Add These Drexel University Events to Your Calendar

University-wide events are starting up soon, from Welcome Week to the first day of basketball season.
Students in Main building with Welcome New Dragons banner in background
Students get free food and play games in Main Building during the 2022 Welcome Week celebration of A.J. Drexel's birthday.

New year, new calendar. There’s plenty going on in the near future and further out to help round out your social schedule even as your academic schedule stacks up. These seven events are great for a wide University audience, especially new Dragons getting to know their new community, but there are also plenty more events to be found on DragonLink, which will be your hub for finding on-campus and virtual student organization and University events.

Welcome Week: Sept. 15–24

This is Drexel’s jam-packed orientation week for New Dragons (including new students and transfers), with hundreds of events to help them get situated at Drexel and within Philadelphia. Welcome Week kicks off as students are moving in and ends right before classes begin, so there are plenty of opportunities to get to know faculty and fellow students, as well as events that take students around campus and into some of Philadelphia’s most iconic sights.

Register for Welcome Week on the DrexelOne portal to get ready to add to your calendar.

Night on the Row: 8–11 p.m. on Sept. 21 at Greek life houses on Race Street, 34th Street and Powelton Avenue

If you’re interested in joining fraternity or sorority life while at Drexel, this is your chance to get acquainted with the University’s Greek chapters before recruitment starts. It’s Drexel Greek Life’s Welcome Week event, so it’s the perfect time to meet new people, learn more about Greek life, check out a different part of campus and even grab some free food. There will also be a step and stroll performance from the Intercultural Greek Council from 9–10:30 p.m. on Race Lawn.

Convocation: 10:30 a.m. on Sept. 28 at Mandell Theater

Convocation marks the beginning of the academic year at Drexel and usually features speakers from around the University. This year, representatives from Salus University, which is merging with Drexel, will be among the special guests. More information will be shared by the Provost’s office on how to join this tradition that takes the time to celebrate Drexel’s mission of teaching, research and service to society. 

Banner reading Get Involved on Lancaster Walk with involvement fair in background
Students mingle with organizations on Lancaster Walk during the 2022 Involvement Fair. 

Involvement Fair: 4–6 p.m. on Oct. 4 at Lancaster Walk

Come one, come all, and find your new favorite group to get involved in this year. Dozens of Drexel’s student organizations set up booths on Lancaster Walk and pitch themselves to hundreds of Dragons throughout the day. No matter if you’re interested in paintball, theme park design, becoming a Jedi, getting to know more people in your major or connecting with students over a different topic, there’s something for everyone.

Panhellenic Recruitment: Oct 3–8

Drexel has five Panhellenic sororities — all of which are participating in this year’s formal recruitment. Starting with the orientation program on Oct. 3, this year’s formal recruitment will run until Oct. 8, when new members receive their bids to become part of a sorority.

To participate in formal recruitment, potential new members must register.

Interfraternity Council Recruitment: Sept. 24–Oct. 4

Drexel also has 15 Interfraternity Council fraternities, all of which are hosting recruitment events throughout late September and early October. There are a few more casual events to get to know the brothers of each fraternity before events become invite-only. Follow the fraternities on Instagram to get updated information on their rush events, and register for rush there, too.

First day of basketball season: Nov. 14 at the Daskalakis Athletic Center (men’s game) and Dec. 9 at the DAC (women’s game)

The men’s basketball season actually starts on Nov. 7, but the Dragons will be taking on the La Salle University Explorers at their home court. The first home game of the 2023–24 season will be against Temple University in the second week of the season, and it’ll be the Big 5 matchup between the two teams. Drexel recently joined Philadelphia’s Big 5 in basketball, and in the new format, two pods of three Division I teams play each other throughout the first half of the season before the tournament culminates in the championship game at the Wells Fargo Center.

The Drexel women’s basketball team won’t come home until a bit later, when they face the University at Buffalo on Dec. 9. Neither team has a time for the game, so keep an eye out for that. Tickets for Drexel students are free — get yours on DrexelOne.