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International Transfer Application

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 40 U.S. states and 46 countries who have chosen Drake as their educational home.

Since we review each application for admission individually, there is no single, inflexible set of standards—such as GPA, test score, or years of courses. The information below outlines what you will need to put together your transfer application to Drake. We're here to help: contact your admission counselor if you have any questions. 

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.

Undergraduate Programs

June 1 is the priority deadline to submit your application and supporting materials for entry to Drake in the fall term that begins in August.  Applications received after the priority deadline will be considered on a space-available basis.  November 1 is the priority deadline for entry to Drake in the spring term that begins in January.

Doctor of Pharmacy (Only available for fall semester)

Students applying for the PharmD program for Fall 2017 must submit the application to the Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS) by December 1, 2016. The Drake Supplemental Form and fee must also be submitted to Drake University by December 1.

Doctor of Occupational Therapy (only available for the summer semester)

There is no application deadline to the Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) program. Applications must be submitted through OTCAS. A bachelor's degree is required.


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.

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  USA

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.

Test Score or Test-Flexible Interview (Less than 24 credits)

If you have earned less than 24 semester hours of college credit at the point of applying for admission, you may choose between submitting a test score or arranging a test-flexible interview.  If you have earned more than 24 college credit hours at the point of application, you do not need to submit a standardized test score or have an interview.  

Those who choose to submit test scores will need to have an official copy of either the ACT or SAT sent to the Office of Admission from the appropriate testing agency.

TOEFL or IELTS score

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.   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.  Transfer students attending colleges and universities in the US who have earned a minimum of 24 semester credits in non-ESL coursework are exempted from providing a TOEFL or IELTS score report.

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. 


We require an essay 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.

Letter of Recommendation

A letter of recommendation is encouraged, but not required. A letter of recommendation can be sent directly to:

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

Recommenadtions may also be emailed to

Financial Certificate

As an international student, you must submit documented evidence of financial support for educational expenses. The 2016-2017 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.

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 Financial Aid Form 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 Transfer Students for more information.

Admission Calendar

Now: Confirm Enrollment - Space available for Fall 2017 class

Now: Apply To Drake - Application for Fall 2017

Now: Visit Campus - Individual campus visits offered Monday-Friday

July 31-August 4 - Bulldog Days of Summer

August 1 - Application for Fall 2018

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