Welcome Incoming Graduate Students!

Graduate Student Orientation 2014

We have prepared a detailed orientation program to help you with your transition to graduate study at Drexel.

To assist in your transition, we have prepared a detailed orientation program to help you prepare for graduate study at Drexel. Graduate Student Orientation is our way of welcoming you to the Drexel community and providing you with an informed understanding of the culture and traditions of Drexel before you commence with your studies. We will also try to answer any questions you have and acquaint you with the resources available to you as a Drexel graduate student. While Graduate Student Orientation is designed for students who will be studying on campus in Philadelphia, we will also welcome online students in the area to attend. All, new incoming graduate students are encouraged to attend Graduate Student Orientation in addition to their specific college or school orientation programs.

Drexel College of Medicine students should contact Biomedical Graduate Studies for orientation information at 1-866-6BIOMED (624-6633) or biograd@drexelmed.edu

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Dates

Thursday, September 11, 2014 – International Graduate Student Welcome Reception
New, incoming international graduate students are encouraged to attend

Friday, September 12, 2014

MANDATORY International Graduate Student Orientation
New, incoming international graduate students are REQUIRED to attend

General Graduate Student Orientation
ALL new, incoming graduate students are encouraged to attend

Monday, September 15, 2014 – Center City Graduate Student Orientation
For new, incoming graduate students entering the College of Nursing & Health Professionals ONLY

Schedule & Registration

Registration information and complete schedule with exact times and locations will be available this summer. Please check back. If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Graduate Studies at (215) 895-0366 or sbg38@drexel.edu. For questions about International Graduate Student Orientation, please contact ISSS at (215) 895-2502 or isss@drexel.edu. For questions about Center City Graduate Student Orientation, please contact Phi Nguyen at (215) 762-1400 or phi@drexel.edu.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

International Graduate Student Welcome Reception 6:00pm-8:00pm
Behrakis Grand Hall, Creese Student Center Complex
Welcome dinner and reception with remarks from Drexel administrators and a meet-and-greet with current international graduate students.

Friday, September 12, 2014

MANDATORY International Graduate Student Information Session 9:00am-10:00am
Main Auditorium, Main Building
Mandatory information session to go over international graduate student requirements hosted by International Students and Scholars Services (ISSS).

General Graduate Student Orientation Check-In 11:30am-12:00pm*
Great Court, Main Building
Pick up a t-shirt and bag and meet our current graduate student orientation volunteers.
*Attendees should eat lunch before check-in, lunch will not be served

Welcome from Drexel Administrators 12:00pm-12:30pm
Main Auditorium, Main Building
Official welcome from Drexel administrators and graduate student leaders.

Advising Workshops 12:40pm-2:00pm

For PhD & Doctoral Students – Disque Hall, Room 103
Dr. Teck-Kah Lim, Associate Vice Provost for Graduate Studies, and current doctoral students will discuss the path to earning a PhD or doctoral degree and how to successfully use university resources, followed by Q&A.

For Master’s Students – Main Auditorium, Main Building
A panel of graduate faculty and staff advisors and current master’s students will discuss the advisor-student relationship, Drexel student experience, and how to successfully use university resources, followed by Q&A.

Choose a Workshop 2:10pm-3:30pm

Option A: Minority Success Workshop – Randell Hall, Room 114
An introduction to programming, services, resources and networking opportunities for minority graduate students.

Option B: Fellowships Workshop – Stratton Hall, Room 113 (Campbell Auditorium)
Fellowship awards are incredibly prestigious and will open doors for you for the rest of your life. Learn about applying for highly competitive fellowships from Drexel’s Fellowships Office.

Option C: Conquer Your Personal Checklist – Various
Utilize this time to check off items on your “To-Do” list. Our team of orientation leaders can help you find an office or department. Take a tour of campus, visit DrexelCentral, the DragonCard Office, or your academic department and meet the faculty and graduate advisors. Check out the Drexel Libraries or join the Drexel Recreation Center.

Dragon Expo 3:30pm-5:00pm
Behrakis Grand Hall, Creese Student Center Complex
Enjoy a “Taste of Philly” including soft pretzels and cheese steaks while you browse a resource fair with representatives from Drexel’s student services. Stop by tables with giveaways and information about local and campus resources including libraries, recreation, transportation, housing, counseling, health insurance, graduate student organizations, and more.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Center City Graduate Student Orientation 9:00am-1:00pm
245 N. 15th Street Philadelphia 19102 New College Building

Orientation Check-In  8:30am-9:00am
Geary Lobby, New College Building
Pick up a t-shirt and bag and meet our current graduate student orientation volunteers.

Welcome from Student Affairs, Center City  9:00am-9:15am
Geary B, New College Building 9am-9:15am
Meet Phi Nguyen, your contact for campus life in the Student Affairs office located at New College Building (NCB) 1106.

Transitioning to a Health Professional 9:15am-9:45am
Geary B, New College Building
Meet the Deans and get their take on what it means to be a health professional.

Health Professions Student Panel 9:45am-10:45am
Geary B, New College Building
Hear about the graduate student experience from current students in the health sciences at Drexel.

Drexel Central and Financial Management 10:45am-11:15am
Geary B, New College Building
An introduction on how to manage your finances and pay for your education.

Graduate Student Success Panel  11:15am-12:00pm
Geary B, New College Building
Panelists will share with you what it takes to succeed in graduate school.

Safety & Security at Center City Campus 12:00pm-12:15pm
Geary B, New College Building
Tips for staying safe and important numbers for all Drexel students.

Lunch & Small Group Activity Grad Students 12:30pm-2:30pm 
Center City Campus
Tours, Dragon IDs, Checklist & Center City Dragon Expo
Students will check items off their “To Do” list with the help of current graduate students and in a small group setting.