FALL 2020

Updated September 9, 2020

Please review the listed resources for information on our return to campus (RTC) in Fall 2020. Resources include those provided by the University and the School for Facilities, Education, Students, and Research.

Dornsife is continually updating DSPH Fall 2020 FAQs that supplement the University FAQs and provide Dornsife specific information. Please continue to visit Drexel’s Response to Coronavirus website for the latest guidelines and resources, as well as updates and communications to the wider Drexel community.

Drexel Policy & Guidance

The Impact of COVID-19 on International Students

Fall 2020 New Incoming Students Guide
ISSS has developed a guide for the fall 2020 term outlining your options for course enrollment, travel, and more.

Fall 2020 Current Returning Students Guide
ISSS has developed a guide for the fall 2020 term outlining your options for course enrollment, travel, and more.

Health and Safety Guidelines

Additional COVID-19 Resources

As schools, restaurants, and businesses close to prevent the spread of Coronavirus, companies are offering modified services, discounts, and deals to alleviate the closures’ financial, emotional, and technological costs on consumers, institutions, and other businesses. See below for a list of the services and resources for students both in Philadelphia and around the world. Please be sure to read the full terms and conditions of each deal described:

COVID-19 Mental Health and Coping Resources


Financial Assistance

  • Dornsife Student Emergency Fund
    The Dornsife Student Emergency Fund (SEF) was established to help full-time Dornsife School of Public Health undergraduate and graduate students who are in need of immediate financial assistance due to unforeseen circumstances or emergency expenses that are related to COVID-19 pandemic. The spirit of this funding is to support emergency circumstances brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. 
  • Drexel Student Emergency Fund
    Apply for the Student Emergency Fund, designed to support students who are in need of immediate financial assistance due to unexpected emergency expenses.
  • Relief for Student Loan Borrowers
    The recently enacted Coronavirus legislation included several important provisions concerning federally guaranteed student loans. This resource contains numerous FAQs from the U.S. Department of Education in an effort to clarify the provisions and how they will be implemented and when.

Internet and Data

  • Internet Essentials
    Internet program for low-income families free for first 2 months and costs $9.95 per month after


  • Sign up for Philadelphia’s Citywide and Neighborhood alerts related to COVID-19 by texting “COVIDPHL” to 888-777.
  • Free Meals in Philadelphia
  • Philly Food Finder Map
    To find food resources, type in your address to focus on your area. You can also use one or more of the filters on the right to narrow your search. You can select an area to search, find locations open on certain days of the week, or find locations near public transit lines (Market-Frankford, Broad Street Line, or Regional Rail).

University Resources

For key facts and FAQs shared by the University at large, please click here. Please see below for additional resources related to:

  • Academic Support
    Have questions about academics in online learning? Learn more about Drexel’s Bookstore, Center for Learning and Academic Success Services, Disability Resources, Drexel Writing Center, English Language Center, Graduate College, Information Technology, Library, and Steinbright Career Development Center
  • Drexel Central
    Looking for answers to your general University concerns? Learn more about Financial Aid and Federal Work Study Program.
  • Drexel Libraries
    Looking for trusted sources providing informationabout the 2020Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) outbreak?Find updated guidance, research and best practices
  • Electronic Research Notebooks
    Electronic research notebooks (ERNs) help researchers to manage the results of research efforts, record and document research processes and procedures, and manage digital research data in ways that increase reproducibility, efficiency, collaboration, searchability, and security. Drexel University has purchased an enterprise license for LabArchives electronic research notebook (ERN) services for use by its faculty, researchers, staff, graduate students, and undergraduate students in performing or learning research activities.  
  • Health and Wellness
    During these times of great uncertainty, Dornsife reminds you to take care of your physical and mental health. Learn more about Drexel’s Counseling Office, Office of Disability Resources (ODR), Drexel Student Health Center (DSHC), Office of Equality & Diversity (OED), Health Insurance, Immunizations & More.
  • International Students and Scholars Services
    International Students and Scholars Services (ISSS) offers a vast array of programs and services to international students, scholars, and faculty. They have created a series of targeted FAQ pages which address potential questions and concerns of new, incoming international students, continuing international students, and foreign national faculty, scholars and employees updated regularly using guidance and information from both the University and the U.S. Government.
  • (IT) Laptop Loan
    Drexel University IT has PC and Mac laptops available for students, faculty, and professional staff to borrow during the campus closure.
  • Personal Support
    Looking for additional personal resources? Learn more about Commuter Student Resources, International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS), International Student Resources, Office of the Ombuds, Office of Spiritual and Religious Life, Student Center for Diversity and Inclusion, and Office of Veteran Student Services.
  • Tutoring Resources
    Individual tutoring and academic support centers’ services and response to Drexel University’s remote learning during the spring and summer 2020 remote instruction

Volunteer Opportunities

    Volunteer to deliver meals.
    Register online or call: 215-496-2662 x3
  • Philadelphia Medical Reserve Corps (MRC)
    Volunteer to conduct screenings, provide clinical support or medical assessments, provide administrative support, or canvas.
    Contact: mrc@phila.gov or call 215-685-6861
  • PHL COVID-19 Fund
    Donate to the COVID-19 fund. Seeded with an initial $6.5 million from United Way, Philadelphia Foundation, William Penn Foundation and others, the fund is accepting donations as low as $25, 100 percent of which will go to nonprofits.
  • Virtual Volunteer Opportunities
    Looking for opportunities to give back? Learn more about remote/ virtual volunteer opportunities you can take part in while comfortably practicing social distancing.
  • Additional Opportunities

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