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

Application Requirements

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

Applying to Bright College:

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

Financial Aid

Wondering about financial assistance? We strive to offer scholarships to lower the costs, review our Costs & Financial Aid page for more information.

Contact Us

If at any point in the application process you have questions or concerns, please reach out to Grace Wenzel, Associate Director of Undergraduate Admission and Bright College Recruitment. or 515-271-2091.

Mailed or emailed 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



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