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Guest Summer Orientation Schedule


12:30 - 1:30 PM: Orientation Check-in - After you get checked in for orientation, students will be directed to their residence hall for the night. Only students will be assigned a room for the night, guests and families should plan to stay at a nearby hotel.

1:45 PM: Welcome to the Bulldog Community! - Our day begins with an overview of the Drake experience where you will learn about the university’s expectations of its students, and we will help you get excited about your student's new life at Drake.

2:05 PM - Parents and Families – Your New Role with Drake - Learn about your student’s transition to Drake and how we see parents as our partners.

3:15 - 5:30 PM: Breakout Sessions 

  • 3:15 PM – 4:15 PM (3:15- 3:40 PM and 3:50 – 4:15 PM)
    • Student Accounts & Financial Aid – Next Steps
    • Making Halls into Homes: Residence Life 
    • Fraternity & Sorority Life 
    • Food for Thought: Drake Dining and Student Services Center
    • Inclusive Campus Wellness: Q&A with Health, Counseling, and Disability Services
  • 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM (4:30 – 4:55 PM and 5:05 – 5:30 PM)               
    • Bulldogs at Work: Student Employment
    • Student Involvement
    • Recreation & Wellness
    • Pre-Medical and Pre-Health Care Professions
    • Campus Safety & Wellness: Q&A with Violence Prevention, Title IX, and Public Safety
    • First Generation Student Experience (presented once at 4:30)
    • Equity, inclusion, and access at Drake (presented once at 5:05)

5:30 - 6:30PM: Parent/Family Member Social - Join us for a social to meet and mingle with other parents and families of incoming students as well as Drake Staff and Administrators. Snacks and beverages will be provided.                       


7:30 - 9:30 AM: Breakfast in Hubbell Dining Hall

8:30 AM: Drake Technology Session - Learn about the different technology resources available at Drake, how to access them, and where to go for help.                                                          

9:15 - 10:00 AM: Academic Program Overviews  - Come meet college/school staff! An important piece of college is what happens in the classroom. This is your opportunity to find out what you can expect from your student's college/school and ask any questions you may have.

10:15 AM – 12:00 PM: Farewell Reception/Services Fair 


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