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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

Individual visits to Drake University include a campus tour and a meeting with an admission counselor. Visitors can personalize their campus visit by requesting special appointments with professors in any academic department or staff members in other areas of interest.  These appointments are for juniors, seniors and transfer students, require at least a week's notice and cannot be guaranteed.

Coach Appointments:  Due to University policy the Office of Admission does not schedule coach appointments. Appointments with coaches are available based on NCAA guidelines and coaches travel schedules and, therefore, cannot be guaranteed. Drake University competes at the NCAA Division I level and encourages interested student athletes to contact coaches directly.

Please noteSame-day visit registrations cannot be processed online. To schedule a visit for TODAY, call the Office of Admission at (515) 271-2089. 

Bulldog Days of Summer (July 31-Aug. 4)

Bulldog Days of Summer sessions, offered by Drake as part of the Iowa Private College Week program, are 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. 

This Drake visit half-day program (a morning or afternoon session) that includes a campus tour, academic breakout session, an admission presentation, and the chance to speak with and ask questions of current Drake students. Lunch on campus is also available.

All visitors registered for a Bulldog Days of Summer session will be entered into a random drawing for a $20 gift certificate to the Drake bookstore! A new winner will be selected and contacted each week, from June 26 to July 28. All registered visitors will be elgible to win each week, so the sooner you are registered, the more chances you have to win.

Register for a Bulldog Days of Summer session

Campus Preview Days (Oct. 9, Nov. 13)

Campus Preview Days are full-day programs designed for prospective students and parents to learn more about life at Drake. Campus Preview Days include a campus tour, academic breakout sessions, an admission presentation, information fair, lunch with the Drake Community, and a Q&A with Drake staff and students. Campus Preview Days are available on:

  • Monday, October 9
  • Monday, November 13

Registration will open in August.

Campus Preview Half-Days (Oct. 19, Oct. 20)

Campus Preview Half-Days are offered twice daily at either 9:00 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. Visitors can choose either a morning or afternoon session and the itinerary will include a campus tour, an admission presentation, an academic breakout session with a faculty member, and an optional lunch in Drake's dining hall. Campus Preview Half-Days are available on:

  • Thursday, October 19
  • Friday, October 20

Registration will open in August.

Saturday Visit Days (Sept. 23, Nov. 4)

This special Saturday visit option includes a Drake University overview, a student panel, a campus tour and an optional complimentary lunch in Hubbell Dining Hall. Check-in begins at 9:00 am. Saturday Visit Days are available on:

  • September 23
  • November 4

Registration will open in August.

Admitted Student Day (March 2, March 30, April 6)

This full-day program is designed with the admitted student in mind and features a conference-type format with several concurrent sessions each hour for students and parents to attend. Sessions include academic meetings with faculty, class options, residence and dining hall tours, information break-out sessions on a wide array of Drake programs and services, lunch in Hubbell Dining Hall and much, much more. Admitted Student Days are available on:

  • Friday, March 2, 2018
  • Friday, March 30, 2018
  • Friday, April 6, 2018

Registration will be available in 2018.

Sophomore and Junior Preview Days (Feb. 19, April 16)

This in-depth program is designed to introduce prospective students and parents to the features, benefits and academic programs offered at Drake University. The program will offer academic meetings with faculty in Drake's Colleges and Schools; student, parent and alumni panels; campus tours; an information fair; admission, financial aid and scholarship information and lunch with the Drake community. Sophomore and Junior Preview Days are avaialble on:

  • Monday, Feburary 19, 2018
  • Monday, April 16, 2018

Registration will be available in 2018.

Sophomore/Junior Sneak Peek (March & April)

This two-hour program includes an overview about the features and benefits of a Drake University education and the admission, financial aid and scholarship programs and a campus tour with a Drake student. Sophomore/Junior Sneak Peeks are available on:

  • March 2
  • March 19
  • March 22
  • March 23
  • March 26
  • March 29
  • March 30
  • April 6

Registration will be available in 2018.


Confirmation information will be displayed after your visit is scheduled.

For questions about your campus visit, please contact or 1-800-44-DRAKE (37253), x2089

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

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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