Transfer Application

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.

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 go through the Drake admission process, be sure to keep track of due dates to ensure all required documents are sent by the appropriate deadlines.

Doctor of Pharmacy (Only available for fall semester)

Students applying for the PharmD program for Fall 2016 must submit the application to the Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS) by December 1, 2015. The Drake Supplemental Form and fee must also be submitted to Drake University by December 1.

 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.

Undergraduate Programs 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 2015 admission application priority deadline for transfer students (full-time and part-time applicants) is July 1 for all undergraduate programs except Pharm.D.  Beginning July 1, transfer applications may be considered for admission on an individual basis; interested students are encouraged to contact the Office of Admission to speak with a transfer admission counselor. 


You can apply to Drake's undergraduate programs (except for pharmacy) three ways, 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).


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 an original seal, or are in the student’s possession are not considered official documents.

ACT or SAT scores

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.

  • 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.

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