Honors Student Orientation (HSO)
Thursday, September 17, 2015


Honors Student Orientation (HSO) is a daylong program for incoming Honors freshmen. HSO includes essential information sessions, interactive presentations, and community-building activities.

HSO is lead by the Honors Program staff, as well as knowledgeable Honors Student Orientation Leaders. Throughout the day you will have the opportunity to get to know the staff and these upperclassmen as they guide you through the various scheduled activities.

HSO is part of to Drexel’s Welcome Week and focuses on building our Honors Community. All Honors students should plan to attend HSO, as it is a mandatory program. 

Register for HSO

Frequently Asked Questions

Is HSO required?

Yes, HSO is required for all incoming Honors freshmen. It’s a great opportunity to get to know other Honors Students and learn more about the Honors Program!

When is HSO?

HSO will be held on Thursday, September 17th. HSO is an all-day event in which you will spend time with other incoming Honors Students, Honors Orientation Leaders and Honors Program staff.

Where is HSO?

HSO will take place at a camp about an hour drive from Drexel. Honors Students will be bussed to camp on Thursday morning and will return to campus around 9:30 that evening. Plan to dress appropriately for being outside and walking around on grass/dirt paths. You may also consider bringing a water bottle, sunscreen and bug spray. The Honors Program will provide a special t-shirt for you to wear to camp, which you will be given during HSO check-in.

Does HSO cost anything?

No! There are no additional fees associated with this program. In fact, you even get a free t-shirt!

When should I move in?

All Honors Students should move in on Saturday, September 12th with the rest of the Freshmen class. 

I didn’t initially select Millennium Hall/Honors Living-Learning Community as my first choice for housing. Is it too late to switch?

Unfortunately, the deadline to choose Millennium Hall’s Living Learning Community has passed. There are many great ways to get involved with Honors, so talk with your Mentor, Orientation Leader or an Honors Program staff-person to learn more about ways to do so. We will also talk about getting involved as a part of HSO!

Is there an Honors Parent/Family Orientation?

HSO does not offer a separate orientation for your parents/family. Your family is welcome to help you move into your residence hall and take you out for a meal before HSO starts. However, HSO is solely for new Honors freshmen.

What if I can’t attend HSO?

Attendance at HSO is mandatory. The information provided during HSO will help familiarize you with the many benefits you will receive as an Honors Student and will help prepare you for your first year. You will meet the Honors Advising staff and other Honors Students who will be able to help you ease you into the transition from high school to Drexel.

Many of the Welcomes Week activities and sessions offered on Thursday while we are at camp will also be offered earlier in the week, so please plan accordingly.

If you have an immovable conflict, please email honorsprogram@drexel.edu with full details and a staff person will get back to you to discuss your options. 

Who should I contact if I have questions?

Please email your questions to honorsprogram@drexel.edu and we will get back to you within 24 hours. 

I am an INTERNATIONAL STUDENT and have International Student Orientation during HSO.

International Orientation sessions will be held throughout Welcome Week. Please plan to attend International Orientation sessions held on Tuesday, September 15th. Please plan to attend International Orientation on that date so that you don’t miss any important information! 

I am a TRANSFER STUDENT. Should I plan to attend orientation?

HSO is for incoming freshmen only. Transfer students with questions about the Honors Program should contact Carly Meluney (cad336@drexel.edu) for assistance.