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Pre-Pharmacy Application for First Year Students

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The College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences offers several programs: The Doctor of Pharmacy (first-year students apply as “pre-pharmacy”); the Doctor of Occupational Therapy (first-year students apply as “pre-occupational therapy”); the Master of Science in Athletic Training (first-year students apply as “pre-athletic training”); and the bachelor's degree in and the bachelor's degree in health sciences.

Applying for direct admission to the pre-pharmacy program differs from applying to all other undergraduate programs of study in two ways: Pre-pharmacy has a strict application deadline (December 1), and pre-pharmacy students will be selected from a pool of applicants rather than on a rolling-admission basis. Admission may be granted directly to the pre-pharmacy program or to the program you have designated as a second field of study.

Admission to the pre-pharmacy program is offered only for the fall term. 

Application Process for Pre-Pharmacy

It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that all required documents are mailed to:

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


December 1 is the final deadline for direct admission to the pre-pharmacy program. The application must be postmarked no later than December 1. The application and all required documents must reach the Office of Admission no later than December 10. Applications received after December 1 or documents received after December 10 will be considered late and reviewed only on a space-available basis.


You can access the application in three ways, all of which are given equal consideration for admission. However, 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.

Online Application (fee waived)


  • Mail the Drake University paper application ($25 U.S. application fee)
  • Complete the Common Application and the Common Application Member Questions specific to Drake University.

Links to the application will be available on August 1, 2015:


Drake University will evaluate your academic transcripts in the admission process. 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 a fresh seal are not considered official records.

ACT or SAT score

Drake Pre-pharmacy applicants must choose the Standard path for admission, which requires an official test score report. The Test-Flexible application path is not offered to this program. Applicants must have an official copy of their ACT or SAT test scores sent to the Office of Admission from the appropriate testing agency.

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

Personal Essay

An essay or personal statement is required of all applicants. You must choose one of the prompts provided in the application for admission. Please do not submit a paper you wrote for a school assignment.

High School Report and Counselor Recommendation Form

You must submit one of the following:

  • A letter of recommendation from your high school counselor or a teacher of your choice


Additional letters of recommendation are not required but will be considered if you send them.


Drake University sends admission decisions by mail.

Notification of pre-pharmacy admission decisions will be made in mid-January.

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