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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 or school officials about any orientation programs.

Welcome to Drexel University!

The Graduate College 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 our campus partners, hosts a series of orientation programs and events, both on campus and online, including welcome and 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 and opportunities available to you at Drexel.

If you will be starting your graduate education in a subsequent term (winter, spring or summer), we welcome you to attend the annual fall orientation programs following your first term of enrollment, as well as attend any quarterly onboarding programs offered. In addition, don't hesitate to reach out and schedule an appointment with a representative from the Graduate College to get started. We are happy to welcome new graduate students personally and get help you started on your academic journey, as well as connect you with representatives from your college or school and other important student services on campus and online.

To view the graduate student Teaching Assistant (TA) Orientation and Preparation Course, offered once per year prior to the fall quarter, please click here.


More information about the Fall 2022 Graduate Student Orientation programs will be available in Summer 2022. Please check back.

Online Graduate Student Orientation Resource (Updated Quarterly)

The Graduate College offers a self-paced, asynchronous online orientation resource for all new, incoming graduate students in quarter programs (on campus and online) in Blackboard Learn, Drexel's learning management system (LMS), also called Drexel Learn. While the orientation is not mandatory, it is highly encouraged. The online learning module contains key dates, deadlines, policies, 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.


Please note that the orientation is listed as an "Organization" under the "Administrative Term". It is not a "Course". Further, please make sure you pick up your Drexel account in order to access Drexel Learn and the orientation. If you do not see the orientation in your Blackboard Learn account under “Organizations,” please first make sure you have the “Administrative Term” visible. You can also visit the Technical Support page to troubleshoot any technical issues.

All new, incoming graduate students in quarter programs will be added to the Blackboard Learn resource in the weeks prior to the start of their term of entry. Students will receive more information about how to access this resource via their Drexel email. Questions? Contact


Click Here to Access the Orientation Resource 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 (F-1 and J-1) 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 health and safety protocols, testing, vaccination, and return to campus requirements.


Visit the Graduate College


If local, we encourage new, incoming graduate students, including those in semester programs, as well as continuing students, to visit the Graduate College office space in the Main Building (Suite 301, 3rd Floor, 3141 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104) to learn more about the resources and services available. We offer free coffee, tea, and water for graduate students. Stop by any time during office hours. We also have a Graduate Student Lounge space on the lower level of the Main Building which is open 24/7 for graduate students and accessible by DragonCard photo ID. New students will have access beginning the first week of classes.


Be sure to visit our website for the latest graduate student news and events.

We also encourage new, incoming students to check in with the Graduate Student Association (GSA) and/or International Graduate Student Association (IGSA) for upcoming programs, events, and ways to get involved. You can also search for student organizations and events on DragonLink.


Additional Orientation Programs


All new, incoming graduate students, including those in semester programs, as well as continuing students, are invited to join the Graduate College for a series of orientation and welcome programs as part of the University's Welcome Week programming!


Fall 2021

Welcome from Administrators

Join us for an official welcome from University leadership to kick off the 2021-2022 Academic Year! All are welcome to attend!

Representatives will include:

  • Paul E. Jensen, PhD, Executive Vice President and Nina Henderson Provost
  • Elisabeth J. Van Bockstaele, PhD, Chief Strategy Officer, Senior Vice President for Graduate and Online Education, and Dean of the Graduate College and Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies in the College of Medicine
  • Subir Sahu, PhD, Senior Vice President for Student Success
  • Alonzo M. Flowers, III, PhD, Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Graduate College and Associate Professor in the School of Education
  • Anne Converse Willkomm, MFA, Assistant Dean, Graduate College and Assistant Clinical Professor & Department Head in the Goodwin College of Professional Studies
  • Mladenka Tomasevic, MS, Executive Director, International Students and Scholars Services (ISSS)
  • Khushali Soni, President, Graduate Student Association (GSA)
  • Shirley Qian, President, International Graduate Student Association (IGSA)

Monday, September 13, 2021
11-11:30 a.m. EDT

Main Auditorium
Main Building
3141 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Watch the Welcome

Office & Lounge Open House Sessions


Join us on campus to explore the Graduate College office suite and Graduate Student Lounge spaces! Meet and greet with Gradate College staff and special guests, including from Drexel's student services offices and organizations.


Monday, September 13, 2021
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. EDT


Wednesday, September 15, 2021
2-4 p.m. EDT


Both locations:

Graduate College Office Suite
Main Building, Suite 301
3141 Chestnut Street, 3rd Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Graduate Student Lounge

Main Building, Room 010A
3141 Chestnut Street, Lower Level
Philadelphia, PA 1914


Representatives will include:

  • Campus Engagement within Student Life
  • Center for Learning and Academic Success Services (CLASS)
  • Drexel Public Safety & Police Department
  • Drexel Writing Center (DWC) 
  • Graduate College
  • Graduate Student Association (GSA) & various graduate student organizations
  • International Graduate Student Association (IGSA)
  • International Students and Scholars Services (ISSS)
  • Steinbright Career Development Center (SCDC)


Virtual Graduate Resource Fair Sessions


Each virtual resource fair session will feature a live welcome and overview from the Graduate College and six virtual booths with representatives from Drexel offices, departments, and student organizations who will engage in one-on-one private chat and share information about their student resources and services, encouraging any appropriate follow up. The virtual fairs will be hosted on the Brazen technology platform.


Monday, September 13, 2021
3-5 p.m. EDT

Virtual via Brazen Technology


Representatives will include:

  • Campus Engagement within Student Life & The Graduate Student Association (GSA)
  • Drexel Public Safety & Police Department
  • Drexel University Libraries 
  • Drexel Writing Center (DWC)
  • Instructional Technology Group (ITG) - Experts of all things Blackboard Learn, Drexel's learning management system (LMS), and information technology
  • International Graduate Student Association (IGSA)

Wednesday, September 15, 2021
9-11 a.m. EDT

Virtual via Brazen Technology

Representatives will include:

  • Campus Engagement within Student Life & The Graduate Student Association (GSA)
  • Counseling Center
  • Drexel Business Services - Includes DragonCard ID, Parking, Campus Dining & Retail
  • Instructional Technology Group (ITG) - Experts of all things Blackboard Learn, Drexel's learning management system (LMS), and information technology
  • Office of Health Insurance & Immunizations
  • Steinbright Career Development Center (SCDC)

Welcome Week - Fall 2022


Check back in summer 2022!


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.


Additional 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


Follow the Graduate Community


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