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New Full-Time Freshman Checklist

We are excited for you to arrive at Drexel University! After you've picked up your computer and email accounts, you can log in via 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.


  • Pick up your computer and email accounts
    As a Drexel student, you are entitled to computer accounts, such as email and DrexelOne. You must check your Drexel email account regularly for important updates regarding placement tests, financial aid status, and your eBill. Visit Drexel's Information Technology (IT) New Accounts page to pick up your accounts.
  • Review the financial aid and billing information on the New Student Financial Checklist page
    There are important steps and planning you and your family should complete in order to ensure you are financially ready for the beginning of the year. Visit the New Student Financial Checklist page to learn more.
  • 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 your status changes
    If there are any changes in your enrollment status, you must notify Drexel Central. A change in enrollment status could affect your financial aid. To report changes in your status, use AskDrexel.

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. Be sure to apply early in order to get your first pick of housing options during the self-selection process. You can read more about the process on the University Housing page.

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 schedule for your first term 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 and Transfer Welcome Day (for commuter and transfer 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

  • Review the Family Education Rights Privacy Act (FERPA) Policy
    FERPA protects your student record and personal information. Learn about what FERPA means for you and how your parents can access your information once you start.

Before August 15

  • Ensure your eBill is paid
    Review the first eBill you were sent to determine if you have a balance due and learn more about the various methods of payment in the New Student Financial Checklist.

Before September 1

Before the Term Starts

  • Review Drexel's computer and software recommendations
    View them on IT's Computers and Software 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 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.