First-Year Standard 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.

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. 
    • 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.


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

Online Application 


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

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. 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

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.

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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October 20 - Campus Preview Half-Day

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November 14 - Campus Preview Day

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