Campus Visit

The single best way for you to figure out if Drake is the place for you is to visit campus. While you're here, you can tour buildings, common areas, and green spaces, and spend time with faculty and students. You can even have some Drake-style fun by enjoying on-campus events, as well as some of the recreation and dining options available in Des Moines.

Experiencing what Drake has to offer firsthand will help you get a feel for who we are, and your visit will allow us to get to know you and talk with you about how Drake can help you reach your goals.

To schedule a visit, choose one of the options listed below or contact your admission counselor to discuss what options would be the best fit for you.

Individual Visit

An individual visit has a much more flexible itinerary than group visits, with appointments offered Monday through Friday, year round. Most visits include a campus tour and a meeting with your admission counselor, but you can personalize your visit to fit your interests. By request, we can also set up appointments with professors in any academic department, coaches or staff members in other areas of interest. If available, we'll also treat you to lunch in one of our dining halls if you're on campus during lunchtime.

Fall Break Visit Option (Dates TBD 2015)

There are no classes during Fall Break and most Drake students go home for a break in the semester. If you choose to visit during Fall Break, the Office of Admission will offer an abbreviated visit option that includes a group campus tour and admission presentation. Your two hour campus visit can start at 9:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m. or 1:00 p.m.

Registration for the Fall Break Visit Option will begin August 2015.

Campus Preview Half-Days (Dates TBD 2015)

Campus Preview Half-Days are offered twice daily at either 9 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. Check-in begins 30 minutes prior to the program.

Campus Preview Half-Days are designed to give prospective students a sample of life at Drake. You can choose either a morning or afternoon session and your itinerary will include a campus tour, an admission and financial aid presentation and an academic breakout session with a faculty member.

Registration for the Fall 2015 Campus Preview Half-Days will begin in August 2015.

Campus Preview Days (Dates TBD 2015)

Campus Preview Day agenda is from 8:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. Check-in begins 30 minutes prior to the program.

Campus Preview Days are full-day programs designed for prospective students to learn more about life at Drake. Campus Preview Days include a campus tour, academic breakout session, an admission and financial aid presentation, lunch with the Drake Community, and a Q&A with Drake staff and students.

Registration for Campus Preview Days will begin in August 2015.

Sophomore and Junior Preview Days (Feb. 16, April 6 & April 20, 2015)

Sophomore and Junior Preview Day agenda runs from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Check-in begins 30 minutes prior to the program.

Sophomore and Junior Preview Days are full-day programs designed for high school sophomores and juniors who are getting an early start on their college search. This program includes a campus tour, academic breakout session, an admission and financial aid presentation, lunch with faculty members, and a Q&A with Drake staff and students.‌

Registration for Sophomore & Junior Preview Days will open in January 2015.

Admitted Student Days (March 6, March 27 & April 10, 2015)

Admitted Student Day agenda runs from 8:15 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Check-in begins 30 minutes prior to the program.

Admitted students are encouraged to attend this program, designed for students who are finishing their college search process. Admitted Student Days include a full-day agenda, giving students a glimpse into the life of a Drake student during a school day. Itinerary includes a campus tour, an academic break-out session, a Q&A with Drake students, faculty and staff, and lunch in the dining hall with Drake students. Various information sessions will also be offered, covering topics such as study abroad, fraternities and sororities (including tours of the houses), athletics and intramurals (including tours of the facilities), campus resources, internships, research, the Honors program, leadership on campus and other activities that Drake students engage in.

Registration for Admited Student Days will begin in January 2015.

Iowa Private College Week (Aug. 3-7, 2015)

The Iowa Private College Week program is offered twice daily. The morning session runs from 9:00 a.m. to noon. The afternoon session runs from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Check-in begins 30 minutes prior to each program. 

Iowa Private College Week is a coordinated campus visit program with all 29 Iowa private colleges, giving you the chance to visit Drake and other private schools all on a set schedule. Your Drake visit will be a summer, half-day program (a morning or afternoon session) that includes a campus tour, academic breakout session, an admission and financial aid presentation, and the chance to speak with and ask questions of current Drake students. Lunch on campus is also offered.

Registration for Iowa Private College Week will open in June 2015.

Saturday Visit (March 7, March 28, April 11, & April 18, 2015)

The campus (and most students) are usually fast asleep on Saturday mornings, but if you don't mind the quiet, this can be a great opportunity to check out Drake. Fall Saturday programs include an admission and financial aid overview, a Q&A with Drake students, and a campus tour. Spring Saturday programs are the same for sophomores and juniors, but high school seniors are scheduled with individual admission counselor appointments and campus tours. Everyone who visits on a Saturday is welcome to stay after the program for brunch in our dining hall (when Drake students begin waking).

Check out the campus calendar to see if you can catch a football game, basketball game, theatre production or concert on your own in the afternoon.

Space is limited on Saturdays, so it is recommended that you register early.

Registration for Spring Saturdays will open in January 2015.

Confirmation information will be displayed after your visit is scheduled.

For questions about your campus visit, please contact campusvisit@drake.edu or 1-800-44-DRAKE (37253), x2089

Graduate students who wish to schedule a campus visit should contact gradadmission@drake.edu, 1-800-44-DRAKE (37253), x3871 or 1-515-271-3871.

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