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Drake University believes that the experience students receive from the residence hall program benefits their academic, social, intellectual and personal growth. The philosophy of Drake University is that student life in the residence halls is not separate from the academic mission of the University, but rather it is supportive of the students’ total development. The overriding goal of the Office of Residence Life (ORL) is to align the residence education structure with that of the overall University to provide an intentional, progressive and dynamic student experience.

Therefore, all full-time students must live in the Drake University residence halls during any period of university enrollment occurring within two years following their high school graduation. Students meeting this requirement during the contract year are expected to fulfill the terms of the contract. Exceptions include individuals who are married or live within a 45-mile radius of Drake University and have requested and received written approval from the Office of Residence Life to live off campus with a parent/legal guardian. Any student who is beyond two years of high school graduation is not required to live in a residence hall but may elect to do so if space is available.

A written request for an exception to this policy must be filed with the Office of Residence Life prior to the semester for which the request is made. Students may also pursue medical exemptions from the residence rule by contacting the Office of Disability Students Services.

The University maintains eight coeducational residence halls for undergraduates. The residence halls have 24-hour desk services, laundry facilities and mail service. The size of the rooms varies, but each residence hall room has a twin bed, desk and chair (type of furniture will vary per hall). All rooms have windows and a telephone jack with phone mail. All residence hall rooms are wired for cable TV, as well as Ethernet, which provides Internet access. All residence halls also offer wireless internet connection.

Drake Dining Services offers meal plans that enable students to enjoy meals and snacks seven days a week at several locations on campus. Options are designed to meet a wide variety of dietary needs, preferences and lifestyles, from vegetarian, pizza, pasta and all you can eat to late-night and carryout choices. Dining services staff assists students to meet their individual dietary needs. All students living in the residence halls are required to have a meal plan.

Drake’s residence halls and dining facilities include the following:

Carpenter Hall, 2900 Forest Avenue, is named for Mary Carpenter, dean of women from 1897 to 1908 and 1918 to 1930. Carpenter was a member of the Drake Class of 1885.

Crawford Hall, 1333 30th Street, is named for Robert A. Crawford, an early Des Moines banker and philanthropist. He was treasurer of Drake’s Board of Trustees from 1924 to 1937.

Goodwin-Kirk Hall, 1215 30th Street, recognizes the contributions of two longtime associates of the University. William J. Goodwin was a Drake graduate and served as president of Drake’s Board of Trustees. Sherman Kirk was a faculty member from 1897 to 1940 and dean of Drake’s Bible College. Goodwin-Kirk Hall is accessible to persons with disabilities.

Herriott Hall, 2842 Forest Avenue, takes its name from Frank I. Herriott, a political science professor at Drake from 1903 to 1941. He was instrumental in establishing a Phi Beta Kappa chapter at Drake. Herriott Hall is accessible to persons with disabilities.

Jewett Hall, 2801 University Avenue, is named for George A. Jewett, a founder of the University. He also served as secretary of Drake’s Board of Trustees from 1882 to 1934. Jewett Hall is accessible to persons with disabilities.

Morehouse Hall, 2803 University Avenue, is named for Drake’s sixth president, Daniel W. Morehouse. The hall and the Drake Stadium were built during his presidency from 1922 to 1941.

Stalnaker Hall, 1319 30th Street, is named for Luther W. Stalnaker, a Drake alumnus and professor of philosophy. He also was dean of the College of Liberal Arts from 1940 to 1954.

Ross Hall, 1214 31st Street, takes its name from Luther S. Ross, a botany professor who provided initial faculty recognition for intercollegiate athletics at Drake.

Hubbell Dining Hall is named for Grover C. Hubbell, a member of an Iowa pioneer family and member of Drake’s Board of Trustees from 1929 to 1956. Hubbell also served as chair of the board from 1931 to 1948. Hubbell North, the all-you-care-to-eat buffet option, Quad Creek Café with pizza, sandwiches, Mexican, and classic grill items, and Spike’s Spot, the convenience store.

Olmsted Center is named for George H. Olmsted, an Iowa philanthropist and member of Drake’s Board of Trustees. The center provides dining services for residence hall students and other members of the University community. It also offers student lounges, Student Life and Residence Life offices, meeting rooms and conference facilities.

Activities and Organizations

Cocurricular Activities

Drake students may choose from a wide range of cocurricular activities, including drama, dance and musical groups and organizations; academic and professional associations and societies; special-interest hobby and political groups; a number of religious foundations and many others. The Times-Delphic (campus newspaper) and various other publications have positions available for students interested in these areas. Information can be found online in the Drake University Student Handbook or by inquiring at the Student Life Center located in the Olmsted Center.

Fraternities and Sororities

The Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life works with the Interfraternity Council (IFC) and the Panhellenic Council to provide students with opportunities for self-development in value-based leadership organizations. The fraternity and sorority community prides itself on academic excellence, leadership development, personal growth, service to the community, and social advancement.

Drake is home to nine North-American Interfraternity Conference (NIC) chapters. These international social fraternities include: Alpha Tau Omega, Pi Kappa Alpha, Pi Kappa Phi, Phi Gamma Delta (FIJI), Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Sigma Chi, Sigma Phi Epsilon, Tau Kappa Epsilon and Theta Chi.

The following National Panhellenic Council (NPC) international sororities have a chapter at Drake: Alpha Delta Pi, Alpha Phi, Delta Gamma, Kappa Alpha Theta and Kappa Kappa Gamma.

There are six National Pan-Hellenic Conference (NPHC) organizations on campus: Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.; Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.; Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.; Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.; Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.; and Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. All of our NPHC chapters have joint charters with Iowa State University. Other NPHC fraternities and sororities have been involved at Drake in years past and can reaffiliate with proper intake procedures.

Honor Societies

Mortar Board is the leadership honor society for juniors and seniors. Order of Omega is the Greek-affiliated honor society for juniors and seniors. Phi Beta Kappa is a prestigious honor society that elects into membership each year a limited number of top-ranking seniors in recognition of outstanding achievement in the liberal arts. These societies are among the nationally affiliated all-university honor societies on the Drake campus. In addition, all colleges and schools have their own honor groups, which are outlined in the college and school sections of this catalog.

Multicultural Student Organizations

Drake University recognizes the African Students Association (ASA), Coalition of Black Students (CBS), Chinese Students Association, (CSA) Black American Law Students Association (BALSA), El Ritmo Latino, the South Asian Student Association (SASA), the Vietnamese American Student Association (VASA), the Malaysian Student Association (MASA), Rainbow Union, (LGBT and Ally group) and the International Student Association (ISA). These organizations sponsor a variety of programs, including Black History and Hispanic Heritage months. The Black Cultural Center, CAYA (Come As You Are) and La Casa Cultural provide opportunities for all students to meet informally for programs and activities.

Crew Scholars Program

The Crew Scholars Program consists of three cohorts of approximately 20 students whose aim is to encourage each other to achieve great things at Drake, offer mutual support, and effect change in the community.  Crew Scholars benefit from focused social and academic support from its members, active campus participation, and preparation for leadership and mentor roles.  Crew Scholars are eligible for certain financial awards.  Visit the Crew Scholars web site for more information.

Engaged Citizen Corps

Drake University's Engaged Citizen Corps is an intentionally designed curriculum and service-learning internship experience for entering first year students that exposes members to issues of social justice while providing them hands on experience to impact the Des Moines community. Members dedicate themselves not only to weekly service-learning hours with a non-profit in the community but to making connections between their community experiences and academic pursuits. The service is directly integrated into the assignments and activities of three courses plus a year-long seminar (11 credits total) and still allows students the opportunity to take other courses toward the pursuit of their major. Service sites represent agencies working across multiple areas of economic and community development for example affordable housing, transportation and bikability, health and safety, business cultivation, and arts and culture. Visit the Engaged Citizen Corps web site for details.

Religious Life

Protestant, Catholic, Jewish and Muslim faiths, as well as interdenominational and nondenominational organizations are part of the religious worshipping community. Regular worship and a wide variety of programs are available to the campus community.

Recreational Services

Drake students, faculty and staff are offered a wide variety of recreation/leisure opportunities. Recreation facilities include an indoor swimming pool; aerobics room; a fitness room (cardio weight room); nine basketball courts, which can be set up for volleyball or badminton; two indoor tracks and an outdoor track; four racquetball courts; outdoor recreation fields, and six indoor and six outdoor tennis courts. More than 20 intramural sports for men and women are offered at competitive and recreational levels. The William C. Knapp Center, Drake's recreation, sports and convocation center, provides a first-class facility for athletic teams and fans; opportunities for recreational and intramural activities and a place for University-wide lectures, concerts and other major events.

The Wellness Program offers group exercise classes, wellness programs, and a wellness lunch series with topics related to current health issues. The goal of the program is to promote healthy lifestyles. Individual fitness tests, exercise prescriptions, and nutritional assessments are available.

Club sports are available for individuals who wish to compete against other universities. Current clubs include volleyball, tennis, soccer, triathlon, ultimate frisbee, floor hockey and lacrosse.

Student Government

Students play an active role in academic planning and campus governance through the Student Senate and student representation on most committees of the Faculty Senate. Students become members of the senate through election by the student body. Students are selected for the Student Activities Board, which plans a variety of cultural, educational and social programs, volunteer opportunities and special events, such as Homecoming and the Drake Relays. Students are members of most committees in each of Drake’s colleges and schools. Students are also elected to governing positions in each of the student residences.


Student Conduct

Students attending the University are responsible for their conduct both on and off campus. It is expected that all students are at the University for serious educational pursuits and that they will conduct themselves accordingly.

In all cases involving violations of University regulations, appropriate hearing and appeal procedures are available. The Code of Student Conduct is available in the Drake University Student Handbook.

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