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2018 Spring Orientation

Message from Marina Verlengia,

Director, New Student Programs

Welcome to Drake University!

Students who have previously transferred to Drake have indicated that the Spring Orientation Program is a great opportunity to become better acclimated to campus, learn about resources and meet those individuals who are committed to students’ success.  Therefore, we have designed the 2018 Spring Orienation Program to include distinct opportunities to meet your particular needs. In this program you will:

  • increase knowledge of academic policies and procedures
  • learn about resources and services that will enhance your day-to-day experiences
  • begin to partner with faculty and staff to achieve your personal and academic goals
  • build meaningful relationships other new students!

The activities planned for you will be interactive and comprehensive, but compact. We highly encourage you to participate in the full program on the following dates:

Friday, January 26th, 8:30AM – 3:30PM

Please register here to get signed up for Spring Orientation. 

Your experiences will be enhanced by interactions with Peer Mentors (PMs). These current students will be available to work with you during this program as well as throughout the spring semester. Even though Peer Mentors represent their specific college or school, they also have a great deal of general knowledge about Drake. A Peer Mentor will begin communication with you via your Drake email very soon. If you do not hear from a Peer Mentor by Friday, December 1, 2017, please email

In the meantime, please don’t hesitate to let us know if you have questions, comments or concerns prior to your arrival. Please use either of the following options to direct your questions:

We realize you may already have other obligations; however, becoming more knowledgeable about how things work at Drake before classes begin can be very significant in your successful transition to Drake. We hope you will take advantage of this special opportunity.

Remember to RSVP as soon as possible— we look forward to meeting you on January 26, 2018!

Event Schedule

Friday, January 26, 2018

8:30-9:00am      Check-in                                                             Levitt Hall, Old Main                                    

9:00-10:00am    Interactive Panel Sessions                                Levitt Hall, Old Main                     This interactive discussion will allow students to ask questions to a panel of diverse staff and current students to gain more information about student involvement, campus security, academic success, study abroad, the Des Moines area and much more.

10:15-10:45am   Navigating Your New Environment                              Various Locations           Each student will access and navigate online resources with the guidance of a Peer Mentor. Learn how to access your Drake email, check your balance, access course information, find campus/off-campus jobs or internships and more.

11:00am-12:00pm College/School Meetings                                           Various Locations     Students meet with academic representatives in their college or school to increase knowledge on academic policies and procedues, partner with faculty, staff & peers and discuss professional & personal goals. 

12:15-1:15pm        Lunch and Conversation with Drake Staff & Faculty            Levitt Hall            New students will be welcomed by current students, staff and administrators and have an opportunity to meet and converse during lunch.                                                                 

1:30-2:30pm       Library Tour                                                                        Cowles Library            Visit Cowles Library to learn about the resources available to you during your time at Drake. This Session will include a brief introduction to different library spaces and stations to get orientated with our services. Stations will include contact information for your subject librarian, physical library resources, electronic library resources, and finding materials relevant to your specific major or program.  

2:30 pm  Student ID Photos/Campus Tour                                Lower Level, Carnegie Hall    Students will be assisted in taking their student ID photo then depart for a campus tour led by Peer Mentors.

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