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Summer Orientation

July 7 - August 5, 2014

Welcome to Drexel!

  • Summer Orientation is a 2-day, overnight, on-campus event for domestic freshman students.
  • Your Orientation date is based on your college, school, or program.
  • If more than one session is listed, you may choose from the sessions that are available to you.

Summer Orientation Dates

Please note that some programs (BS/MD, Freshman Frontiers, Dragon Summer) require students to attend specific sessions within the choices available.

Exemption from Summer Orientation

Exemption Request Form

All domestic freshman students are required to attend Summer Orientation. However, a small number of spots have been reserved during Fall Orientation for domestic freshman students to attend. Students may apply for an exemption from Summer Orientation to attend Fall Orientation (September 16-17). Exemptions are rare and only approved for students with extreme financial constraints.

Students who are granted an exemption will be automatically registered for Fall Orientation and notified via email. Please allow at least 5 business days for exemption requests to be processed.

College/School/Program Orientation Dates
Close School of Entrepreneurship TBD
College of Arts and Sciences July 7-8, July 28-29, July 31-August 1
BS/MD Accelerated Degree Program July 28-29, July 31-August 1
College of Computing and Informatics July 14-15, July 21-22, July 24-25
College of Engineering July 14-15, July 17-18, July 24-25
College of Nursing and Health Professions July 10-11, July 21-22
Dragon Summer Program* September 16-17
Freshman Frontiers: First Term in Dublin July 7-8
Goodwin College of Professional Studies TBD
Center for Hospitality and Sport Management July 7-8, July 31-August 1
LeBow College of Business & School of Economics July 7-8, July 14-15, July 17-18, July 21-22, July 31-August 1, August 4-5
Center for Interdisciplinary Inquiry
Custom Designed Major 
TBD
School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems July 21-22, July 28-29
School of Education July 14-15, July 31-August 1
School of Public Health July 10-11
Westphal College of Media Arts and Design July 10-11, August 4-5

*Upon successful completion of the Dragon Summer Program, participants will be automatically registered for Fall Orientation (September 16-17). Dragon Summer students do not need to pre-register or apply for an exemption.

Register for Orientation

Pre-registration & Fees

Pre-registration will open on Friday, May 9 and close one week before each Orientation session. Sessions fill up quickly, so pre-register as soon as possible.

Explore the links below for detailed information about additional registration options:

The Parent & Family Program at Orientation

Parents and families are encouraged to attend Orientation with your student.

Extended Orientation

Arrive the day before your scheduled Orientation session to explore the city of Philadelphia.

On-Campus Lodging & Hotel Discounts

We are able to offer both on-campus lodging and off-campus hotel discounts during your Orientation.

Orientation Schedule

Please download the 2014 Summer Orientation Schedule for an idea of what to expect.

For planning purposes, below is an overview of when Orientation will begin and end each day.


Student Program  Family Program 
Extended Orientation: Sundays & Wednesdays  5 - 10 p.m.  5 - 10 p.m.
Day 1: Mondays & Thursdays  10 a.m. - 11 p.m.  10 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. 
Day 2: Tuesdays & Fridays  9 a.m. - 5 p.m.  9 a.m. - 5 p.m. 

Prepare for Your Orientation Session

Arrival Instructions

Please review the Arrival Instructions for information about how to prepare for your Orientation session including what to bring, parking, directions, where to check-in.

Disability & Dietary Accommodations

We are able to offer several Disability and Dietary Accommodations to make sure your Orientation experience is as positive as possible.

T-Shirt Design Competition

Incoming students can submit an original t-shirt design to be printed on the New Student T-Shirt which all new students receive when they arrive on campus for New Student Days.

Social Media #DrexelNSO

Get the latest updates, news, and information about Orientation. Use the Orientation hashtag to communicate with Orientation staff members, ask questions, and share your Orientation experience with others.