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Drake University Transcripts

Drake University issues only official transcripts.  Official transcripts do not display midterm grades, class schedules, or detailed transfer coursework.  We can send official electronic transcripts to any email address that is provided.  Hard copies are printed on security paper and do not require a hand-embossed University seal.  Upon request, transcripts can be placed in a sealed envelope with a hand-embossed University seal on the outside.

How do I order my Drake transcript?

Current and former students must order their official Drake University transcripts online via the National Student Clearinghouse.  Students may use this service 24 hours per day, and they may track the progress of their order.

Current students may use MyDrake (MyDrake > Student Records heading > Official Transcript Request link).  By logging into myDrake, students' identities are validated, therefore, no signed consent form is required.

Former students may use the National Student Clearinghouse.  A valid Social Security number or Drake University ID number (one or the other) and a signed consent form will be required.

Click here for detailed, step-by-step instructions.

Under no circumstances will Drake accept requests over the phone or via email.

How much does it cost to order a copy of my official transcript?

Each requested copy costs $7.75.  A single $2.25 surcharge will be added to all orders.  Drake can deliver the transcript via UPS next-day-air at an additional fee.  Payment is due at the time that the request is processed.

If an unofficial copy would suffice, you can access an unofficial copy of your transcript using the My Unofficial Transcript link under the Student Records heading in MyDrake.  A valid Drake ID number and password is required.

How can I make my payment?

You must submit valid credit or debit card information at the time you submit your request.  Cash and checks are not accepted.

How long will this take?

Requests typically can be processed within 1-2 business days upon receipt of request.  During peak times, such as at the beginning and end of a semester, please allow 3-5 business days of processing time.

Requests will be processed during fall and spring break; however, due to staff limitations, such requests may take 3-5 business days to process.  The university typically is closed for business between the end of the fall semester and the first week of January.  Check the university academic calendar for specific semester and holiday dates.

Can my transcript be delivered electronically?

Yes, Drake is able to submit transcripts electronically.  Once the electronic transcript has been sent, Drake cannot retrieve your order to be resent.  Please ensure you have the recipient’s correct email address before requesting.  The electronic transcript is only available for download for 30 days.  If it is not retrieved before the 30th day, it will expire, and you will have to reorder a new transcript.

Can I request express delivery?

Upon request, transcripts can be sent overnight via UPS only.  Express delivery cannot be made to a P.O. box.  In addition to the transcript request fee, fees for express delivery are required to cover the cost of shipping.

  • Regular UPS overnight delivery: $35.
  • Saturday delivery: $37.50
  • Overnight delivery to non-domestic addresses: These fees vary.  Consult UPS ( for more fee information.

Express delivery options can be made with the appropriate check box on the online request form.

To ensure your order will be sent via UPS Next Day Air or Express, please order before noon.  You might receive an automatically-generated email when Drake receives the order; this does not ensure that UPS has received the transcript for delivery.

Can my transcript be faxed?

No.  If you wish to have your transcripts faxed, you will only be able to do so by ordering a physical or .pdf copy and faxing them yourself. 

May I pick up my transcript?

Upon special request, students can pick up their transcripts after 2:00 p.m. the next business day in Carnegie Hall Room 101.  There is no additional charge for this service.  You will receive an email as soon as your transcript has printed; however, you may want to call the Office of the Registar (515-271-2025) to confirm it is ready for you to pick up.

Due to federal privacy regulations, transcripts will be released only to the student to which the transcript belongs.  Students who want a third party to retrieve their transcript must contact the Office of the Registrar at the time the transcript request is made.

Can I get a refund if my transcript is not received?

Drake is not responsible for items that get lost in the mail; therefore refunds will not be given for lost mail.  For electronic transcripts, Drake will not provide refunds for transcripts that are not retrieved.

Can I cancel my order?

If you ordered a transcript and want to cancel, the system is automatic and we are unable to cancel the order for you.  Once you have submitted your order there are no cancellations.  You will be charged for the order and there are no refunds.  

Can I have my unofficial transcript?

Drake University issues only official transcripts.  Current and previous students can access an unofficial copy of their transcript using the My Unofficial Transcript link under the Student Records heading in MyDrake.  A valid Drake ID number (not a social security number) is required to access myDrake.  Students who do not know (or remember) their Drake ID number must contact the Drake Support Center.  Click here for step-by-step instructions.

What if I have a hold on my record?

Certain holds on students' records may restrict the release of their transcripts.  Transcripts will not be released until the student has made satisfactory arrangements with the office that initiated the hold.

The National Student Clearinghouse will notify a student if an existing hold will prevent the release of his or her transcript.  The student must resolve this matter by contacting the appropriate office(s).

Can my transcript request be delayed until my semester grades or degree information has been recorded?

Yes.  On the online request form, please indicate which semester or degree you are holding the transcript.  You can only hold for grades for the semesters which you are registered.

I see the phrase "Term in Progress" on my transcript. What does that mean?

Occasionally extension education students complete their course work and earn a final grade before the end date of the term for which they are registered.  Consequently, the corresponding transcript displays the "term in progress" phrase to indicate that the transcript was printed before the end of the semester.  The phrase has nothing to do with the validity of the final grade and is displayed only to indicate that it was printed before the semester's end date.

How can I determine whether all of my courses will appear on my transcript?

The best way to do this is to log in to MyDrake and access your unofficial transcript.  The Drake courses that appear on your unofficial transcript will appear on your official transcript.  It will not show your current schedule, midterm grades, anticipated degree, majors/minors (unless you have graduated), or your transfer courses, only transfer credit. 

You need a valid Drake ID number (a Social Security number will not suffice) and password to access MyDrake. If you do not know your Drake ID number or have difficulty logging in to MyDrake, contact Drake's Support Center for assistance.

If you think one or more of your courses are missing from your unofficial transcript, contact our Continuing Education and Professional Development staff.

I am a current student and have credits that I'd like to transfer to Drake from another institution. Where should I have them sent?

Current students: Send your non-Drake transcripts to

Drake University
Office of the Registrar
2507 University Ave
Des Moines, IA 50311


Email to

Prospective students: Send to the Office of Admission.

Note: Drake can accept official transcripts only if they are sent directly from the institution. Drake will not accept transcripts that are hand-delivered by the student.

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