First-Year Application

Are you ready? Take the next step and apply to Drake.

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


As you’re going through the Drake admission process, be sure to keep track of due dates to ensure all required documents are sent by the appropriate deadlines.

Undergraduate Programs (all majors except pre-pharmacy)
March 1 is the priority deadline to submit your application and supporting materials. Applications received after the priority deadline will be considered on a space-available basis.

Dec.1 is the deadline to apply 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.


There are three ways you can apply, all of which are given equal consideration for admission:

If you plan to apply to the pre-pharmacy program, please note the program's special admission requirements.


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.

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.

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

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

You must submit one of the following:

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


A completed high school counselor recommendation supplement form. The High School Report & Counselor Recommendation supplement form will work for both the Drake Application and the Common Application.

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

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 Oct. 15. Notification after Oct. 15 typically takes 4–6 weeks after your file becomes complete.

Applicants to the pre-pharmacy program are notified of an admission decision in mid-January of their senior year.

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March 27- Admitted Student Day

April 6 - Sophomore/Junior Campus Preview Day

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April 20 - Sophomore/Junior Campus Preview Day

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