International First-Year 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 48 U.S. states and 50 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’re going through the Drake admission process, be sure to keep track of due dates to ensure that 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 we give equal consideration for admission:

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

If you wish 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.


Mail to Drake the original or certified copies of academic records, including external examination results, in official form (which varies from country to country). Contact the Office of Admission for information regarding specific credentials required. Photocopies without a fresh seal or stamp of the school or university attended, faxes, or scans of academic records cannot be accepted as official documents. Certification of official documents should be made by a school official or educational authority (such as a Ministry of Education or examination board). Documents will not be considered as official if certified by notaries, commissioners of oaths, or translators.

You must submit official academic records from all secondary schools whether or not a diploma was earned. Academic records include: yearly secondary school records showing rank in class (if available); 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. If you are using the Common Application, Drake will accept transcripts sent through the Common Application process.

Test Scores


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. With the exception of the pre-professional pharmacy and Pharm.D. programs, Drake offers conditional admission to students meeting the admission standards but who do not meet the TOEFL and proficiency requirements for immediate entry into a degree program.


If you are applying to any of Drake’s undergraduate programs (all majors except pre-pharmacy), you may submit your ACT or SAT for scholarship consideration. If you’re applying to the pre-pharmacy program, you are required to submit an ACT or SAT score for admission and scholarship consideration.

  • 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.

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

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.

Financial Certificate

International students must submit documented evidence of financial support for educational expenses. The 2015-2016 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.

Financial Aid Application

Students may apply for need-based financial aid by submitting the Drake University Application for Need-Based Aid or the Foreign Student Financial Aid Application from the College Scholarship Service/College Board.

This document can be 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.

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