You’ve scored an acceptance letter; earned scholarships, grants and financial aid; settled into your residence hall; and are even beginning to bond with your quirky roommate. Now you need to make the most of your academic experience at Drake.

We can help.

Academic Achievement provides the tools and support you need to be the best you can be academically, whether that means a serious need to raise your grade point average or giving you the edge you need to elevate that shaky B to a solid A.

Struggling with one killer class? Many courses offer small group discussion sessions, peer assistance and lab sessions to supplement your classroom experience. If you happen to suffer from SKNHSBS (Smart Kid, Never Had to Study Before Syndrome), you might want to make use of some general success tools. Drake offers a series of seminars each fall semester on topics ranging from study and test-taking strategies to library use and dealing with anxiety. 

The bottom line is this: You are not alone. Let us help you excel and make the most of your Drake experience.


To provide the tools you need to empower you to reach your full academic potential.


Bryan Thomas, Jr.
Academic Success and Retention Specialist
Phone: 515-271-2029
E-mail: bryan.thomas@drake.edu


Michelle Laughlin
Student Disability Services Coordinator
Phone: 515-271-1835
Fax: 515-271-2376
E-mail: michelle.laughlin@drake.edu

Leah Berte
Coordinator, Student Support Case Management
Student Disability Services
E-mail: Leah.berte@drake.edu

Stephanie Sledge
Director of Student-Athlete Academic Success
Phone: 515-271-2074
Email: stephanie.sledge@drake.edu


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Photo Courtesy of Cameron Johnson, Drake University student

University News
October 26, 2016
Drake University and the American Diabetes Association will host a free community event on Nov. 12 featuring free lunch, a diabetes walk, educational presentations, and a wellness expo.