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 2019

  • May 20 (Mon.)
    Summer term begins
  • May 27 (Mon.)
    Memorial Day (classes do not meet)
  • Jul 4 (Thur.)
    Independence Day (classes do not meet)
  • Aug 25 (Sun.)
    Summer term ends


Fall 2019 (Non Law School)

  • Aug. 26 (Mon.)
    Fall term begins
  • Aug. 30 (Fri.)
    Last day to add a class
  • Sept. 2 (Mon.)
    Labor Day (classes do not meet)
  • Sept. 9 (Mon.)
    Last day to drop a class without a “W”
  • Oct. 4-6 (Fri.-Sun.)
    Parent/Family Weekend
  • Oct. 14-15 (Mon.-Tues.)
    Fall break
  • Oct. 16 (Wed.)
    Midpoint of semester
  • TBD
    Mandatory fire drills
  • Oct. 23 (Wed.)
    Last day to drop a class without extenuating circumstances
  • Nov. 26 (Tues.)
    Thanksgiving recess begins after evening classes
  • Dec. 2 (Mon.)
    Classes resume
  • Dec. 6 (Fri.)
    Day free for study
  • Dec. 9-13 (Mon.-Fri.)
    Final evaluation period
  • Dec. 13 (Fri.)
    Fall term ends
  • Dec. 14 (Sat.)


J-Term 2020

  • Jan. 6 (Mon.)
    Beginning of J-term
  • Jan. 20 (Mon.)
    Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (classes do not meet)
  • Jan. 24 (Fri.)
    End of J-term


Spring 2020 (Non Law School)

  • Jan. 27 (Mon.)
    Spring term begins
  • Jan. 31 (Fri.)
    Last day to add a class
  • Feb. 7 (Fri.)
    Last day to drop a class without a “W”
  • Mar. 13 (Fri.)
    Midpoint of semester
  • Mar 16-20 (Mon.-Fri.)
    Spring break
  • TBD (Wed.)
    Mandatory tornado drill
  • TBD (Fri.)
    Last day to drop a class without extenuating circumstances
  • Apr. 22-25 (Wed.-Sat.)
    Drake Relays (Non-Law classes suspended for Drake Relays at 1:50pm on Fri, Apr 24)
  • Apr. 27 (Mon.)
    Non-Law classes resume
  • May 7 (Thurs.)
    Non-Law classes end
  • May 8 (Fri.)
    Day free for study
  • May 11-15 (Mon.-Fri.)
    Final evaluation period
  • May 15 (Fri.)
    Spring term ends
  • May 17 (Sun.)


This is the official Academic Calendar for Drake University. It is updated and maintained by the Office of the Registrar.

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.