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New Full-Time Freshman Checklist

Thank you for confirming your intent to enroll at Drexel University. After you've picked up your computer and email accounts, you can log in to DrexelOne to view your personalized new student checklist on the "Welcome" page. In the meantime, here are some important items you must complete before your first day of class.


  • Complete the FAFSA (U.S. citizens and permanent residents only)
    If you have not already done so, be sure to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), using Drexel's school code (003256). You should file the FAFSA by February 15.
  • Notify Drexel Central
    If there are any changes in your enrollment status, you must notify Drexel Central. A change in enrollment status could affect your financial aid or merit award. To report changes in your status use AskDrexel.
  • Pick up your computer and email accounts
    As a Drexel student, you are entitled to computer accounts, such as email and the DrexelOne portal. You must check your Drexel email account regularly for important updates regarding placement tests and your tuition bill. Visit the Information Resources and Technology (IRT) New Accounts page to pick up your accounts.

Before May 15

  • Complete the housing and dining application
    Your $200 housing deposit must be submitted by May 1. You must also submit your housing and dining application by May 15. However, housing is assigned on a first-come, first-served basis, so be sure to apply early. After you receive your housing assignment, please confirm your move-in date with the University Housing Office.

Before June 15

Before June 30

  • Complete placement tests
    Placement examinations are used to assess your academic preparation for critical courses. They enable your academic advisor to build a fall schedule for you and place you into the courses for which you are ready and have the best chance of completing successfully. Depending on your major, you may be required to take an examination electronically in one or more of the following areas: mathematics, English, chemistry, physics, and/or modern languages. More information will be sent by email at the end of May. Learn more about Drexel's Placement Tests.
  • Get your DragonCard University ID
    You may upload a photo for your DragonCard online. Visit the DragonCard website for more information. DragonCards will be distributed at move-in (for resident students) and during Commuter Connection Day (for commuter students).

Before July 15

  • Forward your final transcripts
    New freshmen are required to submit final high school transcripts, as well as transcripts from any colleges or universities attended prior to Drexel. High school transcripts must be received from your high school guidance office. International students, please refer to our Transcript Requirements for International Freshman Applicants for additional information.

    Final transcripts are due by July 15. Please mail to:

    Transcript Processing
    Drexel University
    PO Box 34789
    Philadelphia, PA 19101

    Students outside the United States, please mail transcripts to:

    International Undergraduate Admissions
    Transcript Processing
    Drexel University
    3141 Chestnut Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19104-2876

Before August 15

Before September 1

Before the Term Starts

  • Review Drexel's computer and software recommendations
    View them on IRT's Downloads and Computers website.
  • Notify Disability Resources
    If you have any physical or learning disabilities, notify Disability Resources. Drexel University is committed to providing equal access to its programs and services to qualified students. Visit the Office of Disability Resources website for more information.

Before September 30

  • Comply with Drexel's health insurance policies
    All students must demonstrate proof of health insurance each year and either waive or enroll in the Drexel Health Insurance Plan at the beginning of each academic year. For more information, visit the Health Insurance and Immunizations website.