At Drake, we pride ourselves on our vibrant community of diverse students. Whether you come from around the state of Iowa or around the world, Drake University welcomes you.
Since we review each application for admission individually, there is no single, inflexible set of standards—such as GPA, test score, or years of courses.
As you complete your application, make sure that all required documents are submitted by the appropriate deadlines.
Applications received after the priority deadline will be considered on a space-available basis.
The sections below provide specific information for each component of the international transfer student application.
Mailed applications and documents should be labeled with your full name and date of birth and directed to:
Office of Admission
2507 University Ave.
Des Moines, Iowa 50311-4505
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.
If you wish to improve your language proficiency before beginning an academic program at Drake, you may apply for admission to an academic program at the same time that you apply for the Intensive English Program. With the exception of the pre-pharmacy program, Drake offers conditional admission to those applicants who meet the University’s academic requirements, but first need to improve English language skills.
Applications for the Master of Athletic Training (MAT) program are accepted for fall semester only. International transfer students should submit an application through the Athletic Training Centralized Application Service (ATCAS).
For a complete list of MAT requirements, please visit our MAT international admission page.
Applications for the Occupational Therapy Program (OTD) program are accepted fall semester only. International transfer students should submit an application through the Occupational Therapist Centralized Application Service (OTCAS).
For a complete list of OTD admission requirements, please visit our OTD international admission page.
Applications for the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program are accepted for fall semester only. Transfer students should submit an application through the Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS).
For a complete list of PharmD admission requirements for international students, please visit our PharmD international admission page.
Original or certified copies of academic records or transcripts in official form, including exam results, must be submitted by the educational institution directly to Drake either by mail or electronically. An admission decision may be reached based on unofficial documents, but the official documents must be submitted by the educational institution prior to attending Drake.
Photocopies, scans, or faxes of academic records submitted by students without a fresh seal or stamp of the school, college, or university attended are not accepted as official. Academic records are not considered to be official if certified by notaries, commissioners of oaths, or translators, regardless of how they are submitted.
After initial review, the admission committee may request a credential evaluation.
All documents must be in English. Translated records should be an exact translation (not interpretive) and be accompanied by the official, original-language document.
Mail records to:
Office of Admission
2507 University Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa 50311-4505 U.S.A.
Electronic records: International@drake.edu
The ACT or SAT test scores are not required of transfer students.
Applicants must meet minimum English proficiency and submit proof to the Office of Admission (not required for English-speaking countries).
Any of the below can be used to show the required proficiency:
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): The requirement is 71 for the iBT. Drake's TOEFL school code is 6168.
International English Language Training System (IELTS): The requirement is 6.0.
Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT): The requirement for Evidence-Based Reading and Writing score is 500. Drake's SAT code is 6168.
Doulingo: A score of 95 meets requirements.
American College Test (ACT): An English score of 19 meets the requirements. Drake's ACT code is 1302.
International Baccalaureate (IB): A score of 5-7 or grade of A or B on HL English meets requirements.
We strongly recommend that you send English proficiency test scores to Drake during the admission process. If you do not submit test scores to Drake prior to your arrival on campus, you must sit for the TOEFL upon arrival at Drake.
The essay/personal statement is optional.
Should you choose to provide an essay with your application, we encourage you to use one of the essay prompts provided in the Drake application or Common Application. Or, other topics might include: Why do you want to transfer to Drake? What would you like us to know about you, your academic history, or your experiences? Is there additional information you would like to share to give context to your transcripts?”
We review all applications, with or without an essay, with equal attention.
A recommendation, while not required, is strongly encouraged.
The renewable International Student Grant may offer a partial award toward financial need. This grant will not provide full funding. Although it may be awarded along with other scholarships, the total combined aid will not exceed 40% of the total cost of attendance.
A link to the grant application process is provided within your Drake admission application.
Please view the Scholarship and Financial Aid Opportunities for International Students for more information.