To arrange a tour of our department, to meet with faculty and students, or to visit
our labs, please contact Sarit Kunz, our Academic Program Coordinator. She will be happy to coordinate a personalized
visit for you to immerse yourself in what our department has to offer. You can also visit Drexel’s visit page to set up a tour through Drexel.
Why Come To An Urban Campus?
When students go away to college, they’re looking to explore and experience the world around them. Philadelphia offers an array of culture and big city amenities, while maintaining its traditions and distinct neighborhood charms. In addition to a rich history, Philadelphia offers a wealth of modern arts, tastes of food from every corner of the world, and easy access to other cultural centers like Boston, New York City, Baltimore, and Washington D.C. Public transportation is always just a few steps away from wherever you are, making it cheap and easy to get to any of the great attractions Philly has to offer.
Before you visit: web sites to check out
Check out these Web sites to keep your finger on the pulse of what’s fun, new, and happening around the city:
What's Good in Philly?
We’ll be honest: finding parking around Drexel is not an enjoyable task. Instead, you should consider PhillyCarShare. PhillyCarShare is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide Philadelphians (even temporary ones!) with quality transportation while reducing the amount of greenhouse gases emitted. Their student plans are very manageable, and you only pay for what you use. Great for students who need to go shopping on the weekends, but don’t need a car for their day-to-day life!
Whether you’re a genuine connoisseur of the arts or you just want to relive that famous stair-ascending scene in Rocky, exploring the Philadelphia Museum of Art is a great activity for any day. Visit the museum on Sundays and the price of admission is up to you--perfect for college students!
In need of a little fresh air? Philadelphia's Fairmount Park is the largest municipal public park in the world and it's right in your backyard! There are plenty of green places just minutes outside of the city. You can bike, run, or walk on Kelly Drive, or head a little bit further to Forbidden Drive where you can mountain bike, hike, or even ride horses through mountain trails. Head just north of the city to New Hope in Bucks County and you can relive the area’s past by taking a canal boat ride down the Delaware River. You can even head to the shore—trains run frequently from Philadelphia’s 30th Street Station to within walking distance of the boardwalk in Atlantic City.
Need an excuse to walk around the city with friends? What better reason than First Friday, Philadelphia’s arts community "open house" for a variety of galleries located in the Old City Cultural District.
Are you an avid fan of the performing arts? Philadelphia is home to a unique culture of theater and music. No matter what kind of entertainment is music to your ears, there are plenty of special beats to choose from. Get into the groove by visiting these places: the Philadelphia Orchestra, The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts , The Mann Center for the Performing Arts, and The Curtis Institute of Music.
When you’re hanging out around the city long enough, you might just bump into Ben Franklin walking around. For a sure sighting, head to Independence Hall in Old City. You’ll be transported back to the 1700s where you’ll learn all there is to know about the history of Philadelphia, the original capital of the United States.
Lions, tigers, and bears... you know the drill. But you’ll see a lot more than that at the Philadelphia Zoo. The zoo is home to more than 1,500 rare and exotic animals, not to mention acres of gorgeous Victorian gardens and historical architecture. Memberships are reasonably priced, and once you’re a member, you can bring a guest for free!
We know that spending hours in a classroom each day makes students less than excited to continue learning outside the classroom. However, The Franklin Institute and Academy of Natural Sciences boast a wealth of educational information that won’t have you falling asleep at your desk. These exciting learning centers offer exhibits with everything from King Tut to species of exotic frogs from around the world.