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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 2018

  • May 21 (Mon.)
    Summer term begins
  • May 28 (Mon.)
    Memorial Day (classes do not meet)
  • Jul 4 (Wed.)
    University closed for Independence Day (classes do not meet)
  • Jul 4 (Wed.)
    Independence Day (classes do not meet)
  • Aug 19 (Sun.)
    Summer term ends


Fall 2018 (Non Law School)

  • Aug. 27 (Mon.)
    Fall term begins
  • Aug. 31 (Fri.)
    Last day to add a class
  • Sept. 3 (Mon.)
    Labor Day (classes do not meet)
  • Sept. 10 (Mon.)
    Last day to drop a class without a “W”
  • Oct. 5-7 (Fri.-Sun.)
    Parent/Family Weekend
  • TBA (Wed)
    Mandatory fire drill
  • Oct. 15-16 (Mon.-Tues.)
    Fall break
  • Oct. 17 (Wed.)
    Midpoint of semester
  • Oct. 24 (Wed.)
    Last day to drop a class without extenuating circumstances
  • Nov. 20 (Tues.)
    Thanksgiving recess begins after evening classes
  • Nov. 26 (Mon.)
    Classes resume
  • Dec. 7 (Fri.)
    Day free for study
  • Dec. 10-14 (Mon.-Fri.)
    Final evaluation period
  • Dec. 14 (Fri.)
    Fall term ends
  • Dec. 15 (Sat.)


J-Term 2019

  • Jan. 7 (Mon.)
    Beginning of J-term
  • Jan. 21 (Mon.)
    Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (classes do not meet)
  • Jan. 25 (Fri.)
    End of J-term


Spring 2019 (Non Law School)

  • Jan. 28 (Mon.)
    Spring term begins
  • Feb. 1 (Fri.)
    Last day to add a class
  • Feb. 8 (Fri.)
    Last day to drop a class without a “W”
  • Mar. 15 (Fri.)
    Midpoint of semester
  • Mar. 18-22 (Mon.-Fri.)
    Spring break
  • Mar. 29 (Fri.)
    Last day to drop a class without extenuating circumstances
  • Apr. 25-27 (Thurs.-Sat.)
    Drake Relays (Non-Law classes suspended for Drake Relays at 1:50pm on Fri, Apr 26)
  • Apr. 29 (Mon.)
    Non-Law classes resume
  • May 9 (Thurs.)
    Non-Law classes end
  • May 10 (Fri.)
    Day free for study
  • May 13-17 (Mon.-Fri.)
    Final evaluation period
  • May 17 (Fri.)
    Spring term ends
  • May 19 (Sun.)

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

2018-2019 Drake University Undergraduate Catalog
University Events
University News
August 17, 2018
Neil M. Gorsuch, Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, gave a special lecture to approximately 350 Drake Law students, faculty, and staff on Aug. 16.