Frequently Asked Questions
Will I have to relocate to Philadelphia?
For most programs, you will not have to relocate to Philadelphia. However, you are welcome to do so if you prefer living on or close to campus. We ask that you quarantine for two weeks after traveling before coming to campus. For more campus information for current students, please visit Drexel's coronavirus FAQs for students.
What type of device will I need for remote instruction, and are there special software requirements?
For specific device requirements, please consult Drexel’s buying guide and information technology FAQ. Your device needs to have a webcam (no virtual cameras or phones as cameras) and a microphone (no headphones, no virtual microphones), and you need to have access to a stable high-speed internet connection. Our synchronous remote sessions will be delivered via Zoom or Collaborate, a function of Blackboard Learn Ultra (our learning management system). You will not need to purchase any specialized software for that purpose. For written exams, most courses utilize the Examsoft platform. Please consult the minimum system requirements for Examplify with ExamMonitor to ensure compatibility of your device.
Will the tuition be discounted for remote instruction?
No. The content of the curricula will not change, and we will not convert our programs to online programs. We will still have synchronous and asynchronous sessions and offer the same advising and other support services.
What support services will be offered remotely during the spring?
Our program directors, advisors, and staff will be available remotely to support you, including helping you develop your application, draft a personal statement, conduct mock interviews, and to provide general advising. Our academic support services (CLASS), disability resources and other services will be available remotely as well. The library can be accessed on campus (when open) or virtually.
What is the difference between remote and online instruction?
Remote instruction includes both synchronous (i.e., live) and, depending on the specific curriculum, asynchronous (i.e., recorded) independent learning sessions. You will need to attend live classes according to the class schedule in the same way as for face-to-face instruction, and interact with instructors and peers synchronously. The goal of remote teaching is to create an experience as close to face-to-face instruction as possible. Online education is entirely based on recorded sessions and does not follow a prescribed daily schedule; all interactions in online instruction are usually asynchronous.
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