Honors Student Orientation (HSO)

A special orientation will be held for freshmen Honors Students on Wednesday, September 17th, 2014. Honors students must attend the University's Summer Orientation AND the Honors Orientation in September. This orientation is in addition to Drexel’s New Student Orientation and focuses on building our Honors Community. As an Honors freshman, you have the opportunity to move into the residence halls a few days early, giving you plenty of time to unpack and adjust before classes start. Additionally, the Honors Program has planned a day full of fun activities for you to get to know other Honors Students (freshmen and upperclassmen) while familiarizing yourself with the Honors Program and HP staff.

Please visit this page in June to register for Honors Student Orientation.


Is HSO required?

Yes, HSO is required for all incoming Honors freshmen. It’s a great opportunity to get to know other Honors Students and become more familiar with Drexel’s campus before everyone else moves in!

When is HSO?

HSO will be held on Wednesday, September 18th. HSO is an all-day event in which you will spend time with other incoming Honors Students, Honors Orientation Leaders and Honors Program staff.

Does HSO cost anything?

No! The Honors Program will cover your early move-in fee and there are no additional fees associated with this program.

When should I move in?

All Honors Students will move in by 7 p.m. on Tuesday, September 17th. Students moving in on Tuesday will be assigned a move-in time, which will be available on "My Housing" emailed to you from University Housing by mid-August. Students should not pay a fee to move in as part of the Honors Orientation. Please contact the Honors Program (honorsprogram@drexel.edu) if you are asked to pay an "Early Move-in Fee."

Why do Honors Students move in early?

Beginning on Thursday, September 19th the University will be hosting New Student Days for incoming students. You will have a number of events to choose from during New Student Days and the Honors Program doesn’t want you to miss out on any of the fun! Honors Students move in a few days early to spend a full day in Honors Orientation and have plenty of time to unpack and settle in before the New Student Days activities begin. 

Is there an Honors Parent/Family Orientation?

Unlike the Family Program during New Student Orientation, HSO does not offer a separate orientation for your parents/family. Your family is welcome to help you move into your residence hall and take you out for a meal before HSO starts. However, HSO is solely for new Honors freshmen. 

I didn’t initially select Millennium Hall/Honors Living-Learning Community as my first choice for housing. Is it too late to switch?

Honors Students have until June 16th to choose Millennium Hall as their first-choice housing option.  Please note that, as an Honors Student, you must select the “Pennoni Honors College Learning Community” on your housing application. Availability in Millennium is limited on a first-come basis. Therefore, it’s very important that you make necessary adjustments to your housing application as soon as possible. 

Can I choose my roommate if I live in Millennium?

You can certainly choose your own roommate if you live in Millennium. However, you must select another Honors freshman. 

How do I register for HSO?

Click here to register for Orientation.

What if I can’t attend HSO?

Attendance at HSO is mandatory. The information provided during HSO will help familiarize you with the many benefits you will receive as an Honors Student and will help prepare you for your first year. You will meet the Honors Advising staff, upper-classmen and other Honors Students who will be able to help you ease you into the transition from high school to Drexel. Please plan to attend HSO in it's entirety and come prepared and with an open mind – we feel confident that you will enjoy your time with us!

Who should I contact if I have questions?

Please email your questions to honorsprogram@drexel.edu  and we will get back to you within 24 hours. 

I am an INTERNATIONAL STUDENT and have International Student Orientation during HSO.

The Honors Program recognizes that there is a timing conflict between HSO and NSO for international students. Plan to attend the university’s orientation. The Honors Program will meet with international students separately.  

I am a TRANSFER STUDENT. Should I plan to attend orientation?

HSO is for incoming freshmen only. The Honors Program will hold an informational session as part of your transfer orientation in which you can ask questions. You are also encouraged to set up an appointment with an Honors Advisor during the fall term to discuss any questions you might have.