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Family Orientation

Parents and families are strongly encouraged to attend Orientation with your student. We are proud to offer parent and family-specific workshops, events, and receptions throughout the Orientation session.

The Family Program

The parent and family program at Orientation is designed to give you the resources to support your student as she or he transitions to Drexel University. Students and families attend separate workshops throughout the Orientation. 

Family Orientation Schedule: Tuesday, Sept. 16 (day 1) - Wednesday, Sept. 17 (day 2)

The following workshops and meals are provided in the parent and family program:

Day 1 begins with check-in from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Orientation workshops run from 12 to 7:30 p.m.

  • University Panel - Get your questions answered by University administrators representing the following departments: Public Safety; Residential Living; Counseling and Health; Student Conduct and Community Standards; and Academic Advising, Retention, and Diversity.
  • Academic Overview - Each academic area will provide an overview of your student's plan of study and idfferent opportunities to get involved with their major. 
  • Dinner - Families will receive a white Orientation meal card at check-in which will provide access to the Handschumacher Dining Center.
  • Your Student's Living Experience - Learn about what to expect as your student lives in a residence hall and the variety of campus dining options available to them. 
  • Dean's Dessert Reception - Dean of Students, David A. Ruth, PhD. and the deans of your student's academic unit invite you to a casual reception with administrators from across Drexel. Members of the Drexel Family Association - parents of current students - will be on hand to answer questions. Complimentary dessert and beverages are available. 

Day 2 begins with check-in and breakfast from 7 to 9 a.m. Orientation workshops run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Breakfast - Families will receive a white Orientation meal card at check-in which will provide access to the Handschumacher Dining Center.
  • The Drexel Co-op - The Steinbright Career Development Center will provide an overview of Drexel's cooperative education program. 
  • Non Co-op Breakout Session - Find our about the various practical experiences and professional opportunities available on and off campus for students in non co-op programs. 
  • Strategies for Academic Success - Academic support services available on campus are key to a student's success. Join representatives from the Center for Academic Success and the Drexel Learning Center as they talk about Drexel's approach to student academic success and how you can support your student. 
  • Drexel University Libraries - Drexel University Libraries are a learning enterprise. Library staff will offer information about how your student can utilize librarians, publications, and library technologies to support their academic needs.
  • Commuter Student Engagement - Commuter students have a variety of opportunities to get involved on campus while living off campus. Learn about the specialized services available to commuter students to serve their unique needs in this session.
  • International Co-op - The Steinbright Career Development Center is committed to ensuring your student is prepared for his or her international co-op experience. This session will provide information to parents and families whose students are considering an international co-op opportunity.
  • Alcohol, Other Drug, and Health Information - The C.H.O.I.C.E.S. (Choosing Health Options in Challenging Everyday Situations) Center for Alcohol, Other Drug, and Health Education offers a set of comprehensive and complimentary initiatives designed to reduce high risk behaviors and related consequences and promote healthy and responsible behaviors.  
  • Lunch - Families will receive a white Orientation meal card which will provide access to the Handschumacher Dining Center.
  • Dragon Expo - The Dragon Expo is a campus resource fair where you can speak with representatives from a variety of campus offices, departments, and community sponsors about the resources and services available to new students and families.  
  • Drexel Central: Student Financial & Registration Services - Drexel Central is your on stop location for student financial and registration services. Representatives will be on hand to present an overview of the services provided by Drexel Central and important deadlines to keep in mind.
  • University Open Houses - Stop by the following offices at your leisure to find out more about their services and support: Center City Student Affairs, Office of Disability Resources, Study Abroad.  

Program Registration and Fees

When your student pre-registers for Orientation, she or he will have the option to add guests to their registration. We can also add parents and family members to the registration over the phone. Please call us at 215.895.1451 with your student's 8-digit ID number and we can get you registered.

Registration Option: Fall Orientation Fee
1-day Parent and Family Program registration
You choose which day to attend. You will get access to all workshops and meals provided that day. 
2-day Parent and Family Program registration
This registration option will provide you with full access to the Orientation program. 

On-campus lodging, Extended Orientation, and Sibling Orientation are not offered during Fall Orientation. Additionally, domestic students with fall housing assignments will be charged an early move-in fee.

Sibling Orientation

Sibling Orientation is not available during Transfer or Fall Orientation. It is not appropriate to bring children under 18 years of age to Orientation.

  • There is no cost to participate in Sibling Orientation.
  • Do not pre-register family members for Sibling Orientation. This will generate a charge on the student's account. Instead, please register family members for Sibling Orientation in person on the day of the Orientation.
  • Participants must be 13 to 18 years of age and accompanied by a parent or guardian registered for the Parent & Family Program.
  • Participants must stay with their parent or guardian overnight. Participants may not stay with their Drexel student sibling in the residence hall.
  • Sibling Orientation includes all meals & refreshments throughout the 2-day session, campus tour, college admissions preparation workshop, activities in the Recreation Center, and movie.
  • Sibling Orientation is facilitated and supervised by current Drexel University students and professional staff members.

Lodging and Hotels

On-campus lodging for parents and families is not available during Fall Orientation. Parents and families should make plans to stay in a local hotel. We are able to offer a variety of discounts at hotels throughout the city.

Please visit the Travel and Hotels website for more information.

Parking and Arrival Instructions


Parking is provided for all pre-registered students and family members. A parking permit will be sent by email one week before the Orientation session begins. 

Parking for on-site registrants may be purchased by paying at the kiosk in the lobby of the parking garage after you park. Please review current parking rates for more information.

Check-in and Arrival Instructions

Parents and families may check-in with their student before Orientation begins. 

  • Residential students pre-registered for Orientation with a fall housing assignment should check-in at the front desk of their residence hall. 
  • Commuter students pre-registered for Fall Orientation who will be commuting to campus should check in at the Creese Student Center. 

Please visit the Arrival Instructions website for more information.

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Family Resources

Learn more about additional parent and family resources.

Contact Information

Office of New Student and Family Programs
Student Affairs

Creese Student Center, Suite 215
3210 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Telephone: 215.895.1451