Honors Student Orientation (HSO) – September 18th 2014


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 in addition to Drexel’s New Student Orientation and focuses on building our Honors Community. New Student Orientation is offered throughout the summer while HSO is only offered once.

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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 familiarize yourself with Drexel’s campus before everyone else moves in!

When is HSO?

HSO will be held on Thursday, September 18th. HSO is an all-day event in which you will spend time with other incoming Honors Students, Honors Orientation Leaders and Honors Program staff.

Does HSO cost anything?

No! The Honors Program will cover your early move-in fee, and there are no additional fees associated with this program.

When should I move in?

All Honors Students should move in on Wednesday, September 17th. You should receive an email from University Housing in mid-August prompting you to choose a move-in time slot. Honors Students should select a time slot on Wednesday, September 17th. Please contact the Honors Program (honorsprogram@drexel.edu) if you are asked to pay an "Early Move-in Fee."

Why do Honors Students move in early?

Beginning on Friday, September 19th, the University will be hosting New Student Days for incoming students. You will have a number of events to attend during New Student Days, and the Honors Program doesn’t want you to miss out on any of the fun! Therefore, Honors Students move in one day early so that you are able to attend both HSO and New Student Days. We also want to leave you plenty of time to unpack and settle in before New Student Days activities begin. 

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.

Can I move in early if I am NOT living in Millennium Hall?

Yes, all Honors Students should plan to move in early, regardless of which residence hall you move into. 

Is the Dining Center Open during Honors Student Orientation?

Meal plans for the Hans Dining Center start on the first day of classes. Honors Students will be provided with some meals during orientation, however there may be occasions in which you are responsible for your own meals. There are a number of dining options on/near campus that will take Dragon Dollars.

Is there an Honors Parent/Family Orientation?

Unlike the Family Program during New Student 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, upper-classmen and other Honors Students who will be able to help you ease you into the transition from high school to Drexel. Please plan to attend HSO in it's entirety and come prepared and with an open mind – we feel confident that you will enjoy your time with us!

However, 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.

The Honors Program recognizes that there is a timing conflict between HSO and NSO for international students. Plan to attend the university’s orientation. The Honors Program will meet with international students separately.  

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

HSO is for incoming freshmen only. The Honors Program will hold an informational session as part of your transfer orientation in which you can ask questions; we will contact you about this at a later date. You are also encouraged to set up an appointment with an Honors Advisor during the Fall term to discuss any questions you might have.