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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. Drake University's Drake Online graduate program courses are delivered in six-week blocks over Drake's traditional fall, spring, and summer terms.


Summer 2019

  • May 20 (Mon.)
    Summer term begins
  • May 27 (Mon.)
    Memorial Day (classes do not meet)
  • Jul 4 (Thur.)
    Independence Day (classes do not meet)
  • Aug 25 (Sun.)
    Summer term ends


Fall 2019 (Non Law School)

  • Aug. 26 (Mon.)
    Fall term begins
  • Aug. 30 (Fri.)
    Last day to add a class
  • Sept. 2 (Mon.)
    Labor Day (classes do not meet)
  • Sept. 9 (Mon.)
    Last day to drop a class without a “W”
  • Oct. 4-6 (Fri.-Sun.)
    Parent/Family Weekend
  • Oct. 14-15 (Mon.-Tues.)
    Fall break
  • Oct. 16 (Wed.)
    Midpoint of semester
  • TBD
    Mandatory fire drills
  • Oct. 23 (Wed.)
    Last day to drop a class without extenuating circumstances
  • Nov. 26 (Tues.)
    Thanksgiving recess begins after evening classes
  • Dec. 2 (Mon.)
    Classes resume
  • Dec. 6 (Fri.)
    Day free for study
  • Dec. 9-13 (Mon.-Fri.)
    Final evaluation period
  • Dec. 13 (Fri.)
    Fall term ends
  • Dec. 14 (Sat.)


J-Term 2020

  • Jan. 6 (Mon.)
    Beginning of J-term
  • Jan. 20 (Mon.)
    Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (classes do not meet)
  • Jan. 24 (Fri.)
    End of J-term


Spring 2020 (Non Law School)

  • Jan. 27 (Mon.)
    Spring term begins
  • Jan. 31 (Fri.)
    Last day to add a class
  • Feb. 7 (Fri.)
    Last day to drop a class without a “W”
  • Mar. 13 (Fri.)
    Midpoint of semester
  • Mar 16-20 (Mon.-Fri.)
    Spring break
  • TBD (Wed.)
    Mandatory tornado drill
  • TBD (Fri.)
    Last day to drop a class without extenuating circumstances
  • Apr. 22-25 (Wed.-Sat.)
    Drake Relays (Non-Law classes suspended for Drake Relays at 1:50pm on Fri, Apr 24)
  • Apr. 27 (Mon.)
    Non-Law classes resume
  • May 7 (Thurs.)
    Non-Law classes end
  • May 8 (Fri.)
    Day free for study
  • May 11-15 (Mon.-Fri.)
    Final evaluation period
  • May 15 (Fri.)
    Spring term ends
  • May 17 (Sun.)

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