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Welcome to Drexel! 3 steps and you're here!

Drexel Preview Online Graphic  Orientation Graphic  New Student Days Graphic  Fall Classes Begin Graphic 

Step 1. Review the Drexel Preview Online

Drexel Preview Online Website

The Drexel Preview Online website will be available in early May.

Drexel Preview Online is your online resource for getting started at Drexel University. The Drexel Preview website includes check-lists, instructional videos, and other important information that will guide you through everything you need to do before classes begin in the fall.

Take care of the following items to get a head start on the Drexel Preview:

Step 2. Attend Orientation

Orientation is an on-campus event where new students and families are able to meet each other and other members of the Drexel community. Workshops presented at Orientation offer a comprehensive overview of the Drexel experience that equips new students and families with the tools necessary to make a successful transition to Drexel.

  • Get connected to the Drexel University community by learning about campus traditions and what it means to be a Drexel student.
  • Meet with your Academic Advisors and learn about ways to be an academically successful student.
  • Find involvement opportunities and campus resources that will be helpful to you throughout the year.
  • Meet your classmates by participating in small group discussions and activities led by Orientation Leaders.
  • Collect everything you need to be ready for classes to begin in September.

The Orientation sessions listed below are planned for specific student populations. Please review the student population terms to ensure you are selecting the correct session.

Summer Orientation
undergraduate, domestic, freshman, fall start
July 7 - August 5 
Transfer Student Orientation
undergraduate, domestic, transfer, veteran, fall start
August 8
Graduate Student Orientation
graduate, domestic, international, transfer, veteran, fall start
September 12 
Fall Orientation
undergraduate, domestic, international, freshman, transfer, veteran, fall start
September 16 - 18 
Winter Orientation
undergraduate, domestic, international, transfer, veteran, winter start
January 2, 2015 
Spring Orientation
undergraduate, domestic, international, transfer, veteran, spring start
March 23 - 29, 2015 
Student Population Terms

  • Undergraduate: Students in academic programs up to the level of a bachelor's degree.
  • Graduate: Students in academic programs including professional, master's, or doctorate degrees.
  • Domestic: Students classified as U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
  • International: Students who hold F-1 or J-1 visas to study in the U.S.
  • Freshman: First-time college students.
  • Transfer: Students who completed a minimum of 24 college credits from a regionally accredited institution and will be transferring those credits to Drexel.  
  • Term Start:The first academic term in which students plan to enroll (fall, winter, spring).

Step 3. Arrive early for New Student Days

New Student Days Website

Detailed New Student Days information will be available in early May.

New Student Days is the official welcome week for new students entering Drexel in the fall term. New Student Days events allow students to build relationships with others who are in the same academic program and who live in their community. 

Several academic programs require students to attend specific events throughout the week. Please visit the New Student Days website for more information about specific requirements. 

  • Residence Hall Move-In: Tuesday, Sep. 16 - Thursday, Sep. 18 
  • Commuter Connection Day: TBA
  • College/School Welcome Events: TBA
  • New Student Induction Ceremony: 4 - 5 p.m., Friday, Sep. 19
  • Open Arts Philly Experience Philadelphia Day: Saturday, Sep. 20
  • Class Schedule Tours: 1 - 4 p.m., Sunday, Sep. 21

Spring Classes Begin: Monday, March 31

Fall Classes Begin: Monday, Sept. 22

Welcome Back Week Website

Welcome Back Week events continue throughout week 1 of the spring & fall terms, including Activities Unlimited (Wednesday, April 2), Drexel Night at Citizen's Bank Park (Friday, Sep. 26), and Campus Philly College Day (Saturday, Sep. 27).

Contact Information:

Orientation Hotline: 215.895.1451
Twitter: @DrexelNSO