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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. Before attending virtual summer orientation, we ask that you complete the following prior to your session.

Download the New Student Checklist (PDF)

Download the 2020 Summer Orientation Packet(PDF)

 Before Orientation

Class Registration Required Tasks:

  • Complete your Math Readiness Assessment through Blackboard.
    • Login to Blackboard by visiting and using your Drake ID number and password
    • Click Orientation Course—Summer 2020 under My Courses
    • Select the Math Readiness Assessment button at left
    • Complete the assessment or enter college-level credit as directed.
  • Review the World Languages and Culture Requirements
    If you are continuing in Chinese, French, German, or Spanish, complete the Language Placement exam for that language. Your access to the exam will be valid for 30 days after you create an account.
  • Review sample first semester schedules in the Advising Guide
  • Review the Drake Curriculum Requirements
  • THEN complete the Pre-registration questionnaire. 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.
    • Sessions 1, 2 & 3 –
      due by May 25
    • Sessions 4 & 5 –
      due by June 15

Complete Prior to Your Virtual Orientation Day:

  • Change your password from the default:
    If you haven't changed your password from the default password (birthdate in MonDD#YYYY format, Jan01#1997 for example), please change your password at
  • Check your email for instructions to log in to your virtual orientation session
  • Make an appointment for an individual consultation on your Orientation day if needed. These are 15-minute individual appointments. (These appointments are no longer available).
    • Student Financial Planning
    • Student Disability Services
    • Counseling Center
    • Health Center

For music majors:

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

If you are a student-athlete:

  •  Be checking your Drake email for communication from Stephanie Sledge (Associate Athletics Director for Student-athlete Success), containing specific information regarding athletics.

 After Orientation

Action Items:

Optional Tasks:

  • Purchase parking pass
  • Deposit funds in your Bulldog Bucks account
  • Submit a roommate request through StarRez by June 30. Roommate requests must be submitted by both students by logging in through MyDrake at and selecting Housing & Meal Plans.
  • Wireless internet service is available in every residence hall. Wired connectivity is available upon request. To request a wired connection for your residence hall room, please complete this survey by August 9.

For students who have food allergies or special dietary needs:

For students who need accommodations:

For students who are interested in working on campus:

  • Login to Handshake, Drake’s electronic job board and look for on-campus job opportunities.

For students who are interested in joining the 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

Your Drake ID: This nine-digit number is essential to logging into your computer, your email, and our portal, myDrake.

Your Password: You can change your password as often as you'd like, but every year you’ll receive an email from Information Technology Services (ITS) prompting you to change it using the Drake Password Manager to keep your information safe. Make sure you set up recovery options in case you ever forget it. This password guide will help you easily make the change.

*Make sure you know both your Drake ID and Password prior to orientation

myDrake: is the online destination for announcements, news, and events as well as tools to take care of student business at Drake. Through myDrake, you can check your email, view your class schedule and grades, register for classes, access your Blackboard courses, and make payments online. 

Email Accounts: All Drake students are issued email accounts, typically Email is accessible from within myDrake.

*Please note that your email address will reflect your submitted preferred name.

Computer Recommendations: View school-specific recommendations, computer discount information and suggested accessories.

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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