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Welcome to your virtual visit program!

Thank you for joining us for our Virtual Admitted Student Program. Here you will find additional information to dive into the dynamic life that awaits you at Drake.

Students who attend our Admitted Student Program will get a special invitation to a mix and mingle event with current and future Bulldogs the day-after. This is a casual hangout opportunity to see new faces and make connections with other current students and other admitted students!

Your Future Bulldogs After Hours event will take place on:

Saturday, April 10, 12 p.m. CDT

Top 5 Things You Need to Know About...

The ultimate guide to various aspects of campus—all in one place.


Housing Application Steps to Sign Up

  1. Log into using your Drake ID number and Drake password.
  2. Click on the fork & knife icon. Housing & Meal Plan Selection Portal will open.
  3. Read through the home page and then click on “Apply Here” in the upper left-hand side.
  4. Click on Academic Year 2021-2022 or Commuter Status Release for Fall 2021 and submit.
  5. If ready, submit the $250 Housing Deposit for On Campus Students (this is due by May 1).

Housing Application Deadline

Roommate Requests

Random Roommate Pairing

The process for randomly pairing roommates is:

  1. The First-year Seminar chosen as Fall 2021 class registration.
  2. Comparing how the students answer their application’s lifestyle survey questions, including clean/cluttered, day/night person, requires absolute quiet/able to tune of most noises, and smoker/non-smoker (all residence halls and campus are smoke free).

Commuter Housing Release Information

Drake has a two-year residential requirement post-high school unless you live within 45 miles of campus and you reside with a parent(s) and/or legal guardian. New students can apply for a housing release prior to June 30th. Here are the criteria:

  1. Students with immunocompromised conditions that are unable to live in a residence hall.
  2. Students select to complete their fall semester coursework via remote delivery and living with my parent(s)/legal guardian..

Learn More

For a behind-the-scenes look at our dining and residence halls, view this student-produced video by McCade Gowdy, a sophomore studying Digital Media Production. The video titled "Inside the Halls," showcases student rooms, Hubbell dining hall, and much more.

Contact with any questions.

Dining & Meal Plans

Campus Dining Locations

Food Allergies & Accommodations

Student On-Campus Meal Plan Options (2021-2022)

Student Off-Campus (Commuter) Meal Plan Options (2021-2022)

Bulldog Bucks

Learn More

Contact with any questions.

Financial Aid

Securing need-based financial aid (grants, loans, etc.)

Renewable Aid

Merit-based scholarships

Student Loan Application

Special Financial Circumstances that are not reflected in the FAFSA

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

Drake Students who identify as Students of Color

Percent of Drake Students are part of the LGBTQ community

Multicultural organizations are at Drake

Drake Faculty who identify as People of Color

Standing up for what is right & taking care of each other

Summer Orientation

New Changes to Orientation

Special In-person Sessions

Orientation Registration

Parent Involvement

We strongly encourage parents to accompany their student through Virtual Orientation and the “Connection Day” experience. Drake provides many sessions specific for parents and guests. You will have the opportunity to meet other parents who are going through the same experience as you.

Further information

If you have any questions regarding Summer Orientation, please email the New Student Programs Office at

Study Abroad

Study Abroad

Drake students can join a variety of programs including traditional study abroad program, but also international internship, research, or service-learning programs. Programs last anywhere from two weeks to a semester or academic year abroad.

Eligible Students

Any Drake student after their first year can join an education abroad program. Approximately half of Drake students graduate having had an international education experience. Drake is ranked 25th in the nation for undergraduate participation in study abroad among doctoral universities.

Timing for Study Abroad

Let your academic advisor know your first year if you are interested in studying abroad. They can let you know when is the best time to go for your major. Students can join education abroad programs sophomore through senior year, during graduate school, and even post-graduation.

Options and Locations

Drake offers January-term (J-Term), summer, and semester programs in over 60 countries. There are hundreds of options to choose from year-round and each program specializes in certain academic course work, so some locations and universities abroad are better for certain majors. Set up a meeting with the Drake Global Engagement office so we can discuss your goals and find the right program for you!

Learn More

Find more information when you visit or follow us on Instagram @drakestudyabroad. Additional questions can be emailed to

Access & Success

Who we are

Access & Success is designed to support students’ personal, academic and social success at the University. Access & Success encompasses disability services, peer tutoring, academic coaching appointments, webinars, workshops and much more. Access & Success provides the tools and support you need to be the best you can be.

Academic Coaching

We believe sometimes students need a little extra support and resources, so no one appointment will be the same. Sometimes, we just serve as an accountability partner. We do goal setting, calendar planning, time management, and offer study strategies to help ensure success at Drake.

Peer Tutoring

Peer tutoring is available at Drake free of charge. Tutoring is available for writing, actuarial science, accounting, biology, chemistry, organic chemistry, economics, physics, math, computer science, and with the speaking center. For more information on signing up for tutoring, please visit the following website. (

Other services available

We plan to do monthly workshops and webinars to help students. In addition, we are a new office and have big plans for the future, so please check back often on our website for updates.

Learn More

Please visit our website at, for more information.

Get a jump start on day one.

Drake students can enroll directly into classes for their major their first semester; in contrast, at most other colleges, you would be required to take pre-requisites or general education classes for your first two years. This means Drake students can explore their major––and build their resume with internships and research––much earlier than students elsewhere. The result? Drake students who are undecided in major can explore right away. Once you find a major, you will find that it is easy to gain more than one internship (over 90% of Drake students do!) and common to graduate on-time in four years from Drake with more than one degree.

Your tuition is locked in.

Drake’s undergraduate Tuition Guarantee means you receive an exceptional education at a fixed tuition cost that will not change during your four years at Drake. When you plan for educational expenses, you’ll know exactly what tuition will cost throughout your undergraduate experience. Drake’s Tuition Guarantee will save you money on the total cost of your education. How much? Tuition and fees at peer institutions increased an average of 17.5 percent over the last four years. Also, with our Guarantee, your scholarships and grants will retain their value year over year rather than diminishing as tuition rises.

No Teaching Assistants—plus, professors who will mentor you.

Drake has a beautiful campus and fun atmosphere, but all of that is just surface level. What will really matter to you will be the people. Your professors are experts in their field, but also love to teach and mentor and they’re here for YOU. All of your classes will be taught by professors, never TAs. Plus, your professors and advisor (who is also a professor in your major!) will know you by name and help guide you through your time at Drake from internships and research, to class help and life advice. Hearing a theme? Your professors will be a big part of your experience at Drake.

Des Moines—who knew?

(We did!) Drake’s campus is located in the fastest growing city in the Midwest. Des Moines is the state capitol and a major hub in business, insurance, politics, communications, and more! Drake students benefit from internships and professional connections just minutes from campus––and never have to wait for summer break for an internship! Plus, Drake students can get off campus and enjoy a vibrant metro of nearly 700,000 people that includes great shopping, a renowned music and arts scene, and restaurants that will fit any taste!

A Drake Degree is forever—and goes to work right away.

Your memories and experiences will live with you the rest of your life. From studying abroad travels and Drake Relays and Street Painting traditions, to your first internship that leads to your future career break. You’ll make friends and a professional network you’ll have forever. Most importantly having a Drake degree means something. 93% of Drake grads said they were prepared for their career; Over 98% of Drake’s 20219 graduates (and over 95% of Drake’s 2020 graduates––in a pandemic!) found jobs or entered graduate school within 6 months of receiving their bachelor’s degree.

Ways To Tour

Future Bulldog Campus Visit

In-Person Visit

Senior Individual Visit

In-Person Visit

Transfer Individual Visit

In-Person Visit

Self-Guided Tour

In-Person Visit

YouVisit Virtual Tour

Virtual Visit

Virtual Interactive Tour

Virtual Visit

Ways to Connect with us

Senior Individual Virtual Counselor Appointments

Virtual Meeting

Transfer Individual Virtual Counselor Appointments

Virtual Meeting

Drake Life 101 Series

Virtual Program

College Admission Parent Series

Virtual Program

Academic Spotlights

Virtual Program

Campus Leaders & Connections

Get to know some of our campus leaders. Select a photo from the gallery below to get in contact with that individual.

Drake is Worth the Investment

Don't just take our word for it—ask our students!

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