Are you thinking about coming to Drake to continue your college education? As an international student, you would be part of the diverse group of students from 49 U.S. states and 50 countries who have chosen Drake as their educational home.
There are three ways you can apply to transfer to any of Drake’s undergraduate programs (all majors except pharmacy), all of which are given equal consideration for admission:
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 can offer conditional admission to you if you meet the University’s academic requirements, but first need to improve your English language skills.
If you’re mailing your application, please send it, along with your supplementary materials, to the address below. Be sure to label all materials with your full name and date of birth.
Office of Admission
2507 University Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa 50311-4505
Doctor of Pharmacy (Only available for fall semester)
Dec. 1 prior to the fall of your enrollment is the deadline to apply and postmark all supporting documents for the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) program; all materials must reach Drake by Dec. 10. If you’re applying for the Pharm.D. program, follow the special admission directions on that site. Admission to the pre-pharmacy program is not available to transfer students.
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.
Fall Semester: March 1 is the priority deadline; June 1 is the final deadline
Spring Semester: November 1 deadline
Doctor of Pharmacy
December 1 is the deadline to apply and postmark all supporting documents for the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) program; all materials must reach Drake by Dec. 10.
Applicants must submit official academic records from all post-secondary schools attended, whether or not a degree, certificate or diploma was earned. Academic records include the year-by-year records from each post-secondary institution attended, indicating the number of credits or hours per week devoted to each course and grades received. 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.
Photocopies without an original seal or stamp of the school or university attended, faxes and 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.
Transfer credits will be evaluated after admission status is determined. Course syllabi or descriptions should be submitted in order for an accurate evaluation of transfer credit to be completed.
We strongly recommend that you send TOEFL or IELTS test scores to us during the admission process. If you have not submitted official TOEFL or IELTS test scores to Drake prior to your arrival on campus, you will need to sit for the TOEFL upon arrival at Drake. With the exception of the pre-professional pharmacy and Pharm.D. programs, we can offer conditional admission to you if you meet the admission standards, but do not meet the TOEFL and proficiency requirements for immediate entry into a degree program.
We require an essay or personal statement from all applicants. You can use one of the essay prompts provided in the Drake application, or write on a topic of your choice. Please do not submit a paper you wrote for a school assignment.
In addition to your essay, the Admission Committee gives applicants the opportunity to submit an optional video statement. This is your chance to get creative and let our Admission Committee see what makes you, you. Videos can be uploaded onto YouTube, or another easily accessible site, and the URL can be submitted in your application. Remember, the video is optional and does not replace the personal essay.
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.
Submit at least one letter of recommendation from a school counselor, teacher, or other individual who can attest to your abilities.
As an international student, you must submit documented evidence of financial support for educational expenses. The 2013-2014 Financial Certificate must be signed by you and your sponsor and either countersigned and sealed by your sponsor's bank, or a separate letter or statement may be issued to support the information provided on the certificate.
Please view the Scholarships and Financial Aid Opportunities for International Students. Students may apply for need-based financial aid by submitting the Drake University Application for Need-Based Aid or the College Board form.