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First-Year Application

There are so many qualities that define a Drake Bulldog: intelligence, drive, tenacity, and character.

If that sounds like you, it's time to apply to Drake.

Since we review each application for admission individually, there is no single, inflexible set of standards—such as GPA or test score. Instead, first-year students can choose the Standard Application or Test-Flexible Application.

Wondering about financial assistance? Use the Net Price Calculator for U.S. First-year Students to estimate your actual cost to attend Drake.

Deadlines

As you’re going through the Drake admission process, keep track of these due dates.

Early Action Priority Deadline: December 1

December 1 is the Early Action Priority Deadline for all programs.

Early Action Priority Applicants are eligible for the following:

  • Priority notification for admission and the Presidential Scholarship
    • Undergraduate majors (all programs except pre-pharmacy) - Rolling between October 15-January 15
    • Pre-Pharmacy - notification in December
  • Priority for housing preferences
  • Early notification of financial aid package by February 1.

Priority Deadline: March 1

March 1 is the priority deadline to submit your application and supporting materials for all programs.

  • Applications received after December 1 Early Action Priority Deadline will be considered until the March 1 Priority Deadline, with rolling notification of admission, Presidential Scholarship, and financial aid throughout the spring.
  • Applications received after March 1 Priority Deadline considered on a space-available basis.
  • Pre-pharmacy applications received after December 1 Early Action Priority Deadline considered on a space-available basis. If you are looking to apply to the pre-pharmacy program for the Fall 2017 term, please contact our office.

Admission Decision Notification

We send admission decisions through the mail. Applicants for all undergraduate majors (except pre-pharmacy) will be notified of an admission decision on a rolling basis beginning October 15. Notification after October 15 typically takes 4–6 weeks after your file becomes complete.

Pre-pharmacy applicants who apply before December 1 deadline are notified of an admission decision by mid-January. Pre-pharmacy applications received after December 1 are considered on a space-available basis. If you are looking to apply to the pre-pharmacy program for the Fall 2017 term, please contact our office.

Application Requirements

First-year students are required to complete an online application, submit transcripts, submit ACT or SAT scores (or complete a test-flexible interview if eligible), and submit a personal essay. A letter of recommendation is encouraged but not required. Each section below provides specific information for each required element of your application.

Mailed applications and all other mailed supplementary materials should be labeled with your full name and date of birth and directed to:

Office of Admission
Drake University
2507 University Ave.
Des Moines, Iowa 50311-4505

Application

Complete one of the following:

Choose either method to apply. Both options are given equal consideration for admission. There is no application fee when applying online.

Students who intend to apply to the pre-pharmacy program MUST choose the Drake Standard Application path and select pre-pharmacy as their major in any of the applications. Please also designate an alternate choice for area of study.

Transcripts

Your academic transcript is required for admission to Drake. Send your official high school transcript for review; if you have taken any college classes for credit, submit your college transcript as well. If you are using the Common Application, Drake will accept transcripts sent through the Common Application process. Faxed transcripts, scanned documents, and transcripts photocopied without an original seal are not considered official records.

If your school can provide an official electronic transcript, it should be submitted to admission@drake.edu.

ACT or SAT Scores

Have an official copy of your ACT or SAT test scores sent to the Office of Admission from the appropriate testing agency. The writing section of the ACT or SAT is not required, and is not considered as part of your application.

  • Drake University ACT school code: 1302
  • Drake University SAT school code: 6168

Test-Flexible Interview

Eligible applicants who choose the Test-Flexible option are required to schedule an interview in lieu of the ACT or SAT score report. Please refer to the Test Flexible policy and FAQs for more information about eligibility and the admission interview.

Your admission counselor will contact you to make arrangements to schedule your interview, after your application is complete. Interviews may be conducted in person or through Skype or Facetime.

Personal Essay

We require an essay or personal statement from each applicant. You must use one of the essay prompts provided in the Drake Application or Common Application. Please do not submit a paper you wrote for a school assignment; the admission committee would rather read something more personal.

High School Recommendation

A recommendation, while not required, is strongly encouraged. Letters of recommendation can be submitted on your behalf by a teacher or high school counselor. You may also have a counselor complete the High School Report & Counselor Recommendation supplement form.

Audition (Music or Theatre Students)

Music

In order to be admitted to the Department of Music, and to be considered for scholarship awards as a Music major, Music minor, or non-major participant, prospective students are required to audition with Drake Music faculty. To learn more about upcoming Department of Music audition dates and audition requirements, visit the Department of Music Audition Information page.

Theatre

In order to be admitted to any of the B.F.A. Theatre Arts degree programs or the Musical Theatre minor, and to be considered for a Departmental Fine Arts scholarship award, prospective students are required to audition/present their portfolio either on campus at the Drake Theatre Audition Day or the National Unified Theatre Auditions. To learn more about upcoming Theatre audition dates and audition requirements, visit the Theatre Arts Off Campus and On Campus Auditions page.

Contact Us

If at any point in the application process you have questions or concerns, please contact your admission counselor or get in touch with Drake Admission.

1-800-44-DRAKE (1-800-443-7253), x3181
515-271-3181
admission@drake.edu

Admission Calendar and Events


Tour Drake...

Monday-Friday - Individual Visits

Oct. 9- Campus Preview Day

Oct. 19 - Campus Preview Half-Day

Oct.20- Campus Preview Half-Day


 ...Drake on Tour

Illinois:

Sept. 24 -Pharmacy Tour: Chicago

Oct. 15 - Drake on the Road: Chicago

 Kansas:

Oct. 15 - Drake on the Road: Kansas City

 Minnesota:

Oct.15 - Drake on the Road: Twin Cities

Missouri:

Oct.29 -Drake on the Road: Saint Louis

 

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