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2022 First-Year Experience (Pilot Program)

The purpose of the first-year J-term experience is to help students apply reflective, experiential learning to achieve our mission: meaningful personal lives, professional accomplishments, and responsible global citizenship. 

The first-year January term experience is a zero-credit opportunity that falls under the umbrella of J-term.  J-term at Drake University encompasses travel seminars and virtual courses as part of the first-year experience. 

January Term begins on January 3, 2022, and ends on January 21, 2022.

There is no tuition charge to first-year students for participation in the first-year J-term experience. Any experience-specific fees, such as travel costs, will be disclosed at course registration.

Additional Information

Information for Students

Participating in the first-year J-term experience gives students the opportunity to actively live out Drake’s mission while making a mark on their transcript. These virtual and travel experiences provide students the opportunity to expand their academic profile.

On Tuesday, September 7 first-year J-term experience registration will open with an information fair, including on-site course sign-ups. Registration will continue through Tuesday, September 21, or until classes are filled.

Check back in the fall to learn more about first-year J-term experiences. 

With the 2022 first-year J-term experiences being offered virtually and through travel courses, on-campus housing will not be available to first-year students during the J-term experience.

Course Proposal Information for Faculty & Staff

Drake University faculty and staff are invited to submit course proposals for the first-year J-term experience to help students apply reflective, experiential learning to achieve our institutional mission.


Course proposals are being accepted until August 6. All instructors are asked to saved the date for a mandatory instructor development session and the information fair on Tuesday, September 7 (time TBD). Course proposals will be reviewed, and instructors will be notified of their proposal status by August 21.


Qualtrics Course Proposal Form


FYE J-term Proposal Form (viewing only)

Questions about the first-year J-term experience can be directed to Laura Shell (

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