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New Student Resources

Onboarding Checklist for New, Incoming Graduate Students


Here are some important steps to help you get started with your graduate education at Drexel:

  1. Review the information on Drexel's Response to Coronavirus website.

  2. Review Drexel's New Student ChecklistNote that some items may only apply to undergraduate students. New international graduate students should also refer to the new international student information and COVID-19 related updates on the ISSS website.

  3. Get connected. Visit Drexel University's Information Technology (DUIT) website for instructions on how to pick up your Drexel accounts, set up your email, download necessary software, etc. You can also contact the IT Help Desk to troubleshoot any technical issues.

  4. Touch base with your graduate academic advisor and register for classes. Don't forget to sign the Student Financial Obligation (SFO) and Tuition Repayment Agreement and also confirm your enrollment in your DrexeOne portal! These items are required every term.

  5. Review the information in your personalized DrexelOne portal, including on the Academics tab. (Example- You can click on "Buy Books" on the Academics tab under Registration to see any assigned textbooks or materials for your registered classes. You'll also want to check your course syllabi for required texts or materials and confirm them with your professors.) Your DrexelOne portal is a vital tool which directly reflects the information in your Drexel student account, including billing and financial aid. You should log into DrexeOne often to check for alerts or announcements related to your student status and account, as well as check your Drexel email regularly.

  6. Submit a photo for your DragonCard student photo ID and read more about how and when to pick up your Dragon Card. Students may pick up their card one week prior to the start of the registered term. Students must be registered for classes to be eligible to pick up their first DragonCard. A DragonCard is required for access to all University buildings, classrooms, labs, etc. Online students may also request a DragonCard. The Business Services website also has information about Parking Services and the Barnes & Noble Bookstores and other campus retail.

  7. Review your financial aid package, billing information, and registration/enrollment status and contact Drexel Central if you have any questions. And, review the Financial Resources page.

  8. Review your Health Insurance & Immunizations requirements. Please note that doctoral students with full-time assistantships/fellowships (teaching, research, etc.) should also review the Graduate College's Doctoral Student Health Insurance Subsidy information and consult with your graduate academic advisor about eligibility. For information about the COVID-19 vaccine, please refer the Drexel's Response to Coronavirus website or contact

  9. Complete REQUIRED Title IX Training for graduate students. More to follow. Please continue to check your Drexel email.

  10. Notify Disability Resources if you have a documented disability (physical, learning, temporary, etc.). Drexel University is committed to providing equal access to its programs and services to qualified students.

  11. Familiarize yourself with graduate policies and procedures, including those listed on the Provost's website, as well as Drexel's Academic CalendarsWe recommend you bookmark these pages for later reference. In addition, be sure to review the Student Code of Conduct and any graduate handbooks, policies or procedures provided by your academic program and in your course syllabi - all of which you are responsible for!

  12. Review the New Student Resources for a list of student support services and resources.

  13. Check out a list of upcoming program and events on the Graduate College website.


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