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.



  • May 17 (Mon.)
    Summer term begins
  • May 31 (Mon.)
    Memorial Day (classes do not meet)
  • Jun 18 (Fri.)
    Juneteenth observance (university holiday; classes do not meet)
  • Jul 5 (Mon.)
    Independence Day observance (classes do not meet)
  • Aug 22 (Sun.)
    Summer term ends



  • Aug. 30 (Mon.)
    Fall term begins
  • Sept. 6 (Mon.)
    Labor Day (classes do not meet)
  • Oct. 20 (Wed.)
    Midpoint of semester
  • Nov. 24-28 (Wed.)
    Thanksgiving break (classes do not meet)
  • Nov 29 (Mon.)
    Classes resume
  • Dec. 10 (Fri.)
    Day free for study
  • Dec. 13-17 (Mon.-Fri.)
    Final evaluation period
  • Dec. 17 (Fri.)
    Fall term ends
  • Dec. 18 (Sat.)


J-TERM 2022

  • Jan. 3 (Mon.)
    Beginning of J-term
  • Jan. 17 (Mon.)
    Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (university holiday; classes do not meet)
  • Jan. 21 (Fri.)
    End of J-term



  • Jan. 24 (Mon.)
    Spring term begins
  • Mar. 11(Fri.)
    Midpoint of semester
  • Apr. 27-30 (Wed.-Sat.)
    Drake Relays (Non-Law classes suspended for Drake Relays at 1:50pm on Fri, Apr 23)
  • May. 1 (Mon.)
    Non-Law classes resume
  • May 6 (Fri.)
    Day free for study
  • May 9-13 (Mon.-Fri.)
    Final evaluation period
  • May 13 (Fri.)
    Spring term ends
  • May 15 (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.