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Academic Assistance and Student Services

Students looking for ways to enhance their academic success (improving reading comprehension, studying efficiently and time management) are encouraged to contact the Academic Achievement Office. One-on-one consultations are available by appointment only. Students are encouraged to utilize the various resources (tutoring labs, supplemental instruction, writing workshop) offered. Whether full- or part-time, undergraduate or graduate student, you can experience academic success if you: (1) go to every class (2) go to every class prepared (3) initiate and maintain contact with faculty and (4) take advantage of the academic resources offered by the academic departments.

In addition, the Office of the Provost at Drake University sponsors the Peer Mentor/Academic Consultant (PMAC) program (including Welcome Weekend) under the direction and supervision of the Associate Provost for Academic Excellence and Student Success.  PMACs are not course-specific tutors; they are generalists who focus on issues that are applicable to student success regardless of a students’ college, school or major.

Having a better understanding of what to expect inside and outside the classroom, becoming more aware of resources available on and off campus, and being able to make “informed” decisions are the objectives of semester-long interactions with the PMACs. Programming focuses on:

  • goal-setting and decision-making
  • time management
  • studying efficiently
  • questioning strategies
  • approaching faculty
  • on- and off-campus resources (to address academic, personal and social issues)
  • transitional adjustments and involvement inside as well as outside the classroom

Transfer students come to Drake with experience from another institution and are offered an orientation session in either the fall or spring semester, called the New Student Program.  The New Student Program is tailored to transfer and nontraditional students’ needs and is enhanced by Peer Mentors. Peer Mentors are students who also transferred to Drake from another institution and serve as a student resource for the university. If you are interested in assisting with transfer student programs or have questions, please email

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Professional and Career Development Services

Drake’s Professional and Career Development Services, (P.C.D.S.), focuses on professional career development rather than job placement. This focus is a perfect fit for higher education due to its emphasis on learning a process. Career development, at its best, begins your first year and builds with each internship, research study, service project or part-time job. Ultimately, this process culminates in you seeking out and landing a job.  Professional and Career Development Services offers comprehensive services for students both in and outside the classroom.

Career Exploration

P.C.D.S. has many tools to assist you with career exploration at any point in your academic career.  Career assessments are used to gather information to make career suggestions based on your interests, skills and values.  Counseling is available to explore the careers that are possible within your intended major.

Internship and Career Fairs

P.C.D.S. hosts an All-University Career Fair each spring.  Representatives from many businesses and graduate schools attend to talk with students.  In addition, targeted fairs are held for students pursuing pharmacy, actuarial science, accounting/finance and government services.

Job Search Strategies

P.C.D.S. will provide the following services to you at any point in your academic career:

Career bluePrint (Drake’s online job posting board)
Internship and Shadowing Experience
Resume/Cover Letter Development
Mock Interviews
Portfolio Development

Graduate/Professional School

Deciding to attend graduate school requires self-assessment.  P.C.D.S. will guide you through researching your program of choice at several different schools.  P.C.D.S. will also assist with applications, references, and personal statement development.

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Drake International

Drake International helps provide an exceptional learning environment and prepares students for responsible global citizenship by:

  • Coordinating study-abroad opportunities for students seeking Drake degrees,
  • Facilitating the success and involvement of international students on campus and in the community
  • Developing familiarity with U.S. culture and English language proficiency for nonnative speakers.

Individuals who want to know more about these programs should contact:

Drake International
1331 27th St
Des Moines, IA 50311-4505 USA
Toll-free: 1-800-44-DRAKE, extension 2084
Local/outside the United States: 515-271-2084
Fax: 515-271-4588


Drake's education-abroad opportunities are characterized by variety. Qualified students may choose from programs in more than 60 countries. Students are encouraged to choose programs that include independent study, internships, language immersion or direct enrollment with students from the host country. Housing options may include apartments, residence halls or home hosting. Exciting opportunities range from an intensive three-week international study seminar taught by a Drake faculty member to a full year of direct enrollment in a foreign university.

While all credits taken on affiliated programs transfer to Drake, students must work closely with their advisers to ensure that courses chosen will meet specific degree requirements. Early planning is recommended. For some programs, the sophomore year is the best time to spend a semester abroad.

Grade point requirements for study abroad vary by program. Students with stronger grades have a wider range of opportunities, including programs at prestigious universities such as Oxford, Cambridge, the Sorbonne and the University of Sydney.

Fluency in a foreign language also broadens options, though many programs do not require previous foreign language study. This is true even in countries where the official language is not English, although students who learn the local language have richer experiences with local people.

The cost of a program abroad varies widely, but students with financial concerns can usually find a program that meets their needs. Most students report that a semester abroad costs approximately the same as a semester at Drake. Many forms of financial aid may be applied to study abroad with a Drake-affiliated program, and some programs offer scholarships.

For information about education-abroad, contact Drake International or visit

International Student Services

Drake hosts approximately 300 international students and scholars from more than 50 countries. To facilitate their success, the Center for International Programs and Services provides:

  • pre-arrival information.
  • volunteers to greet new students at the airport.
  • orientation tailored to the needs of international students.
  • advising and workshops regarding immigration regulations and employment issues.
  • programs to promote adjustment to life in the United States, Des Moines and at Drake.
  • activities of the International Students Association.
  • monthly electronic newsletters to students.
  • economical, mandatory group health insurance.
  • a host family program (not live-in) coordinated by community volunteers.
  • opportunities for international students to share their cultures with local schools and community groups.

For information about admission to a degree program, contact the

Office of Admission
Drake University
Des Moines, IA 50311-4505
Toll-free: 1-800-44-DRAKE, extension 3181
Local/outside the United States: 515-271-3181
Fax: 515-271-2831
World Wide Web:

For more information for international students, contact Drake International or visit

Intensive English Program (English as a Second Language)

This program offers intermediate and advanced-level English language study, focusing on proficiency for academic purposes and orientation to U.S. culture. Courses are designed primarily for students seeking full enrollment in Drake's undergraduate and graduate degree programs, although individuals also enroll to satisfy personal and business goals.

Drake's IEP prides itself on flexibility, high quality and personalized attention to students' needs. Small classes of up to 15 students are taught by faculty members dedicated to the student's total experience in the United States. Full-time students spend approximately 18 hours per week in classroom study that involves reading, writing, speaking, listening, pronunciation, grammar and vocabulary.

To benefit from Drake's IEP, students should have completed beginning-level English study and have the equivalent of a U.S. secondary school diploma. IEP admission may be granted with or without admission to a Drake degree program.

For information about the Intensive English Program, contact Drake International or visit

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