Schedule of Events

2016 Orientation Schedule

Day One

Check in at the Olmsted Center - 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

The Olmsted Center parking lot is located north of University Avenue at 29th Street; the Olmsted Center is northwest of the parking lot. After you have checked in, students who are staying on campus for orientation will be escorted to a residence hall to be assigned a room. Students are strongly encouraged to stay on campus — it’s the best way to meet other students and learn about campus life. Parking is free of charge in the Olmsted Center parking lot and also in the parking lot directly across University Avenue (south side of the street).

Parents who choose to stay on campus will be housed in a separate residence hall. Students and parents may want to bring an alarm clock and blanket. Linens, towels and pillows are provided for all on-campus guests.

Persons with disabilities or who need wheelchair accessibility may make arrangements for reasonable accommodations by calling Student Disability Services toll-free at 1-800-44-DRAKE, x1835; locally, 515-271-1835.

1:30-2:30 pm Olmsted Center:Services Fair & ID Photos, Campus Tour, Parking Passes 

Representatives from student employment, Greek life, student activities, residence life, dining services, campus security and other areas will be available to answer any questions you may have about the various aspects of campus life.

2:45-3:15 pm Welcome to the Bulldog Community! - Sheslow Auditorium, Old Main 

Melissa Sturm-Smith, Associate Provost & Sentwali Bakari, Dean of Students

Your college adventure begins with an overview of the Drake experience where you will learn about the university’s expectations of its students and how Drake will help you develop to your full potential.

3:30-4:15 pm Students - Get Acquainted -  Various Locations 

Meet your orientation leader, who will work closely with you throughout the session to answer your questions about what it’s really like to be a Drake student. Your orientation leader will introduce you to other new students and acquaint you with the registration process. Meanwhile, parents learn about their student’s transition to Drake

3:30-4:15 pm Parents/Guardians - Part 1:  Your New Role with Drake - Sheslow Auditorium, Old Main

4:30-5:30 pm College/School Meetings 

  • Arts & Sciences - Meredith 101
  • Business - Aliber 101
  • Education - School of Education
  • Journalism & Mass Communication - Meredith 106
  • Pharmacy & Health Sciences - Harvey Ingham 104

Students and parents meet with faculty and staff from their Drake college/school to discuss academic requirements, options and more.

6:00-6:45 pm Dinner - Parents Hall, Olmsted Center 

Relax and enjoy a special dinner prepared by Drake’s catering staff.

7:00-8:30 pm Students - Life at Drake - Meredith  

This session, facilitated by orientation leaders, is designed to help students learn about residence life, leadership opportunities, academic success and the Des Moines community. 

7:00 - 8:30 pm Parent Dessert Reception - Carpenter Hall 

8:30-11:00 pm Students - Music/Activities -Olmsted Center 

While parents and guests enjoy a dessert reception, students enjoy music and other fun activities.

Day Two

7:00-8:15 am Continential Breakfast, Olmsted Breezeway or Sheslow, Old Main

8:30-9:15 pm Welcome to the Academy: Understanding the Drake Curriculum, Sheslow, Old Main

9:30-11:20 am Students - Informational Sessions

  • 9:30–10:20 am Money Matters - Sussman Theater
  • 10:30-10:50 am Healthy Living - Meredith 101
  • 11:00-11:20 am Student Services & Technology - Meredith 106

11:30-12:30 pm Lunch - Hubbell Dining Center

12:30-3:00 pm Students - Class Advising/Registration (various locations)

With the help of faculty, academic representatives and orientation leaders, students will finalize their schedules and register for fall classes. Don’t worry if you are unsure of what to take; they’ll help you decide what is right for you. As part of the registration process you will need to complete an online math placement assessment prior to your arrival on campus. After you have received your confirmation postcard, the online math self-assessment will be available to you via blueView.

12:45-23:30 pm Parents Only: Part 2:  Get Your Questions Answered - 310-312 Olmsted

Parents will visit with administrators, staff and current Drake students to have their specific campus life questions answered.

Check Out of the Residence Hall by 3:30 p.m.

Don't forget to collect the phone numbers, mailing addresses and e-mail addresses of all the friends you've made!

Other Information

Student Accounts and Financial Aid

No tuition, room and board payments are due at orientation, however, you will be asked to make your first payment toward tuition, room and board by August 2016.

On June 5, 10, 18, 22, and 26 staff in the Office of Student Accounts (Old Main, Room 102) and the Office of Student Financial Planning (Carnegie Hall, main level) will be available to answer questions for Orientation participants.  No appointment is necessary; office hours are 8 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  In addition, information regarding student accounts and financial aid at Drake University will be included in the packet available at Orientation check-in. For more information, visit our Web sites at and


University News
October 9, 2015
The seventh annual Heartland Global Health Consortium Conference, “Educating for Sustainable Global Health,” will be held Wednesday, Oct. 14, in Drake's Olmsted Center.