Application for Admission

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Seize the life-altering power of a Drake education with a one-of-a-kind two-year associate degree. It all starts with your application.

  • Create a new application or log-in to an existing application here using the link below.

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Application Requirements

We know numbers don’t define you. Bright College takes a holistic approach to reviewing applications for admission.

Deadlines: There are no application deadlines. Applications will be reviewed and decisions made on a first-come, first-served basis.

  1. Application: Submit the online application form. You can save your application and come back to it later, allowing yourself time to make sure the application tells your full story.
  2. Short Answer Questions: In the application, you will respond to two short answer questions.
    1. What one skill, talent, or attribute do you think sets you apart from others? Please tell us about a time when it was useful for you to be able to put that skill, talent, or attribute into action. (200-250 words recommended)
    2. Describe a time when you had to make changes in yourself to solve a problem, overcome an obstacle, or fix an issue. What did you learn about yourself in doing so? Please use a specific example with precise detail. (200-250 words recommended)
  3. One Recommendation: Your recommender should be a professional educator (teacher, counselor, coach, tutor, etc.) or a professional supervisor in a work setting. If you are not sure whether a recommender you have in mind is an appropriate choice, please email
  4. Transcript: Ask your high school to send us your official transcript. Sending transcripts electronically is preferred. Your counselor can email a transcript to or mail transcripts to:

Office of Admission
Attn: John Dee Bright College
Drake University
2507 University Ave.
Des Moines, Iowa 50311-4505

Mailed or emailed documents should be labeled with your full name and date of birth.


Additional Information


Reach out to Grace Wenzel, Associate Director of Undergraduate Admission and Bright College Recruitment.

Grace Wenzel (she, her, hers)

Associate Director of Undergraduate Admission and Bright College Recruitment
Office of Admission

P 515-271-2091