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First-Year Application

There are so many qualities that define a Drake Bulldog: intelligence, drive, tenacity, and character.

If that sounds like you, it's time to apply to Drake.

Since we review each application for admission individually, there is no single, inflexible set of standards—such as GPA or test score. Instead, first-year students can choose the Standard Application or Test-Flexible Application.

Wondering about financial assistance? Use the Net Price Calculator to estimate your actual cost to attend Drake.


As you’re going through the Drake admission process, keep track of these due dates.

Early Action Priority Deadline: December 1

December 1 is the Early Action Priority Deadline for all programs.

Early Action Priority Applicants are eligible for the following:

  • Priority notification for admission and the Presidential Scholarship
    • Rolling between October 15-January 15
  • Priority for housing preferences
  • Early notification of financial aid package by February 1.

Regular Decision: March 1

March 1 is the regular decision to submit your application and supporting materials for all programs.

  • Applications received after the December 1 Early Action Priority Deadline will be considered until the March 1 Regular Decision, with rolling notification of admission, Presidential Scholarship, and financial aid throughout the spring.
  • Applications received after the March 1 Regular Decision will be considered on a space-available basis.

Admission Decision Notification

We send admission decisions through the mail. Applicants for all undergraduate majors will be notified of an admission decision on a rolling basis beginning in October. Notification after this date typically take 2-5 weeks after your file becomes complete.


Application Requirements

First-year students are required to complete an online application, submit high school transcripts, submit ACT or SAT scores (or complete a test-flexible interview if eligible). An essay and a letter of recommendation are encouraged but not required. Please use the accordian below for specific details on requirements.

Mailed documents should be labeled with your full name and date of birth and directed to:

Office of Admission
Drake University
2507 University Ave.
Des Moines, Iowa 50311-4505

Email address:


Complete one of the following:

Choose either method to apply. Both options are given equal consideration for admission. There is no application fee when applying online.

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Your academic transcript is required for admission to Drake. However, due to the unique situation we all find ourselves in this spring, Drake is now accepting unofficial transcripts to complete the Drake application. Students may email  a copy of their school transcript, or a screenshot of the transcript if accessed online.

If admitted to Drake and enrolled, students are required to send an official copy of their final school transcript showing date of graduation. Send your official high school transcript for review; if you have taken any college classes for credit, submit your college transcript as well. If you are using the Common Application, Drake will accept transcripts sent through the Common Application process. Faxed transcripts, scanned documents, and transcripts photocopied without an original seal are not considered official records.

If your school can provide an official electronic transcript, it should be submitted to

ACT or SAT Scores

Drake University accepts self-reported ACT and SAT test scores to meet admission checklist requirements. The scores reported on your application will be used. If admitted, and upon enrollment at Drake, you will be required to submit your official score report for verification. 

If you do not report a score on your application, you can email the following info:

  • Your full name (as it appears on your application) & your date of birth
  • Your ACT or SAT subscores and composite from your best exam. (Drake University does not superscore mutiple exams together.)
  • Date of exam taken

Submitting official test scores: You may request an official copy of your ACT or SAT test scores be sent to the Office of Admission from the appropriate testing agency (required for home schooled students). Or, complete test scores are also accepted when included on your official high school transcript.  

The writing section of the ACT or SAT is not required, and is not considered as part of your application.

  • Drake University ACT school code: 1302
  • Drake University SAT school code: 6168

Test-Flexible Interview

Eligible applicants who choose the Test-Flexible option are required to schedule an interview in lieu of the ACT or SAT score report. Please refer to the Test Flexible policy and FAQs for more information about eligibility and the admission interview.

Your admission counselor will contact you to make arrangements to schedule your interview, after your application is complete. Interviews may be conducted in person or through Skype or Facetime.

Personal Essay

Submitting an essay to Drake is optional, but recommended. If you choose to submit an essay, you must use one of the essay prompts provided in the Drake Application or Common Application. Please do not submit a paper you wrote for a school assignment; the admission committee would rather read something more personal.

High School Recommendation

A recommendation, while not required, is strongly encouraged. Letters of recommendation can be submitted on your behalf by a teacher or high school counselor. You may also have a counselor complete the High School Report & Counselor Recommendation supplement form.

Audition (Music or Theatre Students)


In order to be admitted to the Department of Music, and to be considered for scholarship awards as a Music major, Music minor, or non-major participant, prospective students are required to audition with Drake Music faculty. To learn more about upcoming Department of Music audition dates and audition requirements, visit the Department of Music Audition Information page.


In order to be admitted to any of the B.F.A. Theatre Arts degree programs or the Musical Theatre minor, and to be considered for a Departmental Fine Arts scholarship award, prospective students are required to audition/present their portfolio either on campus at the Drake Theatre Audition Day or the National Unified Theatre Auditions. To learn more about upcoming Theatre audition dates and audition requirements, visit the Theatre Arts Off Campus and On Campus Auditions page.


Contact Us

If at any point in the application process you have questions or concerns, please contact your admission counselor or get in touch with Drake Admission.

1-800-44-DRAKE (1-800-443-7253), x3181

Important Admission Dates

Now - Apply for Admission: Fall 2020 term

Now - Enroll for Fall 2020

July - Virtual Sneak Peek at Drake Programs

July & August - Virtual Individual Admission Appointments

July & August - Student-Guided Virtual Campus Tours

August 1- Spring & Fall 2021 Application opens

August 3 - Bulldog Days of Summer

August 5- Bulldog Days of Summer

August 7 - Bulldog Days of Summer