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Pre-Pharmacy Application for First Year Students

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.

The early action priority application deadline for direct admission to the pre-pharmacy program is December 1. Applications will continue to be accepted until the priority deadline of March 1 and on a space-available basis thereafter. 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


Early Action Priority Deadline: December 1

December 1 is the Early Action Priority Deadline for all programs. Early Action Priority Applicants will be eligible for the following benefits:

  • Priority notification for admission and the Presidential Scholarship in December, for pre-pharmacy applicants.
  • Priority for housing preferences
  • Early notification of financial aid package by February 1.

Priorirty 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.


You can access the application in two ways, both 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)


Complete the Common Application and the Common Application Member Questions specific to Drake University.



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

A letter of recommendation, while not requried, is strongly encouraged, from your high school counselor or a teacher of your choice.  Or, you may also complete the High School Report & Counselor Recommendation supplement form, instead, for both the Drake Application and the Common Application.


Notification of pre-pharmacy admission decisions begins in December.

Admission Calendar

Now: Confirm Enrollment - Space available for Fall 2017 class

Now: First Year Students Apply To Drake - Application for Fall 2018

Now: Transfer Students Apply to Drake - Application for Fall 2017, Spring 2018, and Fall 2018

Now: Visit Campus - Individual campus visits offered Monday-Friday

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