All entering first year students are required to complete a number of tasks prior to attending classes in the fall. We created checklists to show you what needs to be done prior to attending virtual summer orientation, and other tasks that just need to be completed before you start classes in August.
Review the Drake Curriculum Requirements.
Please note, this is only needed if you are continuing coursework in Chinese, French, German, Spanish, Japanese, Arabic or American Sign Language.
The Department of World Languages and Cultures looks forward to seeing you in our language and culture courses. In order to ensure that you begin in the course best suited for you, you will need to take the placement exam.
Please choose the appropriate link for your exam.
Once you enter the website, you will need to set up an account. You should use the password WLCfall21 and you will then be asked a series of informational questions. Please be sure to use your Drake ID where it asks for Student ID number. Then you will take the multiple-choice exam. At the end, you will receive a score and a Drake placement level. It should take less than 20-30 minutes, on average. Your Drake account will be charged $5 to offset the cost of the exam.
Note: If you are taking the exam in more than one language, please email email@example.com and include the names of the languages. You will then receive a link to the second exam in an email. You can also contact this email address with any questions.
Interest in American Sign Language, Arabic or Japanese:
Select your housing and meal plan and pay your housing deposit.
Steps for completing the Housing & Meal Plan Application:
Questions may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you haven’t changed your Drake password from the initial default password (your birthdate in MonDD#YYYY format, Example: Jan01#1997), please change your password by going to the Password Manager at https://password.drake.edu. You will also be able to set up recovery options in case you forget your password later.
Your initial password will only work to log into the Password manager site. All other Drake systems require an updated and more secure password for access.
You will receive emails three days and one day prior to your orientation session with instructions on how to navigate your virtual orientation session.
The following departments will offer 15-minute individual appointments. Check back in April to sign up for an appointment time.
Look for a follow-up email from Mary Beth Holtey, Assistant Dean, with details about theory placement and keyboard placement.
Continue to check your Drake email for communication from Stephanie Sledge, Associate Athletics Director for student-athlete success, containing specific information regarding athletics.
You will receive an email that contains a link to an orientation evaluation. You will be entered for a chance to win a pair of Griff socks if you complete the survey!
Details will be sent through email from email@example.com. The deadline to submit a photo is July 31.
Submit your Medical History Form.
*Student Athletes - please note that there is a seperate health form you will submit to athletics. You will still need to submit this form as well.*
Purchase books for the fall semester.
To view class schedules and access course material requirements:
Complete the application form by Friday, July 2 at drake.edu/workstudyapp.
Purchase a parking pass here.
Learn how to add funds to your Bulldog Bucks account by visiting drake.edu/studentservices/bulldogbucks.
Meal plan changes can be requested in August (for the Fall Semester) and January (for the Spring Semester) until the first Thursday of classes. After this date, the meal plan cannot be changed.
Steps for making meal plan change selection:
Questions may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Submit a roommate request through the Housing & Meal Plan portal by June 30th. Roommate requests must be mutually accepted by all roommates by logging into my.drake.edu, and selecting the Housing & Meal Plan icon.
Reach out to Drake’s dietitian Samantha Matt via email at email@example.com.
Complete the intake form to start the process for requesting accommodations through Student Disability Services.
Log on to Handshake. Handshake is a comprehensive system providing both students and alumni access to employment opportunities, scheduling on-campus interviews, and company profiles.
Learn more about recruitment and how to get involved in fraternity and sorority life by visiting www.drakefsl.com.
It’s essential that you know your Drake email address and have updated your password prior to Orientation (see Change your password from the default password above).
Learn about the rest of the student tech information you’ll need by going to www.drake.edu/its/students. There you’ll find information including how to connect to the campus wireless network, computer recommendations and discounts, campus printing details, and how to get your game system connected (including requesting a wired connection in your residence hall, if needed).
Please remember that all incoming first year students need to submit their final high school transcripts, this is different than the unofficial transcript you submitted with your application. Final transcripts can be sent to the Drake University Office of Admissions (2507 University Ave. Des Moines, IA 50311) or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you took dual credit or want to transfer credit from another university, you need to have the college or university where the credit was earned send a transcript. This needs to be in addition to your final high school transcript. Drake will only accept transcripts directly from that institution. If you want an idea of how your credit may transfer in at Drake, you can visit TES.
A college student’s primary field of study is commonly referred to as a major, and selecting a major should be a thoughtful process. We want you to take time to reflect on your academic goals, values, and abilities. Before reading about and choosing a specific major, take a few minutes to reflect on and answer the following questions:
After answering those questions, and keeping your interests in mind, take a look at our list of offered majors. If you still are unsure on what you wish to study, don’t worry, you are not alone and our staff will be available to help during orientation. You have until the beginning of your junior year to declare a major, and while, about 75% of students select a major by the end of their first year, one of our largest first-year cohorts is the open major.