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Campus Visit

The single best way for you to figure out if Drake is the place for you is to visit campus. While you're here, you can tour buildings, common areas, and green spaces, and spend time with faculty and students. You can even have some Drake-style fun by enjoying on-campus events, as well as some of the recreation and dining options available in Des Moines.

Experiencing what Drake has to offer firsthand will help you get a feel for who we are, and your visit will allow us to get to know you and talk with you about how Drake can help you reach your goals.

To schedule a visit, choose one of the options listed below or contact your admission counselor to discuss what options would be the best fit for you.

Individual Visit

Individual visits to Drake University include a campus tour and a meeting with an admission counselor. Visitors can personalize their campus visit by requesting special appointments with professors in any academic department or staff members in other areas of interest.  These appointments are for juniors, seniors and transfer students, require at least a week's notice and cannot be guaranteed.

Coach Appointments:  Due to University policy the Office of Admission does not schedule coach appointments. Appointments with coaches are available based on NCAA guidelines and coaches travel schedules and, therefore, cannot be guaranteed. Drake University competes at the NCAA Division I level and encourages interested student athletes to contact coaches directly.

Please noteSame-day visit registrations cannot be processed online. To schedule a visit for TODAY, call the Office of Admission at (515) 271-2089. 

Campus Preview Days (Oct. 9, Nov. 13)

Campus Preview Days are full-day programs designed for prospective students and parents to learn more about life at Drake. Campus Preview Days include a campus tour, academic breakout sessions, an admission presentation, information fair, lunch with the Drake Community, and a Q&A with Drake staff and students. Campus Preview Days are available on:

Campus Preview Half-Days (Oct. 19, Oct. 20)

Campus Preview Half-Days are offered twice daily at either 9:00 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. Check-in begins 30 minutes prior to the program.

Campus Preview Half-Days are designed to give prospective students a sample of life at Drake. Visitors can choose either a morning or afternoon session and the itinerary will include a campus tour, an admission presentation, an academic breakout session with a faculty member, and an optional lunch in Drake's dining hall. Campus Preview Half-Days are available on:

Thursday, October 19

Friday, October 20

STEM@Drake Day (Oct. 27)

STEM@Drake Day provides a dynamic introduction to Drake’s amazing classroom and lab facilities, academic programs, research opportunities, faculty, and students in the STEM fields. Explore your academic interests, experience our new science buildings, take an interactive college class, and hear from current STEM students and graduates about their Drake experiences!

STEM@Drake Day is October 27, 2017 from 1:00 to 4:30 pm. An optional campus tour and lunch (up to 3 visitors) will be provided prior to the program.

Register here!

Pharmacy and Health Sciences Day (Nov. 9)

Pharmacy and Health Sciences Day is a professional conference designed for high school seniors and transfer students to learn about national trends in health care and current issues facing health care providers. Prospective students and their families will participate in academic breakout sessions, a Q&A with current students and alumni, lunch on campus, facility and lab tours, an optional campus tour and admission overview and more.

Pharmacy and Health Sciences Day is on November 9, 2017 from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm.

Register here!

BlueChip Corporate Challenge (Nov. 10)

The Drake College of Business & Public Administration (CBPA) invites students with special interest in actuarial science, data analytics, finance, and/or economics to participate in an exciting solution-based competition. This special competition will utilize analytics, math, statistics and technology to solve a current, real-world business challenge presented to participants by a Fortune 500 company. This day will also feature significant networking for participants with business professionals, faculty and current students and a parent information session about the college and current placement trends.

BlueChip Corporate Challenge is November 10, 2017 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. An optional campus tour and lunch (up to 3 visitors) will be offered prior to the program.

Register here!


Music Audition Day (Nov. 10)

To be admitted to the Department of Music, and to be considered for scholarship awards as a Music major, minor, or non-major participant, prospective students must audition for Drake Music faculty. Music classes and Drake faculty interaction, lunch in Hubbell Dining Hall and optional campus tours and an Admission Overview are offered as well.

Music Audition Day is on November 10, 2017 from 8:00 am to noon.

Register here!

Spring audition days will also be offered on February 2 and 16, 2018.

Saturday Visit Days (Sept. 23, Nov. 4)

This special Saturday visit option includes a Drake University overview, a student panel, a campus tour and an optional complimentary lunch in Hubbell Dining Hall. Check-in begins at 9:00 am. Saturday Visit Days are available on:

Admitted Student Day (March 2, March 30, April 6)

This full-day program is designed with the admitted student in mind and features a conference-type format with several concurrent sessions each hour for students and parents to attend. Sessions include academic meetings with faculty, class options, residence and dining hall tours, information break-out sessions on a wide array of Drake programs and services, lunch in Hubbell Dining Hall and much, much more. Admitted Student Days are available on:

  • Friday, March 2, 2018
  • Friday, March 30, 2018
  • Friday, April 6, 2018

Registration will be available in 2018.

Sophomore and Junior Preview Day (April 16)

This in-depth program is designed to introduce prospective students and parents to the features, benefits and academic programs offered at Drake University. The program will offer academic meetings with faculty in Drake's Colleges and Schools; student, parent and alumni panels; campus tours; an information fair; admission, financial aid and scholarship information and lunch with the Drake community. Sophomore and Junior Preview Day is available on:

  • Monday, April 16, 2018

Registration will be available in 2018.

Sophomore/Junior Sneak Peek (February, March & April)

This two-hour program includes an overview about the features and benefits of a Drake University education and the admission, financial aid and scholarship programs and a campus tour with a Drake student. Sophomore/Junior Sneak Peeks are available on:

  • February 19
  • March 19
  • March 22
  • March 23
  • March 26
  • March 29
  • March 30
  • April 6

Registration will be available in 2018.


Confirmation information will be displayed after your visit is scheduled.

For questions about your campus visit, please contact or 1-800-44-DRAKE (37253), x2089

Graduate students who wish to schedule a campus visit should contact, 1-800-44-DRAKE (37253), x3871 or 1-515-271-3871.

Admission Calendar and Events

Tour Drake...

Monday-Friday - Individual Visits

Oct. 9- Campus Preview Day

Oct. 19 - Campus Preview Half-Day

Oct.20- Campus Preview Half-Day

 ...Drake on Tour


Sept. 24 -Pharmacy Tour: Chicago

Oct. 15 - Drake on the Road: Chicago


Oct. 15 - Drake on the Road: Kansas City


Oct.15 - Drake on the Road: Twin Cities


Oct.29 -Drake on the Road: Saint Louis


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