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New Student Programs Calendar

It’s time to start getting ready for college. And we’re here to help.

We’re planning a summer full of virtual events to help introduce you to your new campus, connect you with your peers, and provide resources to help you get ready for the Fall.

Pro Tip: Bookmark this page. This page will act as your living schedule, it will be updated frequently—so check back often.

May - Welcome & Orientation Prep

Let's get started. This month, you'll complete items to prepare for your summer orientation experience including submitting deposits and completing items on your new student checklist.

  • May 1: Tuition Deposit is due
    • Before you register for summer orientation, make sure you have paid your $250 non-refundable enrollment deposit.
  • May: Sign up for Virtual Summer Orientation Session
    • Reserve your orientation spot and find additional details through your Admitted Student Portal at
  • May 16: Submit 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
  • May 1-30: Complete pre-orientation checklist items
  • May: Join our Facebook group
  • Optional: If needed, make an appointment for an individual consultation on your orientation day
  • Optional: Sign up for a Connection Day
    • Sign up for a Connection Day session in the orientation registration form through the Admitted Student Portal at

June - Orientation & Communities

This month, you'll hear from an Orientation Leader (OL) who will serve as your helpful guide for this summer. You will also attend your virtual summer orientation session to meet new fellow Bulldogs, review your fall semester schedule and learn about Drake resources and support services.

July - Learning & Exploration

This month, you’ll explore your interests, discover awesome ways to get involved on campus, and learn more about who you are as a person and a member of the Bulldog community.

  • July: Dive into Drake Series
  • July 1: Join a Facebook Interest Group
    • Join one of our Facebook Interest Groups to meet other new Drake students with similar interests. Check back in July for links to join these groups. 
  • July 1: 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. 
  • July 30: Housing Assignments available
    • Assignments will be available online beginning July 30, 2021 for students requesting housing for the Fall Term who complete and submit their online contract and deposit before June 30, 2021. 
    • To access your room assignment, follow these steps:
      • Log into myDrake
      • Click on the MyDusis icon in the section "Commonly Used Apps"
      • Scroll down and click on "Housing Roommates"
      • Select term

August - Arrival & Welcome Weekend

This month, we’ll dive into the nuts and bolts of everything from what you’ll need to bring with you to how you can prepare yourself to be healthy and safe at school. We’ll also cover move-in logistics, welcome events, and academic preparation.

  • August: Dive into Drake Series continued
  • August 23-24: Move in Day
    • Be sure to check your Drake email in July for information on how to sign up for a move in time.
    • Visit our Office of Residence Life website for more details on move in. 
  • August 25-26: Welcome Weekend