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Admitted International Students

You’re part of a select group of students from around the world who are admitted to Drake!

Now, let’s make it official: follow the steps below to become a Bulldog!


1. Accept your offer of admission and pay your tuition deposit.

Log in to MyDrake using the login credentials from your acceptance letter. Then, click the Welcome Admitted Students tab and follow the Submit Your Tuition Deposit instructions in the upper right to make your $250 tuition deposit and officially enroll.

Once we receive your deposit, your college or school will work with you to help you register for classes.

2. Sign up for housing and pay your housing deposit.

If you plan to live on campus, go to MyDrake Housing and Meal Plans icon and complete the Housing Deposit steps to sign up for housing and a meal plan and pay your $250 housing deposit.

All students must live on campus during their first two years following secondary or high school.

You can submit your housing contract now and make specific roommate requests later.

3. Submit the required documentation for an I-20.

You must provide proof of funding for a year of study at Drake before we can issue an I-20, the document required to apply for a student visa.

Submit either a completed 2019-20 Financial Certificate or a bank-issued letter or statement as proof of funding.

We will begin issuing I-20s in March 2020 for the fall term.

Note: International students currently studying in the U.S. on an F-1 student visa must also arrange to have their SEVIS record transferred to Drake in order for us to issue an I-20. Once you near the end of your studies at your current school, provide a copy of our Transfer Verification Form to your international student advisor. Your advisor may submit the completed form by email to .

4. Submit TOEFL or IELTS scores.

Unless you qualify for a waiver, you must submit TOEFL or IELTS scores prior to the start of classes or sit for a Drake-administered TOEFL upon arrival to campus.

We require a TOEFL score of 71 or higher or an IELTS score of 6.0 or higher for full-time enrollment in degree-level classes.

Students who do not meet our English proficiency requirement must take classes in our Intensive English Program before starting their degree program.

5. Complete Drake's Medical History form.

All students must complete the Drake Medical History Form.

You may bring the form to campus with you and drop it off at the Health Center in person.

6. Review the International Center's arrival information for new students.

Drake's International Center provides a variety of resources to help new students plan for their arrival.

Make sure to submit your Arrival Information Form so the International Center knows when to expect you and can arrange for transportation from the airport if necessary.

7. Plan to attend International Student Orientation.

International students have a special orientation shortly before classes begin.

  • Spring 2020 international student orientation will be held January 23-24.
  • Fall 2020 international student orientation will be held August 18-19.

8. Learn about the billing and payment process.

Students are billed by term, with payment due on the first day of classes. To learn more about billing and payment, visit the Billing page on the Student Accounts website.

If you have questions about billing or payments, contact the Student Accounts office at or 1-515-271-2151.

9. Submit your final academic records.

Your final academic records must be submitted to Drake in a sealed envelope from the school or emailed to by a school official.

Note: Drake awards advanced credit for certain courses of study completed during secondary or high school. To learn more, visit the AP, IB, and CLEP Credit page.

10. Learn more about studying in the U.S.

If you still have questions about preparing to study in the United States, EducationUSA's Prepare For Your Departure site provides a number of informational resources for international students coming to the U.S.

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11. Learn More About How Drake is Supporting Admitted Students During the Global Pandemic

While we truly hope to greet you on campus for the Fall 2020 semester, we are aware that your arrival to campus may pose difficulties during this time. With travel restrictions in place for some countries and exit restrictions in place for others, as well as the closure of US visa services abroad, we want you to know we are working tirelessly to ensure your Drake experience is a good one.

We will continue to monitor the situation and will provide updates to each of you as we receive them. If you are concerned about your arrival to the US for any of the above reasons, please do not hesitate to reach out to Admission or International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS).

In the event that you are unable to make it to campus for the fall, there are programs, services, and offerings that will be available to you as you begin your Drake experience from abroad:

  • All entering first-year international students will be placed into an FYS that is specifically designed to accommodate those who may not be able to make it to campus in the fall.
  • All entering first-year international students have been placed in a Bulldog Foundations section (taught by the Director of ISSS) that will be offered in a remote format.
  • ISSS will continue to send emails throughout the summer with vital information and offerings of support.
  • ISSS will offer an online International Pre-Orientation for newly admitted international students, where you can access information about campus, immigration regulations, and the Des Moines area.
  • August International Student Orientation will run in a synchronous online format for all newly admitted international students. This International Student Orientation will be offered with your time zone in mind to ensure each of you can participate.
  • Each newly admitted international student has been assigned an International Mentor (IMAC), who will be there to provide you with additional information and answer your questions throughout the summer and the full first semester.


Not coming to Drake?

If you have decided not to attend Drake, please take a moment to decline your offer of admission.