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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:

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. Ongoing updates from the University are available on the COVID-19 Response website

Schedule of Live Stream:

11:00am: Welcome and introductions

11:15am: How to be a True Blue Bulldog
Learn about the services and resources the Professional and Career Development Services office has to offer. In this session, you will also be introduced to the True Blue Skills you will gain throughout your time as a Drake student.

11:45am: Drake ITS and Student Services Center
Learn how to access and use all of Drake’s information highways and why they are so important to you. In this session, you will also learn the basic functions of the Student Services Center, such as Drake Card functions, Bulldog Bucks management, and Parking Pass purchases.

12:15pm: College/School Meetings

12:45pm: Optional Breakout Sessions:

  • Dive In: Student Involvement at Drake University
  • STEM Student Session
  • Veteran Student Session



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