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

An individual visit has a much more flexible itinerary than group visits, with appointments offered Monday through Friday, year round. Most visits include a campus tour and a meeting with your admission counselor, but you can personalize your visit to fit your interests. By request, we can also set up appointments with professors in any academic department, coaches or staff members in other areas of interest. We'll treat you to lunch in one of our dining halls if you're on campus during lunchtime.

NOTE: Individual visits for high school juniors and sophomores will not be available on Monday, April 21. If you are a high school senior or transfer student, and are interested in scheduling an individual visit for this date, please call us at 515-271-2089.

Admitted Student Days (Spring 2015 dates TBD)

Admitted Student Day agenda runs from 8:15 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Check-in begins 30 minutes prior to the program.

Admitted students are encouraged to attend this program, designed for students who are finishing their college search process. Admitted Student Days include a full-day agenda, giving students a glimpse into the life of a Drake student during a school day. Itinerary includes a campus tour, an academic break-out session, a Q&A with Drake students, faculty and staff, and lunch in the dining hall with Drake students. Various information sessions will also be offered, covering topics such as study abroad, fraternities and sororities (including tours of the houses), athletics and intramurals (including tours of the facilities), campus resources, internships, research, the Honors program, leadership on campus and other activities that Drake students engage in. 

Sophomore and Junior Preview Days (Feb 17, Apr 14, Apr 21)

  • Monday, February 17, 2014
  • Monday, April 14, 2014
  • Monday, April 21, 2014 (This visit program has reached capacity and is closed to new registrations. Please consider visiting campus on a different date.)

Sophomore and Junior Preview Day agenda runs from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Check-in begins 30 minutes prior to the program.

Sophomore and Junior Preview Days are full-day programs designed for high school sophomores and juniors who are getting an early start on their college search. This program includes a campus tour, academic breakout session, an admission and financial aid presentation, lunch with faculty members, and a Q&A with Drake staff and students.‌

Campus Preview Days (Fall 2014 dates TBD)

Campus Preview Day agenda is from 8:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. Check-in begins 30 minutes prior to the program.

Campus Preview Days are full-day programs designed for prospective students to learn more about life at Drake. Campus Preview Days include a campus tour, academic breakout session, an admission and financial aid presentation, lunch with the Drake Community, and a Q&A with Drake staff and students.

Online registration will open in August.

Campus Preview Half-Days (Fall 2014 dates TBD)

Campus Preview Half-Days are offered twice daily at either 9 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. You can choose either a morning or afternoon session and your itinerary will include a campus tour, an admission and financial aid presentation and an academic breakout session with a faculty member.

Online registration will open in August.

Iowa Private College Week (Aug 4-8)

  • August 4-8, 2014

The Iowa Private College Week program is offered twice daily. The morning session runs from 9:00 a.m. to noon. The afternoon session runs from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Check-in begins 30 minutes prior to each program. 

Iowa Private College Week is a coordinated campus visit program with all 29 Iowa private colleges, giving you the chance to visit Drake and other private schools all on a set schedule. Your Drake visit will be a summer, half-day program (a morning or afternoon session) that includes a campus tour, academic breakout session, an admission and financial aid presentation, and the chance to speak with and ask questions of current Drake students. Lunch on campus is also offered.

Online registration will open in June.

Saturday Visit (Fall 2014 dates TBD)

The campus (and most students) are usually fast asleep on Saturday mornings, but if you don't mind the quiet, this can be a great opportunity to check out Drake. Fall Saturday programs include an admission and financial aid overview, a Q&A with Drake students, and a campus tour. Spring Saturday programs are the same for sophomores and juniors, but high school seniors are scheduled with individual admission counselor appointments and campus tours. Everyone who visits on a Saturday is welcome to stay after the program for brunch in our dining hall (when Drake students begin waking).

Check out the campus calendar to see if you can catch a football game, basketball game, theatre production or concert on your own in the afternoon.

Space is limited on Saturdays, so it is recommended that you register early.

Confirmation information will be displayed after your visit is scheduled.

For questions about your campus visit, please contact campusvisit@drake.edu or 1-800-44-DRAKE (37253), x2089

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

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