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Spring Orientation

Message from Marina Verlengia,

Director, New Student & Parent Programs

Welcome to Drake University!

Students who have previously transferred to Drake have indicated that the Spring Orientation Program is a great opportunity to become better acclimated to campus, learn about resources and meet those individuals who are committed to students’ success. Therefore, we have designed the Spring Orienation Program to include distinct opportunities to meet your particular needs. In this program you will:

  • increase knowledge of academic policies and procedures
  • learn about resources and services that will enhance your day-to-day experiences
  • begin to partner with faculty and staff to achieve your personal and academic goals
  • build meaningful relationships other new students!

The activities planned for you will be interactive and comprehensive, but compact. We highly encourage you to participate in the full program on the following dates:

Friday, January 24, 8:30AM – 3:30PM

Click here to register for Spring Orientation

Your experiences will be enhanced by interactions with Peer Mentors (PMs). These current students will be available to work with you during this program as well as throughout the spring semester. Even though Peer Mentors represent their specific college or school, they also have a great deal of general knowledge about Drake. A Peer Mentor will begin communication with you via your Drake email very soon. If you do not hear from a Peer Mentor by Friday, November 29, 2019, please email

In the meantime, please don’t hesitate to let us know if you have questions, comments or concerns prior to your arrival. Please use either of the following options to direct your questions:

We realize you may already have other obligations; however, becoming more knowledgeable about how things work at Drake before classes begin can be very significant in your successful transition to Drake. We hope you will take advantage of this special opportunity.

Remember to RSVP as soon as possible— we look forward to meeting you on January 24!

Event Schedule

Friday, January 24, 2020

8:30-9:00am - Check-in (coffee and pastries provided)
Shivers Hospitality Suite
2525 Forest Avenue (east end of the Knapp Center)

9:00-9:45am - Interactive Panel Sessions
Shivers Hospitality Suite

This interactive discussion will allow students to ask questions to a panel of diverse staff and current students to gain more information about student involvement, campus security, academic success, study abroad, the Des Moines area and much more.

9:50-10:05am - How to be a True Blue Bulldog
Shivers Hospitality Suite

Learn about the services and resources the Professional and Career Development Services office has to offer. In this session, you will also be introduced to the True Blue Skills you will gain throughout your time as a Drake student.

10:15-10:45am - Drake ITS and Student Services Center
Shivers Hospitality Suite

Learn how to access and use all of Drake’s information highways and why they are so important to you. In this session, you will also learn the basic functions of the Student Services Center, such as Drake Card functions, Bulldog Bucks management, and Parking Pass purchases.

11:00am-12:00pm - College/School Meetings, Various Locations

Students meet with academic representatives in their college or school to increase knowledge on academic policies and procedues, partner with faculty, staff & peers and discuss professional & personal goals. 

  • College of Arts & Sciences – Olin 213
  • College Business & Public Administration – Aliber 112
  • School of Education – Collier-Scripps 207
  • School of Journalism – Meredith 104
  • College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences – Cline 127

12:15-1:15pm - Lunch and Conversation with Drake Staff & Faculty
Shivers Hospitality Suite

New students will be welcomed by current students, staff and administrators and have an opportunity to meet and converse during lunch.                                                                

1:30-2:30pm - Library Tour, Cowles Library

Visit Cowles Library to learn about the resources available to you during your time at Drake. This Session will include a short tour to get oriented to the different library spaces and a brief introduction to online resources available. 

2:30pm - Student ID Photos/Campus Tour, Olmsted Center

Students will be assisted in taking their student ID photo then depart for a campus tour led by Peer Mentors.

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