New Student Orientation

The mission of Orientation in the College of Liberal Arts is to assist in the transition of new first-year, transfer, and continuing education undergraduate students to Drew University through intentional, shared experience for new students and their family members. The Orientation Committee, under the advisement of the Office of Student Activities and in collaboration with campus departments, facilitates the transition to academic and social life at Drew University by promoting a greater understanding of the campus, the culture, traditions, and expectations in which the university community thrives.

Orientation Programs

Orientation in the College of Liberal Arts (CLA) is a multi-part program. For new first year students students who enter in the Fall Semester, there is a one-day Summer Orientation program designed to assist with your academic transition to the University and a four-day August Orientation program to assist with your transition to life in the Drew Community. New transfer students should attend our one-day Transfer Orientation program in mid-August. New and transfer students who enter school in the Spring Semester together attend a one-day program at our January OrientationParent and Family Orientation takes place during the each of our one-day Orientation programs, so bring your parents and/or family along regardless if you’re living on campus or commuting to Drew.

For new students, orientation is a time to engage with the people and resources available to you at Drew as a new community member. Connections begin to form with classmates, other Drew students, faculty, staff and the campus as a whole. The activities planned during orientation will assist students as they begin their transition to life at Drew; this includes getting familiar with the campus landscape, meeting fellow Drew students and making new friends.

More on Summer Orientation

When you attend our Summer Orientation program, you will take placement exams, you will meet with an Academic Advisor, select and register for your Fall 2015 courses, and you’ll receive an introduction to the many resources available to both students and parents/families.

For students who could not attend the on-campus Summer Orientation program, we are also hosting an Distance Orientation program throughout July in which students are scheduled for a 45-minute conversation with an Academic Advisor. This appointment will be held either via Skype or a telephone call. Registration is required for this program!

Finally, our August Orientation program will begin on Thursday, August 25, 2016 through Sunday, August 28, 2015. All new students are required to attend all four days of the program. Resident students will be assigned a move-in time on August 23; commuter students are asked to report to campus starting at lunchtime!