Transfer Schedule

Positioning Yourself for Success at Drake University

Fall 2012 New Student Program
Thursday-Friday, August 23rd-24th

Arrival at Drake:

For International Students: Please plan to arrive in Des Moines between August 19th and August 21st. For more information on your arrival process, visit the International Center webpage.

For other students living on campus: You may move into your residence hall beginning August 22nd at 8:00am. Roommate assignments will be available online beginning July 24th, 2012. For information on viewing visit the Residence Life webpage

Meals: Students should be prepared to purchase meals until their meal plan goes into effect Thursday, August 23, at 11:00 a.m. Hubbell Dining Hall will be open for lunch and dinner on Wednesday, Aug 22 and for breakfast on Thursday, Aug 23 on a cash payment basis until the meal plan goes into effect. Students without a meal plan will obtain a meal ticket for the duration of the New Student Program.

Event Schedule

Thursday, August 23, 2012
4:30-5:00p Check-in Second Floor Lobby, Olmsted Center
5:00-5:30p Welcome Session Conference Rooms 310-312, Olmsted Center

Welcome Video

Dr. Sentwali Bakari, Dean of Students
Dr. Bakari will welcome students to the Drake Community and share ways that students can engage in this community during their time here.

Melissa Sturm-Smith, Interim Vice Provost, Academic Excellence and Student Success
Drake’s Mission Statement and Our Commitment to New Students

William Hatchet- New Student Academic Facilitator
Program Overview

Peer Mentor Introductions

 5:45-6:45p Dinner with Peer Mentors Quad Creek Café

Meal tickets provided for students who live off campus.

To view Quad Creek Café sample menu items, visit

7:00-8:00p Changes, Challenges and Choices Knapp Center

Hear current Drake students share their inspirational stories of change and transformation.

Closing performance by the Isiserettes Drill and Drum Corps.


Getting to Know Your Peers Over Coffee

Olmsted Coffee Shop
  A voucher for a free coffee shop item will be provided as students gather and converse.  
9:00p Student Activities Board Event Parents Hall,
Olmsted Center

Comedy Hypnotist, Chris Jones

Friday, August 24, 2012
8:15-8:45a Check-in North Lobby, Meredith Hall
  Juice and Muffins will be available  
8:45-9:40a Welcome Session Meredith 106

Dr. Dee Jones, Provost
Making the Most of Your Time at Drake 

Dr. Jennifer McCrickerd
Dr. McCrickerd will describe and illustrate the structure and purpose of the Drake Curriculum

Peer Mentor and New Student Introductions

9:40-10:10a 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.  
10:15-11:30a 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.


Lunch and Conversation with President and Mrs. Maxwell

Levitt Hall

A welcome and special remarks from President David Maxwell and First Lady, Mrs. Madeleine Maxwell will be followed by a buffet-style lunch.

-Representatives from other key offices and departments will also join for lunch and conversation. (Professional and Career Development Services; Financial Aid; Student Accounts; International Programs and Admission)

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. 

Friday, August 24, 2012
2:00-3:15p PMAC Planned Events Various Locations
  Join in one (or several) activities that Peer Mentor/ Academic Consultants have planned throughout campus.  
3:30-4:45p Residence Hall Event Various Locations
5:00-7:00p 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  
7:00-8:00p Open Recreation Knapp Center
8:30p Student Activities Board Event Pomerantz Stage, Olmsted Center
  Electronic Musician, Preston Pugmire  

“Looking Ahead”…..

September 5th - Student Activities Fair

September 21st-23rd - Parents and Family Weekend