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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 orientation programs and events will take place virtually until further notice.

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.

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

Graduate Student Orientation Programs 2020-2021

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 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 2020-2021 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 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.


Virtual Graduate Student Welcome & Resource Fair Sessions


All new, incoming graduate students are invited to register for the Graduate College's Virtual Graduate Student Welcome & Resource Fair sessions as part of the University's welcome programs! 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.


Virtual fair sessions to be announced ahead of the fall quarter 2021


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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