Admitted Students

We are delighted that you will be joining the Department of Physics at Drexel University. This website has been prepared to help answer some of the questions you may have about coming to Drexel and Philadelphia.


Physics Graduate Orientation Program

All new full-time students must attend this program. The program has two components, one from the Department of Physics and the other organized by Drexel University. During each morning there will be a computing seminar that will introduce you to programming tools needed for future class work. Most afternoons there will be short talks by faculty members in which they will describe their research. Orientation is a good time to meet your fellow students and the faculty. By the end of this period you will be on your way to tackling computing problems and have an idea of the range of research possibilities in the department. The program also includes activities with the other graduate students.

Course Registration

Please follow the instructions below to make sure that you register for the correct classes and number of credits. First year PhD students (not post-masters) should register for 9 credits of required physics courses:

  • PHYS 501 Mathematical Physics I (3 credits)
  • PHYS 506 Dynamics I (3 credits)

Choose one of the following two "topical" courses:

  • PHYS 626 Solid State Physics I (3 credits)
  • PHYS 676 Nuclear Physics I (3 credits)

How do I register?

  1. Visit the DrexelOne web portal:
  2. Enter your User ID (i.e. abc12)
  3. Enter your password. This should be the same password used to access your email
  4. Click on the "Student Services" tab.
  5. Click on the "Academic Services" tab.
  6. Click on the "BannerWeb" link.
  7. Click on "Student Services, Billing & Financial Aid"
  8. Click on "Registration"
  9. Click on "Add/Drop Classes"
  10. Click on "Submit Term"
  11. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on "Class Search"
  12. Select the subject you would like to search that is consistent with your plan of study and then click on "Find Classes." A list of courses will appear that match your criteria
  13. To choose a course, click the box on the left by the CRN (Course reference number)
  14. Scroll down and click on "Register"
  15. If you receive a registration error, print a copy of the error and contact your Academic Adviser for resolution, or search for another course.
  16. You will see your registration results immediately. Confirm results.
  17. We urge you to print a copy of your schedule and registration for your records
  18. If you have problems registering, call the Student Resource Center (SRC) at 215-895-2300 Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST.

International Students and Scholars Services

Please visit the ISSS website for instructions.

Physics Graduate Advising

The Director of Graduate Studies, Michael Vogeley, PhD, is responsible for advising first year students until they are established with a research advisor. Professor Vogeley is the primary source of information about the Physics Graduate Program and can help in answering most questions. His office is located in Disque Hall 811, students may call (215) 895-2710 or contact him by e-mail at physics [at]