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Graduate Student Orientation

New students at orientation

The following information is for graduate students enrolling in quarter programs. Students enrolling 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 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, Student Life and Campus Engagement, 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.

If you arrive after the below listed orientation programs or are starting your education in a subsequent term, don't hesitate to reach out and schedule an appointment with us! 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.

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

Fall 2020

Online Graduate Student Orientation & Onboarding Community

The Graduate College offers an optional online orientation and onboarding community in Blackboard Learn, Drexel's learning management system. The online community 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 online community in Blackboard Learn over the summer. Students will receive more information about how to access this resource via email. If you have any questions or would like to request access, please contact the Graduate College at


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

On-Campus Graduate Student Orientation & Onboarding Programs

Drexel University continues to monitor the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The latest updates are available on Drexel's Response to Coronavirus website.


We will continue to update new, incoming graduate students regarding any on-campus programs, events or offerings.


Welcome Week


Welcome Week is Drexel's official kickoff to the fall term and a new academic year and includes hundreds of programs, events and opportunities to help get you acquainted to the Drexel community. The following opportunities 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. The 2020 Welcome Week Event List will be available soon.


Click here to see the complete Welcome Week schedule [2020 Welcome Week Event List Coming Soon]


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 We also invite you to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn using #DrexelGradLife. Welcome to our graduate community!