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 20 through Sunday, August 23, 2020

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

Day 1: August 20

Thursday, August 20, 2020

7 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, then unpack in your new home!

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, meet with Student Service departments (Financial Aid, Student Accounts).

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.

3 – 3:45 PM: Opening of School Ceremony & Class Pinning (Mead Hall Lawn)

  • Join us as President Baenninger, Provost Liebowitz, the Faculty Teacher of the Year, Prof. Marie Pascale-Pieretti, Student Government President Vincent Costa, and other university officials formally welcome you to Drew University. At this event all members of the Class of 2023 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!

3:45 – 4:30 PM: Student and Family Farewell

  • After the Opening of School Ceremony, students, family members and guests have time to say, “see you later,” before the students begin orientation and families enjoy a reception.

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 – 7:45 PM: Sibling Group Time  (Various Locations)

  • Your OC will pick you up from either the Commuter Student Meeting or your RA Floor Meeting for some fun with your OC!

8 – 9:15 PM: Floor Meeting with Resident Assistants (on your floor)

  • Resident Students will meet on their floors in their residence hall
  • Commuter students: (optional) hang out in the Commuter Lounge of the Ehinger Center

9:15 PM:Late Night Snacks (Tolley/Brown Circle)

  • Meet more classmates and grab some FREE grub from a top-rated NJ food truck, as we continue to celebrate your first day at Drew!

Day 2: August 21

Friday, August 21, 2020

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

9 AM – 9:45 AM: Survey Time (The Commons)

  • At breakfast your Orientation Leader will provide you with a survey, be sure to complete it and return the survey to your OC before the 10 a.m. session!

10 AM – 12 PM: Diversity at Drew

  • Join us at this program on diversity at Drew to learn about the incredible community of learners we have on our campus.

 12 PM – 1 PM: Lunch

1 PM – 2 PM: Drew Seminar (DSEM) Class

  • Your first full day on campus includes spending time with your Drew Seminar. Note: this is your first DSEM class – do not miss it! Check your name tag for your instructor’s name and classroom location.

2 PM -3 PM: First Year Academic Advisor Meeting

  • This is a group meeting with your Academic Advisor; bring any and all questions.

3 – 5 PM: Placement Exams

Refer to the Placement Exam website for additional information:

  • 3 – 5 p.m. – Language Exams (Academic Commons; Library 1st Fl.)
    • Language Placement Exams: Arabic, Chinese, Spanish (all other exams are online!)
  • 3 – 4 p.m. Biology Placement Exam (Academic Commons; Library 1st Fl.)
    • 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.

The following placement exams can be taken at any time, from your personal computer:

Math Placement Exam – You must request a login to take this exam.

  • This is an online exam that you can take at any time from your personal computer
  • Calculators are not permitted.
  • Students who plan to take calculus (MATH 150) must take this exam.

Chemistry Placement Exam – this exam is online; it exam can be taken at any time from any location on campus. 

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 22

Saturday, August 22, 2020

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

9:30 – 10:30 AM or 11 AM – 12 PM: SCREAM TheaterTM (Concert Hall, DOYO )

  • SCREAM TheaterTM stands 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.
  • 9:30 – 10:30 PM Performance
    • OC Group Numbers: 1 – 17
  • 11 AM – 12 PM Performance
    • OC Group Numbers: 18 – 34

9:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. or 11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.: Title IX Resources (Baldwin Gym)

  • 9:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Presentation
    OC Group Numbers: 18 – 34
  • 11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Presentation
    OC Group Numbers: 1 – 17

12:15 PM – 2:15 PM: Hometown Tour & Lunch in downtown Madison (Depart from 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 PM – 3:30 PM: Launch Your Life (Baldwin Gym)   

  • Members of Drew 2024 are the first class to experience the new Launch curriculum! Join us to learn more about this exciting program, which will help prepare you to Launch Your Life.

3:30 PM – 4 PM: Academic Services Overview (Baldwin Gym)

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

4 – 5 PM: Counseling Center presentations    

5 – 6:30 PM: Dinner (The Commons)

7 – 8:30 PM: High Energy Magic of Speed (Baldwin Gym)

  • The High Energy Magic of Speed is one of the east coast’s premiere magic and illusion acts. Speed is the hyperactive, fast-talking slick magician, who will perform with his assistant, Curl. This combination leads to a fun, exciting and mystifying illusionist team! You do not want to miss the fun of this exciting performance!

Day 4: August 23

Sunday, August 23, 2020

8:30 – 10:00 AM: Continental Breakfast (The Commons)

10 AM – 11:30 AM: Title IX Presentation  (Baldwin Gym)

  • Guest presenter: Ms. Stacey Rose

11:30 AM – 2 PM: Brunch (The Commons)

11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.: Adulting 101 (Various Locations)
Sessions run every 15 minutes: 11:15 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 11:45 a.m., 12 p.m., 12:15 p.m.

  • 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

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: Coming Soon!

5 – 6:30 PM: Dinner (The Commons)  

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

  • Join us for a welcome back a cappella 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