The Office of New Student Programs is taking precautions to protect our students, faculty and staff, and incoming students from the spread of COVID-19. We are adjusting this program to occur over a week to ensure small group interaction. Throughout the experience, our focus is on helping students feel comfortable and confident in their new role as members of the Drake community through interactions with fellow students, advisors, staff, and professors. We will also be providing a virtual track to replicate a number of experiences that will occur over Welcome Week. More information regarding virtual orientation will be provided over the following weeks. Ongoing updates from the University are available on the COVID-19 Response website
Welcome Week consists of six days of student, faculty, and staff interactions both virtually and in person with a focus on:
Welcome Weekend is NOT an extension of high school; it is NOT summer camp; it is NOT the same as summer orientation.
Your Welcome Weekend and fall semester experience will be enhanced by interactions with your Peer Mentor/Academic Consultant (PMAC). Peer Mentor/Academic Consultants are upper-class student volunteers assigned to First Year Seminar (FYS) groups. Communication with your PMAC will begin within the next few weeks and continue throughout the fall semester. Based on research findings and past experiences, we believe peer-to-peer interaction with an emphasis on students' academic success and personal development is particularly important to overall growth during the first year in college. They have experienced the challenges and changes associated with being first-year students at Drake and they want to make sure that, you, too, are acclimated to your new environment before classes begin. PMACs will continue to serve as a resource and motivator throughout the fall semester.
It is our goal that you become an informed, involved, and active participant from the very beginning of your Drake experience. We are excited about your arrival and can't wait to welcome you as a member of the Drake community