General Information


Except for the Law School, which follows its own calendar structure, Drake University's academic year is comprised of a summer term, a 15-week (excluding final evaluations) fall semester, a three-week January term, and a 15-week (excluding final evaluations) spring semester. Drake University's Drake Online graduate program courses are delivered in six-week blocks over Drake's traditional fall, spring, and summer terms.

Summer 2023

  • May 15 (Mon.)
    Summer term begins
  • May 29 (Mon.)
    Memorial Day (university holiday; classes do not meet)
  • Jun 19 (Mon.)
    Juneteenth observance (university holiday; classes do not meet)
  • Jul 3 (Mon.)
    Independence Day observance (university holiday; classes do not meet)
  • Jul 4 (Tue.)
    Independence Day (university holiday; classes do not meet)
  • Aug 20 (Sun.)
    Summer term ends

Fall 2023 (Non Law School)

  • Aug. 28 (Mon.)
    Fall term begins
  • Sept. 4 (Mon.)
    Labor Day (university holiday; classes do not meet)
  • Oct. 6-8 (Fri.-Sun.)
    Family Weekend
  • Oct. 16-17 (Mon.-Tue.)
    Fall break (classes do not meet)
  • Oct. 18 (Wed.)
    Midpoint of semester
  • TBD
    Mandatory fire drills
  • Nov. 22-26 (Wed.-Fri.)
    Thanksgiving break (classes do not meet)
  • Nov. 27 (Mon.)
    Classes resume
  • Dec. 8 (Fri.)
    Day free for study
  • Dec. 11-15 (Mon.-Fri.)
    Final evaluation period
  • Dec. 15 (Fri.)
    Fall term ends
  • Dec. 16 (Sat.)

J-Term 2024

  • Jan. 3 (Wed.)
    J-term begins
  • Jan. 15 (Mon.)
    Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (university holiday; classes do not meet)
  • Jan. 26 (Fri.)
    J-term ends

Spring 2024 (Non Law School)

  • Jan. 29 (Mon.)
    Spring term begins
  • TBD (Wed.)
    Mandatory tornado drill
  • Mar. 11-15 (Mon.-Fri.)
    Spring break (classes do not meet)
  • Mar. 22 (Fri.)
    Midpoint of semester
  • Apr. 24-27 (Wed.-Sat.)
    Drake Relays (Non-Law classes suspended for Drake Relays at 1:50pm on Fri, Apr 26)
  • Apr. 29 (Mon.)
    Classes resume
  • May 10 (Fri.)
    Day free for study
  • May 13-17 (Mon.-Fri.)
    Final evaluation period
  • May 17 (Fri.)
    Spring term ends
  • May 19 (Sun.)

The information in this catalog does not constitute a contract between the university and the student. The university reserves the right to make changes in curricula, admission policies and processes, tuition and financial aid, academic standards and guidelines, student services and any other regulations or policies set forth in this catalog without giving prior notice.