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Move-in Day

Details below are from 2020 move in day. Please return later this Spring for move in day 2021 which will be on Wednesday, August 25. 

Preparations are underway for your arrival! Welcome Weekend activities begin at 7pm on Wednesday, August 21 for all on-campus and commuter students. Parents/guardians should be prepared to return home on Wednesday after getting your students settled. 

Students can move into the residence halls on Wednesday, August 19 between 8am and 5pm. Please note that meal plans begin on August 20. Students are responsible for their own evening meal on August 19. Commuter students should plan to attend a short meeting on Wednesday, August 19 from 7-8pm in Olmsted Center. Visit for a message from Marina Verlengia, Director of New student Programs, and a full schedule of Welcome Weekend activities. 

Very shortly, you will be contacted by your Peer Mentor/Academic Consultant (PMAC). Your PMAC can answer questions you may have about Welcome Weekend and your first semester at Drake. 

If you have any questions regarding Move-in Day or Welcome Weekend, please email: or call 515-271-2835. We are excited about your student’s arrival and can't wait to welcome you and your student as members of the Drake community.

Marina Verlengia, Director of New Student Programs                                
Melissa Sturm-Smith, Associate Provost for Academic Excellence and Student Success

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