A Message from President John A. Fry to the Incoming Class
I am thrilled to welcome you to Drexel. You couldn’t have picked a better time to join our University as we celebrate its 125th anniversary. Our founder, Philadelphia financier and philanthropist Anthony J. Drexel, envisioned an institution of higher learning uniquely suited to the needs of a rapidly growing industrial society and of the women and men seeking their place in it — core values that continue to guide the University in its modern era.
Welcome Week provides an opportunity to formally introduce new students to our campus and surrounding community. I encourage you to take advantage of the variety of programs and activities offered throughout the week, which will help connect you with your peers, as well as with faculty and professional staff members across campus.
Drexel is a fast-paced environment, so take the time this week to become acclimated with the campus and the city of Philadelphia. This is now your home away from home and our goal is to welcome you to the Drexel family with a wide variety of opportunities for involvement.
We have worked hard to identify and bring in the type of students who want to be at Drexel, students who understand all that we have to offer through the experiences in and out of the classroom, as well as through our renowned co-op program.
It is through this framework that our team created Welcome Week — a fall orientation program that sets you up for success. The New Student Kickoff will welcome you to our campus community through a fun and interactive celebratory event. College Day will allow you to connect with your school or college, while also meeting with your faculty members and advisors. Convocation invites new students to celebrate our 125th anniversary, while formally starting our academic year.
You have the honor of being the 125th entering class of this storied institution. This is the start of your Drexel journey and you will create the next chapter of the University’s story. I wish you every success during your time at Drexel and look forward to you making a difference like those who came before you.
John A. Fry