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New Student Days Volunteer Opportunities for Faculty and Professional Staff

Next week, Drexel will welcome thousands of new students and families to campus during New Student Days (Sept. 15-21), the official welcome week for new students entering in the fall term.

Help from the campus community is necessary to make this a successful welcome for the University’s new students. Drexel faculty and professional staff are invited to sign up to volunteer and help welcome new students and their families as they move in to the residence halls and attend events on campus.

Click here for the New Student Days volunteer form to sign up for a volunteer shift. Below are descriptions of each volunteer opportunity.

Residence Hall Move-in Crew – Monday Sept. 15 to Thursday, Sept. 18
8 a.m.–5 p.m.
New students begin moving in to their new homes in residence halls on Monday, Sept. 15 and continue to do so through Thursday, Sept. 18. The Residential Living Office invites faculty and professional staff to welcome families as they arrive on campus and direct them to check-in points throughout the residence halls.

Drexel Welcomes You BBQ – Monday, Sept. 15
6–7 p.m.
33rd St. and Lancaster Walk
Faculty and professional staff will join us in welcoming students and families by mingling with them during the BBQ. The majority of the students at this event will be international and domestic students traveling further distances from home.

Dean’s Dessert Reception – Tuesday, Sept. 16
6–8 p.m.
Papadakis Integrated Sciences Building, first floor lobby

Faculty and professional staff will join the Dean of Students and Deans/Associate Deans of each academic unit in mingling with parents and family members attending Fall Orientation and answering questions they may have about your area. Participation is limited.

International Student Check-in – Thursday, Sept. 18
12:30–3:30 p.m.
Main Building Great Court

The International Students and Scholars Services will be checking in over 350 new international students. Faculty and professional staff will assist with welcoming new students and guiding them to the correct lines to check in.

New Student Induction Ceremony – Friday, Sept. 19
3:30–5:30 p.m.
Location TBD

The New Student Induction Ceremony is the ceremonial start of a student’s Drexel experience, which includes remarks from President Fry, reciting of the New Student Pledge and new student Dragon pinning. Faculty and professional staff will assist with guiding students to their seats, distributing pins and directing to the cookout event following the ceremony.

For more information, please contact the Office of New Student and Family Programs at 215.895.1451 or