How long is Orientation?

Orientation is a day and a half experience beginning with check-in on Day one and ends with class registration on Day two at 3 PM.

Where and when can I check-in?

Check-in will begin at 12:30 PM in the Olmsted Center and will conclude at 1:30 PM.

Why should I come to Orientation?

At Drake, we feel it is very important to incoming students to become acquainted with campus life. During summer Orientation, students will also register for fall semester classes and learn about the many organizations and programs that Drake has to offer.

What should I bring?

It is highly encouraged that all students stay in the residence halls. Linens, towels, and a thin blanket are provided. The following items are recommended:

  • Blanket
  • Alarm Clock
  • Extra towel and toiletries
  • Casual clothing and shoes
  • Extra money for Drake apparel and snack (meals are provided)
  • Sweater/Sweatshirt (temperatures in different buildings vary)

Are parents encouraged to attend orientation with their student?

Yes! We strongly encourage parents to accompany their student at orientation. Drake provides many sessions specific for parents and guest. You will have the opportunity to meet other parents who are going through the same experience.

How can I access blueView?

  1. Your username is your Drake ID number
  2. Please visit Information for New Students
  3. Go to “blueView” at

If you are having troubles logging into blueView, contact the information technology help desk at 515-271-3001 to have your password reset.

Am I required to take the Math self-assessment?

Yes, all students are required to take the Math assessment prior to arrival at Orientation.

Are other self-assessments offered before or during Orientation?

Yes, we have a music theory and foreign language.

Foreign Language:

World Languages and Cultures offers a computer-based, adaptive placement exam in most of the 7 languages we offer for students wishing to enroll in a language course at Drake of a language which they have previously studied.There will be an opportunity to take a placement exam for those who have previous knowledge of their language of study.The score of this exam will be given on Day 1 and allow the student to register for the appropriate course on Day 2. For those students who are beginning a language new to them, they will be able to register for the 001 level on Day 2 of summer orientation-no placement exam is needed.

Music Theory:

All students that are intend to be a music major is required to take the music theory self-assessment. The music theory placement is offered during Orientation at noon on Day 1.The placement will cover the following:

  1. Identify and write pitches in treble and bass clef
  2. Identify and write key signatures in major and minor keys
  3. Identify intervals
  4. Short rhythmic identification

Will parents be staying in the residence halls?

Parents may stay on campus in a university residence hall separate from the students for a fee per person (See program fees page). All rooms are double occupancy. A single traveling parent/guest will be housed with another single parent/guest. A pair of parents/guests (2) will be housed together in an airconditioned residence hall room. All parent/guest housing is on a first-come, first-served basis. Early sign up is encouraged.

What time will Orientation end on the second day?

The time may vary slightly depending your student’s registration time, but Orientation is scheduled to end no later than 3 PM on the second day.

How much does Orientation cost and what does the money pay for?

Students: There is a $110.00 fee for attending summer orientation, which covers your housing, meals, and general program costs.

Parents/Guest residing on campus: There is a $90.00 fee for attending summer orientation, which covers your housing, meals, and general program costs. Please note above question about staying on campus.

Parents/Guest residing off campus: There is a fee of $45.00, which covers meals and general program cost.

What if I registered for Orientation but can no longer attend?

Please call the Dean of Students office at 515-271-2835 to notify us.

Will I leave campus with a schedule of my fall classes?

It is our goal that every student leaves orientation with a full schedule. We do have some circumstances, which are unforeseen, which may impede our goal.

If I come to an earlier session, am I more likely to leave with the schedule I want?

There will be plenty of classes to register for, and some seats will be reserved in first-year level courses for entering students.

Where can I find a copy of the Student Health Form?

Iowa requires that students have a completed health form (including an immunization history) on file with Health Services. A copy of the health form can be found on the Orientation website and on the Health Center website. Complete the form and bring to Orientation or send directly to the Health Center (3116 Carpenter Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50311)

When will I be notified about Orientation and how can I register?

Students will receive an orientation brochure through the mail the first week of April.Included will be details about the program and information on how to have an orientation reservation. If you have not received a brochure, please contact your admissions counselor.

Who can I contact for further information?

If you have any questions, please call the Dean of Students Office at 515-271-2835 or email us at

Can I change my orientation session date?

There are a limited number of spaces available for each academic college. Sessions will fill quickly. If for any reason you need to change from one session to another your options may be limited depending on your timing. Please contact our office at 515-271-2835 or via email at to request a date change.

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Check out some commonly asked questions about the Orientation Leader position and selection process. 

How do I get more information about what Orientation Leaders do?

The easiest way is by exploring the website, attend an informational session, or if you have specific questions you can contact me via phone at (515) 271-4043 or email and If you are on campus, you can stop by my office in Olmsted. 

What types of characteristics or abilities are you looking for in the Orientation Leader candidates?

There is no single set of characteristics or attributes that make up an ideal Orientation Leader. Instead it is important to note that our campus is home to a very diverse student and staff population and our goal is to have our Orientation Leader staff represent that same diversity. Given the nature of the Orientation Leader position, it is also a priority for us to select students who are committed to supporting entering students and their families and who can effectively and sincerely share relevant Drake resources new students. 

Where can I get an Orientation Leader Application?

There is an online application, go to: to apply. 

Are Orientation Leaders hired for just the summer, or do they work during the school year as well?

Though the majority of the work done by Orientation Leaders occurs during the summer, there are Development Sessions and meetings during the spring semester and sometimes the Orientation Leaders are asked to assist throughout the fall semester as well. 

What's the Orientation Leader selection process like?

  • The Orientation Leader selection process begins with an online application. The purpose of the application is for us to get an idea of who you are and what you are involved in. The application process is a chance for you to tell us the things about yourself you think we should know when considering you for this position.
  • Attend one of two-group interview process. The group interview is a chance to see how applicants respond to situations or challenges in a group setting and once our office has reviewed the paper applications, qualified applicants will be invited to take part in a group interview.
  • A select group of applicants will be invited to take part in an individual interview with staff.
  • Once the individual interviews have been completed, we will make selections for the Orientation Leaders and the first development session will be a retreat on Saturday, February 25, 2017. 

The selection process is in no way meant to be intimidating; our primary goal is to make sure that we have the opportunity to evaluate all of the candidates from as many perspectives as possible. We hope to give all applicants the chance to exhibit their best qualities and to share how they might contribute to the Orientation Leader staff. 

Can I take summer classes or have an outside job and be an Orientation Leader?

Orientation Leaders are able to enroll in classes as long as the class does not interfere with professional development or an Orientation session. 

How are Orientation Leaders trained?

Orientation Leaders will have a variety of professional development session throughout the spring semester (see important dates document) and an intense four days of development before the first session.

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