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Academic Advising for First-Year Exploratory Studies Students

The First-Year Exploratory Studies academic advising team offers one-on-one academic support to guide first-year students towards choosing a major. We strive to empower students to take the lead and explore varied courses of interest and utilize the vast resources at Drexel. Each student is unique, we understand the challenges in being a first-year student and the accelerated quarter system that Drexel follows. We are dedicated to a holistic advising approach and assisting first-year students in finding the balance between academic success and campus engagement.

First-Year Exploratory Studies academic advisors work with students to:

  • Create an individualized plan of study based around academic and professional interests
  • Maintain a manageable course load
  • Provide resources to help with studying and exam preparation such as: the Math Resource Center, Drexel Writing Center and Center for Learning and Academic Success Services
  • Discover co-curricular opportunities, workshops and events
  • Provide information on institutional policies and procedures
  • Understand the benefits and importance of multi-disciplinary study
  • Learn the importance of managing time, e.g., two hours of study for each hour of class
  • Stay up to date on upcoming registration periods, course drop/add/withdrawal deadlines

Expectations of students

  • Use official Drexel e-mail
  • Keep phone, e-mail and address updated in the University database
  • View calendar and schedule appointments under DrexelOne portal
  • Take the initiative to meet and communicate with an academic advisor at least once every term about academic goals and choices
  • Learn appropriate ways to self-advocate with faculty, staff and other students
  • Be familiarized with the Student Handbook and know the rules for Code of Conduct, Academic Honesty, etc.
  • Follow University procedures for registration and adjusting class schedules
  • Prepare for meetings with an advisor and come ready with specific questions
  • Be mindful of key dates and deadlines, i.e., registration, course drop or withdraw, etc. that can be found on the Provost's website.

Statement of open door policy

Advisors work to create an atmosphere of respect and support for all students. We serve students of all abilities, sexual orientations, genders, races, cultures and socio-economic backgrounds.

Virtual Walk-In Hours 

Please check your Drexel e-mail or contact your advisor directly for the meeting password.

Term Week 1: No scheduled appointments, walk-in only

  • Monday - Friday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Term Weeks 2-11: Regular walk-in hours

  • Monday & Wednesday, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Tuesday & Thursday, 3 - 4:30 p.m.
  • Friday, by appointment only

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