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New First-Year Student Checklist

We are excited for you to arrive at Drexel University! After you've picked up your computer and email accounts, you can log in via DrexelOne to view your personalized new student checklist on the "Welcome" page. In the meantime, here are some important items you must complete before your first day of class.


  • Pick up your computer and email accounts
    As a Drexel student, you will gain access to computer accounts, such as email and DrexelOne. You must check your Drexel email account regularly for important updates regarding placement tests, financial aid status, and your eBill. Visit Drexel's Information Technology (IT) New Accounts page to pick up your accounts.
  • Monitor your Student Checklist
    You can find your Student Checklist on the Welcome tab of DrexelOne. Be sure to check your Checklist regularly, as new items will appear over the course of the summer.
  • Review financial aid and billing information
    There are important steps and planning you and your family should complete in order to ensure you are financially ready for the beginning of the year. Visit the New Student Financial Checklist page to learn more.
  • Complete the FAFSA (U.S. citizens and permanent residents only)
    If you have not already done so, be sure to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), using Drexel's school code (003256). You should file the FAFSA by February 15.
  • Notify Drexel Central if your status changes
    If there are any changes in your enrollment status, you must notify Drexel Central. A change in enrollment status could affect your financial aid. To report changes in your status, use AskDrexel.

Before May 15

Before June 15

Before June 30

  • Complete placement tests
    Placement examinations are used to assess your academic preparation for critical courses. They enable your college to build a schedule for your first term and place you into the courses for which you are ready and have the best chance of completing successfully. Depending on your major, you may be required to take an examination electronically in one or more of the following areas: mathematics, English, chemistry, physics, and/or modern languages. More information will be sent by email at the end of May. Learn more about Drexel's Placement Exams.
  • Get your DragonCard University ID
    You may upload a photo for your DragonCard online. Visit the DragonCard website for more information. DragonCards will be distributed at move-in (for resident students) and during Commuter and Transfer Welcome Day (for commuter and transfer students).
  • Determine Authorized User Access
    You can provide eBill access to your parents, guardians, and anyone else you wish to be an authorized user. Set up an authorized user.
  • Sign up for eRefunds
    You can sign up to receive refunds from your student accounts as direct deposits into the bank account of your choice. View more information about eRefunds and sign up.

Before July 15

  • Forward your final transcripts
    New first-year students are required to submit final high school transcripts, as well as transcripts from any colleges or universities attended prior to Drexel. High school transcripts must be received from your high school counselor. If you have completed college coursework, you must also submit a High School Dual Enrollment Verification form [PDF] in order to receive an evaluation of college-level coursework completed during high school. International students, please refer to our Transcript Requirements for International Applicants for additional information.

    Final transcripts are due by July 15. Please mail to:

    Transcript Processing
    Drexel University
    PO Box 34789
    Philadelphia, PA 19101

    Students outside the United States, please mail transcripts to:

    International Undergraduate Admissions
    Transcript Processing
    Drexel University
    3141 Chestnut Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19104-2876

  • Review the Family Education Rights Privacy Act (FERPA) Policy
    FERPA protects your student record and personal information. Learn about what FERPA means for you and how your parents can access your information once you start.

Before August 15

  • Ensure your eBill is paid
    Review the first eBill you were sent in July to determine if you have a balance due and learn more about the various methods of payment in the New Student Financial Checklist.

Before September 1

Before the Term Starts

  • Review Drexel's computer and software recommendations
    View them on IT's Computers and Software website.
  • Notify Disability Resources
    If you have any physical or learning disabilities, notify Disability Resources. Drexel University is committed to providing equal access to its programs and services to qualified students. Visit the Disability Resources website for more information.

Before September 30

  • Comply with Drexel's health insurance policies
    All students must demonstrate proof of health insurance each year and either waive or enroll in the Drexel Health Insurance Plan at the beginning of each academic year. For more information, visit the Health Insurance and Immunizations website.