Transfer Students

Message from Melissa Sturm-Smith,

Associate Provost, Academic Excellence and Student Success

Welcome Transfer Students and Adult Learners

Students who have previously transferred to Drake have indicated that the New Student 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 Fall 2015 New Student 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:

Thursday, August 27th, 4:30 PM and Friday, August 28st, 8:15 AM – 1:00 PM

Meal tickets provided for students living off campus.

We ask that you register for this event by August 22, 2015. Click here to register.

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 fall 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 Monday, August 10th 2015, please email Kim Lammers at

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 during the week; 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 August 27th!

Take care and enjoy the remainder of your summer.

Event Schedule

Thursday, August 27, 2015

4:30-5:00 pm         Check-in                                         Second Floor Lobby, Olmsted Center                                    

5:00-5:30 pm         Welcome Session             Conference Rooms 310-312, Olmsted Center

                                  Welcome video

                                  Marina Verlengia, Director of Campus Programming

                                  Program Overview 

                                  Peer Mentor Introductions                       

5:45-6:45 pm          Dinner with Peer Mentors                                          Quad Creek Cafe

                                  Meal tickets provided for students who live off campus. 

                                  To view Quad Creek Café sample menu items, visit

                                  Quad Creek Sample Menu     

7:00-8:00 pm         Welcome to the Team                                                     Knapp Center

                                 Closing performance by the Isiserettes Drill and Drum Corps 


8:00-9:15 pm         Coffee or Smoothie Break                                      Olmsted Coffee Shop 

                                 Grab a coffee or smoothie at the Olmsted Coffee Shop

                                 before the concert.  Meal ticket provided.    

9:00 pm                   Students Activities Board Outdoor Concert-Westside, Olmsted Center 

                                 Musician, Lee DeWyze




Friday, August 28, 2015

8:15-8:45 am          Check-in                                                   North Lobby, Meredith Hall

                                  Juice and Muffins will be available                                                                                        

8:45-9:40a               Welcome                                                                        Meredith 106

                                  Dr. Joseph Lenz, Provost

                                  “Making the Most of Your Time at Drake

                                   Dr. Jennifer McCrickerd

                                   Dr. McCrickerd will share her knowledge about the Habits of Learning

                                   Peer Mentor and New Student Introductions

9:40-10:10 am         Navigating Your New Environment: On Campus

                                                                                                  Leave from Meredith 106

Peer Mentors will guide students through finding important offices that                                             provide student services on campus.

10:15-11:30 am       College/School Meetings                                       Various Locations

                                   Reality and Strategy Meeting                                                                    Students meet with academic representatives in their respective College/School to increase knowledge on academic policies and procedures, partner with faculty, staff, and peers, and discuss professional and personal goals, responsible global citizenship, and meaningful personal lives.                                                                

                                  Navigating Your New Environment: Online Resources Q-A

Each student will access and navigate online resources with the guidance of a Peer Mentor. Students will view blueView, Student Account; Blackboard; Career Blueprint, Information Technology; and other key online resources.                                             

11:45a-1:00 pm     Lunch and Conversation with Drake Staff & Faculty        Levitt Hall     Representatives from other key offices and departments will join for lunch and conversation. (Professional and Career Development Services; Financial Aid; Student Accounts; International Programs and Admission)            

1:30-2:45 pm         Convocation                                                                         Knapp Center

The faculty put together a ceremony to initiate students into the Bulldog Family. Be a part of the formal welcoming to Drake hosted by provost Dr. Joseph Lenz as you officially start your adventure.                       

The following activities are designed for all new students. We highly encourage you to participate; however, participation for transfer students and adult learners is optional. Please see your Peer Mentor for more information. 

3:30-5:00 pm         PMAC Planned Events                                             Various Locations

Join in on the Peer Mentor/ Academic Consultantshave planned throughout campus.

5:00-7:00 pm         Dinner                                                                       Hubbell Dining Hall

Students will use their meal plans.  If you do not have a meal plan, please obtain a meal ticket from your peer mentor.

7:00-8:00 pm        Open                                                                                    Knapp Center

9:00pm & 11:00pm Showings - Student Activities Board Event   Sussman Theater, Olmsted Center

                                   Free Movie Friday – Jurassic World                                          

“Looking Ahead”…..


Saturday, August 29 - Comedy Hypnotist, Chris Jones in Parents Hall, Olmsted Center                                                                                                               

Wednesday, September 3 - Activities Fair sponsored by the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership

Friday, September 25 – Sunday, September 27 - Parents and Family Weekend  







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