Review FERPA Information
Posted on August 18, 2017
As the start of the 2017–2018 academic year is fast approaching, now is a good time to review Drexel's privacy policies regarding student information.
A student's education record is protected by rights provided under a federal law called the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). FERPA protects the privacy of student education records for students who are at least 18 years old or who attend or have attended a postsecondary institution, even if they have not reached the age of 18. This means that once the student has started attending Drexel, access to his or her information including grades, enrollment, and certain financial matters will only be available to your student. You can view more information about the policy on the About FERPA and Granting Access page.
Drexel will work with family members as much as possible within the guidelines of FERPA; the University's goal is to ensure that the student receives all the assistance they need, and we recognize that having family actively involved in their progress at Drexel is important. That said, students remain ultimately responsible for all aspects of their Drexel education, such as completing coursework, paying their bill, and earning their diploma; therefore, they are the primary decision makers when it comes to their education records. You can view more information about how FERPA impacts family members on the Information for Family Members page.
A student may grant FERPA authorization rights to an individual(s) by completing the FERPA waiver form
- Log in via DrexelOne.
- Select the "Academics" tab.
- Choose the "FERPA Waiver" link in the "Grades, Transcripts, and Records" channel.
- Select "Add a new person for access authorization."
- Fill in the blank fields.
- Select "Add New Contact."
Accept Your 2017–2018 Financial Aid
Posted on July 25, 2017
Now is the time to start preparing your finances for the 2017–2018 academic year. An important step to take care of right away is to accept or decline any federal loans or Federal Work-Study you have been offered.
Complete this necessary step according to the following:
- Log in to DrexelOne.
- Select the "Billing + Financial Aid" tab.
- In the "Outstanding Financial Aid Requirements" channel, expand the "Accept Your Federal Aid" requirement.
- Select the link in the requirement message.
- A new page will open. Follow the prompts to accept or decline your awards.
All scholarship and grant funding is automatically accepted on your behalf.
This is an important requirement to complete in order to finalize your financial aid. Additional information can be found at the How to Apply for Financial Aid page.
New Confirmation of Enrollment Process
Posted on July 06, 2017
Effective for fall 2017, all quarter undergraduate and graduate students will be required to confirm their enrollment in courses prior to the start of each term.
By informing us about your enrollment intentions, Drexel will be able to more accurately determine the academic needs of the entire student population. This will help us best allocate resources to ensure all students have a successful experience.
Students have from a week prior to the start of the quarter until the end of Week 1 to confirm their enrollment. The process is completed online:
- Log in via DrexelOne.
- Select the "Academics" tab.
- In the "My Courses" channel, select the "Confirm My Enrollment" link.
- You will be asked to indicate if you will be attending classes for the upcoming term.
Depending on your answer, there may be an additional action to take:
- If You Answer "Yes" – your answer is final and you will not need to take any further action.
- If You Answer "No" – you will have until the end of Week 1 to update your answer if you choose; if your answer remains "no" after Week 1 and you are registered in courses for the quarter, your schedule will be dropped.
If you do not confirm your enrollment by the end of Week 1, a hold will be placed on your account. This hold will prevent you from being able to register for future terms, view your grades, or order transcripts. You will have until the end of Week 5 to update your answer to resolve this hold.
Preparing Your Preferred Schedules in Advance of Registration
Posted on July 05, 2017
As part of the continuous upgrades being made to the course registration experience for students, Drexel will be launching a new preparation resource in early July.
The Schedule Ahead resource will allow students to create sample course schedules for an upcoming term prior to their time ticket registration period. This new feature will enhance students' ability to map their academic progress and create up to 10 alternate schedules for an upcoming term, providing greater opportunities for effective planning. Once the student's registration time ticket has opened, they will have the option to complete registration based on a sample schedule created prior.
While this will be of great benefit to students, it is important to understand how to properly use the new resource. You can use the Student Guide: Schedule Ahead Registration Feature [PDF] to help you utilize this new tool.
Additionally, please note the following important aspects of the Schedule Ahead resource:
- The preparation resource will be available from Week 2 through Week 1 of an upcoming term (i.e., a student can create preferred schedules for the Winter 2017–2018 term from Week 2 of Fall 2017–2018 up through Week 1 of Winter term). These schedules should be built using DegreeWorks as a guide to ensure your courses are progressing you toward your degree.
- A student can create up to 10 preferred schedules for an upcoming term.
- Students with registration holds will be able to use this feature, but will remain unable to complete actual course registration until their holds are resolved.
- Course restrictions and registration errors will not show when using the feature. Students should fully investigate each course they use in a sample schedule to ensure there will be no restrictions or errors when they attempt to complete actual course registration.
- Using this resource is for planning and demonstrative purposes only; creating a sample schedule does not guarantee a seat in any of the courses selected.
- As with all course planning, students should continue to utilize DegreeWorks and consult with their academic advisors.
Academic Opportunities Fair on July 19
Posted on June 19, 2017
Make the most of your undergraduate education by joining us for the Summer 2017 Academic Opportunities Fair on July 19 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Following the success of the inaugural winter Academic Opportunities Fair this past February, Drexel is offering a second opportunity to anyone who was unable to attend the first fair or who would like to visit again.
This fair aims to connect you to various resources across the University that will help you enhance your current academic program with supplemental academic experiences, opportunities, and exciting co-curricular options. These resources can help complement your future academic trajectory by using your interests and abilities to best fit your needs for a program.
You'll be able to explore your options and learn more about:
- The breadth of majors and minors that Drexel offers — This includes helping you determine how your choices fit into your schedule, including minors and certificates. We can also clarify your current program requirements and provide potential career pathways you could take. Additionally, if you are thinking about a different major, you can learn the requirements for the new program and how credits you have already earned apply.
- Experiential programs including study abroad, civic engagement, research, and co-curricular activities — This includes the ways in which these programs can increase your interdisciplinary learning and experiential practice.
- Services and organizations to support you on your academic journey — This includes offices such as the Center for Learning and Academic Success Services (CLASS), who are here to provide you with support in any academic areas that you feel may require more work.
Faculty and staff representatives from various academic areas and support services will be available at the fair. Stop by Behrakis Grand Hall in the Creese Student Center on July 19 and enjoy some light refreshments while getting a taste of how Drexel can help you achieve your long-term goals.
Representation at Fair
Fair Floor Plan [PDF]
There will be many individuals representing academic majors, minors, special programs and opportunities, and resources for you to meet. Below is a listing of what you can expect to see and the location for each at the fair: