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Except for the Law School, which follows its own calendar structure, Drake University's academic year is comprised of a summer term, a 15-week (excluding final evaluations) fall semester, a three-week January term, and a 15-week (excluding final evaluations) spring semester.

Official Academic Calendar for 2016-2017:

Summer 2016

  • May 16 (Mon.)
    Summer term begins
  • May 30 (Mon.)
    Memorial Day (classes do not meet)
  • Jul 4 (Mon.)
    Independence Day (classes do not meet)
  • Aug 21 (Sun.)
    Summer term ends

Fall 2016 (Non Law School)

  • Aug. 29 (Mon.)
    Fall term begins
  • Sept. 2 (Fri.)
    Last day to add a class
  • Sept. 5 (Mon.)
    Labor Day (classes do not meet)
  • Sept. 12 (Mon.)
    Last day to drop a class without a “W”
  • Sept. 23-25 (Fri.-Sun.)
    Parent/Family Weekend
  • Sept. 23-25 (Fri.-Sun.)
    Homecoming Weekend
  • Oct. 12 (Wed.)
    Mandatory fire drill
  • Oct. 17-18 (Mon.-Tues.)
    Fall break
  • Oct. 19 (Wed.)
    Midpoint of semester
  • Oct. 26 (Wed.)
    Last day to drop a Fall 2016 class without extenuating circumstances
  • Nov. 22 (Tues.)
    Thanksgiving recess begins after evening classes
  • Nov. 28 (Mon.)
    Classes resume
  • Dec. 9 (Fri.)
    Day free for study
  • Dec. 12-16 (Mon.-Fri.)
    Final evaluation period
  • Dec. 16 (Fri.)
    Fall term ends
  • Dec. 17 (Sat.)

J-Term 2017

  • Jan. 3 (Tue.)
    Beginning of J-term
  • Jan. 16 (Mon.)
    Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (classes do not meet)
  • Jan. 20 (Fri.)
    End of J-term

Spring 2017 (Non Law School)

  • Jan. 23 (Mon.)
    Spring term begins
  • Jan. 27 (Fri.)
    Last day to add a class
  • Feb. 3 (Fri.)
    Last day to drop a class without a “W”
  • Mar. 10 (Fri.)
    Midpoint of semester
  • Mar. 13-17 (Mon.-Fri.)
    Spring break
  • TBD (Fri.)
    Last day to drop a Spring 2017 class without extenuating circumstances
  • Apr. 27-29 (Thurs. - Sat.)
    Drake Relays
  • Apr. 28 (Fri.)
    Undergraduate classes dismissed at 1:50pm
  • May 5 (Fri.)
    Day free for study
  • May 8-12 (Mon.-Fri.)
    Final evaluation period
  • May 12 (Fri.)
    Spring term ends
  • May 13 (Sat.)

This is the official Academic Calendar for Drake University.  It is updated and maintained by the Office of Student Records.

2016-2017 Drake University Graduate and Professional Programs Catalog

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