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Transfer Application

Are you ready? Take the next step and apply to Drake.

Since we review each application for admission individually, there is no single, inflexible set of standards—such as GPA, test score, or years of courses. The information below outlines what you will need to put together your transfer application to Drake. We're here to help; contact your admission counselor if you have any questions.

Wondering about financial assistance? Use the Net Price Calculator for U.S. Transfer Students to help you estimate your actual cost to attend Drake University.

Deadlines

As you apply for admission to Drake, be sure to keep track of due dates to ensure all required documents are sent by the appropriate deadlines.

Undergraduate Programs

Priority application deadlines for admission, scholarships, and financial aid consideration are listed below. Applications are accepted after priority dates. Once all required documents are received, complete applications are reviewed and admission notification is made on a rolling basis. For assistance, students are encouraged to contact the Office of Admission to speak with a transfer admission counselor.

  • Fall term: April 15 priority review for all complete applications; after April 15, application review continues on an individual and rolling basis.
  • Spring term: December 1 priority review for all complete applications; after Dec. 1, applications considered on a case by case basis until the start of classes.
  • Summer term: April 15 priority review for all complete applications; after April 15, applications considered on a case by case basis until the start of classes.

Note: Beginning July 1, 2018, transfer applications for the Fall 2018 term may be considered for admission on a case by case basis until the start of classes.

Doctor of Pharmacy (Only Available for Fall Semester)

Students applying for the PharmD program for Fall 2017 must submit the application to the Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS) by December 1, 2016. The Drake Supplemental Form and fee must also be submitted to Drake University by December 1.

Doctor of Occupational Therapy (Only Available for Summer Semester)

There is no application deadline for admission to the Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) program. Applications must be submitted through OTCAS. A bachelor's degree is required.

Application Requirements

Transfer students are required to complete an online application, submit transcripts and a personal essay. Students who have earned less than 24 semester hours of college credit at the point of application must also submit ACT or SAT scores. Each section below provides specific information for each required element of your application.

Mailed applications and all other mailed supplementary materials should be labeled with your full name and date of birth and directed to:

Office of Admission
Drake University
2507 University Ave.
Des Moines, Iowa 50311-4505

Application (All Programs Except Pharm.D. and Occupational Therapy)

Transfer applicants for all programs except Pharm.D. must complete one of the following:

Both options are given equal consideration for admission. There is no application fee when applying online.

Application (Pharm.D. Program)

Transfer applicants for the Pharm.D. program must apply through the Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS).

Application (Occupational Therapy Program)

Applications for the Occupational Therapy Program (OTD) must be submitted through the Occupational Therapist Centralized Application Service (OTCAS).

Transcripts

All transfer applicants must provide an official transcript from any and all colleges attended for all terms, including summer.

For students who have earned fewer than 24 semester hours of college credit at the point of application we will also require the following:

  • a copy of your official final high school transcript or a high school equivalency certificate
  • a standardized test score (the ACT or SAT)

All transcripts must bear the official seal and signature of the official in charge or records and be sent directly to the Drake University Office of Admission by each institution. Transcripts that are faxed, scanned, photocopied, lacking an original seal, or are in the student’s possession are not considered official documents. If you are using the Common Application, Drake will accept transcripts sent through the Common Application process.

When making transcript arrangements, please use this mailing address:

Office of Admission
Drake University
2507 University Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50311-4505

If your school can provide an official electronic transcript, it should be submitted to admission@drake.edu.

Essay/ Personal Statement (optional)

The essay/personal statement is optional.

Should you choose to provide an essay with your application, we encourage you to use one of the essay prompts provided in the Drake application or Common Application. Or, other topics might include: Why do you want to transfer to Drake?  What would you like us to know about you, your academic history, or your experiences? Is there additional information you would like to share to give context to your transcripts?”

 We review all applications, with or without an essay, with equal attention. 

Test Score (Less than 24 Credits)

If you have earned 24 or more semester hours of college credit at the point of application, you do not need to submit a standardized test score.

If you have earned less than 24 semester hours of college credit at the point of application, you must arrange for official test scores to be sent to the Office of Admission. For assistance with questions about requirements, students are encouraged to contact the Office of Admission to speak with an admission counselor.

Those who are required to submit test scores will need to have an official copy of either the ACT or SAT sent to the Office of Admission from the appropriate testing agency.

  • Drake University ACT school code: 1302
  • Drake University SAT school code: 6168

Audition (Music or Theatre Students)

Music

In order to be admitted to the Department of Music, and to be considered for scholarship awards as a Music major, Music minor, or non-major participant, prospective students are required to audition with Drake Music faculty. To learn more about upcoming Department of Music audition dates and audition requirements, visit the Department of Music Audition Information page.

Theatre

In order to be admitted to any of the B.F.A. Theatre Arts degree programs or the Musical Theatre minor, and to be considered for a Departmental Fine Arts scholarship award, prospective students are required to audition/present their portfolio either on campus at the Drake Theatre Audition Day or the National Unified Theatre Auditions. To learn more about upcoming Theatre audition dates and audition requirements, visit the Theatre Arts Off Campus and On Campus Auditions page.

Admission Calendar and Events


Important Admission Dates

Monday-Friday - Schedule an individual visit to tour Drake

March 1, 2018 - Regular Decision Deadline to apply for Fall 2018 enrollment

May 1, 2018 National Candidates Reply Date to enroll for Fall 2018

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