About

LeBow Response to COVID-19

As an extension of Drexel’s dedication to preserving and maintaining the health and safety of all members of its community amidst the outbreak of COVID-19, Drexel LeBow is committed to providing comprehensive resources to LeBow current and prospective students, faculty and staff, as well as alumni and donors.

For the latest information about Drexel’s response to COVID-19, please refer to the Official Drexel University Coronavirus website.

Frequently Asked Questions


Prospective & Admitted Undergraduate Students “New Dragons”

What is the best way for a New Dragon to contact LeBow undergraduate student admissions?

If you would like more information on LeBow’s academic programs for undergraduates or help with the application process, please email lebowadv@drexel.edu.

Will LeBow still be hosting open houses for New Dragons?

Yes! Open Houses and Virtual Experiences are listed on our Undergraduate Admissions page.

Is Camp Business 2020 still running?

The LeBow College of Business has decided, for the health and safety of our participating campers, to cancel all on-campus sessions (residential and commuter) for Camp Business. We will provide a condensed Virtual Camp Business from July 14-16, 2020.

> Learn more about Camp Business 2020 virtual sessions

Are there events specifically for New Dragons?

Experience TEDx LeBow
TEDx LeBow, an independently organized TED event, provides a platform for LeBow students and alumni to present a 10-minute talk focused on selected topics in diversity and inclusion on Wednesday, May 20 from 6:00‒7:00 p.m.

This event has already occurred.

> View Recording Here

The LeBow Freshmen 15
These live, virtual events occur bi-weekly and are only 15 minutes each, providing you with quick, bite-sized information about student life at LeBow and giving you the opportunity to meet your future classmates.

> Learn more about the LeBow Freshmen 15

How else can I connect with LeBow?


Live on Instagram
Follow us on Instagram @lebowundergrad for our weekly series, Get to Know LeBow. This series includes a tour of Gerri C. LeBow Hall, a day in the life of a LeBow student, Live Q&As with current students and more.
 
Individual Sessions
If you’d like to connect with us one-on-one, please email Caitlin Brady at cem398@drexel.edu to schedule a virtual information session.

If I have questions related to the Visa / immigration process, who do I contact?

Drexel’s Office of International Students and Scholars Services is available to assist you. Please contact them directly with your questions at isss@drexel.edu or view the FAQ. Please be aware that, given the current situation, that office is extremely busy helping applicants, current undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and staff. Please be patient as a response may take some time.

How does my LeBow major relate to COVID-19?

Explore concepts and practices with LeBow faculty members as they draw on real world applicability to your major and this pandemic. Click on the following areas of study to watch the zoom recording for your major.

> Accounting
> Decision Sciences and MIS
> Economics & Int’l Business
> Finance & Real Estate
> General Business & Undeclared
> Legal Studies
> Marketing
> Management (TIMS, Org Mgmt, OPSM)
> Sport Business

What if I have other questions?

Please visit Drexel’s Coronavirus: Information for Prospective Students webpage for more information.


Prospective & Admitted Graduate Students

Is the LeBow Graduate Admissions office open, and can I visit the campus?

In accordance with statewide preventative measures for the COVID-19 pandemic, all Drexel University campus facilities are closed to the public and limited to essential personnel. However, the LeBow Graduate Admissions office is still running our full operations. Professional staff are working remotely to ensure our prospective and admitted students receive the feedback and support they need.

How can I meet with an admissions advisor?

You can request a virtual One-on-One meeting with an admissions advisor or e-mail your questions to lebowgradenroll@drexel.edu for a more immediate answer.

Will you be holding any open houses or information sessions for your MBA and MS programs?

Yes! We will be holding open houses and information sessions virtually for the MBA and MS programs. Please check out our LeBow Admission Events website for upcoming webinars.

Will the COVID-19 pandemic have any effect on the admissions process for prospective or newly admitted graduate students?

The COVID-19 pandemic will not impact how Drexel LeBow evaluates applications for admissions to any of its graduate programs. The Admissions Committee will continue to review completed applications on a rolling basis.

What is the application deadline for international and domestic applicants?

The final deadline to complete an application for international applicants is June 13, 2020. Domestic students will need to complete their application by September 10, 2020. Unfortunately, we are unable to extend the international applicant deadline due to visa timeline restrictions.

To ensure the Admissions Committee reviews your application for your intended term, please complete your application and have all your supplemental materials submitted prior to the deadline.

If I can’t request my official transcript before the application deadline, will you accept an unofficial copy of my transcript?

We recognize that many universities are closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We will review and make admissions decisions with unofficial copies of your transcript. Please upload the transcripts to your online application or email them to enroll@drexel.edu.

You will only be required to submit official transcripts if you are admitted and enroll in the program at Drexel University. Official transcripts must be received prior to September 1, 2020. In the event that there are still limitations due to COVID-19, we will work with any student on an individual basis.

What if I am unable to pay my application fee?

Drexel understands that many applicants may encounter financial difficulties due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please contact our team at lebowgradenroll@drexel.edu to discuss application fee waiver opportunities.

What if there is a delay with my third-party evaluation?

We understand that many organizations have closed physical offices, which may cause a delay in completion of third-party evaluations. We can accept unofficial or electronic copies of any evaluation for admissions review purposes. Please upload the electronic copies of your evaluation to your online application or email them to enroll@drexel.edu.

If you are unable to obtain an electronic or unofficial copy of your evaluation before the application deadline, please contact the LeBow Graduate Admissions team at lebowgradenroll@drexel.edu.

What if I cannot get in touch with my recommenders?

If you are not able to reach your recommenders, you can have an alternate individual submit a letter of recommendation. Please have this individual email the letter of recommendation to enroll@drexel.edu and include your full name as listed on the application. Our team can manually add this letter to complete your application.

Will Drexel LeBow waive my GRE/GMAT if I am unable to take the exam?

As of April 14, 2020, both the GMAT and GRE are available to be taken online through your personal computer at home. Please visit the ETS website to learn more and schedule your GRE at-home exam; you may visit the GMAC website to learn more and schedule your GMAT online exam.

Our admissions team is happy to consider a GMAT/GRE waiver for those who are unable to complete the exam. Waivers will be considered on a case-by-case basis and are not guaranteed. To be considered for a waiver, please contact our team at lebowgradenroll@drexel.edu to discuss your academic background and professional experience. A virtual interview may be required if more information is needed.

Will Drexel LeBow waive the English Proficiency Requirement if I am unable to take the TOEFL/IELTS exam?

As of April 14, 2020, the TOEFL is available to be taken online through your personal computer at home. Please visit the ETS website to learn more and schedule your TOEFL at-home exam. The British Council is also offering the IELTS Indicator exam, which can be completed on your personal computer in lieu of the IELTS exam. Score requirements will remain the same.

Drexel LeBow is also accepting the Duolingo English Test to meet the English Proficiency Requirement for graduate programs. The Duolingo English Test is an online English proficiency test that can be taken online, on-demand, and in under an hour for only $49. The test is taken via a computer with a camera and includes a proficiency score, video interview, and writing sample which are shared with our admissions team when you send your results to the LeBow College of Business. Certified results are available within 48 hours of the test. Drexel LeBow looks for a minimum score of 115 for the best chance of admission to our graduate programs.

I’ve been admitted to a graduate program at Drexel LeBow, but I need an extension on my deposit deadline. Are you able to accommodate an extension request?

Yes, we can accommodate a deposit deadline extension on a case-by-case basis. Please email LeBow Graduate Admissions at lebowgradenroll@drexel.edu to request an extension.

If I have been admitted or have already confirmed my enrollment in a graduate program, can I defer my admission if I am unable to travel to campus for the Fall quarter?

Yes, we can allow you to defer your enrollment to the next available term.

If I defer my enrollment to a graduate program, will I be able to keep the scholarship I received?

Yes, if you elect to defer your enrollment and were awarded a scholarship, it will be applied to your next academic term.

If I have questions related to the Visa / immigration process, who do I contact?

Drexel’s Office of International Students and Scholars Services is available to assist you. Please contact them directly with your questions at isss@drexel.edu or view the FAQ. For an overview of Drexel’s response to COVID-19 and the F1/J1 Visa, view a presentation from our International Students & Scholars Services.

If students are still not permitted on campus for the Fall 2020 term, how will I attend my courses and do my coursework?

Although our physical campus is closed, Drexel University is fully operational and running remote and online classes for our upcoming terms. Drexel University has a strong background in online education and has been delivering courses online for almost two decades. We currently offer more than 150 degrees online across the University. Because of our robust technical support, our admissions and student services are working at full capacity in the virtual environment.


Prospective & Admitted Executive Education Students

What is the best way to contact LeBow Executive and Continuing Education admissions?

As a result of Drexel’s efforts to minimize the outbreak of the Coronavirus Disease, face-to-face Executive Education events have moved online. You can still learn about Drexel LeBow’s innovative Executive Education programs by connecting virtually with us through the following offerings:


Prospective & Admitted PhD Students

Can I still apply for Fall 2020 admission?

The application deadline for Fall 2020 has passed; we are no longer accepting applications. Our application system will re-open for the Fall 2021 cohort in September. View more information on the PhD application process and contact us at lebowphd@drexel.edu with questions.

Is the LeBow PhD Program office open, and can I visit the campus?

In accordance with statewide preventative measures for the COVID-19 pandemic, all Drexel University campus facilities are closed to the public and limited to essential personnel. However, the LeBow PhD Program is still running our full operations, with professional staff and faculty working remotely to ensure our prospective and admitted students receive the feedback and support they need.

Will you be holding any open houses or information sessions for your PhD programs?

Not at this time. We normally hold our Open House in the Fall and plan to do so again this year. If you would like to be notified of these events please complete our Information Request form. We also regularly attend events sponsored by DocNet and the PhD Project, so please see their upcoming schedules for the Fall. You can also email us at lebowphd@drexel.edu to answer any questions you may have.

Will the COVID-19 pandemic have any effect on the admissions process for prospective or newly admitted PhD students?

The COVID-19 pandemic will not impact how Drexel LeBow evaluates applications for admissions to the PhD program.

I have been admitted with full-funding; will the COVID-19 pandemic have any effect on the funding for newly admitted PhD students?

Everything is on track for you and all of our other admitted PhD students to start in the fall and to begin your Graduate Assistant positions. We do not expect any negative impact on our admitted PhDs. We fully expect to welcome you and your classmates in the fall as PhD students with full funding. However, it is important to note that, given the uncertainty and fluidity around this global pandemic, no institution can provide an applicant a 100 percent guarantee.

If I have been admitted, do I still need to request that my official transcripts be sent to Drexel?

Yes. Official transcripts must be received prior to September 1, 2020. However, we recognize that many universities are closed due to the pandemic. In the event that there are still limitations due to COVID-19, we will work with any student on an individual basis.

If I have questions related to the Visa / immigration process, who do I contact?

Drexel’s Office of International Students and Scholars Services is available to assist you. Please contact them directly with your questions at isss@drexel.edu or view the FAQ. Please be aware that, given the current situation, that office is extremely busy helping applicants, current undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and staff. Please be patient as a response may take some time.

If students are still not permitted on campus for the Fall 2020 term, how will I attend my courses and do my coursework?

Although our physical campus is closed, Drexel University is fully operational and running remote and online classes for our upcoming terms. Drexel University has a strong background in online education and has been delivering courses online for almost two decades. We currently offer more than 150 degrees online across the University. Because of our robust technical support, our admissions and student services are working at full capacity in the virtual environment.


Current LeBow Students

As College services transition online, there are several resources available to students through digital platforms.

> View a comprehensive overview of University services available to students

From one-on-one academic advising to individual career guidance, current LeBow students can continue to rely on our faculty and staff for academic and career support. For comprehensive answers to questions regarding these services, read below.


Undergraduate Students

Are LeBow academic and career advisors still available?

The LeBow Undergraduate Student Services Office is ready and able to support you during this time!

Your academic advisors will be available through email and for virtual appointments via Zoom (video or voice meeting) from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Because we will not be physically in the office during this time, we will not be hosting walk-in hours. This will open abundant time on advisors’ calendars for appointments.

Your career advisors will be available through virtual appointments via Zoom (video or voice meeting), email, or phone during normal working hours, 9:00 am -5:00 pm, Monday-Friday.

There will be career-related workshops held virtually throughout the term, as well as employer-engagement opportunities. Check the LeBow events calendar for the full schedule of programming.

Steps to meet with your academic advisor virtually:

  • Make an appointment with your advisor through your Drexel One Portal.
  • Your advisor will reach out to you via your Drexel email with your Zoom link prior to your meeting.
  • Click on the link in the email and join the session!

Steps to meet with your career advisor virtually:

  • Make an appointment with career services via email at ugcs@drexel.edu.
  • Career Services will reach out to schedule your appointment using your Drexel email and will send you a Zoom link prior to your scheduled appointment.
  • Click on the link in the email and join the session!

Beginning Week Two of the term, there will be late hours for academic advising on Tuesdays from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Please email lcbug@drexel.edu to make an appointment with an advisor on a Tuesday evening.

In line with our normal business protocols, please give advisors 24-48 hours to respond; however, response times will likely be quicker.

What tutoring resources are available to me?

Tutoring services are currently available via Zoom session and by appointment. For a full list of tutoring hours and session information, visit the Undergraduate Tutoring page.

What about my co-op?

Since every co-op is unique, we advise you to contact your co-op advisor with any questions or concerns about how COVID-19 will or will not impact you.

Who do I contact if I have other academic concerns?

You may reach out to the LeBow Undergraduate Office via email and phone at any time.

> View a full list of academic advisors with contact information

You can also email Undergraduate Programs at lcbug@drexel.edu - your email will be redirected to the appropriate member of the team. Any messages left on the Undergraduate Student Services voicemail at 215.895.2110 will be also be sent to someone on staff to assist.

Academic Peer Advisors from the Dean’s Student Advisory Board are also available via call or text at 267.564.5238, Monday through Thursday 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. They can also be reached via email at lebowapa@gmail.com.

> Visit the LeBow Undergraduate Advising Office
> Visit the LeBow Undergraduate Career Services Office

What about my student activities and student clubs?

As of the end of day on Friday, March 20, 2020, there will be no access to university or off-campus spaces for student activities, clubs or coursework. It is up to the individual club if they would like to maintain virtual meeting times.

How can I stay connected to my classes and advisors online?

As all University classes have been moved online and non-essential faculty and staff continue to work from home, the College is utilizing the Zoom Online Meeting Platform for the delivery of all classes and remote meetings.

> View more information about using Zoom

Numerous software packages featuring Zoom and other platforms are available either through the LeBow Virtual Application (vApps) server or via direct download/install to student computers. Explore these options below.

I am experiencing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic; is there any financial assistance available to help?

LeBow recognizes that students and/or their families may be impacted financially by the COVID-19 pandemic. Drexel University is dedicated to ensuring students get the support they need during this time.

For more information on support offered through the University, please refer to the Drexel Student Emergency Fund.


Graduate Students

Are LeBow academic and career advisors still available?

Yes! Though physical walk-in hours are currently unavailable, sessions with advisors can be conducted with students via email, Zoom, or Skype. To schedule an appointment with your academic or career advisor, please first send a request via email.

What about my internship?

Questions about internships should be directed to your career advisor. Since every opportunity is unique, we advise you to contact your advisor with any questions or concerns about how COVID-19 will or will not impact you.

> View more information and contact LeBow graduate career advisors

Who do I contact if I have other academic concerns?

While Drexel’s physical offices are closed, faculty and staff are still here to assist you. Please reach out via email to schedule calls or video appointments.

> View more information and contact LeBow graduate academic advisors

How can I stay connected to my classes and advisors online?

As all University classes have been moved online and non-essential faculty and staff continue to work from home, the College is utilizing the Zoom Online Meeting Platform for the delivery of all classes and remote meetings.

> Find more information about using Zoom effectively

Numerous software packages featuring Zoom and other platforms are available either through the LeBow Virtual Application (vApps) server or via direct download/install to student computers. Explore these options below.

I am experiencing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic; is there any financial assistance available to help?

LeBow recognizes that students and/or their families may be impacted financially by the COVID-19 pandemic. Drexel University is dedicated to ensuring students get the support they need during this time. For more information on support offered through the University, please refer to the Drexel Student Emergency Fund.


Current PhD Students

How can I stay in touch or ask questions?

As all University classes have been moved online and non-essential faculty and staff continue to work from home, the College is utilizing Microsoft Teams and the Zoom Online Meeting Platform for the delivery of all classes and remote meetings.

> Find more information on using Zoom effectively

A LeBow College of Business “Team” has been created in Microsoft Teams, and features the ability to chat with the tech department in real time. This group includes all PhD students.

Both Christopher Laincz, PhD, and Sarah Haley have standing virtual office hours on Zoom during the week specifically for PhD students. If you need the link, either email us or check your Outlook calendar. We can also be reached quickly via Teams. Please also look for announcements from the LeBow PhD Social Committee on ways to continue to interact with your fellow students.

How can I stay connected to my classes and faculty advisors online?

As all University classes have been moved online and non-essential faculty and staff continue to work from home, the College is utilizing the Zoom Online Meeting Platform and Teams for the delivery of all classes and remote meetings.

> Find more information on using Zoom effectively

Numerous software packages featuring Zoom and other platforms are available either through the LeBow Virtual Application (vApps) server or via direct download/install to student computers. Explore these options below.

May I do my proposal defense or dissertation defense remotely?

Yes. All proposal and dissertation defenses need to be done remotely until further notice. It is strongly recommended that you use Zoom to conduct these defenses. Please be sure to notify the PhD Program office no less than 4 weeks in advance of any defense and include the Zoom link in that notification.

More guidelines from the Graduate College will be forthcoming on this topic. Please check for updates.

What will happen with qualifying and candidacy exams?

Qualifying and candidacy exams will proceed as scheduled over the summer. However, the faculty PhD coordinators and the PhD director are currently exploring options for alternate means of delivery if we cannot be on campus at that time. These discussions will take place over the next few weeks. Please contact your faculty PhD coordinator for more information after April 30.

What will happen with the graduation, hooding and commencement ceremonies?

As President Fry shared, all on-campus commencement ceremonies have been indefinitely postponed. Stay tuned for more information on this topic as it pertains to all of our doctoral students.

May I apply for travel/research funding?

No. The Research/Travel fund is temporarily suspended. In addition, the University has suspended all P-card usage and we are unable to make any advance purchases on your behalf. We will update you as soon as the situation changes and the restrictions are lifted.

Where can I get training for my TA and teaching responsibilities?

Information and guidance on the use of online teaching and conference platforms can be found below.

Faculty & Staff

Meetings & Staying in Touch

As all University classes have been moved online and non-essential faculty and staff continue to work from home, the College is utilizing Microsoft Teams and the Zoom Online Meeting Platform for the delivery of all classes and remote meetings.

> Find more information on using Zoom effectively

A LeBow College of Business “Team” has been created in Microsoft Teams, and features the ability to chat with the tech department in real time.

Tech Webinars & How Tos

Information and guidance on the use of online teaching and conference platforms can be found below.


Getting Technical Support

LeBow Tech and Instructional Technology are working hard to support faculty, staff and students through this situation. For further technical assistance, please feel free to reach out to the appropriate group below.

LeBow Tech – For help with Zoom, Virtual Apps (vApps), OneDrive, and General Tech Support

Instructional Tech – For help with Blackboard, Online Exams, Course Video, Zoom, and General Pedagogy/Instruction

Web Services – For help with Website Issues, LeBow Intranet, Course Evaluations


Corporate Partners

With campus closed, is the Drexel Solutions Institute still available to help my company?

While Drexel University’s campus is currently closed, the Drexel Solutions Institute is operating as normal with the team working remotely. We are committed to providing ongoing service to best assist our corporate partners.

We welcome the opportunity to discuss ways in which the Drexel Solutions Institute can assist you. Email us at dsi@drexel.edu or feel free to call us at 215.571.3766 to schedule a call or virtual meeting.

We look forward to speaking with you.

How has COVID-19 impacted Drexel’s R&D capabilities?

Drexel University has limited its on-campus research and development activities to “critical research activities” only to ensure the safety of Drexel’s researchers, staff and research participants and to align with the most recent NIH guidance. The Office of Research & Innovation has requested that research involving person-to-person contact or gatherings of human research participants be paused as soon as possible unless needed for participant safety. The duration of the pause is unknown, but to reduce disruption to the extent possible, the Office of Research and Innovation will be reassessing daily.

That said, as an R1 research university, Drexel University recently announced the formation of the COVID-19 Research & Innovation Collaborative with the goal of developing new research and innovation programs based in the strengths of Drexel and our partners and scientific and societal needs.

The Drexel Solutions Institute understands that research and innovation are vital now more than ever as industries accelerate their focus on testing, treatment and ultimately, prevention of COVID-19.

Ongoing research projects with the Drexel Solutions Institute are currently taking place and DSI continues to work with our corporate partners to leverage Drexel’s R1 research capabilities virtually to assist with their R&D needs in a time-sensitive manner as applicable.

To start a conversation about how we can assist with your R&D needs, please email us at DSI@drexel.edu.

How do we keep up our learning and development efforts in the face of remote work, uncertainty, and more, and how can Drexel assist?

While today’s workforce undergoes an enormous shift, the Drexel Solutions Institute is here to assist our corporate partners to create flexible plans for workplace training and employee development. We can help your businesses meet your Learning and Development needs through customized training programs that address any learning gaps or assist with upskilling.

Although our physical campus is closed, Drexel University is fully operational and happy to work with you and your teams to discuss customized degree programs and training options based on your needs. With over two decades of experience in online learning, we can work with you to design custom credit and non-credit certificate programs to address the needs of your organization.

To start a conversation about your corporate education and training needs, please contact the Drexel Solutions Institute at dsi@drexel.edu or call 215.571.3766.

How do I learn more about Co-op and hiring students during this time?

As the University continues to monitor the coronavirus outbreak closely, the Steinbright Career Development Center is available to help with any questions from our corporate partners. Please note that many of the Steinbright staff will be working remotely but will still be available to answer questions and provide additional support to assist with your talent acquisition needs.

> Contact Steinbright’s Employer Relations team

How else is Drexel addressing COVID-19?

For more information on Drexel University’s response to COVID-19, please visit Drexel Now.


Donors & Alumni

How will this effect on-campus events scheduled this spring?

Following recent University, CDC, and local health department guidelines, all in-person gatherings including Alumni Weekend 2020, have been canceled or postponed until further notice. We are instead offering a number of virtual programs for you to take advantage of including our Weekly Webinar’s from LeBow’s Office of Engagement which features relevant speakers and topics, from career resources to business trends. For any other questions about specific events please email LCBevents@drexel.edu.

I paid to attend an event. Will I receive a refund?

If you previously registered for an event, you should have received a refund and additional information on the cancellation from the event manager. If you have any additional questions about event refunds, please contact Cassie Brown, Director of Engagement and Alumni Relations at clb87@drexel.edu.

I recently lost my job. How can LeBow assist with my job search?

Career resources are available to all Drexel alumni through the Drexel Alumni Career Resources page. LeBow alumni may also take advantage of our resources available through LeBow Graduate Career Services.

How can I help a graduating senior or MBA/MS student in their job search during this difficult time?

Any leads you know of are extremely helpful to our graduating students searching for a job this time of year. Please send any information about undergraduate jobs, internships, or listings to Lisa DeLuca or graduate level roles to Stephanie Johnson.

How Can I Support LeBow Students During the COVID-19 Crisis?

Several funds exist at Drexel LeBow to help alumni and friends support the College in moments like this. By supporting one or more of these funds, you can help ensure a LeBow student has access to basic needs, as well as the resources to stay on track to graduation. Please consider supporting these critical funds:

LeBow College of Business Priorities (Unrestricted): Provides flexible funding that enables LeBow to be nimble and provide students with critical resources when they need them.

LeBow Operation Graduation: Provides emergency funding for LeBow juniors and seniors facing unexpected financial circumstances that might prevent them from graduating with a Drexel degree.

The Drexel University Student Emergency Fund: Provides one-time financial support to students who experience an emergency situation (University-wide).

Any additional questions:
Please contact Cassie Brown, Director of Engagement and Alumni Relations at clb87@drexel.edu at any time with questions or for more information. Until our normal operations resume, we hope you and your family stay well.

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