New Student Orientation


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 experiences 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.

Encompassed within is the overall commitment to Drew University’s mission, to offer its diverse community of learners a challenging and individualized education shaped by a deep-rooted culture of mentoring, thoughtful engagement with the world beyond its campus, and a steadfast commitment to lifelong cultivation of the whole person. Through its distinctive emphasis on the reciprocity of knowledge, experience, and service, Drew prepares its students to flourish both personally and professionally as they add to the world’s good by responding to the urgent challenges of our time with rigorous, independent, and imaginative thought.

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 Virtual Summer Orientation program designed to assist with your academic transition to the University to assist with your transition to life in the Drew Community. New transfer students should attend our

New and transfer students who enter school in the Spring Semester together attend a one-day program at our January Orientation. Parents, guardians, or supporters of our incoming students are invited to join us for the undergraduate orientation program, so be sure to invite your parents and/or family regardless if you’re living on campus or planning to commute 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 participate in our Virtual Summer Orientation program, you will take placement exams, you will meet with an Academic Advisor, select and register for your Fall courses, and you’ll receive an introduction to the many resources available to both students and parents/families.

All new students are required to participate in the Virtual Summer Orientation program. New Resident students will be assigned a move-in date and time while commuter students will also be assigned a date and time to report to campus.

Orientation Committee Leaders

You can find your Orientation Leaders below!

Althessa Jones C’21 Major: Sociology

Jordyn Smith C’21 Major: Theatre Arts

Tyrik Once C’21 Major: Business

Brian Jones C’21 Major: Theatre Arts

Julissa Montero C’22 Major: Psychology and Philosophy

Betsy-Ethel Essien C’23 Major: Neuroscience

Deane Lopez C’23 Major: Biology/Media & Communications

Jordan Hubbard C’21 Major: Psychology

Juliana Hamilton C’22 Majors: Media & Communications/Italian Studies

Katherine Flynn C’22 Major: Environmental Studies/International Relations

Katie Sparks C’21 Major: Women and Gender Studies

Elizabeth Mignano C’22 Major: Art

Kavita Gordon C’22 Major: Sociology

Anna Smith C’22 Major: Political Science/Public Health

Nicole Pesa C’21 Major: Neuroscience

Kimberly Haupt C’23 Major:Environmental Science/Political Science

Alyssa Sileo C’22 Major: Theatre Arts

Melanie Haber C’22 Major: International Relations

Sydney Quinn C’21 Major: English Literature

Melissa Berrios C’22 Major: Public Health/Biology

Ryan Joseph C’22 Major: English/ Writing & Communications

Dillon McCarthy C’23 Major: Political Science

Nick Ramirez C’22 Major: Theatre Arts/Political Science

Jackie Wilberton C’22 Major: Theatre/History

Audrey Borba C’22 Major: English/Media & Communications

Delaney Redford C’22 Major: International Relations

Luisa Vargas C’21 Major: Biology

Kayla Witkowski C’21 Major: Neuroscience

Shannon Mills C’23 Major: Psychology

Alivia Salls C’23 Major: Theatre Arts/Business

Vedantika Mohile C’23 Major: Neuroscience

Michael Bickford C’23 Major: Biology

Jesse Gallagher C’21 Major: Theatre Arts/ Media & Communications

Baylee Witter C’21 Major: Theatre Arts

Pippa Gerber-Stroh C’23 Major: Theatre Arts

Ellyes Baghouli C’23 Major: Theatre Arts/Business