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)
For music majors:
If you are a student-athlete:
For students who have food allergies or special dietary needs:
For students who need accommodations:
For students who are interested in working on campus:
For students who are interested in joining the Fraternity and Sorority life:
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@example.com. 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.
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.