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2023 Orientation Schedule

Summer Orientation 2023


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. Linens, towels, and a thin blanket are provided for your stay in the residence hall. The following items are recommended: 
    • Extra blanket 
    • Extra towel and toiletries 
    • Casual clothing and shoes 
    • Extra money for Drake apparel and snack (meals are provided) 
    • Sweater/Sweatshirt (temperatures in different buildings vary) 

1:45 PM: Welcome to the Bulldog Community! (for both students and families)

2:05 PM - Student and Parent Sessions

  • Students get acquainted - Students meet your Orientation Leader who will work closely with you throughout the session to answer your questions about what it’s really like to be a Drake student. You will also have an opportunity to connect with other new Drake students!
  • Parents and Families – Your New Role with Drake - Parents and Families please join us for this session created especially for you. We will talk about your student’s transition to Drake and how we work with parents as partners to support student success. 

3:15 - 5:55 PM: Breakout Sessions (for both students and families)

  • 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
    • Health and Safety at Drake
  • 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
    • First Generation Student Experience (presented once at 4:30)
    • Equity, inclusion, and access at Drake (presented once at 5:05)

5:45 PM: Dinner in Hubbell Dining Hall 

6:30 PM: Students prep for day two (students only)

6:30 - 7:30 PM: Parent/Family Member Social (parents and families only)                                               

7:00 - 9:00 PM: Music/Activities (students only)              


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

8:30 AM: Drake Technology Session (for both students and families)                                                                 

9:15 - 10:00 AM: Academic Program Overviews (for both students and families)    

10:15 - 11:15 AM: College of Arts & Sciences and Zimpleman College of Business departmental meetings (students only)

10:15 AM – 12:00 PM: Farewell Reception/Services Fair (for both students and families) 

  • Campus and Residence Hall Tours will be offered at 10:45am and 11:15am

10:30AM – 11:30 AM: CPHS, SJMC and SOE Academic Advisors will be available to answer questions.

11:15 – 12:00PM: A&S and Zimpleman College of Business Academic Advisors will be available to answer questions.            

12:00 PM: Student/Guest Check-out - Residence Halls close




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