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The Parent and Family Program at Orientation

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

  • There is a fee for parents and families to attend Orientation (no fee for students).
  • The Parent and Family Program occurs concurrently to the New Student Program.
  • On-campus lodging is available to parents and families at an additional fee.
  • Sibling Orientation is available for family members age 13 years & older.
  • Orientation may not be appropriate for young children (12 years & younger).

Workshop Descriptions and Program Schedule

Families and students attend separate workshops throughout the Orientation. The following workshops are combined to communicate consistent messages: Academic Advising, Drexel Co-op, Dragon Expo, and Drexel Central.

View the daily schedule below for an overview of what to expect.

Extended Orientation: Sundays and Wednesdays

  • Check-In: Before 5 p.m.
  • Extended Orientation Begins: 6 p.m.
  • Extended Orientation Ends: 10 p.m.

Parents & families have the opportunity to extend their Orientation experience by arriving one day early to explore the city of Philadelphia.

Visit the Extended Orientation website for more information.

Summer Orientation Day 1: Mondays and Thursdays

  • Check-In: Before 10 a.m.
  • Orientation Begins: 12 p.m.
  • Day 1 Ends: 7:30 p.m.

Meals Provided: Dinner (Lunch is on your own)

University Panel - Key policy makers and other administrators from a variety of campus departments answer your questions and about campus safety, counseling & health, residential living, academic advising, and student conduct & community standards.

Academic Advising - Academic advisers present information that you and your student should know about your student's academic plan of study, the role of the advisor, and strategies to be a successful student.

Dean's Dessert Reception - This is an opportunity to speak one-on-one with a variety of University staff members who will likely interact with your student. A variety of desserts, beer, and wine are provided.

Housing, Commuting, and Dining - Representatives from the offices of University Housing, Commuter Student Engagement, and Campus Dining will go over the details of what to expect in the fall.

Summer Orientation Day 2: Tuesdays and Fridays

  • Check-in: Before 8:30 a.m.
  • Orientation Begins: 9 a.m.
  • Day 2 Ends: 5 p.m.

Meals Provided: Breakfast & Lunch

The Drexel Co-op - Representatives from the Steinbright Career Development Center will go over the specifics of co-op, what students should do to prepare for their co-op, and answer any lingering questions about the co-op search process.

Peer Discussion Groups - Speak with other parents and family members to find a network of support among others going through this experience with you. Discussion topics include transitioning to long-distance contact with your student, families of commuter students, and navigating the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

Dragon Expo - This campus resource fair allows you the opportunity to speak to a variety of campus offices, departments, and community organizations about the services they provide to new students and families.

Drexel Central: Student Financial & Registration Services - Representatives from Drexel Central will go over the annual bill, options for paying your Drexel bill, and other registration and financial aid resources.

Transfer Orientation: Friday, August 8

Parents and family members are encouraged to attend Transfer Orientation with your student. Information presented during Orientation will be applicable to both students and families.

Transfer Orientation may not be appropriate for children under the age of 18.

Fall Orientation Day 1: Tuesday, Sept. 16

  • Check-In: Before 10 a.m.
  • Orientation Begins: 12 p.m.
  • Day 1 Ends: 7:30 p.m.

Meals Provided: Dinner (Lunch is on your own)

University Panel - Key policy makers and other administrators from a variety of campus departments answer your questions and about campus safety, counseling & health, residential living, academic advising, and student conduct & community standards.

Academic Advising - Academic advisers present information that you and your student should know about your student's academic plan of study, the role of the advisor, and strategies to be a successful student.

Dean's Dessert Reception - This is an opportunity to speak one-on-one with a variety of University staff members who will likely interact with your student. A variety of desserts, beer, and wine are provided.

Housing, Commuting, and Dining - Representatives from the offices of University Housing, Commuter Student Engagement, and Campus Dining will go over the details of what to expect in the fall.

Fall Orientation Day 2: Wednesday, Sept. 17

  • Check-in: Before 8:30 a.m.
  • Orientation Begins: 9 a.m.
  • Day 2 Ends: 5 p.m.

Meals Provided: Breakfast & Lunch

The Drexel Co-op - Representatives from the Steinbright Career Development Center will go over the specifics of co-op, what students should do to prepare for their co-op, and answer any lingering questions about the co-op search process.

Peer Discussion Groups - Speak with other parents and family members to find a network of support among others going through this experience with you. Discussion topics include transitioning to long-distance contact with your student, families of commuter students, and navigating the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

Dragon Expo - This campus resource fair allows you the opportunity to speak to a variety of campus offices, departments, and community organizations about the services they provide to new students and families.

Drexel Central: Student Financial & Registration Services - Representatives from Drexel Central will go over the annual bill, options for paying your Drexel bill, and other registration and financial aid resources.

Other Materials Provided

Family Guide - This is a comprehensive guide published specifically for family members of Drexel students. This guide includes an overview of topics to help you navigate the Drexel experience. The Family Guide includes contact information for a variety of offices and is designed as a calendar so you have all the important deadlines and events in one place.

Other Materials Include - Drexel Family Association (DFA) note pad & pen, various handouts, giveaways, and prizes.

Sibling Orientation

High school-age family members are invited to participate in Sibling 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.

Registration and Fees

Parents and families must be pre-registered for Orientation by their student. To pre-register, students should select the "Add Guest" option on the Orientation registration site. 

We can also add parents and families to an existing registration over the phone or email. Please include your student's 8-digit student ID number. 

Parents and families have the option of attending one day of the Orientation or both days depending on your schedule. Different fees apply.

Parent & Family Registration Options  Fee 
Extended Orientation (arrive 1 day early)  $25.00
1-Day Registration (day 1 or day 2) $50.00
2-Day Registration (day 1 and day 2) $75.00 
Sibling Orientation (13-18 years of age) No fee    
On-Campus Lodging (per person, per night)  $70.00