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2025 Registration FAQ

Q. What are the dates of the J-Term in 2025?

     A. J-Term begins on January 6 and ends on January 24, 2024.

Q. Are there fees associated with J-Term?

     A. Students will be assessed a $50 per credit fee for J-Term, in addition to costs associated with travel, or housing and meals (for on-campus J-Term courses).  

Q. Where will official registration information be available for J-Term?

A. Registration for on-campus/web courses will be available in November. It is available through the Office of the Registrar at

A. For travel seminars, students apply through Terra Dotta.  You will find travel course information by searching for programs in Terra Dotta. Students do NOT register themselves for travel seminars

Q. When is registration for the 2025 J-Term?
      A. Specific registration times are available on the Office of the Registrar’s website at

      A. For travel seminars, students apply through Terra Dotta.  You can apply starting March 6th, 2024.  The priority deadline for travel courses is April 1st at 11:59pm. Most travel seminars will reopen after this for admittance on a rolling basis.

Q. How do I register for J-Term?

A. For non-travel courses, students may register via Self-Service in the same manner as they do for fall classes. Students do not register themselves for travel seminars.

Effective J-term and Spring 2024, J-term coursework will appear within the Spring course list on Self Service. While viewing the schedule of classes, J-term coursework will be noted via JTM in the Session column.  

Students may also search for J-term courses using the Session option in the Advanced Search in the schedule of classes.

Q. Who is eligible to register for J-Term courses?

A. Anyone (degree seeking or non-degree seeking) is eligible except for first-year students as determined by starting time at Drake, not total numbers of credits.

 Q. If a class is oversubscribed, who receives priority?

A. In general, priority would be based on seniority. For some classes, priority will be given to particular groups of students based on the topic of the class or to those who have completed the course prerequisites. Thus, standard course prerequisites or instructor permission protocols will be followed.  Any pre-requisites or selection criteria used for specific courses will be published on the J-term website and as part of the course registration process.

Q. What if the J-Term course that I registered for is cancelled due to low enrollment?

A. Students who were denied a J-Term course due to course cancellation may register for a different J-term course provided that seats are available and that the student has met the pre-requisites.

Q. Will my J-Term registration be affected by my Fall 2024 grades? 

A. Yes, it is possible.  If a student has not passed the pre-requisites for a J-Term course, the student is subject to being dropped from the J-Term course.

Q. Are independent studies allowed during J-Term?

A. Yes, independent studies are permitted in J-Term.  Students must make arrangements with a faculty-advisor and their dean’s office to register for an independent study for the J-Term, just as they would in any other semester.

Q. Is there limit to the number of J-Term courses for which I may register?

A. Students may not register for more than three credits of J-Term courses without permission from their College or School.  Students who register for more than three credits may be subject to tuition charges.  Students who register for more than three credits without permission may be administratively dropped from their coursework.

Q. Is there limit to the number of J-Term courses for which I may wait-list?

A. Students may wait-list for only one course at a time.  Students who are wait-listed for multiple courses are subject to being dropped from all wait lists.  Students are allowed to be wait-listed for one course while registered for a different course.

For additional J-Term 2025 questions that are directly related to Registration, please contact:

Office of the Registrar
Fax: 515-271-3977

updated 04/01/2024

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