Transfer Credit

Transfer Credit

You've worked hard to earn your credits. Now get credit for that work.

We know that as a transfer student, you're concerned about how your coursework will apply once you get to Drake. That's why we offer simple transfer credit online tools you can use today to estimate how the credits you've earned fit into the requirements of your Drake degree. Then, once you're admitted, the Transfer Student Transition Advisor will work closely with you to make sure you get all the credit you deserve.

Articulation Agreements

Admitted students who have met the criteria outlined below will enter Drake University having fulfilled the Drake Curriculum general education requirements (Areas of Inquiry), with the exception of the Senior Capstone requirement in the student's major(s) area of study. Students within one year of high school graduation are required to complete a First Year Seminar.


  • Minimum 60 semester credits acceptable for transfer.
  • Minimum 2.00 cumulative grade point average in transfer coursework.
  • One of the following degrees from a regionally accredited institution:
    • Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree from a community college in Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, or Missouri.
    • Associate of Science (A.S.) degree from a community college in Iowa.
    • Bachelor's degree from any regionally accredited institution.

Students are required to submit a final transcript with proof of their degree prior to the beginning of their second term (excluding summer or J-term) of enrollment.  Students who fail to provide the appropriate documentation will be required to complete the general education requirements.

Students who do not meet the criteria above will have their credits evaluated on a course-by-course basis. 

Find your Transfer Pathway by selecting the college you are transferring from below.


Credit Evaluation From All Other Institutions

TES (Transfer Evaluation System)

TES  is a simple interactive tool which allows you to look up a course you have taken at a different institution and see its equivalent course at Drake.  It also shows which, if any, areas of inquiry the transfer course satisfies. 


Transferology is a quick and intuitive way to see how all of your credits will transfer to Drake.

In addition, Drake's provides a number of different tools you can use to estimate how the credit you've already earned may apply to a Drake degree. Whether you have taken AP, IB, or CLEP tests, attended an Iowa community college, or completed courses at another institution, these guides will help you see how the work you've already done can help you reach your goals.


Transfer Credit Evaluation

Once you are admitted, you'll work with the Transfer Student Transition Advisor to complete an official transfer credit evaluation, matching the courses you have completed to the specific requirements of your program or degree.

You may transfer up to 94 academic semester credit hours. A maximum of 66 semester hours of credit may be transferred from two-year institutions. Up to 16 credit hours of career- or vocational-technical courses may be accepted at the discretion of the assistant or associate dean of the Drake college or school in which you want to enroll. A minimum of 30 semester hours must be completed while in residence at Drake.

We're Here to Help

If you have any questions about the transfer credit process, your transfer admission counselor is there for you to learn more about how we can help you turn your hard work into a Drake University degree.