Hi, everyone! I was also accepted into Drexel's Fall 2007 ACE program. I live in a suburb of Philly and will be taking the train (Septa) to campus. I absolutely cannot wait to start. In terms of safety, I've never felt insecure or uncomfortable walking around on or near Drexel's campus. My mother and I take the train to center city quite often and walk everywhere, day and evening.
I've heard the same about clinicals, LovebeingaYankee. Drexel claims that they will try to keep you as close to home as possible, but according to past students it doesn't usually work out that way. Also, in regards to class schedules we probably won't get them until orientation, but you can see the 2005-2006 first quarter class schedules on Drexel's website. Ours will probably be pretty similar, I'd imagine. Under the ACE program's page there is a link on the right hand side to view the 2005-2006 ACE handbook. The class schedule is in the handbook. What I am pretty sure of is that they group us up alphabetically by last name into 3 or 4 sections when making up our schedules.
I had considered Temple's program but their reputation seemed to be questionable from what numerous people told me. I don't think I would've felt comfortable walking around the Center City campus, anyway. I have friends who went to school there, not for nursing, though, and made sure they were packin' heat whenever they were on or near campus.
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