New Students

Welcome to Drexel!

Engage with our First Year Experience: Take part in Hillel’s amazing early move-in program.  Join us for creative Welcome Week events. Plan your own programs with the First Year Council.

Questions about Hillel’s First Year Experience?

 Contact Hannah Rosenberg!

Jewniversity: Drexel Hillel’s Early Move In Program

Thursday, September 10-Saturday, September 12, 2020

Looking for a unique opportunity to get connected to life at Drexel before the rush of classes begin? Want to build relationships with new and returning students? Interested in learning about Jewish life at Drexel while exploring campus and Philadelphia? JEWNIVERSITY IS FOR YOU!

Along with the University, we are closely monitoring the restrictions and safety guidelines issued by the state to help calibrate our plans for campus operations in the Fall, which include Jewniversity. We are confident we will provide a quality early move-in experience, whether that means online, in smaller groups, or in-person. We will try our best to keep you as informed about our plans as possible.

Register Here

Why participate in Jewniversity?

This program is a great way for incoming students to meet upperclassman and other incoming students before the academic year begins. Incoming students also get better acquainted with the Drexel University campus, the city of Philadelphia and college life, in general.  It is an opportunity to get involved in community service projects, learn about Jewish life on campus, explore Philadelphia and more! As an added bonus, Jewniversity allows for incoming students to move into the residence halls early!

Who is Jewniversity for?

Everyone! It doesn’t matter if you are an incoming first-year student or a transfer student. Hillel will offer fun activities for everyone regardless of your Jewish background or interests. All meals will be provided by Hillel, under kashrut supervision. All Drexel University incoming students are welcome to participate in the program, regardless of their religion or background.

What does Jewniversity include?

Jewniversity begins with assistance moving in on Thursday and includes programming for students and their families through dinner Thursday night.  Jewniversity continues with a full day of programming (all meals included) on Friday and a half day of programming on Saturday. The Jewniversity registration fee includes all early move-in registration costs, all meals and program costs during Jewniversity.  Participants in Jewniversity are required, by the University, to attend all aspects of the program.

How do I register for Jewniversity?

Fill out the registration form on this page, below, and mail your payment of $150 or $175 after July 1st payable to Drexel Hillel to: c/o Drexel Hillel, Perelman Center for Jewish Life, 118 N 34th St, Philadelphia PA 19104.  Trouble with the form? Find it here!

How do I pay for Jewniversity?

To mail a check,  make checks payable to Drexel Hillel to: Drexel Hillel 118 N 34th St, Philadelphia PA 19104.  For payment questions or  arrange for financial assistance, please contact Rabbi Isabel. The program fee is $150 per student if registered before July 1. After July 1, the program fee increases to $175.

Additional Questions?

Do you have any additional questions about Jewniversity? Call the Hillel office at 215-571-4251 or email our Director of Engagement, Hannah Rosenberg at

Welcome Week

Saturday, September 12 – Sunday, September 20, 2020

We are excited to announce our Welcome Week events within the next few months. Below is a taste of what we did last year!
  • Volunteering with the Jewish Relief Agency- Sunday, September 15th 9AM-12PM, meet at the Perelman Center for Jewish Life (limited to the first 40 people)
  • Perelman Carnival- Monday, September 16th 4-6PM, Perelman Center Terrance
  • DIY Fest- Wednesday, September 18th 11AM-1PM, Van R Ballroom
  • Challah Dough Making- Thursday, September 19th 11AM, Perelman Center Basement
  • Challah Braiding- Friday, September 20th 2PM, Perelman Center Basement
  • Shabbat Services (Conversations, Reform, Conservative, Orthodox)- Friday, September 20th 6PM, Perelman Center 3rd Floor rooms
  • Shabbat Dinner- Friday, September 20th 7PM, Perelman Center 1st Floor Dining Room
  • SMASH- Saturday, September 21st, Perelman Center
  • S’mores & Havdalah- Saturday, September 21st 8PM, Race Lawn

PLEASE NOTE: This year, Rosh Hashanah is September 19-20th during Welcome Week and Hillel will provide programming and services during this time!

First Year Council

When the academic year begins, it’s time for you to plan programs & events for yourself & your first year friends!

Past events include:
  • Ice Skating at Blue Cross River Rink
  • Mishloach Manot/Finals Care Packages
  • Open Mic Night @ the Perelman Center
  • Trip to the Zoo
  • … and MORE!

Kosher Freshman Living Community

Apply Here

We are happy to arrange a suite with a Kosher kitchen for our Shomer Kashrut first-year students in Van Rensselaer Hall (located at Powelton and 33rd within the University City eruv).  Based on the number of interested students 1-4 suites will have their kitchens kashered. All interested students must complete their housing forms with the University by May 15th and complete the application form below by June 1.

Questions? Contact Rabbi Isabel de Koninck, Executive Director and Campus Rabbi.