New Graduate Student Orientation
The Office of Graduate Studies in collaboration with the Office of Student Life host New Graduate Student Orientation prior to the start of the fall Academic Term. Attendance is strongly recommended but not required of all graduate students. Check back soon to register for Orientation.
Thursday, September 13, 2012 - Mandatory Orientation for International Students (Click to Register)
Friday, September 14, 2012 - General Graduate Student Orientation for all incoming graduate students
Schedule & Registration
New Graduate Student Orientation is divided amongst students whose programs are on the University City campus and students whose programs are on the Center City Campus. Please view the schedules and register for your orientation.
Can't join us for Orientation? You can view our live webcast which will be active near 10:00AM on Friday, September 14.
If you are an international student, you are required to attend a Mandatory Orientation for International Students (Click to Register) on Thursday, September 13, 2012. This is seperate from Graduate Student Orientation, which you are still strongly encouraged to also attend.
Checklist for Incoming Students
Accept your offer of admission
Confirm your enrollment by submitting your intent to enroll form along with the nonrefundable tuition deposit to Enrollment Management. This form was included in the acceptance package from Enrollment Management.
Set up your Drexel Computer Account
If you are a newly matriculated graduate student, you are entitled to computer accounts such as email and DrexelOne portal. Visit the Information Resources and Technology (IRT) New Accounts website to pick up your accounts
Contact your Graduate Advisor
When you arrive on campus, make sure you stop by your academic department and introduce yourself. If you have questions or concerns related to your program, plan of study or registration, contact your graduate advisor.
Contact for International Students
Be sure you complete all the necessary tasks with the International Students and Scholar Services prior to the start of the term.
Enroll in or Waive Student Health Insurance
All international and full-time graduate students must be in compliance with Drexel’s Immunization and Health Insurance Policies. If you have an external health insurance, please check with a representative in the health insurance office to ensure it is in compliance with the university’s standard. As for doctoral students who are receiving a health insurance subsidy from the Graduate Studies Office, you must be enrolled in a Drexel’s health insurance plan.
For more information, please visit the Health Insurance and Immunization Website and check out the health insurance subsidy program.
Pick up your University Identification (DragonCard)
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.
Online students can also obtain a non-photo DragonCard Identification by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your university ID number (eight digits) and current mailing address in your email.
For more information, please visit the DragonCard website.
Inform Disability Services
The Office of Equality and Diversity collaborates with and empowers individuals who have documented disabilities by working together proactively to determine reasonable and appropriate accommodative measures.
For more information, please visit the Office of Equality and Diversity website.
Sign up for Direct Deposit
If you have a job or position on campus, it is a good idea to sign up for direct deposit. Direct deposit is the safest and easiest way to get any payroll you may receive. For more information, please visit the Office of Comptroller.
In addition, please visit the Tax Office and fill out the necessary paperwork for payroll.
Attend Graduate Student Orientation and Teaching Assistant Orientation
In addition to attending Graduate Student Orientation, some departments will also provide their own an academic orientation. Please check with your department for more information. Teaching Assistant Orientation is required for all incoming students who have a teaching assistantship.
If you are a matriculated graduate student after the fall quarter, please take a moment to review the video titled "Administrators Welcome You" from Graduate Student Orientation as well as the presentations/modules from various administrative offices.
Read the Graduate Student Handbook (Roadmap)
The handbook is for informational purposes only. It is offered to you as an introduction to Drexel University and to the policies and regulations that will guide you to your degree. Policies outlined in the handbook do not replace the policies of the Office of the Provost.
Visit the Drexel Resource Fair
At the start of each term during the first-two weeks of the quarter, there is Drexel Resource Fair held in the Great Court of the Main Building where you can get answers to questions relating to billing, financial aid, and health insurance and immunizations.