15 Best Colleges in Pennsylvania

Top 20 Universities in Pennsylvania
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14. Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA

Founded: 1891
Undergrads: 13,072
Tuition: $36,090
Acceptance Rate: 81 %

Drexel is a very intense school with more of a technical focus than an academic one. In recent years, Drexel has been expanding many of the academic departments to rival the top schools in the country. They have created more sophisticated elective courses in each of their departments and added majors such as anthropology.

Professors are generally very good at Drexel. Many professors in Drexel’s strongest fields—like business, biomedical engineering, and legal studies—are established professionals who teach well. Even in smaller departments like philosophy or foreign language, the professors are knowledgeable, caring, and impressive teachers. Most of the Drexel adjuncts teach at Penn, as well.

Freshmen must live on campus, which is good because it forces them to become involved in campus life and allows them to begin a social life at the University. Despite people’s initial negative reactions to dorm life at Drexel, most students look back fondly on their time living in the dorms.

Greek life is quite visible on campus, but there is certainly a social scene outside of the fraternities and sororities. Although they have a strong presence, a lot of money, and active members that sometimes hold positions in many other student organizations, percentage-speaking, not that many Drexel students are involved in Greek life.

Drexel houses a single gym, but it is very modern and well-equipped (though it can get crowded at peak hours). The gym facilities include basketball, squash, badminton, and volleyball courts, weight rooms, a swimming and diving facility, dance studios, and the Independence Blue Cross Wellness Center.

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