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Life at Drexel

Philadelphia (casually referred to as “Philly” and known as “The City of Brotherly Love”) is the largest city in Pennsylvania, and the 6th largest city in the US. The first zoo, the first hospital, and the first theater are all in Philly. The city is rich in history, culture and many points of interest.

Philadelphia is deeply rooted in American history, often called the birthplace of the United States. It was host to many of the ideas and actions that resulted in American independence. Philadelphia is thus home to many national historical sites like Independence Hall, the Constitution Center, and the Liberty Bell.

Philadelphia is also a diverse center of art and culture. The city’s major art museum, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, is one of the largest art museums in the US. Philadelphia also has more public art than any other American city.

Philadelphia’s location is also ideal. It is an easy jumping point to New York City, Washington D.C., Baltimore, New Jersey beaches, and the Pocono mountains.

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Drexel University

Drexel University is a private, nonsectarian coeducational university, founded in 1891 by financier and philanthropist Anthony J. Drexel. With approximately 26,000 students, Drexel is one of America's 15 largest private universities. Drexel's 60-acre University City Main Campus is located in the University City district of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, about a 10-minute walk from Center City, Philadelphia's downtown neighborhood.

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Campus Life

Drexel students have the best of all worlds — a booming campus culture located in the heart of one of America's great cities. Involvement in Student Life is essential in making Drexel's campus life a valuable experience. We encourage students to participate in out-of-the-classroom activities, become involved, and learn from those experiences. The good times, the good friends, and support you will receive will create an exciting environment in which to live and learn.

Drexel offers a variety of activities, clubs, athletics, and arts and culture programing for student engagement. There are over 300 recognized student organizations and a variety of intramural and recreational sports.

Browse a list of academic, cultural, sport and other student groups at Campus Life. This is a great way to meet Drexel students and experience American campus life.

Recreation Center

Drexel's 240,000 square foot recreation center with a fully equipped gym and a 25-yard pool is free for all exchange students

Campus Engagement

Browse opportunities to help the local community with various activities and involvement. Volunteering is very common activity for US college students.