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International First-Year Standard Application

Are you thinking about coming to the United States to begin your college education? As an international student, you would be part of a diverse group—students from 40 U.S. states and 46 countries who have chosen Drake as their educational home.

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 Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa 50311-4505 U.S.A.


As you complete your application for admission, be sure that all required documents are submitted 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.

When you apply for admission, you will be asked whether or not you wish to follow the test-flexible path that requires an interview in lieu of submitting ACT or SAT scores. For guidance in making this decision and for eligibility requirements, see the test-flexible policy as explained in the test-flexible FAQ.

All required and supplementary application materials should be labeled with your full name and date of birth and directed to:

Office of Admission
Drake University
2507 University Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa 50311-4505 U.S.A.

If you wish or need to improve your language proficiency before beginning an academic program at Drake, you may apply for admission to an academic program at the same time that you apply for the Intensive English Program. With the exception of the pre-pharmacy program, Drake offers conditional admission to those applicants who meet the University’s academic requirements, but first need to improve English language skills.


Original or certified true copies of academic records or transcripts in official form, including external examination results, must be submitted by the educational institution (school, college, or university) directly to Drake either by mail or electronically.

Photocopies, scans, or faxes of academic records submitted by students without a fresh seal or stamp of the school, college, or university attended will not be accepted as official until verified by a school official or educational authority.  Academic records are not considered to be official if certified by notaries, commissioners of oaths, or translators, regardless of how they are submitted.  An admission decision will be made once all official academic records are submitted to the Office of Admission.

For first-year applicants, official academic records from all secondary schools attended must be submitted whether or not a diploma was earned. Academic records include: yearly secondary school records showing rank in class (if available) and certified results from external examinations.

Any translated record should be an exact translation (not interpretive) and be accompanied by the official, original-language document. Transcripts from U.S. high schools, colleges, or universities should be sent directly from that institution to the Office of Admission.

Contact the Office of Admission at if you have questions about your academic records.

TOEFL or IELTS Test Scores

The TOEFL requirement is 71 for the iBT and the IELTS requirement is 6.0 in order to enroll in courses on a full-time basis.  With the exception of the pre- pharmacy program, Drake offers conditional admission to students meeting the admission standards but who do not meet the language-proficiency requirements for immediate entry into a degree program. 

We strongly recommend that you send TOEFL or IELTS test scores to Drake during the admission process. If you do not submit official TOEFL or IELTS test scores to Drake prior to your arrival on campus, you must sit for the TOEFL upon arrival at Drake.

ACT or SAT Test Scores (Standard Path)

Please 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

Please note that Drake does not superscore; for admission and scholarship purposes, Drake will consider the highest composite score from one test administration. The essay section on either the SAT or ACT is not taken into consideration.

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.

Summary of Extracurricular Activities

You will need to provide information about principal extracurricular, community, and volunteer activities in order of their interest to you. Be sure to include the length of time you participated in each activity. In addition, list any academic distinctions or honors you have received. Please do not send individual certificates of achievement.

Letters of 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.

Financial Certificate

International students must submit documented evidence of financial support for educational expenses. The 2017-2018 Financial Certificate‌ must be signed by the student and sponsor, and either countersigned and sealed by the sponsor's bank or a separate letter or statement may be issued to support the information provided on the certificate.

This document can be mailed to:

Office of Admission
Drake University
2507 University Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa 50311-4505 U.S.A.

Application for the International Student Grant (Financial Aid)

Students may apply for an International Student Grant by submitting the Drake University Financial Aid Form or the Foreign Student Financial Aid Application from the College Scholarship Service/College Board.

This document can be emailed to or mailed to:

Office of Admission
Drake University
2507 University Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa 50311-4505 U.S.A.

Please view the Scholarship and Financial Aid Opportunities for International First-Year Students for more information.

Admission Calendar

Apply Now - Application for Fall 2017

Visit Now - Individual campus visits offered Monday-Friday

Available Now - FAFSA for Fall 2017

May 1 - Enrollment deadline for entering First Year Students (direct from high school) starting in Fall 2017

July 31-August 4 - Visit during Iowa Private College Week

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