It’s time to start getting ready for college. And we’re here to help.
This checklist will serve as your one-stop guide to all the tasks you need to complete as you prepare to start your first semester at Bright College. Check off each of the items as you complete them – if you decide in May that you are going to be a future Bulldog, please go back and review the tasks under the previous months to make sure you are all set.
Pro Tip: Bookmark this page. This page will act as your living schedule, it will be updated frequently—so check back often.
April – Deposits and Orientation Registration
Summer Bridge Program registration opens this month – register for your spot!
In order to register for Summer Bridge Program, you must first pay your $100 non-refundable enrollment deposit. Visit drake.edu/admitted to make this payment.
Sign up for a Summer Bridge Program
Sign up for the Summer Bridge Program, August 7 - 11, at drake.edu/admitted.
May - Welcome & Orientation Prep
This month, you'll complete items to prepare for your summer bridge experience including completing items on your new student checklist.
If you are choosing to live on campus or if you plan to live at home but would like a commuter meal plan, complete your meal plan selection, complete your housing and meal plan selection (including housing deposit)
Once logged in, click on “Apply Here”
Then begin your housing and meal application for the Academic Year 2023-2024.
Complete all required pages and be sure to click on submit on the confirmation page.
Meal Plan Changes can be completed in August of the Fall Semester and January of the Spring Semester, until the first Thursday of classes. After this date the meal plan cannot be changed.
Students who have not satisfied the above requirements will not be permitted to register for the following semester’s classes.
Medical history forms may be submitted via email, fax or dropped off at the Health Center on campus.
July - Learning & Exploration
This month, you’ll explore your interests, discover awesome ways to get involved on campus, and learn more about who you are as a person and a member of the Bulldog community.
Check your email you use to access your admitted student portal for communication from your Peer Mentor who will serve as your helpful guide for this summer and for details about the summer bridge program.
Complete the intake form by selecting Forms at to start the process for requesting accommodations through Student Disability Services.
Complete Online Sexual Assault Prevention Course
This course will educate students about preventing sexual assaults, bystander interventions and provide information about campus resources. Check your email on or after July 1st. It must be completed prior to the start of class to ensure your account is not place on hold, preventing you from registering for classes in the spring.
Student Financial Planning
Email email@example.com about any non-Drake scholarships you are receiving (Name/source of the scholarship and the amount)
Develop your plan to pay your bill. Financial planning worksheets are available here.
If utilizing loans, complete all required steps (instructions available here).
If utilizing a payment plan, enroll through the Student Accounts section of myDrake after you receive your first bill.