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Graduate Student Orientation

new students coming into Main Building for orientation programs

The following information is geared toward graduate students enrolled in quarter programs. Students enrolled in semester programs should check with their College, School, department and/or program about any orientation or onboarding programs.

Welcome to Drexel University! The Graduate College along with our current graduate students, postdocs, faculty and professional staff members are thrilled to have you join us for your graduate education! The Graduate College, in partnership with each of the Colleges and Schools, Enrollment Management and Student Success (EMSS), Student Life and Campus Engagement and our campus partners hosts a series of orientation programs and events, both on campus and online, including welcome receptions, information sessions and resource fairs to help you prepare for your graduate study, acclimate to the graduate community, and learn more about the academic, professional, social and cultural resources available to you at Drexel.*

*Due to COVID-19, all of the Graduate College's fall 2020 orientation programs and events will take place virtually.

If you arrive after the below listed orientation programs or are starting your education in a subsequent term (winter, spring or summer), don't hesitate to reach out and schedule an appointment with a representative from the Graduate College. We'd be happy to welcome you personally and get you started on your academic journey, as well as connect you with representatives from your College or School and other important student services across campus.

For information about the graduate student Teaching Assistant (TA) Orientation and Preparation Course, please click here.

Fall 2020

Online Graduate Student Orientation & Onboarding Resource

The Graduate College offers an optional online orientation and onboarding resource in Blackboard Learn (listed as an "Organization" in the "Administrative Term", not a "Course"), Drexel's learning management system (LMS). The online organization/shell, which is entirely self-paced, contains key information and resources for a general graduate student audience, as well as opportunities to engage with other incoming graduate students, Graduate College staff, and graduate faculty and professional staff advisors via discussion boards. All new, incoming graduate students will be added to the Blackboard Learn resource in the weeks prior to the start of the fall quarter. Students will also receive more information about how to access this resource via their Drexel email. Questions? Contact

Click Here to Access the Orientation in Blackboard Learn

This optional resource is offered in addition to any College, School, department and/or program-specific orientation, onboarding or training programs, some of which may be required. Please check with your assigned graduate academic advisor for these opportunities and/or requirements.


International students are required to complete the MANDATORY International Students & Scholars Services (ISSS) orientation module in Blackboard Learn. Questions? Contact


All students should continue to refer to Drexel's Response to Coronavirus website for the latest information about fall term and return to campus.


Virtual Graduate Student Welcome & Resource Fair Sessions


All graduate students, including online and semester program students, are invited to register for the Graduate College's Virtual Graduate Student Welcome & Resource Fair sessions as part of Welcome Week! Each session will feature a live welcome, overview and 5-6 different offices/departments/organizations from across campus who will engage in live chat, discussion and share information about their student resources and services, encouraging any appropriate follow up. The fairs will be hosted on the Brazen technology platform.


1. Monday, September 14, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. EDTStudent Conduct (Drexel Student Code of Conduct, Academic Integrity), Office of Health Insurance & Immunizations, International Students & Scholars Services (ISSS), The Graduate College, Counseling Center, Instructional Technology Group (ITG) (Drexel/Blackboard Learn Experts, Drexel's learning management system)

Click Here to Register for Session 1 via Brazen

2. Monday, September 14, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. EDTSteinbright Career Development Center (SCDC), Center for Learning & Academic Success Services (CLASS), Drexel University Libraries, Office of Global Engagement (OGE) & Education Abroad (formerly Study Abroad), Drexel Public Safety (includes Drexel Police), Student Life: Graduate Housing & Commuter Student Resources

Click Here to Register for Session 2 via Brazen

3. Wednesday, September 16, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. EDT: English Language Center (ELC), Center for Scholar Development (CSD): Fellowships, Office of Equality & Diversity (OED), Office of Disability Resources (ODR), Drexel Writing Center, Drexel Business Services (includes DragonCard Office, Dining and Parking Services)


Click Here to Register for Session 3 via Brazen

4. Wednesday, September 16, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. EDT: Graduate Student Association (GSA), International Graduate Student Association (IGSA), PRAGATHI: The Indian Graduate Student Association & Drexel IEEE Graduate (DIG Forum), Drexel Black Graduate Student Union (DBGSU), Drexel Recreation Center, Student Life: Campus Engagement


Click Here to Register for Session 4 via Brazen

Welcome Week


Welcome Week is Drexel's official kickoff to the fall term and new academic year and includes a variety of programs, events and opportunities to help get you acquainted to the Drexel community. The following opportunities and events are optional and geared toward a general graduate student audience. All new, incoming graduate students are welcome and encouraged to participate, including online students!


Start by creating your personalized Welcome Week schedule by logging in to your DrexelOne account online or through the DrexelOne mobile app.


Click here to see the complete Welcome Week schedule.


Relive Orientation 2019


Photos from Orientation 2019

Disability Resources


If you would like to request accommodations for a documented disability, please contact Disability Resources at 215.895.1401 or We greatly appreciate 72 hours of advance notice for these requests.


Resources for New, Incoming Graduate Students


Click here to view a list of important steps to help you get started with your graduate education at Drexel.


We are here to assist you. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact us at


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