Living @ Drake

Staying Healthy

American Republic Student Health Center, x3731,
The American Republic Student Health Center provides outpatient services for students' illnesses, injuries and routine health care needs. The center is located on campus, and health professionals are available on site Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, Wednesday from 8:30 am to 6:00 pm, and Friday from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm, and by phone.

Services include:

  • health screening
  • immunizations and other injections
  • acute care for illnesses and injuries
  • annual physicals and health education

If students require emergency treatment or specialized care beyond services provided by the Health Center, referrals to physicians, specialists and emergency departments near Drake are made as necessary.

Drake's Counseling Center is also conveniently located at the Student Health Center and offers group and individual counseling.

A Balanced Diet

Sodexo Campus Dining Services, x3175,
Drake dining services provider, Sodexo, offers a variety of meal plans that let students budget how and when they spend their meal plans over the semester.

  • Hubbell Dining Hall's Ultimate Dining/Crossroads offers a buffet with the popular "All You Can Eat" concept.
  • Spike's Spot and Quad Creek Cafe are perfect for students on the go.
  • Starbucks Coffees, Freshens Smoothies, and a variety of to-go items are available in the Olmsted Center.
  • Cowles Cafe, located in Cowles Library, features Starbucks Coffee beverages, freshly baked pastries and baked goods, specialty salads and sandwiches, along with a variety of sweet and salty snacks.
  • Students can use their Flex Dollars or Bulldog Bucks to get their favorite concession items at on-campus Drake sporting events at designated stands in the Knapp Center.

Shaping up

Bell Center, x3173,
Students also have many opportunities to exercise in exceptional facilities.

Drake offers:

  • Swimming
  • Jogging
  • Racquetball
  • Tennis
  • Intramural sports
  • Aerobics
  • Diet and exercise schedule created by trained staff

Meeting your needs

Student Disability Services, x1835 (voice), x2825 (TTY),
Student Disability Services, located in Old Main, offers support and accommodation for students with disabilities, enabling them to participate in all Drake programs and activities. Students who need accommodations, accessible residence hall rooms and/or wheelchair-accessible classrooms should contact Disability Services as soon as possible.

Safety First

Public Safety, x2222,
While Drake is a very safe place, the University doesn't take any chances with students' welfare. Drake maintains a full security force 24 hours a day, operates a free and convenient shuttle service between campus and off-campus housing during the evenings and has emergency phones located around campus for students to use in case of an emergency.

Students are asked to keep doors locked, and overnight guests and visitors must be checked in by their Drake host at the student's residence hall front desk. Overnight visitors receive guest passes to use as identification for admission to the residence hall after 11 pm, when doors are locked.

The Social Side

Student Life Center, x3711,
The Student Activities Board offers a number of all-University events throughout the year, as do the residence halls and fraternity and sorority organizations. Students can join one or more of the 160-plus campus organizations at Drake and take advantage of the opportunity to volunteer in the community. Professional fraternities and other major-related organizations combine the academic and social worlds and let students learn more about various fields and professions.

Culture, Arts and other entertainment

Drake Arts, x2018,
Artistic expression abounds on Drake's campus, and most fine arts events are free to students.

  • The Drake Theatre Arts Department sponsors productions ranging from musicals and contemporary plays to one-act and student-directed performances.
  • Campus choral ensembles, symphony and band performances are open to all Drake students.
  • The Art Department sponsors art exhibitions of guest artists, faculty and students.

Heading Home

Office of Alumni Relations, x2500,
A number of Drake students head home to Chicago, Minneapolis, Kansas City and other areas, so students can often catch a ride with each other. A ride board is posted in Olmsted Center so students can find someone with whom to share the road.

The Office of Alumni Relations in collaboration with the Student Alumni Association will be offering chartered buses for students from the Chicago and Milwaukee areas fall, Thanksgiving, winter, and spring breaks. Call the Office of Alumni Relations for more information. For more information, please click here.

Support from Afar

Whether you're five miles or 500 miles from Drake, you can still give your student the comforts of home.

  • Sodexho Dining Services offers theme packages ("Happy Birthday," "Cold Buster," "Thinking of You," and other seasonal themes) for parents to send their students from home on a big day. Call Sodexho Campus Dining Services at x3175 for more information or to place an order.
  • Visit Gift University on the Drake Dining Web site for true gourmet, floral, plant and gift experts. Powered by 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, Gift University was founded in partnership with Sodexo as a way to send great gifts for any occasion, from birthdays and anniversaries to exams and special holidays. Both parents and students can use the Web site to send and receive care packages, tasty snacks, "just because" surprises and much more.
  • Local florists, chocolatiers and bakeries offer a full selection of goodies to surprise your student. See the list below for idea.


Boesen the Florist

Irene's Flowers and Exotic Plants

Plaza Florist and Gifts


Cookies by Design

Dressing for Drake

Now that you're a Drake parent, you'll want to look the part - as will your student. The D-shoppe and University Book Store offer a wide variety of college paraphernalia.

Money Matters

If you or your student needs money while on campus, Olmsted Center has an ATM machine.

Breathe Easy

Effective July 1, 2008, Iowa law prohibits smoking anywhere on the Drake campus. This includes all University buildings and outdoor areas, as well as parking lots and University-owned vehicles. Smoking will also be prohibited within personal vehicles parked on Drake property. The regulations can be viewed by clicking here. In addition, a map outlining the Drake University campus is available by click here.

Automobile Information

Student Handbook,
All students may have cars on campus.

  • Students must purchase a parking sticker or hang-tag to park in Drake-owned lots.
  • Parking passes can be purchased beginning August 1 online in blueView on the "My Drake Account" tab or in the lower level of Carnagie Hall in the Student Services Center (see cost structure below).
  • The Olmsted lot, near the Olmsted Center, is a pay lot. You can pay cash or buy a pay lot pass in Olmsted Center's D-Shoppe.
  • Drake University's parking policy is posted on the campus Web site, or individuals can request a hard copy from Campus Security. This policy contains the rules regarding parking on the Drake campus as well as the appeal process should a vehicle receive an illegal parking citation.

Drake University Parking Permit Structure for 2014-15

Commuter Day--$160 (annual)
Residence Hall/Overnight--$250 (annual)
Commuter Day--$100 (semester only)
Residence Hall/Overnight--$165 (semester only)

University News
November 30, 2015
Dylan DeClerk received an "Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy" award from the The Central Iowa Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.