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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 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, Drexel University Online, Enrollment Management and Student Success (EMSS), Student Life and Campus Engagement, and our campus partners, hosts a series of orientation and onboarding 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.

Graduate Student Orientation Programs 2021-2022

Online Graduate Student Orientation & Onboarding Resource

The Graduate College offers a self-paced online orientation and onboarding resource for all new, incoming graduate students in quarter programs (face-to-face and online) in Blackboard Learn (the orientation is listed as an "Organization" in the "Administrative Term", not a "Course"), Drexel's learning management system (LMS). 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.


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 also 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, and return to campus requirements.


Graduate Student Welcome & Resource Fair Sessions


All new, incoming graduate students, including those in semester programs, are invited to join the Graduate College for a virtual Welcome from Administrators and virtual Resource Fair sessions as part of the University's Welcome Week programming!


Each virtual resource fair 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.


Fall 2021 Dates

Welcome from Administrators

Monday, September 13, 2021
11-11:30 a.m. EDT
Virtual via Zoom
Click here to register and receive a personalized Zoom webinar link


Virtual Graduate Resource Fair Sessions


Monday, September 13, 2021
3-5 p.m. EDT
Virtual via Brazen Technology

Link to register coming soon


Wednesday, September 15, 2021
9-11 a.m. EDT
Virtual via Brazen Technology

Link to register coming soon


Welcome Week 2021


Additional Welcome Week programming open to graduate students will be listed on our website. Please check back in early September!


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


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