General Information

Calendar

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 2020

  • May 18 (Mon.)
    Summer term begins
  • May 25 (Mon.)
    Memorial Day (classes do not meet)
  • Jun 19 (Fri.)
    Juneteenth observance (university holiday; classes do not meet)
  • Jul 3 (Fri.)
    Independence Day observance (classes do not meet)
  • Aug 23 (Sun.)
    Summer term ends

 

Fall 2020 (Non Law School)

  • Aug. 24 (Mon.)
    Fall term begins
  • Aug. 28 (Fri.)
    Last day to add a class
  • Sept. 4 (Fri.)
    Last day to drop a class without a “W”
  • Sept. 7 (Mon.)
    Labor Day (classes do not meet)
  • Oct. 14 (Wed.)
    Midpoint of semester
  • TBD
    Mandatory fire drills
  • Oct. 26 (Mon.)
    Last day to drop a class without extenuating circumstances
  • Nov. 23-27 (Tues.)
    Thanksgiving break (classes do not meet)
  • Nov 30 (Mon.)
    Classes resume
  • Dec. 4 (Fri.)
    Day free for study
  • Dec. 7-11 (Mon.-Fri.)
    Final evaluation period
  • Dec. 11 (Fri.)
    Fall term ends
  • Dec. 12 (Sat.)
    Commencement

 

J-Term 2021

  • Jan. 4 (Mon.)
    Beginning of J-term
  • Jan. 18 (Mon.)
    Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (university holiday; classes do not meet)
  • Jan. 22 (Fri.)
    End of J-term

 

Spring 2021 (Non Law School)

  • Feb. 1 (Mon.)
    Spring term begins
  • Feb. 5 (Fri.)
    Last day to add a class
  • Feb. 12 (Fri.)
    Last day to drop a class without a “W”
  • Mar. 19 (Fri.)
    Midpoint of semester
  • TBD (Wed.)
    Mandatory tornado drill
  • Mar. 31 (Fri.)
    Last day to drop a class without extenuating circumstances
  • Apr. 21-24 (Wed.-Sat.)
    Drake Relays (Non-Law classes suspended for Drake Relays at 1:50pm on Fri, Apr 23)
  • Apr. 26 (Mon.)
    Non-Law classes resume
  • May 7 (Fri.)
    Day free for study
  • May 10-14 (Mon.-Fri.)
    Final evaluation period
  • May 14 (Fri.)
    Spring term ends
  • May 15 (Sat.)
    Commencement

 

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.