Thinking about making the move to Drake? Whether you’re a full-time transfer student from another school, a part-time student with a full-time job, or an adult student returning to school, we’ll partner with you—in and out of the classroom—to ensure your Drake degree paves the way to the future you want.
There are three ways you can apply to Drake's undergraduate programs (except for pharmacy), all of which we give equal consideration for admission:
If you're a transfer applicant for the Pharm.D. program, you must apply through the Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS).
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
Transfer applicants to the Pharm.D. program have a different admission process and must apply through the Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS).
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.
Pre-pharmacy (Only available for fall semester)
Dec. 1 is the deadline to apply and postmark all supporting documents for the pre-pharmacy program; all materials must reach Drake by Dec. 10. If you are applying to the Pharm.D. Program, follow the admission process found on the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences website. Admission to the pre-pharmacy program is not available to transfer students.
Fall Semester: March 1 priority deadline or July 1 final deadline
Spring semester: Dec. 1 deadline
Summer semester: April 15 deadline
PLEASE NOTE: The Fall 2013 admission application deadline for transfer students (full-time and part-time applicants) is July 1 for all undergraduate programs except Pharm.D. Transfer students are encouraged to submit their completed application and to make arrangements for all transcripts and other required documents to be sent to the Office of Admission prior to June 1.
Provide an official transcript from any and all colleges you have attended for all terms, including summer. If you have earned less than 24 college credit hours at the point of applying to Drake, you will need to send your official high school transcript or a high school equivalency certificate to the Office of Admission as well. If you are using the Common Application, Drake will accept transcripts sent through the Common Application process.
All transcripts must bear the official seal and signature of the official in charge or records and be sent directly to the Drake University Office of Admission by each institution. Transcripts that are faxed, scanned, photocopied, lacking of an original seal, or are in the student’s possession are not considered official documents.
If you have earned less than 24 college credit hours at the point of applying for admission, you will need to have an official copy of your ACT or SAT test scores sent to the Office of Admission from the appropriate testing agency.
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. The Admission Committee would rather read something more personal.
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.