Using myDrake for Parents (How-to)

myDrake is Drake's campus portal, a website that serves as a launch pad to access other sites, online tools, and organizational content. It's intended for an internal audience and requires a login to access secure information and systems. myDrake doesn't house every piece of content or system, but provides links to content and direct access to systems.

myDrake access is based upon your campus role and the functions you need to use. If you have multiple roles, your access will reflect that.


1. Logging Into myDrake

Go to my.drake.edu using your favorite web browser. myDrake works on Google Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari and is responsive so it will scale to an appropriately sized screen on whatever computer, tablet or mobile device you're using.

Follow the instructions for Signing in to Microsoft-connected systems (How-To).

2. Navigating myDrake

As a parent of a Drake student, you will land on the Parent Home page. If, however, you are also an employee or a student, you will also be able to access those home pages. In the example below, this parent has all three roles. Clicking on any of the applications will open your task in a new window or tab in your browser. Be sure to allow pop-ups for whatever browser you use for myDrake.

  1. The page you're on, in this case, Parent Home will be indicated in the header.
  2. Everyone has access to their primary role's page as well as the All Apps page. The All Apps page shows every function available to a particular role through myDrake. Some functions are only included on the All Apps page because they are either used infrequently, or by a small number of people.
  3. Entering a term in the Search bar searches all role-based pages and sections that you have access to as well as the All Apps page.
  4. The Commonly Used Apps area is the same for everyone in your role.
    1. Bulldog Bucks takes you to the portal where you can add Bulldog Bucks to your student's account. See information at Parents/Guests—Making Online Deposits to a Student Bulldog Bucks Account (How-to).
    2. Campus Calendar takes you to the campus calendar so you know what's happening on campus
    3. Dining Info provides information on dining options and meal plans on campus
    4. Housing Info has the details on each residence hall and housing in general.
    5. Parent Quick Links takes you to www.drake.edu/parents/ to link you to some key systems and information.
    6. Tax Information gets you to the screen where you can download your student's 1098-T form. (this screen goes to our student information system).
    7. View Student Academic Profile will take you to your student's academic information in our student information system if they've given you access. See Getting Parent Access to myDrake (How-to) to learn how to request access.
    8. View Student Account takes you to Touchnet, the payment system for campus. You must get access from your student. See information at Setting up an Authorized User in Touchnet (How-to).
  5. Clicking My Recent Links will show the last 10 links you have visited. You can also clear these links if you want to start over.
  6. The first row of apps stays open by default. You can collapse a section by clicking on the down arrow.

Parent Home Screenshot