are supposed to move throughout the bars in University City and then head to Old City. Most people don't make it out of UCity, but it is always a really fun time to cover yourself in green from head to toe and have a good drunken time with friends.
I am currently involved with Delta Phi Epsilon Sorority, Steinbright Career Development Center Student Advisory Board, and the Drexel ALS Awareness Association. I would say on campus, a good amount of students are involved with either greek life or sports teams. I do have friends outside of greek life, but majority of my friends are in a sorority or fraternity. I think it makes your college experience a lot better. Not just for socializing, but for academics, athletics, networking, and community service as well. Out of all the groups I am in, I am most active in my sorority. I am community service chair for it, so I set up all of those events. For athletic events, I would say basketball is the most attended sport. Also, it depends how well the team is doing. I have attended a few guest speakers, but they aren't attended that frequently by the student body. I do not know much about the theatre scene, but I did attend one show for an english class last year. On a Tuesday at 2am, I would probably be doing school work, watching a movie, or sleeping. People generally do not party on weekdays here, except Thursdays, but some people go to the local bars on the weekday nights. Last weekend I attended a Fraternity party on Saturday, and went to see a movie on Friday, The movie theatre is about a 15 minute walk, so it is pretty close. Off campus I can attend events our Philadelphia, or go to nearby museums. Also, I go shopping nearby.
The most popular groups are the DAK Pack, CAB, and the student ambassadors and of course Greek life. I am involved with the student ambassadors, we help prospective students with making their college decision. We work events and open houses, we are the face of Drexel. Most students leave their doors open in the dorms. Basketball games are extremely popular as well as a few other athletic events. Guest speakers and theater are popular some events are more popular then others. It depends on who and what it is. Most people date within the circle of friends although it is a pretty open and busy arena. I met my closest friends through the organizations and classes that I am involved in. If I am awake at 2am on a Tuesday I am either studying or out with friends. There is always a few dances, comedy shows, and spring jam that happen every year. Most people party on the weekends. Greek life is somewhat important but it is not the end all be all of college life. Last weekend I went to a couple parties and was studying for midterms. You can go shopping, to the movies, or out to a restaurant. There is a lot to do in Philadelphia, museums, sporting events, shopping, theater, and movies.
Commuting is the single most dangerous thing for your social life at Drexel. There are all sorts of people here and you will probably hate a lot of them, but if you look you can probably find some you like. The problem is that commuting gives you a lot less opportunity to find those people. Our CS program is basically all male. Out of ~100 people, my year had 4 girls, 2 of which left. That seems like par for the course, though. Luckily there are girls who aren't afraid of nerds. If I'm up at 2am on a Tuesday, I'm laying on the floor of my room cramming for a Physics test that the professors did not prepare us for at all, wondering if I'll pass it (even though I'm an A student otherwise). I'll have a math test Wednesday, but I'll know what I have to study and won't worry. I'll have to get up at 5:30 to make it there on time, but SEPTA will make me late anyway. (On the way home the train will break down entirely). Earlier that night I will have been working at Techserv, a student org that puts Linux on donated computers and sends them to non-profits. The group has a lot of nice, but socially repressed nerds, but also some people with social lives.
Fraternities are the most popular guy groups. Sororities flock the females who are conformists. If I am awake at 2am on a Tuesday I am working on a paper or assignment that is probably due first thing Wednesday morning or coming back from the bar. Engineers Week happens every year and they have a massive career fair. Sororities are important if you want to find a good close niche of girlfriends. Fraternities have their niches as well but they are much more abundant. Last weekend I stayed in for the majority of the weekend relaxing and gearing up for the last 2 weeks of class. On campus they have movie night. I haven't ever been to one but I know they have it. Off campus... I go to bars, a modeling and acting school and events with them, I visit my boyfriends family as well as my family, I golf off campus. I spend almost every day off campus during the summer months. There isn't anything really significant over the summer going on. Even though there are classes, they aren't very fun when it's soo hot in the city and I can be poolside sipping cocktails every day all day long either at home or in Florida.
A popular group is Habitat for Humanity. Another is VOICE. Sierra Club is a bit smaller but quickly growing as it is under new leadership now. Students in dorms mostly leave their doors open; it's a friendly environment. Athletic events are somewhat popular, but not to the degree they are at bigger schools. I've been to a few lectures by guest speakers; some are very entertaining/informing, while others are kind of boring. It's the luck of the draw. There's a lot of dating here. I met my closest friends through orientation and the first day of class. I met a lot of my other friends at Mokas, a hookah bar that is now closed down. It's not hard to find a party in Philly any night of the week, but if you want to study, there are plenty of good environments for that too. There's a lot to do that doesn't involve drinking - I personally never drink. I like the nightlife in Philly - clubbing etc. I also love the shopping areas, Old City has really nice restaurants. There's a lot of plays and shows the Honors College gets you in for free (or CAB gets you in for a reduced cost).
Most popular clubs, teams: Dac Pack and the men's basketball team. I am involved with the Triangle, the student newspaper for the university. It is fun and basically like writing for a real newspaper. Students in their dorms do leave their doors open in my experience. Athletic events and theaters are popular, and not only does Drexel have this, but Philadelphia has many theaters and professional sports teams to follow. Center City has over 500 restaurants to eat at, so there is plenty of places to go on a date. 2am on a Tuesday: Going to a party or out at a club or bar in Center City. There are plenty of parties if you know where to look. Fraternities are sororities are a big part of Drexel. There are many different ones and their houses are actual houses so the people that get to live there are limited and exclusive, but they throw a lot of parties to compensate. On the weekends there is plenty of do at school or in the city, whether it is sporting events, things at the PA Convention Center, restaurants, etc.
I think the dorms makes your freshman year. I no longer live on campus, but it was one of the best things I have ever experienced. Everyone leaves there doors open and its a great community, especially when it's hard to be away from home. For example, one night freshman year I was pulling an all nighter to finish a project for class and two other students on my floor stayed up with me all night to help motivate me and made me coffee and just hung out. Your fellow classmates want you to succeed. There are like over 180 clubs on campus, plus you have the entire city of Philadelphia. There is so much to do that isn't partying it's unbelievable. There are fraternities and sororities on campus and you can be involved in them, however it is not a school where you have to be. A ton of students go out to our basketball games, our biggest student enthusiasts for sports are called the DAC pack and it has over a thousand students that are involved. Most students here love Drexel and really enjoy getting involved into on camps.