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Jewniversity 101: Hillel's Early Move-In Program



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!



What is Jewniversity?
Jewniversity is an early move-in program for all incoming students offered by Hillel and coordinated by student facilitators (Jewniversity staff). Jewniversity Staff are hand-picked upper-class students that staff the Jewniversity activities and guide the incoming students as peer mentors. Jewniversity involves two days of activities prior to general move-in, optional programming during Thursday and Friday of New Student Days and a special New Student Days Shabbat dinner at the end of the week.

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 and is 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 Tuesday and includes programming for students and their families through dinner Tuesday night.  Jewniversity continues with a full day of programming (all meals included) on Wednesday, and concludes with a full morning of programming and lunch on Thursday.  The Jewniversity registration fee includes all early move-in registration costs, all meals and program costs during Jewniversity.  Participants in Jewniversity are expected to attend all aspects of the program from Tuesday through Thursday lunch unless they are participated in a University sponsored early-move in program (Honors College or Material Engineering Course). Jewniversity participants are also encouraged to attend Hillel’s New Student Days Shabbat dinner Friday evening and other Hillel events throughout the weekend.

How do I register for Jewniversity?
Fill out the registration form on this page and mail your payment payable to Drexel Hillel to 30 S. 33rd Street, Philadelphia PA 19104.  Over the summer, University Housing will ask you to request a move-in time slot.  Please select the first time-slot available on Tuesday morning September 16th (Hillel will pay the fee associated with this move-in time). 

How do I pay for Jewniversity?
Participants may pay online at our secure form here. To mail a check,  make checks payable to Hillel at Drexel University, and mail to Hillel at Drexel University c/o Steinhardt Hall, 215 S. 39th Street, Philadelphia PA 19104.  For payment questions or  arrange for financial assistance, please contact Rabbi Isabel

Additional Questions?
Do you have any additional questions about Jewniversity? Call the Hillel office at 215-895-2531 or email Jewniversity Student Chair Matt Solomon.