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Campus Visits

First Year Students (Domestic)

First Year Students (International)

Transfer Students (Domestic)

Transfer Students (International)

Part-Time Undergraduate Students

Scholarships and Financial Aid

Following Admission

Non-Degree-Seeking Students

High School Students and the Post Secondary Enrollment Option

 

Campus Visits

Prospective students are invited to explore the educational opportunities at Drake University by arranging a campus visit. During an individual campus visit, students can meet with an admission counselor and tour the campus with a Drake student. During the week, prospective students may meet with faculty to discuss academic programs and major areas of interest or attend a class. Additional meetings may be arranged if requested when scheduling the appointment. Campus visits are also available on selected Saturdays in the fall and spring. Visitors are encouraged to schedule appointments two weeks in advance of their visit.

In addition to individual visits, students are welcome to attend one of Drake’s visit programs, designed to showcase the academic and extracurricular experience at Drake. The visit programs include sessions that cover academic offerings, admission process and criteria, campus environment, extracurricular options and financial assistance programs. In addition, students tour the campus with a Drake student and have an opportunity to meet many members of the Drake community. These programs are held on specified dates, which are listed on the Office of Admission web site.

To schedule a visit or register to attend a specific visit program, please contact Drake’s Office of Admission or visit the Office of Admission web site.

 

First Year Students (Domestic)

The admission of high school seniors is contingent upon successful completion of graduation requirements with grades comparable to those upon which the admission decision was based. After graduation, students must provide final, official transcripts showing graduation date, final semester course grades and final rank in class, if applicable. Failure to provide all necessary documents may result in the cancellation of admission or registration. It also precludes the release of a Drake transcript.

Admission Pathways

There is no single, inflexible set of admission criteria such as a minimum grade point average (G.P.A.) or test score.  Drake reviews applications in an individualized, holistic manner and recognizes that performance on a standardized test will not necessarily represent an applicant’s admission qualifications.  Applicants may choose between a standard admission pathway and a test-flexible pathway.

The standard pathway requires applicants to submit a standardized test score (ACT or SAT) as part of their application.  It is available to all applicants no matter which program to which they are applying, and it is required for students applying to pre-pharmacy, pre-athletic training, or pre-occupational therapy program.

The test-flexible pathway allows applicants to substitute the standardized test score (SAT or ACT) requirement with an interview with a member of the Office of Admission team.  This pathway is not available to applicants who meet any of the following criteria:

  • Are applying to any of the following programs: pre-pharmacy, pre-athletic training, pre-occupational therapy
  • Are National Alumni Scholarship applicants
  • Were home schooled
  • Are incoming first-year students with a high school cumulative GPA below 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
Application Deadlines

The following deadlines apply to all first-year students, regardless of the admission pathway they choose.

  • Early Action Priority Deadline: Dec 1
  • Regular Decision: Mar 1

Early Action Priority Applicants are eligible for priority notification for admission and the Presidential Scholarship, priority for housing preferences, and early notification of their financial aid package.

Application Requirements

All first-year students must submit the following materials.

  1. Online application
    • Those who are not applying to the pre-pharmacy program may choose either of the following:
      • Drake University Application
      • The Common Application, including the Common Application Member Questions specific to Drake University
    • Those who are applying to the pre-pharmacy program
      • Must choose the Drake University application
      • Admission is available only for the fall semester
  2. Transcripts
    • Official high school transcript
    • Official transcripts from all colleges attended (if applicable)
    • All transcripts must bear the official seal and signature of the official record custodian
    • All transcripts must be sent directly to Drake by the other institution; faxes, scanned, photocopies, transcripts lacking an original seal, transcripts that are in the student’s possession are not considered official
  3. Standardized scores or test-flexible interview
    • Those who choose the standard pathway must submit standardized test scores (ACT or SAT)
    • Those who choose the test-flexible pathway must schedule an interview with Office of Admission team
  4. Personal essay
  5. Letter of recommendation – strongly encouraged but not required
  6. Audition – required for music or theatre students

Prospective students who graduated from high school four or more years prior to applying for admission and who did not take the ACT or SAT examination should contact the Office of Admission.

Students who were enrolled at other colleges or universities during high school must submit official transcripts from each institution attended. Failure to provide official transcripts from each institution attended or any misrepresentation on the application for admission may result in the cancellation of admission or registration. It may also preclude the release of an official Drake transcript.

Transfer of Credit

College-level coursework earned at other institutions will be evaluated and may be applied to students’ Drake record accordingly.  See the Transfer of Credit area of the catalog for more details, including information on how AP, IB, CLEP exams and other transfer credit may equate to Drake courses.

 

First Year Students (International)

Drake University is authorized by federal law to enroll non-immigrant students and exchange visitors. International students are required to submit proof of financial resources before an I-20 or DS-2019 is issued respectively for the F-1 or J-1 visa.

Admission Pathways

There is no single, inflexible set of admission criteria such as a minimum grade point average (G.P.A.) or test score.  Drake reviews applications in an individualized, holistic manner and recognizes that performance on a standardized test will not necessarily represent an applicant’s admission qualifications.  Applicants may choose between a standard admission pathway and a test-flexible pathway.

The standard pathway requires applicants to submit a standardized test score (ACT or SAT) as part of their application.  It is available to all applicants no matter which program to which they are applying, and it is required for students applying to pre-pharmacy, pre-athletic training, or pre-occupational therapy program.

The test-flexible pathway allows applicants to substitute the standardized test score (SAT or ACT) requirement with an interview with a member of the Office of Admission team.  This pathway is not available to applicants who meet any of the following criteria:

  • Are applying to any of the following programs: pre-pharmacy, pre-athletic training, pre-occupational therapy
  • Are National Alumni Scholarship applicants
  • Were home schooled
  • Are incoming first-year students with a high school cumulative GPA below 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
Application Deadlines

The following deadlines apply to all first-year students, regardless of the admission pathway they choose.

  • Early Action Priority Deadline: Dec 1
  • Priority Deadline: Mar 1

Early Action Priority Applicants are eligible for priority notification for admission and the Presidential Scholarship, priority for housing preferences, and early notification of their financial aid package.

Application Requirements

All first-year students must submit the following materials.

  1. Online application
    • Those who are not applying to the pre-pharmacy program may choose either of the following:
      • Drake University Application
      • The Common Application, including the Common Application Member Questions specific to Drake University
    • Those who are applying to the pre-pharmacy program must choose the Drake University application
  2. Transcripts
    • Official academic records from all secondary schools attended
    • Only original or certified true copies submitted by educational institution, including external exam results; faxed, scanned, photocopies not accepted
    • Official transcripts from all colleges attended (if applicable)
    • All transcripts must bear the official seal and signature of the official record custodian
    • All transcripts must be sent directly to Drake by the other institution; faxes, scanned, photocopies, transcripts lacking an original seal, transcripts that are in the student’s possession are not considered official, even if they have been certified by notaries, commissioners of oaths, or translators
    • Any translated record should be an exact translation (not interpretive) and be accompanied by the official, original-language document
  3. English proficiency
    • TOEFL: min score of 71 for iBT
    • IELTS: 6.0
    • Conditional admission to undergraduate programs except pre-pharmacy may be available to students who meet admission standards but who do not meet the English proficiency requirements
  4. Standardized scores or test-flexible interview
    • Those who choose the standard pathway must submit standardized test scores (ACT or SAT)
    • Those who choose the test-flexible pathway must schedule an interview with Office of Admission team
  5. Personal essay
  6. Summary of extracurricular activities
  7. Financial certificate
  8. International student grant application
  9. Letter of recommendation – strongly encouraged but not required
  10. Audition – required for music or theatre students
Transfer of Credit

Students who have sat for the General Certificate of Education Advanced Level Examinations can be awarded six to eight hours of credit per subject passed at the Advanced Level with a qualifying grade. Credit is also awarded for the German Abitur, French Baccalaureate, and selected other national examinations. Applicants who have completed the full International Baccalaureate diploma program are eligible for approximately one year of advanced-standing credit. Credit for both higher and standard levels is awarded through a course-by-course evaluation.  For more information, see the AP, IB, CLEP Credit section of the catalog.

Other college-level coursework earned at other institutions will be evaluated and may be applied to students’ Drake record accordingly.  See the Transfer of Credit area of the catalog for more details, including information on how AP, IB, CLEP exams and other transfer credit may equate to Drake courses.

 

Transfer Students (Domestic)

Drake welcomes transfer students from two- and four-year institutions.  Consideration for admission is given to transfer applicants with a minimum cumulative grade point average (C.G.P.A.) of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale, or its equivalent, for all college work attempted at an accredited institution. However, a 2.5 minimum C.G.P.A. is recommended for admission.

Transfer applicants suspended for academic or other reasons at another institution, or otherwise not in good standing, are not eligible for admission consideration, or enrollment in Drake University for one year following the imposition of the suspension. Transfer applicants must be in good academic standing at the last institution attended.

Prior to enrollment, transfer applicants must request that each postsecondary institution previously attended send an official transcript of all work attempted. The official transcripts must bear the official seal and signature of the official in charge of records by each college or university previously attended and must be sent directly to Drake’s Office of Admission. Transcripts that have been in the student’s possession are not considered official documents.

An official transcript from any foreign post-secondary institution is required to cover any period that a transfer student studied there. In appropriate cases, an English translation must be provided.

Attendance at each institution must be reported whether credit was earned and regardless of the applicant’s preference. Failure to report all previous academic work is considered sufficient cause for rejection of an application or cancellation of admission or registration. It also may preclude the later release of a Drake transcript.

Application Deadlines

The following deadlines apply to all first-year students, regardless of the admission pathway they choose.

  • For those applying to an undergraduate programs other than Doctor of Pharmacy
    • For priority review for admission, scholarship, and financial aid considerations, all required documents and completed applications must be received by the following dates
      • Fall semester entry: July 1
      • Spring semester entry: Dec 1
      • Summer term entry: Apr 15
    • Applications received after the priority dates will be reviewed on an individual and rolling basis
  • For those applying to the Doctor of Pharmacy program (admission is available only for the fall semester)
    • Application must be submitted to PharmCAS by Dec 1
    • Drake Supplemental Form and fee must be submitted to Drake by Dec 1
Application Requirements

All transfer students applying to undergraduate programs must submit an online application, transcripts, and a personal essay.  Students who have earned less than 24 semester hours of college credit at the point of application also must submit ACT or SAT scores. 

  1. Online application
    • Those who are not applying to the pre-pharmacy program may choose either of the following:
      • Drake University Application
      • The Common Application, including the Common Application Member Questions specific to Drake University
    • Those who are applying to the pre-pharmacy program
      • Must choose the Drake University application
      • Admission is available only for the fall semester
  2. Transcripts
    • Official transcripts from any and all colleges attended for any term, including summer
    • All transcripts must bear the official seal and signature of the official record custodian
    • All transcripts must be sent directly to Drake by the other institution; faxes, scanned, photocopies, transcripts lacking an original seal, transcripts that are in the student’s possession are not considered official
  3. Personal essay
  4. Applicants who have earned fewer than 24 semester hours of college credit at the point of application also must submit the following:
    • Official copy of final high school transcript or high school equivalency certificate
    • Standardized test score (ACT or SAT)
  5. Audition – required for music or theatre students
Transfer of Credit

College-level coursework earned at other institutions will be evaluated and may be applied to students’ Drake record accordingly.  

Admitted transfer students with an Associate of Arts (A.A.) or an Associate of Science (A.S.) degree from an Iowa community college who have at least 60 semester credits acceptable for transfer and a minimum 2.0 cumulative grade point average will enter Drake University having fulfilled the Drake Curriculum general education requirements with the exception of the Senior Capstone requirement in the student’s major(s) area of study.

Students are required to submit a final transcript with proof of the A.A. or A.S. degree before the beginning of their second term (excluding summer or J-term) of enrollment.  Students who fail to provide the appropriate documentation will be required to complete the general education requirements.

Students who completed an associate degree other than an A.A. or A.S. or received the associate degree from a community college outside of Iowa will have credits evaluated on a course-by-course basis.

See the Transfer of Credit area of the catalog for more details, including information on how AP, IB, CLEP exams and other transfer credit may equate to Drake courses.

 

Transfer Students (International)

Drake University is authorized by federal law to enroll non-immigrant students and exchange visitors. International students are required to submit proof of financial resources before an I-20 or DS-2019 is issued respectively for the F-1 or J-1 visa.

Application Deadlines
  • For those applying to an undergraduate programs other than Doctor of Pharmacy
    • For priority review for admission, scholarship, and financial aid considerations, all required documents and completed applications must be received by the following dates
      • Fall semester entry: June 1
      • Spring semester entry: November 1
    • Applications received after the priority dates will be reviewed on a space-available basis
  • For those applying to the Doctor of Pharmacy program
    • Application must be submitted to PharmCAS by Dec 1
    • Drake Supplemental Form and fee must be submitted to Drake by Dec 1
Application Requirements
  1. Application
    • For Undergraduate Programs Other Than Doctor of Pharmacy
      • Drake Application
      • Common Application
    • For the Doctor of Pharmacy Program – available only for fall semester; must apply through PharmCAS
  2. Transcripts
    • Applicants with fewer than 24 semester credits of degree-level coursework also must
      • Submit official academic records from all secondary schools attended
      • Submit official ACT or SAT scores or schedule an interview with an admission counselor
    • All applicants, regardless of the amount of degree-level coursework completed, must submit an official transcript from each postsecondary institution attended
    • Only original or certified true copies submitted by educational institution, including external exam results; faxed, scanned, photocopies not accepted
    • All transcripts must bear the official seal and signature of the official record custodian
    • All transcripts must be sent directly to Drake by the other institution; faxes, scanned, photocopies, transcripts lacking an original seal, transcripts that are in the student’s possession are not considered official, even if they have been certified by notaries, commissioners of oaths, or translators
    • Any translated record should be an exact translation (not interpretive) and be accompanied by the official, original-language document
  3. Standardized Scores or Test-Flexible Interview – for applicants who have earned less than 24 semester hours of college credit at the point of application
    • Those who choose the standard pathway must submit standardized test scores (ACT or SAT)
    • Those who choose the test-flexible pathway must schedule an interview with Office of Admission team
  4. English Proficiency
    • TOEFL: min score of 71 for iBT
    • IELTS: 6.0
    • Conditional admission to undergraduate programs except pre-pharmacy may be available to students who meet admission standards but who do not meet the English proficiency requirements
  5. Personal essay
  6. Summary of Extracurricular Activities
  7. Financial Certificate
  8. International Student Grant Application
  9. Letter of recommendation – strongly encouraged but not required
  10. Audition – required for music or theatre students
Transfer of Credit

Students who have sat for the General Certificate of Education Advanced Level Examinations can be awarded six to eight hours of credit per subject passed at the Advanced Level with a qualifying grade. Credit is also awarded for the German Abitur, French Baccalaureate, and selected other national examinations. Applicants who have completed the full International Baccalaureate diploma program are eligible for approximately one year of advanced-standing credit. Credit for both higher and standard levels is awarded through a course-by-course evaluation.  For more information, see the AP, IB, CLEP Credit section of the catalog.

Other college-level coursework earned at other institutions will be evaluated and may be applied to students’ Drake record accordingly.  See the Transfer of Credit area of the catalog for more details, including information on how AP, IB, CLEP exams and other transfer credit may equate to Drake courses.

 

Part-Time Undergraduate Students

A student enrolled in less than 12 credit hours of coursework during any fall or spring semester is considered a part-time student.

Part-time degree applicants are required to meet the same standards for admission as full-time applicants.

 

Scholarships and Financial Aid

First-year applicants, including first-year pre-pharmacy, eligible to compete for the National Alumni Scholarships must submit the separate scholarship online application and all other required admission application documents by the December 1, 2018 postmark deadline.

 

Following Admission

Full-time students must live in the Drake residence halls during any period of University enrollment within two years following high school graduation unless they are married or live with their parents or legal guardian within a 45-mile radius. Other students may choose to live in student residence halls if space is available.

 

Non-Degree-Seeking Students

Students interested in taking courses for academic credit but who is not seeking a degree may be eligible to enroll as a non-degree-seeking student. Students who have been denied admission to Drake are not eligible to enroll without the permission of the Dean of Admission.

Non-degree-seeking students are required to complete the Non-Degree Seeking Student Registration Request Form available at the Office of the Registrar. Students who regularly attend other colleges or universities and register at Drake University for the purpose of earning credit to transfer to their home institution are encouraged to seek course-by-course approval from their home institutions prior to registering for specific courses at Drake.

Non-degree-seeking students are held to the same probation and suspension standards as degree-seeking students.

Non-degree-seeking students may not enroll in more than nine credit hours per semester.  Students seeking an exemption from this policy must request permission from the Dean of Admission.

Once 24 credit hours have been accumulated, the student will be contacted concerning his/her academic goals, past performance, and intent to seek admission for earning a degree. If the student does not intend to pursue a degree, he/she may continue as a non-degree-seeking student.

Non-degree-seeking students who want to become degree-seeking candidates must submit the application for admission and official transcripts of all courses attempted for all terms at all postsecondary institutions attended. Credits earned as a non-degree-seeking student may or may not apply toward a degree program. Applicants are required to meet the same standards for admission as transfer students. The Office of Admission coordinates the transcript evaluation process with the respective colleges and schools. The dean’s office of the appropriate college or school decides how each course accepted applies toward Drake’s degree requirements.

 

High School Students and the Post Secondary Enrollment Option

Drake University provides students who are currently enrolled in high school and desire the challenge of academic study above and beyond what is available in the high school curriculum to investigate the opportunity of dual enrollment.

To qualify, high school students must be in their junior or senior year, provide a copy of their high school transcript, rank in the top one-third of their classes, and have scored a minimum composite of 115 on the PSAT, 1150 (critical reading and math only) on the SAT, 25 on the ACT PLAN, or 25 on the ACT.

Applicants must complete a Post Secondary Enrollment application, which is available in the Office of Admission or at their high schools, and receive approval from their school counselor. Enrollment in requested courses is subject to course availability.

Qualified students may enroll in a maximum of two courses at Drake University during the fall and spring semesters and one course per summer session as high school students while completing their remaining high school graduation requirements. Students may qualify for financial assistance under the Post-Secondary Enrollment Options Act.


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