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Our Residential Communities

First Year Experience

(Calhoun, Kelly, Millennium, Myers, Race Street, Towers & Van Rensselaer)

First year residence halls are buildings where new students find their place at Drexel University. The Residential Assistants (RAs), along with Residential Desk Coordinators (RDCs), and Desk Assistants (DAs) work to create a comprehensive and diverse first year experience. This happens through weekly events coordinated by RAs, casual interactions, and hall wide events designed to bring residents together (Thanksgiving dinners, open mic events, athletic competitions, etc.). RAs in first-year residence halls work to connect residents to each other and to the Drexel community in order to help residents successfully transition into college.

College Learning Communities

(Kelly, Myers, North and Millennium)

Residents have the option of living in one of the College Learning Communities (CLC) where students with similar interests live together and have the opportunity to connect and extend their learning beyond the realms of the classroom. CLC RAs strive to integrate academic and social learning to enhance the intellectual and personal growth of their residents. RLO partners with the following colleges for the CLCs on campus: the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts and Design (CoMAD), the College of Engineering, the College of Nursing and Health Professions, the iSchool, the LeBow College of Business, and the Pennoni Honors College. In addition, RLO collaborates with the Liberty Scholars and the Gateway Program to offer a similar living and learning environment.

Upper Class Experience

Creating Opportunities for Residential Engagement (C.O.R.E)
(North, Caneris, and University Crossings)

Creating Opportunities for Residential Engagement (C.O.R.E.) is a program aimed at all upper class residential students at the Drexel campus. C.O.R.E. provides residents with opportunities to gain leadership skills while enhancing the communities in their halls through the development of programming opportunities separate from those of the Resident Assistants. Additionally, residents participating in C.O.R.E. will have the opportunity to attend leadership workshops specifically developed for residential leadership. Students across campus are offered a series of programs and resources that are designed to help them achieve a smooth transition through their second year, while catering to the unique needs demanded of the upper class students at Drexel.

Graduate Student Experience


Whether taking classes in Center City or University City, fresh out of undergrad or the workforce, and with majors ranging from Fashion Design to Medical School, the RAs of the Graduate Student Experience (GSE) offer something for every resident. With such variety, GSE RAs are jacks of all trades. They model sound academic practices, act as a directory of university resources and as ambassadors to the social offerings of Philadelphia. GSE RAs get to know their residents, allowing them to make connections with others and acquire the tools they need for a positive and engaged graduate and professional school experience.