All transfer transcripts must come directly from the institution and cannot come from the student.
Graduate/Law students: Please work with your college/school dean's office to determine course transferability.
Undergraduate/Pharmacy students: Current students interested in transferring in credits from U.S. institutions must complete the Transfer Request Form. Transfer credits will not be posted without the completion of this form. Entering students should not complete this form before attending. To access the form, click here.
Drake offers a multitude of resources that help explain how credits will transfer.
|Tool||Description||Works Best For...|
Transfer Evaluation System (TES)
|This simple interactive tool allows you to look up a course you have taken at a different institution and see its equivalent course at Drake. It also shows which, if any, areas of inquiry the transfer course satisfies.||Quickly answering, "What is the Drake equivalent course to Course A taken at Institution X?"|
|Transferology is like a more sophisticated version of TES and allows you to enter all courses you have taken at other institutions (including Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, and CLEP credit) and see how each of them would transfer into Drake.||Those who are thinking about transferring into Drake|
|Program specific courses that transfer into Drake from Iowa community colleges.||Entering and transfer students who wish to go to Drake|
Course Equivalency Guides
|These course articulation agreements between Drake and Iowa's community colleges include one-to-one course equivalencies as a list of courses that meets Drake's Areas of Inquiry requirements.||Students who wish to take courses at a Iowa community college and are considering transferring the credit to Drake|
Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, and CLEP
This document displays the most current information regarding minimum scores and Drake equivalencies for AP, IB, and CLEP credit.
AP, IB, CLEP, & GCE 2023 (PDF)
|Finding minimum scores and corresponding Drake credit|
In general, students may receive credit for academic courses taken at postsecondary institutions that were regionally accredited at the time the courses were taken. Courses accepted for transfer credit must parallel courses offered at Drake University or otherwise be appropriate for college-level credit. Other details include:
*Special Note: In response to the disruption of COVID-19, Drake University will accept "P", "S", or "CR" grades, regardless if they are the equivalent of a C-, for all Spring 2020 coursework. This exception is applicable for Summer 2020, Fall 2020, and Spring 2021 coursework if the institution required students to convert to "P", "S", or "CR" grading.
Admitted students who have met the criteria outlined below will enter Drake University having fulfilled the Drake Curriculum general education requirements (Areas of Inquiry), with the exception of the Senior Capstone requirement in the student's major(s) area of study. Students within one year of high school graduation are required to complete a First Year Seminar.
Students are required to submit a final transcript with proof of their degree prior to 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 do not meet the criteria above will have their credits evaluated on a course-by-course basis.
As a current student, I’d like to take a few classes over the summer or online during the semester. What do I need to know?
All current students should submit a Transfer Request Form before enrolling in a class at another institution. This ensures the course will transfer back to Drake and apply toward your program once it has been approved. Students can fill out the form here.
Use the tools above to view course descriptions from other institutions and see their equivalent courses at Drake.
Transfer college work earns credit only and is not included in computing the Drake University cumulative GPA. Students cannot remove unsatisfactory grades received at Drake by repeating those courses at other institutions and transferring the credit to Drake.
Once transfer credit has been applied, students can view their equated course information their unofficial transcript.
I already have completed a course at another institution, and now I'm ready to transfer the credit to Drake. What do I need to do?
You must contact the other institution and request that they send Drake your official transcript. Drake will not accept a transcript unless we receive it directly from the other institution. If you’d like to send your transcript electronically, please have the institution email it directly to email@example.com. If you would like to send it by mail, please use the following address and the appropriate Attention line per the table below. Current students must fill out a Transfer Request Form, before submitting their transcript. To submit your request, please fill out the form here.
Attn: (see table below)
2507 University Ave
Des Moines, IA 50311
|Transcript purpose||Send Attention to||Building|
|Current Drake Students||Registrar||Carnegie|
|Study abroad while a Drake student||Drake International||International Center|
|Undergraduate Admission prior to your first class at Drake||Undergraduate Admission||Cole Hall|
|Graduate Admission- Education||Graduate Admission- Education||Collier-Scripps Hall|
|Graduate Admission- College of Business & Public Administration||Graduate Admission- CBPA||Aliber Hall|
|Law School Admission||Drake Law School Office of Admission||Cartwright Hall|
|Cross Enrollment Students||DMACC and Grand View should provide an official transcript to Drake at the end of each semester, but they may run on a different timeline than Drake. If your transfer credit has not been posted to your unofficial transcript one month after the end of the DMACC or Grand View semester ends, contact the Office of the Registrar first.|
I’m not seeking a degree at Drake, but I have taken courses at Drake and have credits from other institutions that I need to have validated. Can you post them to my record?
We cannot post transcript coursework for non-degree seeking students. Credits from international institutions may be reviewed by organizations such as the ECE or WES to assist you in validating and evaluating the courses. They offer different levels of evaluation, so be sure to carefully read their list of services.
Can you mail a copy of my transcript from another institution when I request a Drake transcript?
A transcript is a snapshot of record at a single point in time, so only the originating institution knows the current details of your record there. Most organizations would not accept transcripts from a third party, so Drake does not release transcripts from other institutions. Please contact the originating institution for release of their records. If you attended an Iowa college or school of nursing that is no longer in existence, the University of Iowa maintains their records.