Here's how to connect with technology at Drake:
Download the New Student Tech Checklist to learn where to get started with technology at Drake.
Password: You can change your password as often as you'd like, but every two years you’ll receive an email from ITS prompting you to change it using the Drake Password Manager to keep your information safe. Make sure you set up recovery options in case you ever forget it. If you don't change your password when prompted, you'll be locked out of Drake systems until you do. This password guide will help you easily make the change. Along with your Drake email address, you'll use your password to log into most campus systems.
Drake ID: This nine-digit number is your unique identification in the campus information system. Although you can log into some systems using your Drake ID number, it's best practice to use your Drake email address instead.
myDrake is our campus portal. You can access it by going to my.drake.edu. It provides links to many other applications and sites with information about life on campus and access to the campus functions you need on a regular basis–Self Service, email, document sharing, and other key systems are accessible from myDrake.
All Drake students are issued email accounts, typically firstname.lastname@example.org. You have access to your Drake email account while you're a student and for three years after you graduate, though you'll need to change your password annually. Email is accessible from within myDrake. Additionally, you use your Drake email address to log into most campus systems.
For security purposes, an external email label is added to most emails that come from outside the drake.edu domain. To learn more see External Email Label (FAQ). Receive a suspicious looking email? Follow the information at Reporting a Phishing Message (How-to).
Drake requires the use of multi-factor authentication (MFA) on key systems to ensure campus information is kept safe. It pairs something you know (your username and password) with something you have (a phone or mobile device) to perform a secure login. Learn more in the multi-factor authentication guides.
Laptops are required for all students along with a headset or headphones with a microphone.
The following are college-specific requirements and minimum specifications. For more specific information please check with your academic program.
For all computers we recommend having:
For Mac Laptops:
For Windows Laptops:
DO NOT BRING:
See the Free Software section to learn what you get free as a Drake student. Check with your college/school to see if they require additional programs for your major(s).
Other manufacturers may also provide student discounts, please contact them directly.
IT Service Portal: Having a problem with technology? Want to find out what ITS can do for you? Visit the online ITS service portal to learn about technology services available, browse our knowledge base for how-to technology guides, or get assistance with an issue.
ITS Support Center: The Support Center provides help with passwords, general technology questions, or solving software, computer and network related problems. Call 515-271-3001 24/7 or visit the lower level of Carnegie Hall.
Online training: See a curated list of Technology Training Resources for Students in our IT service portal.
Want to keep in the loop on ITS updates and know when we're doing maintenance, or be alerted when services are unavailable?
ITS posts our updates on our ITS website and our IT service portal, as well in the weekly OnCampus newsletter.
Want ITS to text you outage notifications?
Opt in by texting DrakeITS2021 to phone number 226787. You first need to be signed up to receive Bulldog Alerts by text. Check your Bulldog Alerts Settings in myDrake.
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All students are eligible for free software, including the latest versions of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) for Mac or Windows. Software is available beginning 30 days prior to the start of the fall semester. See the Software Downloads link in myDrake for more information.
Wireless Internet access is available in all buildings on campus and some outdoor areas. Connect to the eduroam network and enter your Drake email address and password when prompted. Learn more at Connecting to the eduroam Wireless Network (How-to).
eduroam is a global roaming educational wireless network. If you visit any of the thousands of eduroam-connected instutitions worldwide, you'll be able to connect securely.
Having issues connecting on campus? Let ITS know by reporting a Network Issue.
To connect your gaming console, smart TV, streaming device go to the device registration portal at https://registeradevice.drake.edu/ and follow the onscreen instructions. Then connect your device to the DUEntertainment network or a wired network port in your room. See Connecting a Game Console, Smart TV, or Streaming Device to the Drake Network (How-to) for additional information. If you live in the residence halls, and want a wired connection, please submit a Network Request.
Students can print at a variety of locations across campus. Full time students receive a $20 printing credit each semester (unused credit expires at the end of each semester). More information can be found in the Student Printing guides.