Welcome Incoming Graduate Students!

Graduate Student Orientation 2014

To assist in your transition, we have prepared a detailed orientation program to help you prepare for graduate study at Drexel. Graduate Student Orientation is our way of welcoming you to the Drexel community and providing you with an informed understanding of the culture and traditions of Drexel before you commence with your studies. We will also try to answer any questions you have and acquaint you with the resources available to you as a Drexel graduate student. While Graduate Student Orientation is designed for students who will be studying on campus in quarter programs in Philadelphia, we will also welcome online students in the area to attend. All, new incoming graduate students are encouraged to attend Graduate Student Orientation in addition to their specific college or school orientation programs.

Drexel College of Medicine students should contact Biomedical Graduate Studies for orientation information at 1-866-6BIOMED (624-6633) or biograd@drexelmed.edu

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Dates

Thursday, September 11, 2014 – International Graduate Student Dinner & Welcome Reception
New, incoming international graduate students are encouraged to attend

Friday, September 12, 2014

MANDATORY International Graduate Student Check-In & Immigration Workshop
New, incoming international graduate students are REQUIRED to attend

General Graduate Student Orientation
ALL new, incoming graduate students are encouraged to attend
College of Nursing & Health Professionals students are welcome, but may prefer to only attend Monday’s program

Monday, September 15, 2014 – Center City Graduate Student Orientation
For new, incoming graduate students entering the College of Nursing & Health Professionals ONLY

Schedule & Registration

Click here to register with your Drexel Login (abc123) and Password to secure your spot. Please note any mandatory and program-specific orientations. Complete schedule below.

If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Graduate Studies at (215) 895-0366 or sbg38@drexel.edu. For questions about International Graduate Student Orientation, please contact ISSS at (215) 895-2502 or isss@drexel.edu. For questions about Center City Graduate Student Orientation, please contact Phi Nguyen at (215) 762-1400 or phi@drexel.edu.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

International Graduate Student Dinner & Welcome Reception 6:00pm-8:00pm
Behrakis Grand Hall, Creese Student Center Complex
Welcome dinner and reception with remarks from Drexel administrators and a meet-and-greet with current international graduate students.

Friday, September 12, 2014

MANDATORY International Graduate Student Check-In 9:00am-10:00am*
Great Court, Main Building
Mandatory check-in with International Students and Scholars Services (ISSS).
*A light, continental breakfast will be served in the Graduate Student Lounge in the Basement of the Main Building after you check in with ISSS and before the formal immigration workshop begins.

MANDATORY Immigration Workshop 10:00am-11:00am
Main Auditorium, Main Building
Mandatory information session to go over international graduate student immigration requirements hosted by ISSS.

General Graduate Student Orientation Check-In 11:30am-12:00pm*
Great Court, Main Building
Pick up a t-shirt and bag and meet our current graduate student orientation volunteers.
*Attendees should eat lunch before check-in, lunch will not be served

Welcome from Drexel Administrators 12:00pm-12:30pm
Main Auditorium, Main Building
Official welcome from Drexel administrators and graduate student leaders.

Advising Workshops 12:40pm-2:00pm

For PhD & Doctoral Students – Disque Hall, Room 103
Dr. Teck-Kah Lim, Associate Vice Provost for Graduate Studies, and current doctoral students will discuss the path to earning a PhD or doctoral degree and how to successfully use university resources, followed by Q&A.

For Master’s Students – Main Auditorium, Main Building
A panel of graduate faculty and staff advisors and current master’s students will discuss the advisor-student relationship, Drexel student experience, and how to successfully use university resources, followed by Q&A.

Choose a Workshop 2:10pm-3:30pm

Option A: Minority Success Workshop – Randell Hall, Room 114
An introduction to programming, services, resources and networking opportunities for minority graduate students.

Option B: Fellowships Workshop – Stratton Hall, Room 113 (Campbell Auditorium)
Fellowship awards are incredibly prestigious and will open doors for you for the rest of your life. Learn about applying for highly competitive fellowships from Drexel’s Fellowships Office.

Option C: Conquer Your Personal Checklist – Various
Utilize this time to check off items on your Drexel “To-Do” list. Our team of graduate student orientation leaders can help you find an office or academic department, meet with graduate faculty or staff advisors, take a tour of campus, find your classes, enjoy a cup of Joe, use the Drexel shuttle, visit DrexelCentral, go to the DragonCard Office, check out the Drexel Libraries, join the Drexel Recreation Center, and more.

Dragon Expo 3:30pm-5:00pm
Behrakis Grand Hall, Creese Student Center Complex
Enjoy a “Taste of Philly” including soft pretzels, cheesesteaks, and other staple Philly snacks while you browse a resource fair with representatives from Drexel’s student services and local Philly vendors. Stop by tables with giveaways and information about campus resources including libraries, recreation, campus activities, career development, study abroad, transportation, public safety, housing, counseling, religious life, health insurance, and more. Meet our Graduate Student Association (GSA) and other graduate student organizations and learn about upcoming New Student Days and Welcome Back Week events.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Center City Graduate Student Orientation 9:00am-2:30pm
245 N. 15th Street Philadelphia 19102 New College Building

Orientation Check-In  8:30am-9:00am
Geary Lobby, New College Building
Pick up a t-shirt and bag and meet our current graduate student orientation volunteers.

Welcome from Student Affairs, Center City  9:00am-9:15am
Geary B, New College Building 9am-9:15am
Meet Phi Nguyen, your contact for campus life in the Student Affairs office located at New College Building (NCB) 1106.

Transitioning to a Health Professional 9:15am-9:30am
Geary B, New College Building
Meet the Deans and get their take on what it means to be a health professional.

Health Professions Student Panel 9:30am-10:30am
Geary B, New College Building
Hear about the graduate student experience from current students in the health sciences at Drexel.

Graduate Student Success Panel  10:30am-11:15pm
Geary B, New College Building
Panelists will share with you what it takes to succeed in graduate school.

Drexel Central and Financing your Education 11:15am-11:45am
Geary B, New College Building
An introduction on how to manage your finances and pay for your education.

Safety & Security at Center City Campus 11:45pm-12:00pm
Geary B, New College Building
Tips for staying safe and important numbers for all Drexel students.

Dragon Expo & Conquer Your Personal Checklist 12:00pm-2:30pm 
Center City Campus
Utilize this time to check off items on your Drexel “To-Do” list. Our team of graduate student orientation leaders can help you find an office or academic department, meet with graduate faculty or staff advisors, take a tour of campus, find your classes, use the Drexel shuttle, visit DrexelCentral, go to the DragonCard Office, check out the Drexel Libraries, and more.

DragonCard University ID Pickup

If you are an on-campus student and have registered for classes, you are eligible for the DragonCard, which is crucial for you to gain access to certain buildings and utilize the services on campus. To submit your own picture, visit the DragonCard website. Once logged in with your Drexel credential (you must have a student account), read the guidelines for photo submission and follow the simple instructions. You can pick up your Dragon ID at the DragonCard Office (Creese Student Complex between 32nd and 33rd Chestnut Streets) during Graduate Student Orientation (see schedule below).

As for online students, you can still acquire a non-photo DragonCard Identification by sending an email to dragoncard@drexel.edu Please include your university ID number (eight digits) and current mailing address in your email to dragoncard@drexel.edu.

Graduate Student Orientation DragonCard Pickup Schedule:

  • Thursday, September 11, 2014 3-5 pm at the University City DragonCard Office (Creese Student Center) for international graduate students attending the welcome dinner and reception
  • Friday, September 12, 2014 9am-12pm at the University City DragonCard Office (Creese Student Center) for to all graduate students before attending general orientation and international graduate students after the mandatory session and before general orientation check-in
  • Monday, September 15, 2015 12-2:30pm at the Center City DragonCard Office (New College Building) for graduate students before attending Center City Orientation (CNHP ONLY)

New Student Days

Monday, September 15th, 2014—Saturday, September 20th, 2014
New Student Days is the official welcome week for new students entering Drexel in the fall term. Students will enjoy campus tours, shopping trips, evening events, and more.

Visit the Student Affairs Website for a complete list of events.

Welcome Back Week

Monday, September 22nd, 2014—Sunday, September 28th, 2014
Student Affairs is celebrating the start of the spring term with Welcome Back Week activities and events from Monday, Sept. 22 to Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014. All students should take advantage of the opportunities to meet student organizations, learn about campus departments, and enjoy free fun and food.

For more, visit the Welcome Back Week Website.