Transfer Application

There are so many qualities that define a Drake Bulldog: intelligence, drive, tenacity, and character. 

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 Ave. 
Des Moines, Iowa 50311-4505


As you go apply for admission to Drake, be sure to keep track of due dates to ensure all required documents are sent by the appropriate deadlines.

Undergraduate Programs 

Priority application deadlines for admission, scholarships, and financial aid consideration are listed below. For assistance, students are encouraged to contact the Office of Admission to speak with a transfer admission counselor.

  • Fall term: March 1
  • Spring term: Dec. 1
  • Summer term: April 15

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 for admission to the Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) program. Applications must be submitted through OTCAS. A bachelor's degree is required.


Drake offers two ways to apply and both options are given equal consideration for admission. There is no application fee when applying online. If you're a pre-pharmacy transfer student, you may apply through one of the forms noted below

Online Application 


Complete the Common Application and the Common Application Member Questions specific to Drake University. 

Please note:


All transfer applicants must provide an official transcript from any and all colleges attended for all terms, including summer.

For students who have earned fewer than 24 semester hours of college credit at the point of application we will also require the following:

  • a copy of your official high school transcript or a high school equivalency certificate
  • either a standardized test score (the ACT  or SAT) or a test-flexible interview

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.  If you are using the Common Application, Drake will accept transcripts sent through the Common Application process.   

When making transcript arrangements, please use this mailing address:

Office of Admission
Drake University
2507 University Avenue
Des Moines, IA  50311-4505

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.

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

Please note: The Test Score or Test-Flexible Interview option is available to applicants interested in applying for admission for Fall 2016 and future terms.  

If you have earned 24 or more semester hours of college credit at the point of application, you do not need to submit a standardized test score or have an interview.

If you have earned less than 24 semester hours of college credit at the point of application, you may choose between submitting a test score or arranging a test-flexible interview.  Please refer to the test-flexible FAQ for more information about the admission interview prior to submitting the transfer admission application.

Upon receipt of your transfer application, your admission counselor will contact you to discuss your preference.  Arrangements for your interview will be made once your application, essay, and required transcripts are received.  Interviews may be conducted in person or through Skype or Facetime.

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.

  • Drake University ACT school code: 1302
  • Drake University SAT school code: 6168
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