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FAQ

Many of your questions will be answered by just going through our website, but here are some questions that our students ask on a frequent basis right at your fingertips:

  1. What Services are available for students living off campus or transferring to Drexel?
  2. Who are Commuter and Transfer Assistants (CAs and TAs) 
  3. Are there programs and events for commuter and transfer students?
  4. What can I do in between classes?
  5. In what ways do you recommend I get connected to campus?
  6. What happens if due to weather or for transportation reasons I am unable to attend class/will be late for class?
  7. How safe is it for me to walk from campus to my mode of transportation, especially at night?
  8. If I need to, can I stay overnight on campus?
  9. Do I have access to everything residential students do? Do I have access to everything undergraduate students do?
  10. If I have a question, but do not know whom to ask, is there someplace I can go to ask?
  11. To whom should I speak with  regarding a question related to my classes or academic major
  12. If I lock my keys in my car or need to have my battery jumped, will the University help me?
  13. What are possible employment opportunities for me around campus (includes information for international students)
  14. What are my food options around campus?
  15. How can I find out information about transportation?
  16. Where are the computer labs, and is there any chance for free printing?
  17. Do I really need to carry my Dragon Id Card with me?

What Services are available for students living off campus or transferring to Drexel?

The Office of Commuter, Graduate and Transfer Student Programs and Services supports services for commuter and transfer students in the following ways:

  • Commuter and Transfer Assistants
  • Orientation and Transition Programs like Commuter Connection Day
  • Locker rentals
  • Charlotte Alletag Commuter Lounge
    • Refrigerator for students to leave their lunches
    • Microwave
    • 2 Big Screen TVs
  • Website with current information, updates on commuter issues, and links to relevant offices and departments
  • Weekly listserv messages
  • Campus and City programs that connect students to campus and community resources, services and activities.

The Professional Staff is responsible for working with commuter and transfer students and supporting their various needs. Some examples of support include:

  • Advise the Drexel Commuter Organization (DCom)
  • Help commuter and transfer students get involved on campus with student organizations, university committees, and more
  • Act as an information liaison
  • Help to connect students with the right office or department for the following issues: parking, public transportation routes, work study, financial aid, e-mail account information, course schedules, dining options, off-campus housing options, and more

Please contact the CTSE in the Student Organization Resource Center, lower level of the Creese Student Center, at commuters@drexel.edu, or at 215-895-1328 with any questions or concerns you have.

Are there programs and events for commuter and transfer students?
Both the Drexel Commuter Organization (DCom) and CTSE plan and sponsor events geared toward commuter and transfer students. These events are open to all Drexel community members. Notification happens via listerv e-mails, posters/fliers around campus and in the Charlotte Alletag Commuter Lounge, and the website calendar. You may always call 215-895-1328 or visit the CTSE website for more information.

What can I do in between classes?

Below is a list of lounges/spaces and activities on campus that have been identified by commuter students as great places to hang out or activities to do in between classes.

  • Attend a CTSE or Drexel Commuter Organization event
  • Hang out in The Charlotte Alletag Commuter Lounge
  • Take care of business in the Creese Student Center
  • Participate in the Book Club at the James E. Marks Intercultural Center
  • Study in Haggerty Library
  • Play poll at Ross Commons
  • Attend a Group Exercise Class at the Drexel Recreational Center
  • Hang out or eat at Campus Food Venues [www.drexel.edu/dining]
  • Attend a play at Mandell Theater
  • Join a Student Organization
  • Take care of campus business
  • Participate in a Civic Engagement opportunity
  • Interview for a job as a Work Study or Student Staff member

In what ways do you recommend I get connected to campus?

There are a plethora of activities, organizations and community events to participate in while you are here at Drexel. Make time to take advantage of Drexel’s 300 plus student organizations, as well a,s campus and community events, speakers and workshops.

To find out about Drexel’s many students organizations, please go to CollegiateLink, Drexel’s online portal for student organizations. To access CollegiateLink, please go to DrexelOne, log-in, then head to your “Drexel” tab. Once on your “Drexel” tab scroll down and click on the CollegiateLink link.

Drexel also supports a vibrant Fraternity and Sorority Life [http://www.drexel.edu/studentlife/fsl/ community], whose focus is leadership and community development.

Another signature program in Student Life is the CEO Lead. CEO Lead hosts multiple workshops and leadership activities throughout the year to help Drexel students on their path to becoming global and civic minded leaders.

Service Learning is another value at Drexel. The Lindy Center for Civic Engagement [www.drexel.edu/cce] works with area organizations to provide impactful service opportunities.

Athletics is a popular past time at Drexel from cheering on our varsity teams [http://www.drexel.edu/athletics/varsity/] to playing in Drexel’s impressive intramurals program [http://www.drexel.edu/athletics/recreational/].

Stay tuned to the Commuter and Transfer list serves, as well as, the DrexelNow bi-weekly newsletter to find out about other campus and community opportunities to get involved.

What happens if due to weather or for transportation reasons I am unable to attend class/will be late for class?

Here are a two recommendations and one course of action:

  • Communication is key. Talk with your professors at the beginning of the term. Note that you are commuting to campus and due to weather or transportation reasons may be late or miss class. You being late or missing class with a legitimate weather or transportation reason is not a sign of disrespect for the professor or his/her class, just a challenge you are trying to navigate.
  • If you are going to be late due to a legitimate weather or transportation reason, try to communicate with the professor via email, or call his or her office number. If you cannot reach the professor directly, then call the Departmental number of that professor and ask to leave a message for him or her.
  • If you are not excused by your professor for a legitimate lateness or absence from class due to weather or transportation reasons, please contact CTSE immediately.

How safe is it for me to walk from campus to my mode of transportation, especially at night?

Being aware of your environment is key to being safe in and around campus. Talking on your cell phone, walking with your headphones in, or texting can lead to you being distracted from what is going on around you. The Office of Public Safety offers tips [http://www.drexel.edu/publicsafety/crimeprevention/safetytips] on how to be safe around campus.
In addition, Drexel Public Safety offers a variety of programs to help you feel safer on campus. One such program is the DrexelAlert System, [http://www.drexel.edu/publicsafety/security/drexelAlert] which enables fast and efficient dissemination of critical information to students, faculty and staff of the Drexel University community, including students, faculty and staff of the Drexel University College of Medicine.
 Another program that off campus students take full advantage of is the Drexel Walking Escort Program [http://www.drexel.edu/publicsafety/security/walkingescorts]. This service is available 24 hours, 7 days a week and escorts will walk students to their transportation/homes within the Drexel Patrol area (30th to 36th Streets and Chestnut to Spring Garden Streets).
Drexel Public Safety and the University City District also offer crime reports for the area. To view the crime reports please go to: http://www.drexel.edu/publicsafety/crimereporting for Drexel University or

If I need to, can I stay overnight on campus?

At this time, Drexel does not have a formal overnight program for commuting students. However, there are several options you can utilize:

    • Stay in the residence hall room of a friend who lives on campus
    • Stay in the nearby apartment of a friend who lives off campus
    • Area hotels [www.drexel.edu/procurement] – hotels in the area offer discounts to Drexel students and family members

Do I have access to everything residents do? Do I have access to everything undergraduate students do?

As a commuter student, who have access to everything on campus residential students do. Any student who does not live in a particular residence hall, may have one of their friends sign them into the building as a guest.

If I lock my keys in my car or need to have my battery jumped, will the University help me?

Yes! Please call the Drexel Public Safety non-emergency number at 215-895-2822. Drexel Public Safety contracts with the University City District to provide this FREE service for Drexel students.
The two requirements are that you must sign a waiver of liability regarding any damages that may occur, and that the owner of the vehicle must be present. UCD will not provide service if the Officers cannot verify the person with the vehicle is the owner. 
This service is available 24 hours a day.

To whom should I speak with regarding a question related to my classes or academic major?

What are my food options around campus? [hyperling to 2.01]

How can I find out information about transportation to and from campus? [hyperlink to 2.02 and 2.03]

Where are the computer labs, and is there any chance for free printing?
The first floor of the Korman Center has a computer lab for students to use. You can stop in to learn more about the exact services available. For other general information regarding the Office of Information Resources and Technology, you may call 215-895-2690.
Center City students have access to 4 computer labs in the New College Building and 1 in the Bellet Building. For more information on location and hours, please go to: http://drexel.edu/cnhp/about/collegeTechnologyResources/ComputingLabs/ComputingLabs

Do I really need to carry my Drexel ID/Dragon Card with me?
Yes, your Drexel ID, also known as the DragonCard, is your official form of University identification. Drexel policy requires you to have your DragonCard with you at all times, and you are not permitted to share your card with anyone.
You will need it for access to academic buildings and the library. Your meal plan and/or Stored Value Fund dollars are linked with your DragonCard as well.
To read more about Frequently Asked Questions regarding the DragonCard, visit http://www.drexel.edu/dragoncard/faq.html

If I have a question, but do not know whom to ask, is there someplace I can go to ask?
Please stop by the Student Organization Resource Center in the lower level of the Creese Student Center to speak with one of the CTSE staff members. Or please contact the office via email, commuters@drexel.edu, or phone, 215-895-1328, with your question. The Director or Coordinator of CTSE and/or one of the Commuter or Transfer Assistants will be available for students to speak to in person or a staff member will reply to your e-mail/phone call in a timely manner.