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Drexel vs. PSU

z5sharpz5sharp Registered User Posts: 250 Junior Member
edited August 2005 in Drexel University
How does Drexel's engineering program compare to Penn State's?
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Replies to: Drexel vs. PSU

  • taxguytaxguy Registered User Posts: 6,629 Senior Member
    Response: My son attended Penn State, and we looked at Drexel for our daughter. Thus, I do have some knowledge of both schools.

    First, Drexel has a few majors that are much stronger than that found at Penn State such as Visual Communication and New Media programs. Also, according to ****.com, Penn State's business school and communication programs aren't good. There may be other programs that are better as well. I just am not familiar with all the Drexel programs. I should note that I am NOT knocking Penn State, which also has some very strong. well- rated programs and is cheaper. I can't tell you which school would be better purely for engineering. You would need to evaluate this for yourself and evaluate which engineering concentration would be better.

    Secondly, Drexel has a very strong coop program,which they are known for. Penn State does not have a formal coop program,but they do have some internships and coops; just not as much or as formalized as that of Drexel. If having a coop in your field is important, Drexel definitely has an advantage here.

    Third: Penn State is a large state university with the accompanying problems of large state universities such as heavy partying atmosphere, long lines, uncaring administrator types and some HUGE classes taught by TAs. Private schools tend to cater more to the students' needs with administration problems and counseling. However, this may or may not be true of Drexel. I, frankly, don't know. However, I do know that kids at Drexel are more serious and less party oriented than their Penn State counterparts.Thus, there is less distractions, and also less to do in Drexel than in Penn State.

    I do want to discuss the huge class problems. There are classes where you will have 400+ students at a time plus more TAs teaching at Penn State than that of Drexel. Be advised of this.

    Fourth: Penn State has some controlled majors. For example, you need a 3.3 for the business school etc. I think that engineering also is a controlled major. This could be a major dissappointment. Here you get accepted into the school and find out down the road that you can't major in the major of your choice! Go to:www.****.com and check out Penn State's negative comments.

    Penn State clearly has more school spirit with their sports teams and much more to do other than study. In fact, the distractions could be too much.

    Bottom Line: Although I believe more kids like Penn State better than students at Drexel like Drexel, You need to visit the schools and check out the programs that you might like. Find out if your major is a competitive "controlled' major, which might prevent you from majoring in it at Penn State. Also, you need to check out the atmosphere of each school. The key is fit. You need to see what fits best with your interests and personality.
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