Olmsted Center Information

The Olmsted Center is a hub of student activity at Drake. From early morning studying to late-night programming, the building is always busy during the semester.  The Olmsted Center offers recreational facilities, a coffee-shop, event spaces, study areas, and also houses many university departments. 

2875 University Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50311
515- 271-3711 


About the Olmsted Center

In October 1974 the Olmsted Center was named in honor of General George H. Olmsted in recognition of his leadership as a trustee and his continuted interest and his generous support of the development of Drake University.

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History of the Olmsted Center

University News
October 27, 2016
Indian scholar and environmental activist Vandana Shiva will discuss the impact of chemically-intensive agriculture and genetically modified organisms during a free public lecture next month at Drake University.