When was the last time you walked down Chestnut, passed 34th and watched the signs turn from red and blue to blue and yellow? Was it for a burger at Shake Shack or stuffed Challah french toast at Sabrina’s? Maybe you bypassed it all and headed to 30th Street Station or Center City. Penn and Drexel may be just blocks apart, but given our level of interaction, you’d never know that. 

So how does the other half of University City live? This week, Street hit their campus to do some digging. We collected and edited over 140 survey responses and spent some time on the streets of Drexel interviewing anyone would would talk to us. Now you know what Drexel actually thinks about you. 

Drexel, as a school, is.....

a business

a depression machine

fast-paced 

a landgrab disguised as an academic institutional right 

a good way to get a job

amazing 

awesome 

a construction zone

expensive 

like Penn but more chill.

run like a business

fantastic: full of resources and up-and-coming 

insular

slowly making a name for itself

the nation's oldest up-and-coming university

Drexel students are.....

 a mixed bag

ambitious 

an even split between people who care a lot and people who really don't.

average 

busy and tired 

diverse 

dragons! 

emotionally dead

hardworking

here for the co-op

in a constant drunk/hungover cycle. Seriously, all these sirens...

jaded

rambunctious

rich, entitled, hipsters, black, white, Asian, Indian, and everything inbetween

weird 

sometimes too focused on industry instead of carving their own road. 

Penn and Drexel are both..... 

aware of each other

big/little brother

challenging

full of geeky kids--maybe less so at Penn

good schools 

great schools Drexel is better

in Philly 

kinda mean to each other.

too expensive

less important than they think

The first word that comes to mind when I think of Penn is..... 

a fancier-looking campus (from the outside)

assholes

Chipotle 

easiest Ivy League School to gain admission into

entitled 

ivory towers

Ivy League 

money 

my cousin goes there. She's just better than us.

overrated 
parties 

pretentious 

rich 

smart 

state

Wharton

Penn, as a school, is........

a bubble

a cultivator of white collar criminals

academically forward

beautiful

Better than Drexel 

elite 

filled with rich kids

haunted

historic

loud, at least the party houses near my apartment, especially during September.

made for students

overpriced 

prestigious 

stuffy

superior 

Students who go to Penn are....

a bit snobby

achievers

annoylingly in shape 

stuck up

better dressed 

classy

cocky, pompus

either super smart or have a trust fund

full of themselves

generally not people I would call friends

hardworking 

Homogeneous

International, or affluent, or extremely intelligent receiving academic scholarship

like any other college student

partying more than they did in high school

preppy 

privileged 

rich

slow walkers who take up the entire sidewalk

smart 

the brightest in the country academically. They're pushed too hard in impractical ways in their undergraduate classes, but they know how to make a future for themselves.

trying a lot harder than everyone at Drexel.

uninteresting

Drexel is more __________ than Penn.

"city"

advanced

alcoholic

career oriented 

based in reality

blue collar

depressing 

expensive 

fun 

hood

down to earth 

innovative

intense 

low key

modern 

nouveau

diverse

religious

technical 

well rounded

Drexel is less ________ than Penn.

preppy

acknowledged

arrogant 

challenging

cohesive

developed (in terms of eating and stuff)

school spirited 

focused on the humanities

of a namedropping school

old money

prestigious 

square footage

swanky

uppity 

Special thanks to Drexel's student newspaper, The Triangle, and Humans of Drexel University for helping with this survey 

*These survey results have been edited and condensed.


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