<p>I have a 31 ACT, 3.8 weighted gpa, and live in Michigan.</p>

<p>At a college fair, I talked with a couple guys from Drexel and started researching the school. It sounds like some people love the school and some people hate it. I heard it is like the ugliest campus. I want to be an engineering major (undecided which path) and want to know your opinions. </p>

<p>What is the campus like?
good engineering school?
also, does the food really suck?
would I get any sort of scholarship?
how big are athletics?</p>

<p>i live in philly and have alot of friends that go there so i can answer some of this</p>

<p>the campus isn't really all that attractive. its basically buildings in the city. its in a great neighborhood tho with tons of college students and 5 minutes from center city philly. so theres lots to do. i think it gets a bad rep for being a really ugly campus because its right next door to penn which has a beautiful campus. the food is all right, not really that healthy but i thought it wasn't bad. athletics are somewhat popular, especially with the basketball team getting better and better. i don't know much about the engineering school or scholarships</p>

<p>There's lots of merit scholarships. i have friends with similar stats to yours who received 10-15k/year scholarships. It has a good reputation for engineering.</p>

<p>Last year when i did research on schools to pick I came across Drexel. I researched it well. Didnt apply at the end but Either way know a lot. Like benny said, the campus isnt that great. Its actually just a ton of buildings spread over a large area of Philly and u walk several street blocks from ur dorm to get to ur classes, crossing intersections, seeing the rush hour traffic flow through the large philly avenues, etc.. However the buildings arent just cement blocks, they do have an interesting feel.
If ur looking for a traditional college campus with grass, trees etc.. dont go to drexel cause its the opposite. To get an idea of what it looks like, go to Google Earth, download the program and look at it via satellite. If u want more of a campus looking school in philly u got Temple University which is cheaper for one thing and imo just as good as it has medical school, law school, engineering, busines etc.. The only negative thing is the area around the school is not as nice as Drexel's. Its not suburban but its more like urban ghetto. again, look at it through google earth to see what i mean.
Athletics at drexel, imo, suck! They dont have much to do. Ill say this. there isnt much school pride in the sence that everyone packs the stadiums and everyone hangs around campus. At Drexel ppl dont really hang around the campus, most of the fun takes place outside in the streets of philly.
Drexel, in feel and experience (not in terms of academics) resembles NYU. Most ppl take their classes on their "street campus", live it up in the street of the big city, and go to their dorms on campus at night.
Not sure bout food as i dont go there. Scholarships they are pretty generous. its an expensive school and imo without a good aid package or scholarship, not worth the money. if u want a "city" type school in the north: go to NYU, BU and GWU, that are just as expensive but way better academically.
If u want one in the south: I suggest UMiami (im going there :D and even though its in a big city it has a huge grassy campus), or umm... Georgia Tech.</p>

<p>my brother goes there and absolutely hates the food & his meal plan. then again, he's very high maintainence. </p>

<p>he got very good merit scholarships though. with a 2.98 weighted GPA (top 55% of the class). Drexel rounded it up to a 3.0 and offered him about $15,000 a year, plus honors standing. He had very good SAT scores though, good essays, good portfolio (he applied to COMAD)... he just hated high school.</p>

<p>I think most of the people who go there are from Philly and its suburbs and south Jersey. It's a decent school but not hard to get into, and the campus is imo, like the others said, very unattractive (orange brick). Your stats are pretty good...I don't think there are many Michigan kids with 31 ACTs there. It's a local type school (we live nearby).</p>

<p>Athletics=Pretty big. At least basketball anyways. This year there was a huge uproar at Drexel after they got sent to the NIT after having the 4th strongest non-conference schedule in the nation that included wins at Villanova and Georgetown. They have great fans there.</p>

<p>Concerning the campus, it is amazing that it is voted one of most ugly., when NYU's campus is voted the most desirable. Drexel is in a neighborhood that is very accesible to the most desirable parts of Philadelphia.</p>

<p>What it is known for is its co-op program, depending on you major, you usually get 2 or 3 six month blocks where you work in the real world. This is very good for job placement and you can earn from $10,000 to 15,000 per block.</p>

<p>The food is terrible, but there are many take out places around.</p>

<p>With your ACT and GPA , you would probably get at least $20,000 in merit money.</p>

<p>I would put it down as a school to fall back on.</p>

<p>Plenty of urban engineering schools are in ugly neighborhoods. Drexel is not unique and that shouldn't be a determining factor. Ditto food (all cafeteria food stinks, unless perhaps the cullinary arts dept is running the place). Sports? Look at D1 or D2 schools with big-name engineering depts. Smaller, specialized engeering schools - unlikely. But intramurals and club sports could be big. In Drexel's case, there is all of Philly to fall back on.</p>

<p>When considering engineering schools, I'd look at those with well-organized co-op programs (going co-op was the smartest course selection I made in 4 years). Northeastern has the grand-daddy of them all. Keep in mind your co-op earnings (if paid) may help defer significant college costs and the co-op can easily translate into a job after graduation (and you think applying to college is stressful?).</p>

<p>Since you are in Michigan, definitely apply to your in-state engineering schools. You have some good ones out there and in-state tuition will help.</p>