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About Orientation

The Office of Student Affairs at Dornsife School of Public Health (DSPH) plans Orientation and supports programs for all new and incoming students. In order to assist students during this exciting time, Drexel University hosts Welcome Week, a new student orientation event. This celebratory and informative event will give all new Dragons the opportunity to be together for a full week before diving into classes. Welcome Week provides you with hundreds of events and activities to choose from, to help you find your home here at Drexel.

Welcome Week is hosted by a collaborative effort of the schools and colleges, including the Graduate College, and Enrollment and Student Life. During Welcome Week, the Dornsife School of Public Health holds a personalized Orientation, coordinating sessions and activities for new public health students.


Congratulations on deciding to attend the Dornsife School of Public Health! We look forward to welcoming you this fall.

Please read the Welcome Packet for the following important information:

  • Orientation
  • Communication Tools
  • Financial Aid and Enrollment
  • Academic Affairs and Support Services
  • Campus Life and Housing

Download the Welcome Packet

Once you have your Drexel email account, you will have access to a wealth of resources, including important dates and contact information. Please note that Orientation for incoming Graduate students (full-time MPH and MS) will be held on September 17-20, 2018.

Pre-Orientation Checklist

Please see the important information below to assist you in transitioning to a graduate-level program at Drexel.


Is Dornsife Orientation mandatory?

Graduate students are encouraged to attend the Graduate College University-Wide Orientation. If you have a conflict or concern, please contact Phi Nguyen.

I am an international student. Do I need to attend New International Student Orientation?

Yes. There is a mandatory workshop for International Graduate Students, hosted by International Students and Scholars Services (ISSS). See information for New International Students.

I am currently attending or previously attend Drexel for my undergraduate degree. Do I need to attend Orientation?

Yes. Orientation is mandatory for all first-year graduate students.

Is there a dress code for Orientation?

The dress code for Orientation is business/casual. The dress code for the Pinning Ceremony is business/formal.

Directions and Maps:

Orientation is held in Nesbitt Hall, located at 3215 Market Street, Philadelphia PA, 19104. Find parking information, maps, and directions from different parts of the country, as well as public transit directions.

Where should I stay for Orientation?

Drexel offers both Student Housing and discounted hotel rates for parents and family members.

Is there Wireless Internet (WiFi) available?

Yes, there are multiple wireless networks at Drexel. DragonFly3 is the University's preferred wireless network. It offers the best security and performance. It's supported on computers, tablets and phones. DragonFly3 is available to all students, faculty, and staff with a current University user ID.

I need accommodations.

Students who register for and receive accommodations through Disability Resources can receive academic accommodations, housing accommodations and/or dining accommodations. Please contact the Office of Disability Resources at 215.895.1401 or