The four-day August orientation is a time for you to engage with the individuals 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. The experiences and memories you’ll have during orientation will last a lifetime.

We’re So Excited To Meet You On Move In Day

Check out the program schedule below to familiarize yourself with the events, presentations and fun activities we have planned for you during the four day orientation.
*Events are subject to change. 

This is a four-day program: Thursday, August 23 through Sunday, August 26, 2018

Day 1: August 23

Thursday, August 23, 2018

8 AM – 12 PM: Move-In for Residential First Year Students (Enter campus via Lancaster Road)

8AM – 3PM: Bed, Bath & Beyond Tent Sale (In front of Brown Hall)

11:30 AM – 3 PM: Lunch for students, parents, and guests (The Commons)

  • Madison Business Fair & Drew Department Fair – During lunch, meet representatives from Drew, Chase Bank, the Madison Pharmacy.

1:00 – 2:30 PM: Commuter Student Check-In (Ehinger Center)

  • Get your Drew ID card, folder and head to lunch.
  • Commuter Student Parking – Commuter students will be directed to park in the Commuter Student Parking lot, located behind Sitterly House, then walk over to the Ehinger Center.

3 – 4:15 PM: Starting your Drew Chapter & Family Farewell (Baldwin Gym): Students, Parents, and Guests

  • Do not miss this special welcome event as students, parents, family members and guests prepare to start their chapter as members of our Drew Community.
  • Parents, family members and guests can make their way home after the farewell reception.

4:30 – 5:15 PM: Sibling Round-Up (Simon Forum Floor)

  • New students will meet their Orientation Leader and their sibling group members.

4:30 – 6 PM: Parent, Family & Guest Reception (Mead Hall)

  • Parents, family members, and guests of the Class of 2022 are invited to join us in Mead Hall for a special reception before you make your way back home.

5:15 – 6 PM: Dinner in Sibling Groups (The Commons)

  • Your Big Sib will walk you to The Commons for your first “family” meal in your OC group.

6:30 – 8 PM: Playfair (Simon Forum Floor)

  • You’ll love this high-energy program filled with exciting twists and turns! We guarantee you  will leave this program knowing a bit more about your classmates!

8:15 – 9:15 PM: Floor Meeting with RA’s | Commuter Student Meeting 

  • Commuter Students will meet in the Ehinger Center, Crawford Hall
  • Resident Students will meet on their floors in their residence hall

9:30 PM: Candlelight Ceremony & Late Night Snacks (Tolley/Brown Circle)

  • This ceremony is an important part of your time at Drew. Celebrate the completion of your first day and look forward to your future at Drew. Meet your classmates and grab some grub before your first day of New Student Orientation is over!

Day 2: August 24

Friday, August 24, 2018

8:30 – 9:45 AM: Breakfast (The Commons)

10 AM- 12 PM: Transfer Student Move-In (Check-In in Ehinger Center)

10 AM – 11 AM: Drew Seminar (DSEM) Class Meeting

  • First Year students  first full day on campus includes spending time with your Drew Seminar Instructor as a class. Check your name tag for your classroom location.

11 AM -12PM: Academic Adviser Meeting

  • During this time you will have shared group time with your Academic Adviser. Check your name tag for your classroom location. If necessary (this is not required) there is time this afternoon for you to have a one-on-one meeting with your Academic Adviser; speak with your adviser during this session to make an appointment.

11:30 AM- 12:30 PM: Transfer Commuter Student Check-In (Ehinger Center)

12 PM – 1 PM: Lunch

1 – 3 PM – Placement Exams

These exams are only for students who did not attend or take placement exams during Summer Orientation in July 2018.

1 – 2 PM or 2 – 3 PM – Language & Math Placement Exams

  • Chinese, French, Italian, German, Latin, Spanish, and Russian (Academic Commons)
  • Math Placement Exam (Academic Commons)
    • Students registered to take Calculus (MATH 150) must take this exam
    • Students who plan to take calculus or pre-calculus, at some point during their time at Drew, must also take the exam
  • Chemistry Placement Exam – this exam is online; it exam can be taken at any time: 

    • Click the “Continue” button at the bottom of the page to log in; then click [Enroll me]

1-2 PM or 2 – 3 PM – Biology Placement Exam (Hall of Science, Room 244)

  • This exam is only for students who have received a 4 or 5 on the AP Biology Exam and are seeking exemption from the lecture component of Biology 150.
  • Bring a pen or pencil and a basic (not scientific) calculator.

3:30 – 4:30 PM: Transfer Student Welcome Meeting (Crawford Hall, EC)

  • Join us to discuss navigating New Student Orientation as a transfer student and tips and tricks for mastering your first semester at Drew.

4:30 – 5:15 PM: The Food Dude, Kevin Roberts (The Commons)

  • Kevin Roberts, aka, The Food Dude, is super excited to spend some time at Drew! He’s creative in the kitchen and wants to give you tips and tricks to manage healthy eating throughout college. He has done over a 100 national and local television shows, including The Today Show, CBS’ Early Show and TLC’s BBQ Pit Masters.

5:15 – 6:45 PM: Dinner (The Commons)

7 – 9 PM: After the Fire: Alvaro and Shawn (Baldwin Gym)

  • Alvaro and Shawn talk about their ordeal of being college burn victims nationally at many colleges across the country. They are advocates for fire safety and prevention so that no other students will have to endure the pain that they suffered.

9 PM: Eric Mina

  • Eric Mina dares audiences to dream with his comedy hypnosis show that has been performed at over 100 schools nationwide. He has been referred to as incredible, mind blowing, and has turned non-believers of hypnosis into believers.

Day 3: August 25

Saturday, August 25, 2018

8:30 – 9:45 AM: Breakfast (The Commons)

10 AM – 10:30 AM: What you Need to Know About Title IX  (Baldwin Gym)

  • Join us as we learn from the Title IX Administrator the types of sexual misconduct, reporting options, Title IX resources and supports, and Drew’s sexual misconduct policy response to complaints of misconduct

10:30 AM – 11 AM: Academic Services Overview (Baldwin Gym)   

  • Don’t miss this crash course about the Center for Academic Excellence and the resources available to you.

11 AM – 2 PM: Hometown Tour & Lunch in downtown Madison (Meet in Baldwin Gym)

  • Enjoy a tour of your new hometown given by a Drew alumni, local business owner, or one of our neighbors. Lunch is provided free of charge at a Madison restaurant, courtesy of the Downtown Development Commission!

2:30 – 3:30 PM or 4 PM – 5 PM: SCREAM TheaterTM (Concert Hall, DOYO )

  • SCREAM TheaterTMstands for Students Challenging Realities and Educating Against Myths. They are a group consisting of mostly undergraduate students at Rutgers University. SCREAM TheaterTM is a peer education improvisational theater group.
  • 2:30 – 3:30 PM Performance
    • OC Group Numbers: 1 – 16
  • 4 – 5 PM Performance
    • OC Group Numbers: 17 – 33

2:30 – 3:30 PM or 4 PM – 5 PM: Counseling Center Workshop     

  • 2:30 – 3:30 PM: Groups 17 – 33
    • Baldwin Gym – Groups: 17 – 22
    • LC 28 – Groups: 23 – 28
    • HS4 – Groups: 29 – 33
  • 4 – 5 PM: Groups 1 – 16
    • Baldwin Gym – Groups: 1 – 6
    • LC 28 – Groups: 7 – 12
    • HS4 – Groups: 13 – 16

5 – 6:30 PM: Dinner (The Commons)

7 – 8:30 PM: “You Don’t Know Me, ‘Til You Know Me” Dr. Michael (Mykee) Fowlin (Baldwin Gym)

  • Michael (Mykee) Fowlin hopes that all audience members will leave his performance with that wonderful, awakening feeling of beauty: the beauty within one’s self and the beauty within others; the celebration of our differences, and the acceptance of our shared experiences. Excerpt credit:

8:30 PM: Inside the Forest with the OC

  • This funny, Orientation tradition is sure to make you laugh. Check out the acting (in)abilities of our outstanding Orientation Committee members and enjoy the show!

Day 4: August 26

Sunday, August 26, 2018

8:30 – 10:30 AM: Continental Breakfast (The Commons)

10 AM – 12 PM: Adulting 101 Series  (Various Locations )
Drop in to any of these sessions anytime between 10 AM – 12 PM

  • Laundry Success – Welch Laundry Room (basement level)
  • Meal Plan Crash Course – Ehinger Center (EC) Dining Area
  • College Classroom Etiquette – BC 120
  • History & Traditions of Drew – The Space

10:30 – 2 PM: Brunch (The Commons)

1 – 2 PM: Adulting 101 Series

  • Around the (in-person!) Drewniverse – All Academic Buildings on Campus

The Orientation Leaders will be set up around campus to help you find your classroom locations before the first day of classes!

Attend one of the following afternoon activities (A or B):
FYI: Events require pre-registration!

1. 12:30 – 5 PM: Service Project    Meet the Bus in the Simon Forum Lot

Grow-A-Row: Picking crops, weeding, helping out with other tasks.

  • This project requires an online pre-registration –
  • Meet the bus in the Simon Forum Lot at 12:30 PM, box lunches will be provided!
  • Bus will return to campus at 5 PM.

    2. 2 – 5 PM: Self-Defense Training    Haselton Dance Room (inside Baldwin Gym)

Whether or not you have ever participated in self-defense training, this program will provide you with incredible tools and insight to protect yourself, if ever needed. Please dress in comfortable clothing, as this is an active workshop. Online pre-registration required.

5 – 6:30 PM: Dinner (The Commons)  

9 PM: Outdoor Movie (Tolley/Brown Circle) Rain Site: The Space

  • Bring a blanket, pick up some free popcorn and enjoy watching a movie outside on a giant inflatable movie screen.

Special Announcements

Student Success Inventory
This inventory can be completed on your laptop or your smartphone, check your Drew email for the link to this very important survey.

Choir Auditions
Auditions for Chorale, Alta Voce, and Voice Lessons will take place during orientation. To schedule your audition appointment, go to For more information about Choral & Vocal Studies at Drew, visit

Meet the Orientation Committee

The Orientation Committee (OC), which is fondly known as the Mighty OC, are an integral part of every new student’s success on the Drew’s campus. Each incoming student is paired up with an OC member, and will be in contact with them throughout the summer, through orientation, and into their first year at Drew. Meet the Mighty OC they are here to help you, and will answer any questions you might have.

Have Any Questions?

We’re here to help. We’re available Monday through Friday from 9AM – 5 PM