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About Philadelphia

Whether you’re a history buff, a sports fan or a fine-arts aficionado, there’s a little something for everyone in Philadelphia.

Drexel University’s lively urban campus is located in one of America’s most exciting cities—Philadelphia. In a world-class city for business, art, and education, Philadelphia’s skyscrapers are coupled with a blend of distinct and culturally diverse neighborhoods, creating a unique metropolitan yet intimate urban experience.

Surrounded by tree-lined residential blocks just minutes away from Philadelphia’s downtown Center City district, Drexel makes its home in the neighborhood of University City. Comprised of five additional universities and dotted by coffee shops, restaurants, shops and farmers markets, University City is just one of the many reasons Philadelphia makes an ideal place for students to live, play and learn.

A mecca for arts and culture

It’s no wonder Philadelphia is known for its expansive murals and abundance of cheesesteaks—it’s a city with a deep appreciation for the arts and culture. But with a thriving shopping and nightlife scene, an eclectic spectrum of art galleries, boutiques and museums, and a restaurant scene revered by both five-star chefs and underground foodies, there’s much more to Philadelphia than its legendary icons.

A burgeoning hub for innovation

Philadelphia, a city steeped in tradition, is sprouting roots as one of the nation’s most up-and-coming hubs for innovation, technology and economic growth. Home to such powerhouse companies such as Comcast and Urban Outfitters—as well as a quickly growing number of energetic start-ups—Philadelphia is a natural fit for Drexel’s dynamic community.

A city rich with history

Home to national symbols such as the Liberty Bell, the Betsy Ross House and Independence Hall, Philadelphia is brimming with relics from many of the nation’s most significant milestones. From the city’s 18th century architecture to the countless institutions bearing Benjamin Franklin’s namesake, it’s easy to see why Philadelphia earned the nickname “America’s Birthplace.”

A different type of college town

With more than 90 colleges and universities in the city and surrounding region, Philadelphia is a great place to be a college student. Spend an evening at Citizens Bank Park with your classmates for Phillies College Nights, or enjoy discounted tickets from city institutions like the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Pennsylvania Ballet. Whatever your pastime, there are plenty of resources for university students to make their home away from home in Philadelphia.

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