New Full-Time Freshman Checklist
We are excited for you to arrive at Drexel University! After you've picked up your computer and email accounts, you can log in to DrexelOne to view your personalized new student checklist on the "Welcome" page. In the meantime, here are some important items you must complete before your first day of class.
- Pick up your computer and email accounts
As a Drexel student, you are entitled to computer accounts, such as email and the DrexelOne portal. You must check your Drexel email account regularly for important updates regarding placement tests and your eBill. Visit the Information Resources and Technology (IRT) New Accounts page to pick up your accounts.
- Review the financial aid and billing information on the New Student Financial Checklist page
There are important steps and planning you and your family should complete in order to ensure you are financially ready for the beginning of the year. Visit the New Student Financial Checklist page to learn more.
- Complete the FAFSA (U.S. citizens and permanent residents only)
If you have not already done so, be sure to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), using Drexel's school code (003256). You should file the FAFSA by February 15.
- Notify Drexel Central if your status changes
If there are any changes in your enrollment status, you must notify Drexel Central. A change in enrollment status could affect your financial aid. To report changes in your status, use AskDrexel.
Before May 15
- Complete the housing and dining application
Your $200 housing deposit must be submitted by May 1. You must also submit your housing and dining application by May 15. Be sure to apply early in order to get your first pick of housing options during the self-selection process. You can read more about the process on the University Housing page.
Before June 15
Before June 30
- Complete placement tests
Placement examinations are used to assess your academic preparation for critical courses. They enable your academic advisor to build a fall schedule for you and place you into the courses for which you are ready and have the best chance of completing successfully. Depending on your major, you may be required to take an examination electronically in one or more of the following areas: mathematics, English, chemistry, physics, and/or modern languages. More information will be sent by email at the end of May. Learn more about Drexel's Placement Tests.
- Get your DragonCard University ID
You may upload a photo for your DragonCard online. Visit the DragonCard website for more information. DragonCards will be distributed at move-in (for resident students) and during Commuter Connection Day (for commuter students).
Before July 15
- Forward your final transcripts
New freshmen are required to submit final high school transcripts, as well as transcripts from any colleges or universities attended prior to Drexel. High school transcripts must be received from your high school guidance office. International students, please refer to our Transcript Requirements for International Freshman Applicants for additional information.
Final transcripts are due by July 15. Please mail to:
PO Box 34789
Philadelphia, PA 19101
Students outside the United States, please mail transcripts to:
International Undergraduate Admissions
3141 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-2876
- Review the Family Education Rights Privacy Act (FERPA) Policy
FERPA protects your student record and personal information. Learn about what FERPA means for you and how your parents can access your information once you start.
Before August 15
- Ensure your eBill is paid
Review the first eBill you were sent to determine if you have a balance due and learn more about the various methods of payment in the New Student Financial Checklist.
Before September 1
Before the Term Starts
- Review Drexel's computer and software recommendations
View them on IRT's Downloads and Computers website.
- Notify Disability Resources
If you have any physical or learning disabilities, notify Disability Resources. Drexel University is committed to providing equal access to its programs and services to qualified students. Visit the Office of Disability Resources website for more information.
Before September 30
- Comply with Drexel's health insurance policies
All students must demonstrate proof of health insurance each year and either waive or enroll in the Drexel Health Insurance Plan at the beginning of each academic year. For more information, visit the Health Insurance and Immunizations website.