Move in days are August 23 and Welcome Weekend is August 24 - 26.
Welcome Weekend is for all incoming students, both first year and transfer. First year students will have many events specific to them because of their First Year Seminar. Transfer and John Dee Bright College students will have special activities and opportunities for connection and engagement during those times. We encourage active participation throughout the week so that all incoming students start their Drake experience strong!
Welcome Weekend consists of three days of student, faculty, and staff interactions 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.
*Transfer students will also have a PMAC assigned to them. These PMACs will lead students throughout Welcome Weekend; there is not a First Year Seminar associated with these groups.*