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Connection Days

We are excited to offer optional on campus visit days this summer to complement your Virtual Orientation experience (should future COVID-19 health and safety guidelines allow). Connection Days will include campus tours, information about campus resources and an opportunity for students to meet other new Bulldogs. These sessions will have limited capacity per session on a first-come, first-serve basis and students will only be allowed to bring one guest.

Students can sign up for one of these sessions through the orientation registration form. You are able to attend a Connection Day before your Virtual Orientation session if that works best for your schedule – but all incoming students must participate in Virtual Orientation.

  • Session 1 - Friday, June 4, 2021               
  • Session 2 - Monday, June 7, 2021            
  • Session 3 - Monday, June 14, 2021          
  • Session 4 - Monday, June 21, 2021       
  • Session 5 - Monday, June 28, 2021       





Connection Day Schedule

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM - Check-in/Campus Tours                                    

10:15 AM – 10:30 AM - Starting your Drake Journey!                                                                     

10:30 AM – 11:25 AM - Welcome to the Academy: Understanding the Drake Curriculum

  • You will get insight into Drake’s general education requirements – Drake Curriculum, First Year Seminar course, and Honors program from a Drake faculty member

11:30 PM – 12:00 PM - Student and Family Sessions 

  • Students: Get Connected! – students will have an opportunity to meet their Orientation Leader and future classmates
  • Supporting your student in their first year – Parents and family members will learn about common first year students experiences and some tools and tips to help support your student in their transition to Drake. 

12:15 PM – 1:00 PM - Lunch

1:15 PM – 2:15 PM - Student Sessions and Parent/Family Panel

  • Students: Life at Drake - Join us for fun breakout sessions led by our Orientation Leaders to discover everything we have to offer to make your Drake and in the Des Moines area! 
  • Drake Life Panel for parents and families  - This Q & A session is designed to answer all the questions – time to get into the details! Some topics include: Move-in day/Welcome Weekend, safety, parking, dining, residence life, and much more. 

2:30 PM – 4:30 PM - Breakout Sessions and Campus Tours 

Choose from our breakout sessions to learn more about Drake resources available to our students and families. We will also have campus tours available during this time.

2:30 – 3:00pm

  • Student Accounts & Financial Aid – Next Steps – Sussman Theater
  • Drake Resources 101 – Drake ITS and Student Services – Parents Hall South 
  • Student Involvement - Upper Olmsted Conference Rooms 310-313
  • Campus Tours
  • Residence Hall Tours

3:15 – 3:45pm

  • Professional & Career Development: It's not just for seniors – Sussman Theater
  • Fraternity & Sorority Life – Upper Olmsted Conference Rooms 310-313 
  • Bulldogs at Work: Student Employment – Parents Hall South 
  • Campus Tours 
  • Residence Hall Tours

4:00 – 4:30

  • Student Accounts & Financial Aid – Next Steps – Sussman Theater
  • Recreational Services – Wellness, Facilities and Intramurals– Parents Hall South
  • Access & Success – Upper Olmsted Conference Rooms 310-313
  • Campus Tours 
  • Residence Hall Tours

4:30 - 5:00 PM - Farewell Reception

  • Grab a snack for the road, get any of your last minute questions answered and say hello to a special guest! 
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