March 16, 2012 by Op-Ed
“Look to your left and look to your right,” I was told during my freshman orientation at Drexel’s engineering school. “Only one of you will graduate,” Dominic Di Bucci, an alumnus here at Drexel University, said.
Drexel has always had a low graduation rate, but is it fair to students? In more recent years, there has been an increase in students who do not intend to major in engineering. These students not only have to work through the high cost of tuition but also the laborious amount of credit hours that Drexel expects to be completed in four to five years. As a Drexel University student, it is a scary thought that I may not graduate from Drexel. With such influences over my possibility of transference, such as the $55,000 bill each year and the crowded living conditions, how can we students ensure that our benefit of attendance at Drexel will be higher than the cost?
Being an economics major, the choice to come to Drexel was a hard one to make. The massive debt incurred just by showing up for class is daunting. So why do we students choose to stay here? Is it the fancy buildings? The “great” food on campus? Surely not. The only assumption I have is the big paycheck waiting for us on co-op. And what then? Debt will still be staring us in the face while we spend each day, along with our three to seven roommates, dragging our feet after a 20-credit-hour week to the Handschumacher Dining Center. So, Drexel University, it seems as though you’ve won. You’ve won students from all across the world, but do not forget: In the process you are also losing the loyalty of future alumni.
Is it really so difficult to help out your students? Maybe lower tuition costs a bit? I really must say, if I am forced to leave Drexel because of the costs, I will no doubt miss my friends I have made here. And by friends, I mean the bums in front of 7-Eleven asking me for change when I’ve been walking around campus for a month with two bucks in my wallet.
High tuition costs, crowded living conditions, horrible food and a huge load of coursework. Wow, Drexel, I’ve got to hand it to you — you are officially the most difficult school to graduate from. Thanks for the help.