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Graduate Student Orientation

students attending graduate student orientation, blue and gold balloons and welcome sign in the Great Court of Main Building at Drexel

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, both on campus and online, to help you prepare for your graduate study, acclimate to the graduate community, and learn more about academic, personal, professional, social, and cultural resources 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 participate in the annual fall orientation programs following your first term of enrollment, as well as attend any quarterly orientation 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.

More information about the Teaching Assistant (TA) Orientation and Preparation Course, offered once per year prior to the fall quarter by the Graduate College in partnership with the Teaching and Learning Center (TLC) and School of Education

More information about the International Teaching Assistant (ITA) program, offered once per year in the summer by the English Language Center (ELC).

Drexel's Response to Coronavirus

 

All students should continue to refer to Drexel's Response to Coronavirus website for the latest guidance, requirements and information. Please check your Drexel email address regularly for updates.

Online Orientation (REQUIRED)

The Graduate College requires a self-paced, asynchronous online orientation for all new, incoming graduate students enrolled in quarter programs, including face-to-face and online, in Drexel Learn, Drexel's learning management system (LMS). Some also refer to Drexel Learn as "Blackboard Learn" or "Learn" for short. The orientation is a series of modules which provide a high-level overview of and introduction to University policies and services, as well as reminders of required training and compliance items. Students must review all of the modules and complete the short assessment after each in order to be in compliance.

 

Fall Quarter Deadline: Friday, September 30, 2022

 

Students will be added to the orientation in their Drexel Learn prior to the start of their term of entry.* Students will receive more information about how to access the orientation and instructions for completion via their their Drexel email. Questions? Contact graduatecollege@drexel.edu.

 

*Please note that the orientation is listed under "Organizations" (not "Courses") in the left-hand menu in Drexel Learn and in the "Administrative Term". Further, please make sure you pick up your Drexel account in order to log in and access Drexel Learn and the orientation. If you do not see the orientation in your Drexel 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.

Click Here to Access Drexel Learn

This orientation is required in addition to any college, school or program-specific orientation or training programs, some of which may also be required. Please check with your assigned graduate academic advisor.

 

Title IX Training (REQUIRED)

 

All Drexel graduate students are required to complete an online module entitled, "Drexel U Got This! - Grad Student Training", a sexual and gender-based harassment and misconduct prevention program, in order to be compliant with the University's policies each academic year. The training will appear under "Courses" from the left-hand menu in Drexel Learn and in the "Administrative Term". Please continue to check your Drexel email for instructions on how to complete the training and for the completion deadline. Students who begin in the winter and spring terms will be added to the training in their term of entry and receive instructions and a completion deadline via their Drexel email.

 

Fall Quarter Deadline: Monday, October 31, 2022

 

Students will be added to the training in their Drexel Learn prior to the start of the fall term annually or prior to their term of entry for winter or spring. Students will receive more information about how to access the training and instructions for completion via their their Drexel email. A copy of the fall message sent Friday, September 16, 2022 can be found on the "News" section of our website.

 

If you have any questions about the training content or why you're required to do the training, please contact the Office of Institutional Equity and Inclusive Culture (EIC) at eic@drexel.edu. More information and resources, including policies and how to report, can be found on EIC's website at drexel.edu/eic.

 

International Student Orientation (REQUIRED)

 

New, incoming international students (F-1 and J-1) are required to complete the International Students and Scholars Services (ISSS) Mandatory International Student Orientation, a separate asynchronous online orientation in Drexel Learn.

 

In addition, ISSS hosts an optional welcome luncheon for all international students and scholars during Welcome Week in September and a series of fall term workshops on a variety of topics relevant to new international students and scholars in partnership with campus partners. Be sure to check your Drexel email for more information and visit the ISSS website. Questions? Contact isss@drexel.edu.

 

New, incoming international graduate students are also invited to a series of pre-arrival webinars hosted by the Graduate College, International Graduate Student Association (IGSA), ISSS, and Health Insurance and Immunizations, each year in the summer. The webinars are recorded and archived for later viewing. Visit our International Students page for more information.

 

Additional Orientation Programs

 

We encourage all new, incoming graduate students, including those in semester programs and online (as well as continuing students!) to join the Graduate College for a series of optional orientation programs and events as part of Drexel's Welcome Week in September!

Welcome from Administrators & Current Student Panel

Join us for a welcome from University leadership and a panel of current graduate students, including international! This is an optional program. The welcome and panel session will also be webcast live and recorded. See link below.

Monday, September 12, 2022
10-11 a.m. EDT


Main Auditorium
Main Building
3141 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Watch the Welcome & Panel

Welcome remarks will be given by:

  • Anne Converse Willkomm, MFA, Associate Dean, Graduate College, Associate Teaching Professor, Department of Communication, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Katie P. Zamulinsky, Associate Vice President and Dean of Student Life, Enrollment Management and Student Success
  • Mladenka Tomasevic, MS, Executive Director, International Students and Scholars Services (ISSS)
  • Tsz Kwok, EdD '16, Director of Academic Administration, Director of Graduate Multicultural & Equity Affairs, Adjunct Faculty Member, Westphal College of Media Arts and Design
  • Joseph Burgese, President, Graduate Student Association (GSA), MBA Student, LeBow College of Business

Welcome & Resource Fair

Join us for a graduate student welcome and resource fair! This is an optional program. Browse multiple floors of tables and meet representatives from 40+ Drexel's students services offices, academic support services, colleges and schools, graduate student organizations, and more. Collect plenty of Drexel swag and enjoy a Taste of Philadelphia. Current graduate students will be available to answer your questions, show you around campus (bring your class schedule!), and introduce you to their favorite spots on campus and ways to get involved. Students will also be able to pick up their DragonCard ID (submit your photo online in advance) at any DragonCard office location and meet with a representative from Drexel Central, the one-stop for the offices of the Bursar, Financial Aid, and Registrar.

Monday, September 12, 2022
11 a.m. - 2 p.m. EDT

Great Court, Main Building

3141 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

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Visit the Graduate College

 

We encourage all new, incoming graduate students, including those in semester programs and online (as well as continuing students!) to stop by the Graduate College office space in the Main Building (Suite 301, 3rd Floor, 3141 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104) during office hours to learn more about the resources and services available to graduate students at Drexel. We offer free coffee, tea, hot chocolate and cold and hot-filtered water for graduate students. Be sure to visit our website for the latest graduate student news and events.

 

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

 

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 Welcome Week.

 

Graduate Student Lounge

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

 

Welcome Week 2022

 

A complete list of Welcome Week programs and events open to graduate students are available in your DrexelOne portal and mobile app. Please register by adding the event to your Welcome Week schedule in your DrexelOne app.

 

DragonLink

 

Drexel students should also browse DragonLink for a list of recognized student organizations and upcoming events hosted by student organizations, including the Graduate Student Association (GSA) and International Graduate Student Association (IGSA).

 

Disability Resources

 

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

 

Additional Resources for New Graduate Students

 

Review the New Student Resources for a checklist of to-dos for new, incoming graduate students.

Information for Incoming Fulbright Scholars

Fulbright scholars have the unique opportunity to participate in graduate study, research, creative projects or teaching worldwide. Drexel offers incoming Fulbright scholars an opportunity for a truly comprehensive academic experience. Drexel offers the best of all worlds – a booming campus culture located in the heart of one of America’s great cities. To make the most of your experience at Drexel, you are encouraged to:

  1. Join one of Drexel’s academic, cultural, sport and other student groups through Campus Life.
  2. Browse opportunities for activities & involvement through Student Life.
  3. Explore everything Philadelphia has to offer. From museums to good eats, there is no shortage of activities to explore! Find out more about living in Philadelphia by clicking on the "Guides & Resources" listed above.

Questions? Seek support through the following resources:

  1. Scholars should contact their academic advisor for questions related to their academic plan of study and course schedule.
  2. For assistance with required Fulbright paperwork and general inquiries, please contact the Office of Global Engagement at global@drexel.edu.

Checks must be mailed to the Cashier’s Office at the address below:

Cashier's Office
Suite 106, Main Building
Drexel University
3141 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

 

Follow the Graduate Community

 

Follow the Graduate College for the latest updates, news, events and opportunities for graduate students! Use #DrexelGradLife