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Are you thinking about coming to Drake to continue your college education? As an international student, you would be part of the diverse group of students from 49 U.S. states and 50 countries who have chosen Drake as their educational home.

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 U.S.A.


As you’re going through the Drake admission process, be sure to keep track of due dates to ensure that all required documents are sent by the appropriate deadlines.

Undergraduate Programs Fall Semester: March 1 is the priority deadline; June 1 is the final deadline Spring Semester: Nov.1 deadline

Doctor of Pharmacy Students applying for the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) program must submit the application to the Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS) by December 2, 2013. The Drake Supplemental Form and fee must also be submitted to Drake University by December 2, 2013.


You can apply to transfer to any of Drake’s undergraduate programs (except pre-pharmacy) three ways, all of which are given equal consideration for admission:

If you wish to improve your language proficiency before beginning an academic program at Drake, you may apply for admission to an academic program at the same time that you apply for the Intensive English Program. With the exception of the pre-pharmacy program, Drake can offer conditional admission to you if you meet the University’s academic requirements but first need to improve your English language skills.

Pharm.D. (Only available for fall semester) If you’re applying for the Pharm.D. program, follow the special admission directions on that site. Admission to the pre-pharmacy program is not available to transfer students.


Applicants must submit official academic records from all post-secondary schools attended, whether or not a degree, certificate, or diploma was earned. Academic records include the year-by-year records from each post-secondary institution attended, indicating the number of credits or hours per week devoted to each course and grades received. Any translated record should be an exact translation (not interpretive) and be accompanied by the official, original-language document. Transcripts from United States high schools, colleges, or universities should be sent directly from that institution to the Office of Admission.

Photocopies without an original seal or stamp of the school or university attended, faxes, and scans of academic records cannot be accepted as official documents. Certification of official documents should be made by a school official or educational authority (such as a Ministry of Education or examination board). Documents will not be considered as official if certified by notaries, commissioners of oaths or translators.

Transfer credits will be evaluated after admission status is determined. Course syllabi or descriptions should be submitted in order for an accurate evaluation of transfer credit to be completed.

TOEFL or IELTS score

We strongly recommend that you send TOEFL or IELTS test scores to us during the admission process. If you have not submitted official TOEFL or IELTS test scores to Drake prior to your arrival on campus, you will need to sit for the TOEFL upon arrival at Drake. With the exception of the pre-professional pharmacy and Pharm.D. programs, we can offer conditional admission to you if you meet the admission standards, but do not meet the TOEFL and proficiency requirements for immediate entry into a degree program.

Personal Essay

We require an essay or personal statement from each applicant. You must use one of the essay prompts provided in the Drake Application or Common Application. Please do not submit a paper you wrote for a school assignment; the admission committee would rather read something more personal.

Summary of Extracurricular Activities

You will need to provide information about principal extracurricular, community, and volunteer activities in order of their interest to you. Be sure to include the length of time you participated in each activity. In addition, list any academic distinctions or honors you have received. Please do not send individual certificates of achievement.

Letter of Recommendation

You must submit one of the following:

A letter of recommendation from your high school counselor or a teacher of your choice


A completed high school counselor recommendation supplement form. The High School Report & Counselor Recommendation supplement form will work for both the Drake Application and the Common Application.

Additional letters of recommendation are not required but will be considered if you send them.

Financial Certificate

As an international student, you must submit documented evidence of financial support for educational expenses. The 2015-2016 Financial Certificate‌ must be signed by you and your sponsor and either countersigned and sealed by your sponsor's bank, or a separate letter or statement may be issued to support the information provided on the certificate.

This document can be mailed to:

Office of Admission
Drake University
2507 University Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa 50311-4505 U.S.A.

Financial Aid Application

Students may apply for need-based financial aid by submitting the Drake University Application for Need-Based Aid or the Foreign Student Financial Aid Application from the College Scholarship Service/College Board.

This document can be mailed to:

Office of Admission
Drake University
2507 University Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa 50311-4505 U.S.A.

Please view the Scholarship and Financial Aid Opportunities for International Transfer Students for more information.

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