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First-Year Students

The job you'll have in ten years hasn't been invented yet. Prepare at Drake.

Are you excited by the idea of doing way more than sitting in lectures? At Drake, you’ll put your knowledge to the test solving real-world challenges like helping a client find their audience, designing and conducting new research, and serving patients. Drake commits that your experience will be marked by four key experiences that drive success—in whatever field you choose, even if it doesn’t exist quite yet.

Would you thrive in a medium-sized university with small classes and huge opportunities? At Drake, that means small classes and professors who know you and actively connect you to incredible internships and research gigs. You’ll also benefit from the many choices that come from Drake’s more than 100 programs of study160 clubsDivision I Athletics program and a prime location in a vibrant capital city that’s a hub for politics, business, publishing, bioscience, arts and culture, and recreation. Even with all that, you won't get lost in the crowd.

Do you like being part of something special? The Drake community is close, strong, and full of pride. This comes, in part, from our shared traditions and our Midwestern friendliness. But some is just our own, personal brand of quirk. And of course, Bulldogs—our students, faculty, staff, and alumni, as well as those of the four-legged variety. Ultimately, it adds up to a school spirit you just can't beat.

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, we’d like to hear from you.

Important Admission Dates

Now - Apply for Fall 2021

Now - Register for an on-campus summer visit

July 21 - Virtual Admission 101: Paying for College & Financial Aid

July 25 - Virtual Sneak Peek at Drake

July 27 - Virtual Admission 101: The Transfer process

July 30Bulldog Days of Summer (On-Campus Program)

August 1Application for Fall & Spring 2022 opens!

August 6Bulldog Days of Summer (On-Campus Program)

August 9Bulldog Days of Summer (On-Campus Program)