From the School

Drake University's unique size creates a distinctive learning environment that offers a broad-based liberal arts education, while its location in the state's center for business, publishing, government, and culture allows for unmatched professional preparation.

Drake University is widely regarded as one of the top ranking master’s institutions, both in the Midwest and nationally, for academic quality and value. Drake enrolls a heterogeneous group of nearly 5300 students, from 49 states and more than 50 foreign countries. Drake’s unique size creates a distinctive learning environment that offers a broad-based liberal arts education, while its location in the state's center for business, publishing, government, and culture allows for unmatched professional preparation. Students thrive within an intellectual environment offering more than 70 majors, covering subjects from the liberal arts to professional and pre-professional programs. Drake prides itself on alumni success, noting that 99% percent of 2016 Drake graduates embarked on careers or started graduate programs during their first six months out of school. Drake University is ranked #1 on the Federal College Scorecard for an average alumni salary of $55,700 within 10 years of enrollment.

The Drake Commitment
Drake provides the life-defining opportunities that a student needs to launch into a career, service, or graduate school through the Drake Commitment, which provides students with personal mentorship with professors, learning through service on a local, national, and global scale, an academic flexibility to explore interests, and the development of an exceptional resume through high-caliber internships.


From The School

While admission is selective, Drake University considers the full record of each candidate for admission. Since the University prefers students with varied talents and interests, there is no single and inflexible set of admission standards applied to all candidates for admission. The admission process involves a comprehensive review of a students academic background (courses and grades), standardized test scores (ACT or SAT), personal essay, recommendations, and activities both in high school and the community. Drake also offers the opportunity for most students to apply via our test flexible admission process which allows them to substitute their ACT or SAT score with an interview as a part of the process. Eligible students must have a cumulative high school grade point average of 3.0 or higher (weighted or unweighted). Depending on the intended program of study or scholarship application, some students will be required to follow the standard path and submit either the ACT or SAT. Drake University does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, sexual orientation, race, religion, color, national or ethnic origin, or disability.

A completed application for first-year admission contains the following items: a completed application form an official high school transcript, and ACT or SAT scores and a personal essay. A recommendation, while not required, is strongly encouraged. Letters of recommendation can be submitted on your behalf by a teacher or high school counselor. Students may also have a counselor complete the High School Report & Counselor Recommendation supplement form. Students applying to transfer to Drake are required to submit official transcripts for all previous college-level coursework. Students applying via the test flexible path will be contacted by their admission counselor to participate in an interview.

Application for admission to undergraduate degree programs, except pre-pharmacy, may be made for any fall, spring, or summer term. Beginning October 15, students are notified of the admission decision within four to six weeks of the date that all materials are received. December 1 is the Early Action Priority Deadline priority deadline for consideration for admission and merit and need-based financial aid. Early Action Priority Applicants will be eligible for the following benefits:

  • Priority consideration and notification for admission and the Presidential Scholarship.
  • Priority for housing preferences
  • Early notification of financial aid package by February 1.
  • Pre-Pharmacy notification in December. (Please note Test-Flexible admission is not offered to pre-pharmacy students.)
  • Regular Decision Deadline is March 1.
Freshman applicants to the pre-pharmacy program in the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences must submit a completed application by the December 1 deadline. Transfer students are only admitted to the professional PharmD program.

Candidates should contact:
Drake University
Office of Admission
2507 University Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50311
800-44-DRAKE, x3181 or 1-800-443-7253 x 3181
515-271-3181 (locally and outside the U.S)
Fax: 515-271-2831


Acceptance Rate
Average HS GPA

GPA Breakdown

Over 3.75
3.50 - 3.74
3.25 - 3.49
3.00 - 3.24
2.50 - 2.99

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SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
540 - 660
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
560 - 690

ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
24 - 30

Testing Policies

ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

Other Admission Factors


Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores
Application Essay

Selectivity Rating

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Academic Programs

From their first classes on the Drake campus, students have the chance to learn in an individualized, challenging, and supportive environment. Research opportunities abound; students work closely with their professors and often publish their findings. With more than 160 student-run organizations on campus, there is an outlet for students to investigate career paths and network with professionals in their field.

Students benefit from a combination of liberal arts training and professional preparation. Through the Drake Curriculum, all students take interactive classes that develop their critical thinking and expressive skills. Students also receive personalized academic advising. At the end of their four years, students undertake the Senior Capstone, which is a research project, thesis, or other major work that shows the concepts and skills the student has acquired at Drake. Drake's Honors Program is open to top students who wish to undertake a rigorous, interdisciplinary course of study.

Majors and Degrees Offered

College of Arts and Sciences:

Those studying in the College of Arts and Sciences receive a classic liberal arts education, preparing them for futures in science, mathematics, politics, and the arts, among many other areas. Students may earn their Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees in the following areas: anthropology and sociology; astronomy; biochemistry, cell and molecular biology; biology; chemistry; computer science; data analytics; English;; environmental science; history; international relations; kinesiology, law, politics, and society; mathematics; mathematics education (secondary); neuroscience; philosophy; physics; politics; psychology; religion; rhetoric and communication studies; sociology; study of culture and society; sustainability and resilience; and writing. Some students design their own majors, while others opt for open enrollment and do not immediately declare a major. The University also administers pre-professional study in dentistry, engineering, law, medicine and veterinary medicine. Concentrations are available in anthropology, geography, Latin American studies, animal behavior, women’s and gender studies, zoo and conservation science, and most fields that offer majors.

Students who attend the School of Fine Arts pursue their Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Music, and Bachelor of Music Education degrees. The available fields include art, music, and theatre arts with a dual focus on teaching excellence and artistic creativity. Holding accreditation from by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Drake's Department of Art and Design offers instruction in art history, graphic design, and studio art (drawing, painting, printmaking, and sculpture). Students in the Department of Music select from degrees in applied music (instrumental, piano or vocal music performance) and music education. Other alternatives exist, such as a Bachelor of Arts degree with a music major, a Bachelor of Music degree with elective studies in business, and a Bachelor of Music with a jazz studies concentration. Those who wish to study theatre, acting, directing, theatre design, musical theatre, and theatre education enroll in the Department of Theatre Arts.

College of Business and Public Administration:

Students enrolled in the Drake University College of Business and Public Administration complete their undergraduate degree of Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in four years. Available majors include accounting, actuarial science, data analytics, economics, entrepreneurial management, finance, general business, information systems, international business, management, and marketing. Concentrations in insurance and law and business are also available. The College allows interdisciplinary majors, combinations of majors, and open business (undeclared) status. The College is a member of The International Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences:

The College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences offers pre-professional and professional programs in athletic training (3+2 master’s in athletic training), Occupational Therapy (pre-OT/Doctor of Occupational Therapy with options for either a six or seven year track), and Pharmacy (pre-pharmacy/PharmD in six years). First-year students admitted directly to the pre-AT, pre-OT, or pre-pharmacy programs in the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences complete are guaranteed consideration for admission into their professional programs, after completing the pre-professional requirements at Drake. A health sciences major with two tracks clinical and applied sciences and health services management— is also available. The College is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education and belongs to the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy.

School of Journalism and Mass Communication:

The School of Journalism and Mass Communications offers a Bachelor of Arts majors in advertising, digital media production, news journalism, magazines, strategic political communication, or public relations. The School allows an open enrolled (undeclared) option and holds accreditation from the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.

Programs at the School of Education lead to degrees in elementary or secondary education. Students may earn a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree that is tailored to prepare graduates for employment in elementary or secondary schools. Other options include adding middle school and coaching endorsements to teaching credentials. Drake University has belonged to the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education since the association's founding.

Interdisciplinary Concentrations:

Interdisciplinary concentrations are offered in behavior analysis of developmental disabilities, global public health and comparative studies and human resources management.

Law School/3+3 Law:

The Drake Law School boasts the only first-year (1L) Trial Practicum in the United States. Undergraduate students in the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Business and Public Administration, the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, and the School of Journalism offer combined 3+3 programs with the Drake University Law School. Students in this program can obtain their undergraduate degrees in three years in one of the aforementioned colleges or schools, then pursue a law degree for the next three years at the Law School.

Graduate Programs:

Drake grants master's degrees in: accounting, athletic training (starting in 2017), business administration, communication leadership, education, financial management, jurisprudence, and public administration. Students may also pursue their Doctor of Pharmacy, Doctor of Occupational Therapy, Doctor of Jurisprudence, and Doctor of Education degrees. Joint degrees are also available in MBA/JD, MPA/JD, MBA/PharmD, MPA/PharmD, and PharmD/JD.

Faculty and Class Information

Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years



  • Biochemistry.
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General.
  • Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology.
  • Molecular Biochemistry.


  • Accounting and Business/Management.
  • Accounting and Finance.
  • Accounting.
  • Actuarial Science.
  • Business/Commerce, General.
  • Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies.
  • Finance, General.
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce.
  • Management Information Systems, General.
  • Management Science.
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General.


  • Advertising.
  • Broadcast Journalism.
  • Journalism.
  • Public Relations/Image Management.
  • Radio and Television.
  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric.


  • Computer and Information Sciences, General.
  • Computer Science.
  • Information Technology.


  • Curriculum and Instruction.
  • Education, General.
  • Educational Leadership and Administration, General.
  • Elementary Education and Teaching.
  • Mathematics Teacher Education.
  • Music Teacher Education.
  • Secondary Education and Teaching.
  • Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas, Other.


  • Creative Writing.
  • English Language and Literature, General.


  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other.
  • Pharmacy.
  • Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies.


  • History, General.


  • Pre-Law Studies.


  • Music.
  • Theatre/Theater.
  • Writing.


  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies.


  • Mathematics, General.


  • Air Force JROTC/ROTC.
  • Army JROTC/ROTC.


  • Mathematics and Computer Science.
  • Neuroscience.


  • Environmental Science.
  • Environmental Studies.


  • Ethics.
  • Philosophy and Religious Studies, Other.
  • Philosophy.
  • Religion/Religious Studies.


  • Astronomy.
  • Chemistry, General.
  • Physics, General.


  • Psychology, General.


  • Anthropology, Other.
  • Anthropology.
  • Economics, General.
  • International Relations and Affairs.
  • Political Science and Government, General.
  • Sociology.


  • Religious/Sacred Music.


  • Acting.
  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation.
  • Dramatic/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft, Other.
  • Drawing.
  • Graphic Design.
  • Jazz/Jazz Studies.
  • Music Pedagogy.
  • Music Performance, General.
  • Painting.
  • Printmaking.
  • Sculpture.
  • Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology.
  • Visual and Performing Arts, General.

Students Say

Drake University, a small liberal arts school located in Iowa’s biggest city, “combines specialized academic programs with a small school feel in a way that promotes successful learning and professional preparation.” Nearly one in three students pursues an undergraduate business degree here. Business students benefit from “excellent job placement and internship programs. [The College of Business and Public Administration] graduates almost all of its students within four years, and a majority of them have double majors.” Drake’s “great” and “incredibly well known” pharmacy program is another major draw. Like business students, pre-law students, and students of public administration, pharmacy majors have “opportunities available to work on completing [two degrees] simultaneously” over six years. Theater, actuarial science, and journalism are among the other popular and well-regarded majors at Drake. In all areas, students tell us, “Drake really knows how to tailor the college experience for each person going through. The school puts an emphasis on professional development and preparation that is heads above the rest.” Undergrads also enjoy “a great network of graduates that stay and work around the Des Moines area. They then come back and speak in classes, and often times have connections that can help students land internships.”


Doctoral Other
Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


Notable Faculty

Prominent Alumni

Mark Ernst
CEO of Ernst & Young

Zach Johnson
PGA Golfer and Winner of 2007 Master's

Daniel Jorndt
Former CEO and Chairman of Walgreen's

Robert Ray
Former Governor of Iowa

Nina Ellis
National Public Radio personality and producer

John August
Producer/Screenwriter - "Big Fish" and "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Charla Lawhon
Managing Editor of InStyle Magazine

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Starting Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)

Mid-Career Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)

Starting Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)

Mid-Career Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)

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Percent STEM

Students Say

“Great opportunities are available for internships and intellectual growth outside the classroom” and the school ensures that the student has a chance to partake in real-world experiences and that “anything learned in the classroom is applicable to the world outside of the college atmosphere.” “You have all the resources to get exactly what you want out of your education,” says a student. Forty-eight percent of Drake graduates who visited reported feeling that their jobs had a meaningful impact on the world, and “the percentage of Drake graduates getting jobs in their fields after school is very high.” The Professional & Career Development Services Office hosts an All-University Career Fair each spring.


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Tuition, Room, Board and Fees

Students entering Drake University in the fall of 2017 will participate in Drake’s Tuition Guarantee. The Tuition Guarantee is a straightforward model of tuition pricing gives students and their family’s peace of mind in knowing that the cost of their tuition will not change in their four years at Drake. Tuition for these students will be $38,916 annually. Locking in tuition also means that a student’s scholarship from Drake will not lose value—as a percentage of tuition—during your college career. For more information about the Tuition Guarantee, please visit our website:

Financial Aid

More than 98 percent of full-time students at Drake have their education financed to some degree with the help of financial aid. Students enrolling directly from high school received on average $19,090 in grants and scholarships from Drake University. More than 5,000 awards, worth $48 million, are given annually, in the form of need or merit-based grants and scholarships.


Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Jan 1

Required Forms


Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Need-Based Loan

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program

Average amount of loan debt per graduate

Financial aid provided to international students

Expenses per Academic Year

Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

On-Campus Room and Board
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology

Scholarships and Grants


Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)

Direct Lender

Financial Aid Rating


From The School

With more than 160 organizations operating on campus, students can always find activities that suit their interests. Elected student representatives run the Student Senate. Students also hold seats on some committees in the Faculty Senate. The Student Activities Board is charged with putting on special events, including cultural celebrations, social functions, guest speakers, and concerts. Drake also maintains the Residence Hall Association, composed of students who manage the logistics and activities surrounding residential life.


The University employs professors who demonstrate a dedication to students along with academic prowess. Students benefit from the low 12:1 student-faculty ratio, and they never take classes from graduate students or teaching assistants.

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Foreign Countries Represented



57% female
43% male
69% are out of state
95% are full time
5% are part time

Students Say

“Since Drake is in Iowa, which isn’t a terribly diverse state, the ‘typical student’ is probably white and from a middle-class family,” students here tell us, adding that “Drake does do some recruiting overseas and in bigger cities such as Chicago.” “Such recruitment has brought in some diversity, but it is still a very ‘white school.’ Despite that…all people are welcomed equally, regardless of race, disabilities, religion, or background.” That said, some warn that “You are either a Bible thumper or a frat rat” here, and that “There isn’t much socially available if you are neither.” All in all, students are “serious about their study but they also know how to have fun,” balancing both “very well.” They are also driven by a desire to succeed in school in order to position themselves for good careers.


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Students take advantage of Drake's location in Des Moines, Iowa, the state capital and a thriving business center. Internships are available in fields such as government, banking, insurance, publishing, nonprofit organizations, and health care, and nearly over 90 percent of students participate in at least one internship during their four years at the University.

Campus Facilities & Equipment

Students have access to the Cowles Library and its more than more than 600,000 books and journals, 100,000 federal and state government documents, 777,000 microform records, 118 electronic databases, and approximately 22,000 scholarly online journals. The collections also include DVDs and music CDs, as well as a digital repository of scholarship and historical material unique to Drake. In addition, many classes utilize the resources in specialized collections in the Law School, College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Center for Teacher Education, and School of Fine Arts. Between the Dwight D. Opperman Hall and Law Library, there are 330,000 volumes, along with computer labs and study facilities. The Studio Theater, the Monroe Recital Hall, and the Hall of the Performing Arts are housed in the Harmon Fine Arts Center. Another performance hall, Sheslow Auditorium with a capacity of 755 seats, is located in Old Main. The Bell Center offers a gym, pool, aerobic dance room, fitness room, basketball, volleyball, and badminton courts. A student-only fitness facility is also located in the student union. Additional athletic facilities are available in the Knapp Center, such as racquetball, volleyball and basketball courts, a jogging track, and a weight room. More than 7,000 people can congregate in Knapp for major events. Basketball courts and a track are available at the Fieldhouse, while the Tennis Center provides six indoor and six outdoor tennis courts. In 2015, Drake University is breaking ground on a $65 million dollar STEM complex.

Off-Campus Opportunities

Many students take advantage of overseas studies options offered through the Center for International Programs and Services, which includes semester and yearlong programs offered in more than 60 countries. In addition, Drake students are encouraged, through the Drake Commitment, to explore interests through a January Term (three week) course— with no added tuition cost. January Term courses often have travel seminar components.

Drake University welcomes prospective students to Drake Monday-Friday for individual visits, which include a campus tour led by a current student and a counselor appointment. Opportunities to meet with faculty in your field or dine on campus may be requested, limited to availability of schedules. In addition, Drake University offers a variety of campus visit programs each fall, spring, and summer. Check upcoming visit options and register for a visit at

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment
Large Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Dorms Coed
Frat Sorority
Theme Housing

Students Say

Drake students are split on hometown Des Moines. Some (Chicago and Minneapolis natives, perhaps) find the town “boring.” Others differ, telling us that it is “a great city because it offers many opportunities for Drake students to get involved in activities that complement your learning experiences” and that it “offers a diverse and exciting range of social scenes that are easily accessible and easy to get involved in.” On campus, “Drake’s Student Activities Board, as well as several other on-campus organizations, offers many programs and things to do throughout the week and during the weekend as well. Different speakers, bands, comedians, and other forms of entertainment visit campus. As with any college, there are parties to attend on the weekends, but it’s not limited to that—basketball games are a really big campus event and the Drake Relays are always fun too!” While “Campus bars sum up the social life of most freshman and many sophomores…. If people opt out of the drinking scene, there are plenty of people who also do so. One just has to become friends with nondrinkers and plan sober fun.”

Special Needs Admissions

Michelle Laughlin

College Entrance Tests Required

Interview Required

Special Need Services Offered

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations

36% join a fraternity
29% join a sorority


Athletic Division
Division I

49% participate in intramural sports
12% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Bulldogs)
9 Sports

Cross Country
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Bulldogs)
11 Sports

Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor

Student Services

LGBT Support Groups: Rainbow Union Rainbow Union (RU) is an organization of and for people of all sexualities and gender identities. It provides a welcoming and confidential "safe place" to all students: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Straight Allies, Transgender, and those questioning their sexuality and/or gender identity. Created to provide a social and supportive environment for a vibrant population of Drake's campus, RU has become a leading campus organization. The continuing emphasis on programming and education culminates in two annual celebrations: National Coming Out Week and Pride Week. RU persists to support those dealing with issues of sexuality and gender, resists homophobia through example and education, and strives to prevent heterosexism in our lives and on our campus. RU invites all students to join and participate and, as always, makes no assumptions about a person's sexuality in our safe place.

Minority Support Groups: Coalition of Black Students (CBS) La Fuerza Latina Malaysian Students Association International Students Association And Others

Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Iowa State
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Iowa State Unviersity


Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources:

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education:

Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet

Fee for Network Use

Partnerships with Technology Companies

Personal computer included in tuition for each student

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors

Apple HP

Campus Visits Contact

Admissions Office
2507 University Ave.
Des Moines, IA 50311-4505



Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Athletic Facilities
Olmsted Center
Anderson Gallery
Helmick Commons
Residence Halls / Residence Life

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Court Avenue
Local Shopping Malls
Valley Junction
Science Center of Iowa
Movie theatres

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: 9 a.m - 3 p.m.
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions

When requested

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays

Contact Admissions Office

For seniors only in the spring


Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Des Moines International Airport is 15 minutes from campus. Taxis and buses are available.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From the East and North At the northeast edge of Des Moines, I-80 and I-35 join and go west around the city while I-235 goes through Des Moines. Take I-235 west for about six miles to the 31st Street exit, which is past the downtown area. You will see a sign that says, "Drake University next right." Exit I-235 at the 31st Street exit and go right (north). Travel approximately five blocks on 31st Street to the stop light at University Avenue. At University Avenue, turn right and go one block to the Olmsted Center parking lot on the left (north) side of the University. Reserved parking for Admission visitors is located on the south side of the lot. The Office of Admission will validate parking tickets for Admission visitors only. The Office of Admission is located one block east of the Olmsted Center parking lot. From the West and South At the southwest edge of Des Moines, I-80 and I-35 join and go east around the city while I-235 goes through Des Moines. Take I-235 east to the 31st Street exit in Des Moines. Be sure you have passed the 63rd Street and 42nd Street exits. Exit at 31st Street and turn left (north). Go north approximately four blocks to the "T" intersection at University Avenue. Turn right (east) at the stop sign and go about six blocks to the Olmsted Center parking lot. Reserved parking for Admission visitors is located on the south side of the lot. The Office of Admission will validate parking tickets for Admission visitors only. The Office of Admission is located one block east of the Olmsted Center parking lot.

Local Accommodations
The following hotels are recommended by Drake: Holiday Inn Express at Drake, Holiday Inn Downtown, Marriot, and Embassy Suites. The Cottage Bed and Breakfast is also close to campus.

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