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 for first year students: Thursday, August 23 through Sunday, August 26, 2018

*The full Transfer Student Schedule is posted on the Transfer Student website.

Day 1: August 23

Thursday, August 23, 2018

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

  • View the full Move-In Day Arrival Schedule on our website!
  • All cars for residential students should enter via the Lancaster Road campus entrance.
  • Get your Drew ID card and your room key in your residence hall lounge.

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

10:30 AM – 2:30 PM: Commuter Student Check-In & Lunch (Meet in the Ehinger Center)

  • Commuter Student Parking – Commuter students and families should enter campus via the Glenwild Gate (back of campus), then park in the Commuter Student Parking lot, located behind Sitterly House, then walk over to the Ehinger Center.
  • 10:30 – 11:30 AM: Commuter students should arrive at Crawford Hall, inside the Ehinger Center
  • 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM: Commuter Student meeting with Orientation Leaders, new first-year commuter students, and parents.
  • 12:30 – 1 PM: Q&A with Orientation Leaders for Commuter Students and Parents
  • 1 PM: Lunch in The Commons (dining hall)
  • 2 PM: Visit the Bookstore, the Madison Business Fair and take photos with Ranger Bear!

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

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

2 – 2:45 PM: First Generation Students, Parents & Family Gathering (Ehinger Center, EC 109)

  • Calling all first-generation students and your parents and family members! We would like to officially welcome you to Drew with a meet and greet with our staff from the Educational Opportunity Scholars office.

3 – 4:15 PM: Opening of School Ceremony & Class Pinning (Mead Hall Lawn)

  • Join us as President Baenninger, Provost Liebowitz, the Faculty Teacher of the Year, Prof. Carlos Yordan, Student Government President Salma Mamoud, and other university officials formally welcome you to Drew University. At this event all members of the Class of 2022 will receive a class pin and sign our matriculation books, a long-standing campus tradition. Parents & families are invited to join us for this special ceremony!

4:30 – 6 PM: Parent, Family & Guest Reception (Ehinger Center)

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

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

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 Resident Assistants (on your floor)

  • Resident Students will meet on their floors in their residence hall

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

  • Meet more classmates and grab some FREE grub from a top-rated NJ food truck, Fork-in-the-Road (serving grilled cheese and fries!) as we continue to celebrate your first day at Drew!

Day 2: August 24

Friday, August 24, 2018

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

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

  • This is the first class of your Drew Seminar (DSEM). Check your name tag for your classroom location. Attendance will be taken – do not miss this!

11 AM -12 PM: Academic Advisor Meeting

  • For most first year students, your DSEM instructor is your academic advisor. During this hour you will have shared group time to ask any questions you have before school starts on Monday.

12 PM – 1 PM: Lunch

1:15 – 2:45 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:

3 – 5 PM: Placement Exams

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

3 – 4 PM or 4 – 5 PM – Language, Math, Biology, and Chemistry Placement Exams

  • Arabic, Chinese, French, Italian, German, Latin, Spanish, and Russian (Academic Commons inside the Library)
  • Math Placement Exam (Academic Commons, inside the Library)
    • 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
  • 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.
  • Chemistry Placement Exam – this exam is online; it exam can be taken at any time:
    • You then need to login by clicking the “Continue” button at the bottom of the page.
    • After logging in, click [Enroll me]; You may need to go back and click the link again to get to the right page.

5 – 6:30 PM: Dinner (The Commons)

7 – 8:30 PM: “After the Fire” with Alvaro and Shawn (Baldwin Gym)

  • Alvaro and Shawn talk about their experience of being college burn victims nation-wide 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.

Day 3: August 25

Saturday, August 25, 2018

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

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

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

10:30 AM – 11 AM: Inside the Forest – The OC’s Guide to Drew (Baldwin Gym)   

  • The Orientation Committee will share insider information all about navigating Drew.

11 AM – 1:30 PM: Hometown Tour & Lunch in downtown Madison (Meet in Baldwin Gym)

  • At this program, you will hear from the Mayor of Madison, Bob Conley, and then enjoy a tour of your new hometown given by your Orientation Leader! 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 – 17
  • 4 – 5 PM Performance
    • OC Group Numbers: 18 – 34

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

  • 2 – 3:30 PM: Groups 18 – 34
  • 3:30 – 5 PM: Groups 1 – 17

5 – 6:30 PM: Dinner (The Commons)

7 – 8:30 PM: Mentalist & Hypnosis Show with Robert Channing (Baldwin Gym)

  • Robert Channing is the world’s foremost mind reader. Robert is here tonight to provide us with an amazing and riveting mentalism and hypnosis show! This dramatic and up-beat program will illustrate the strange and incredible mysteries of the mind. You will leave in total awe at his incredible talents!


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); every 15 minutes
  • Meal Plan Crash Course – Ehinger Center (EC) Dining Area; every 30 minutes
  • College Classroom Etiquette – BC 120; every 30 minutes
  • History & Traditions of Drew – The Space; every 30 minutes

10:30 – 2 PM: Brunch (The Commons)

1 – 2 PM: Around the (in-person) Drewniverse

  • The Orientation Leaders will meet you in The Commons and give you small group campus tours 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!

A. 12:00 – 5 PM: Service Project    Meet the Bus in the Simon Forum Lot

Help harvest crops at a beautiful farm, America’s Grow-a-Row, an organization that provides fresh produce to the hungry in New Jersey.

B. 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)  

  • This dinner marks the end of new student orientation – you’ve made it! Spend the duration of this day getting ready for your first day of classes at Drew University!

8 – 9 PM: Opening A Capella Concert (The Space, Ehinger Center)

  • Join us for a welcome back a capella concert before classes begin tomorrow!

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.

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