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New Student Checklist

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.

Complete Before Orientation

Review the Drake Curriculum Requirements

Review the Drake Curriculum Requirements.

Review Sample First Semester Schedules

Complete your Pre-Registration Survey

  • Students must complete the survey before Drake staff can prepare your fall semester schedule. Also, please note that this survey allows you to save and continue. However, once you hit submit, you can no longer edit.
    • Priority deadline: May 16
    • Final deadline: June 2



Complete the Language Placement Test

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 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:

  • If you are interested in studying Japanese, please click this link
  • If you have previously studied American Sign Language or Arabic and want to continue with the language, please email If you are beginning with the language, you can simply enroll.



Select your housing and meal plan and pay your housing deposit

Select your housing and meal plan and pay your housing deposit.

Steps for completing the Housing & Meal Plan Application:

  1. Log into myDrake at using your email address and updated Drake password
  2. Click on Housing & Meal Plans in the Campus Resources section (it has a fork and knife logo)
  3. Click on “apply here”
  4. Select “Academic Year” for on campus living or “Commuter Application” for living off campus with parent/legal guardian
  5. Follow the tabs through each application and complete required tasks as necessary

Questions may be directed to

Change your password from the default password

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 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.

Check your email for instructions to login to your virtual orientation session

You will receive emails three days and one day prior to your orientation session with instructions on how to navigate your virtual orientation session.

If needed, make an appointment for an individual consultation during your orientation day

The following departments will offer 15-minute individual appointments. Click the links below to schedule an appointment with these offices:

If you're a music major...

Look for a follow-up email from Mary Beth Holtey, Assistant Dean, with details about theory placement and keyboard placement.

If you're a student-athlete...

Continue to check your Drake email for communication from Stephanie Sledge, Associate Athletics Director for student-athlete success, containing specific information regarding athletics.

Complete After Orientation

Tell us about your orientation experience

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!

Submit a photo for your Drake Student ID

Details will be sent through email from The deadline to submit a photo is July 31.

Submit your medical history form

Submit your Medical History Form.

  • Any  student born after 1956 is required to provide documentation of receiving 2 measles, mumps, and rubella shots (2 MMR's), OR provide documentation of blood (lab) results for measles, mumps and rubella.
  • Signatures of medical providers or photocopies of medical records are required.
  • The TB questions on the health form MUST be answered. If you answer NO, nothing further is needed.
  • The meningitis vaccine is highly suggested for new students living in the residence hall setting. The state of Iowa requires a signature of waiver if you decline the vaccine.
  • Students who have not satisfied the above requirements will not be permitted to register for the following semester’s classes.
  • You may submit completed health form/immunization documents via:
    • Email to
    • Fax to (515)271-1855
    • Mail to the Student Health Center at the address below by the second week after classes start.
      • Drake University Student Health Center 3116 Carpenter Ave. Des Moines, IA 50311

*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.*

COVID-19 Vaccination Information

Once fully vaccinated, upload a photo of your COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card through the University’s secure online form.  If you have already submitted information to the contact tracing team, you do not need to re-submit.

The University is monitoring vaccination rates on campus and in the surrounding community as it makes decisions related to COVID-19 policies for the summer and fall. Additionally, those who submit vaccine documentation may be exempted from quarantine protocols after exposure to an individual with a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis.

The University strongly encourages all members of the Drake community to get vaccinated against COVID-19 as soon as possible. If you have questions about the vaccine, please visit the CDC’s COVID-19 vaccination FAQ or email

Update your emergency contact information

  1. Log into myDrake at using your email address and updated Drake password
  2. In the Commonly Used Apps section, click MyDUSIS.
  3. Navigate to the Personal Information tab

Online Sexual Assault Prevention Course

This course will educate students about preventing sexual assaults, bystander interventions and provide information about campus resources.  Check you 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. 

Alcohol Education Online Course

More information coming soon. 

Purchase books for the fall semester

Purchase books for the fall semester.

To view class schedules and access course material requirements:

  1. Log into myDrake at using your email address and updated Drake password
  2. In the Classes & Registration section, find My Course Schedule
  3. Select Term
  4. Click Submit
  5. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click the blue button that says Textbooks and Course Material

For those who accepted a work-study award...

 Complete the application form by Friday, July 2 at

Optional Tasks

Purchase a parking pass

Purchase a parking pass here.

Deposit funds into your Bulldog Bucks account

Learn how to add funds to your Bulldog Bucks account by visiting

Change your meal plan

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:

  1. Log into myDrake at using your email address and updated Drake password
  2. Click on Housing & Meal Plans in the Campus Resources section (it has a fork and knife logo)
  3. Click on “apply here”
  4. Select your current application
  5. Click on Meal Plan Selection Tab
  6. Click on Save and Continue
  7. Click on the Final Confirmation Tab to complete this meal plan change. A confirmation email of the meal plan change will be sent to your email account.

Questions may be directed to

Submit a roommate request through the Housing & Meal Plan portal

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, and selecting the Housing & Meal Plan icon.

For students who have food allergies or special dietary needs...

Reach out to Drake’s dietitian Samantha Matt via email at

For students who need accommodations...

Complete the intake form to start the process for requesting accommodations through Student Disability Services. 

For students who are interested in working on campus...

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.

For students who are interested in joining Fraternity and Sorority life

Learn more about recruitment and how to get involved in fraternity and sorority life by visiting

Other Links & Information

IT Basics

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 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).

Transcript Information

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

Special Concerns

Advanced Placement & International Baccalaureate Credit

Transfer/Dual Credit

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.

Selecting a Major

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: 

  • What are you passionate about?
  • What is your dream job? (If you have one.)
  • What do you see as some of your greatest strengths?
  • If you could spend your time doing anything you want, what would it be?
  • Do you prefer to work on subjects with one definite answer, or subjects that could have multiple correct answers? Why?
  • What kind of an impact do you wish to have on the world?

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.

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