Except for the Law School, which follows its own calendar structure, Drake University's academic year is comprised of a summer term, a 15-week (excluding final evaluations) fall semester, a three-week January term, and a 15-week (excluding final evaluations) spring semester.

Official Academic Calendar for 2015-2016:


Summer 2015

  • May 18 (Mon.)
    Summer term begins
  • May 25 (Mon.)
    Memorial Day (classes do not meet)
  • Jul 3 (Fri.)
    Independence Day (classes do not meet)
  • Aug 23 (Sun.)
    Summer term ends


Fall 2015 (Non Law School)

  • Aug. 31 (Mon.)
    Fall term begins
  • Sept. 4 (Fri.)
    Last day to add a class
  • Sept. 7 (Mon.)
    Labor Day (classes do not meet)
  • Sept. 14 (Mon.)
    Last day to drop a class without a “W”
  • Sept 26-27 (Sat.-Sun.)
    Parent/Family Weekend
  • Oct. 7 (Wed)
    Mandatory fire drill
  • Oct. 9-10 (Fri.-Sat.)
    Homecoming Weekend
  • Oct. 19-20 (Mon.-Tues.)
    Fall break
  • Oct. 21 (Wed.)
    Midpoint of semester
  • Oct. 28 (Wed.)
    Last day to drop a Fall 2015 class without extenuating circumstances
  • Nov. 24 (Tues.)
    Thanksgiving recess begins after evening classes
  • Nov. 30 (Mon.)
    Classes resume
  • Dec. 11 (Fri.)
    Day free for study
  • Dec. 14-18 (Mon.-Fri.)
    Final evaluation period
  • Dec. 18 (Fri.)
    Fall term ends
  • Dec. 19 (Sat.)


J-Term 2016

  • Jan. 4 (Mon.)
    Beginning of J-term
  • Jan. 18 (Mon.)
    Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (classes do not meet)
  • Jan. 22 (Fri.)
    End of J-term


Spring 2016 (Non Law School)

  • Jan. 25 (Mon.)
    Spring term begins
  • Jan. 29 (Fri.)
    Last day to add a class
  • Feb. 5 (Fri.)
    Last day to drop a class without a “W”
  • Mar. 11 (Fri.)
    Midpoint of semester
  • Mar. 14-18 (Mon.-Fri.)
    Spring break
  • Mar. 25 (Fri.)
    Last day to drop a Spring 2015 class without extenuating circumstances
  • Apr. 28-30 (Thurs. - Sat.)
    Drake Relays
  • Apr. 29 (Fri.)
    Undergraduate classes dismissed at 1:50pm
  • May 6 (Fri.)
    Day free for study
  • May 9-13 (Mon.-Fri.)
    Final evaluation period
  • May 13 (Fri.)
    Spring term ends
  • May 15 (Sun.)


This is the official Academic Calendar for Drake University.  It is updated and maintained by the Office of Student Records.

University News
April 27, 2017
When Drake senior Reed Fischer crossed the finish line at the Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee on Thursday, he broke a school record that has stood since long before Drake’s famed Blue Oval was blue.