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Summer Session

The Drake University Summer Session is an extension of the regular academic year but includes special workshops, institutes and lectures on a variety of contemporary issues. Day and evening graduate and undergraduate courses are offered in most of the departments, colleges and schools of the University. Many summer course offerings are Web-based.

The Summer Session is divided into a three-week interim term, two five-week terms, two four-week terms, two six-and-a-half-week graduate business terms and an eight-week Law School term. Current Drake students may enroll through Drake's online registration system. Non-Drake students may enroll by contacting the Office of Student Records and Academic Information, 515-271-2025. 

Admission Information

Drake University has a policy of open admission to the Summer Session for those students not enrolled in a Drake University degree program provided course enrollment does not exceed a total of 12 credit hours as a non degree seeking student.

New high school graduates, currently enrolled high school students, undergraduates enrolled at other institutions, students holding bachelor’s degrees interested in taking courses but not seeking a graduate degree from Drake University, or individuals seeking courses for personal interest or professional advancement may register contacting the Office of Student Records and Academic Information at 515-271-2025.

Non degree or visiting students must meet all prerequisite courses before beginning classes at Drake. New students seeking admission to undergraduate degree programs should complete the Application for Admission form available from the Office of Admission.

New students seeking admission to graduate degree programs must file an Application for Admission to Graduate Degree Programs. Forms may be obtained from the Graduate Admission Office or online at

The special admission requirements and procedures for the Law School are the same as for the regular year. Information is available from the Law School.

Students attending the Summer Session may earn up to four credit hours in the interim term and six credit hours in each of the other summer terms. Exceptions must be approved by the dean of the appropriate college or school.

Instruction during the Summer Session is offered primarily by the regular full-time faculty of Drake University and supplemented with qualified lecturers and professors. A schedule of Summer Session offerings is available on the course description page under schedule of classes.

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