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2020 Fall Orientation

Message from Marina Verlengia, Director, New Student Programs

Welcome Transfer Students and Adult Learners

Students who have previously transferred to Drake have indicated that the Fall Orientation Program is a great opportunity to become better acclimated to campus, learn about resources and meet those individuals who are committed to students’ success.  Therefore, we have designed the Fall 2020 Orientation Program to include distinct opportunities to meet your particular needs. In this program you will:

  • Increase knowledge of academic policies and procedures
  • Learn about resources and services that will enhance your day-to-day experiences
  • Begin to partner with faculty and staff to achieve your personal and academic goals
  • Build meaningful relationships with other new students!

The activities planned for you will be interactive and comprehensive, but compact. We highly encourage you to participate in the full program on the following dates:

Arrival at Drake:

For students living on campus: You may move into your residence hall Monday, August 17 & Tuesday, August 18. In the coming weeks the Office of Residence Life will be providing more information on move-in sign-up. Students please be watching your email account. Roommate assignments will be available online beginning July 31st. For information on viewing visit the Residence Life webpage.

Meals: The first day students may use their selected meal plan is Saturday, August 15 for lunch. Students should choose their meal plans prior to arriving on campus. Students living in resident halls are required to select meal plans prior to arriving on campus; if a student fails to do so, they will be assigned the 14 meal per week plan. Meal plan changes are allowed until Thursday, August 27. 

Fall 2020 Orientation Program will be on Friday, August 21

The Office of New Student Programs is taking precautions to protect our students, faculty and staff, and incoming students from the spread of COVID-19. We are adjusting this program to occur virtually. Throughout the experience, our focus is on helping students feel comfortable and confident in their new role as members of the Drake community. More information regarding virtual orientation will be provided over the following weeks. Ongoing updates from the University are available on the COVID-19 Response website.



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