Academic Support and Resources
In an effort to encourage academic excellence, Drexel offers a variety of resources to provide academic support, opportunities and supplemental guidance to the work you do with your advisor.
Academic Opportunities Fair
Co-hosted by Enrollment Management & Student Success and the Office of the Provost, the Academic Opportunities Fair is held to assist First-Year students make the most of their undergraduate career. This event highlights the major and minor academic programs available, along with supplemental academic experiences, opportunities, and exciting co-curricular options.
First-Year students should visit the fair to learn about these offerings and connect with valuable resources.
Some of the specific benefits students receive from visiting the fair include:
- Help with determining how your choices fit into your schedule, including minors and certificates.
- Gaining clarity on your current program requirements which will provide you with potential career pathways you could take.
- Learning the requirements for a new academic program and how credits you have already earned apply.
- Understanding how experiential programs, including study abroad, civic engagement, research, and co-curricular activities, can increase your interdisciplinary learning and experiential practice.
- Connect with offices, such as the Center for Learning and Academic Success Services (CLASS), that provide you with support in any academic areas that you feel may require more work.
There will be many individuals representing academic majors and minors; special programs and opportunities; and resources for you to meet. Below is a listing of what you can expect to see and the location for each at the fair:
Student Success Team
The student success team is a group of Drexel professionals that are specifically dedicated to assisting you. Each member of the success team plays a key role in guiding and supporting you to reach your academic, personal, and career goals while here at Drexel. You can view the members of your personal success team by logging in via DrexelOne and reviewing the "My Success Team" channel on the homepage. In this channel you can find contact information for these resources as well as the ability to directly schedule appointments with some success team members electronically.
The goal of the success team is to identify dedicated student resources from different parts of the University and present them to students in a common location. This will allow students to more readily identify their dedicated Drexel support staff and contact them.
Members and Their Role:
- Academic Advisor
Your academic advisor is the key Drexel resource to guide you through your academic career in order to achieve your goals. Learn more about the benefits of your advising relationship.
- Co-op/Career Advisor
Your career advisor is a staff member in the Steinbright Career Development Center who will work with you to access and achieve your career goals. Career advisors will prepare, guide, and empower you to navigate the lifelong process of personal and professional development. For students enrolled in the cooperative education program, your career advisor is also your co-op coordinator and will guide you through the co-op process before, during, and immediately following your work experience.
- Liaison Librarian
Your dedicated liaison librarian has expertise in your program and can assist you with the research support you'll need to excel in your coursework at Drexel. Find out more about your Liaison Librarian.
- International Student Advisor
Your International Student Advisor (ISA) is a staff member in the International Students and Scholars Services office who works with non-American citizen students, faculty, researchers, and staff in matters pertaining to their visa. The ISA acts as a liaison between Drexel's non-U.S. citizens and the federal government who helps the University's foreign citizens comply with visa law. In addition to providing guidance and support in visa matters, ISAs present workshops about employment, new student orientation, and cultural programming initiatives.
- Faculty Mentor
Faculty Mentors, where appointed by college and department, are valuable points of contact for students on educational questions which relate to the student's major and career objective. A broad overview of their value would include conversations about careers and educational outcomes, and assisting students to understand the direct connections between their curriculum and life in industry. The University currently supports faculty mentors for all Westphal students as well as Freshmen within the Lebow College of Business.