Summer Orientation FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions:

How long is Orientation?

Why should I come to Orientation? 

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

Where and when can I check-in?

What should I bring to Orientation?

Are parents encouraged to attend orientation with their student?

Am I required to take the Math self-assessment? 

Are other self-assessments offered before or during Orientation?

Will parents be staying in the residence halls?

What time will Orientation end on the second day?  

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

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

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

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

Can I change my orientation session date?

Who can I contact for further information?

 

Answers:

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, which is around 1 p.m.

 

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.

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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 and/or Guest residing on campus: There is a $85.00 fee for attending summer orientation, which covers your housing, meals, and general program costs.  Please note above question about staying on campus.

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

 

Where and when can I check-in?

Check-in will begin at 10:00 a.m. in the Olmsted Center and will conclude at 12:00 p.m.  Please note if you need to take self-assessment (math or foreign language), please arrive between 10:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.

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What should I bring to Orientation?

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:

  •  Extra 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 as you.  

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Am I required to take the Math self-assessment?

Yes, all students are required to take the Math assessment prior to arrival at Orientation, regardless of level of math taken in high school.

 

Are other self-assessments offered before or during Orientation?

Yes, we have a music theory and foreign language assessment.

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 exam will be given on Day 1 and the scores will be provided to you after you conclude the exam. 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 planning on being a music major it is required to take the music theory self-assessment. The music theory placement is offered during Orientation at 11 am 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

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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 air-conditioned 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 noon on the second day.

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

Yes, 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.  

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

Students will receive an orientation brochure through the mail in late February.  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 us via email at orientation@drake.edu.

 

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

It is sad to hear that you will not be able to attend Orientation, however if it does happen, please call the Dean of Students office at 515-271-2835 to notify us.

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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 orientation@drake.edu to request a date change.

 

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 orientation@drake.edu.

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