The Drake Student Services Center is designed to provide assistance with common campus needs, including:
Cowles Library is the main library of Drake University and the largest private college academic library in Iowa. The Library provides extensive print and electronic resources used in class assignments and research. Faculty librarians and Library staff work with researchers and students at every stage of the research process and provide instruction in cutting-edge research methods. Librarians teach several First Year Experience and J-Term classes and offer specialized courses which focus on effective research, information literacy and critical thinking skills.
Cowles Library houses more than 300,000 books, government documents, and scholarly journals. Students can also access an extensive collection of online resources, including an ever-expanding collection of more than 500,000 eBooks and more than 250 databases covering the entire range of academic disciplines at Drake. The high quality and broad scope of the library's electronic resources is a distinguishing feature of the Drake learning experience. Cowles was the first library in Iowa to offer an online service (SuperSearch) that accesses dozens of databases in a single search.
In addition to providing materials in our own collections, Cowles Library partners with libraries around the globe to expand access to scholarly materials at no additional cost to students. Students can directly lend books from libraries across Iowa through FastTRAC, and they can request books and journal articles through the library's interlibrary loan service.
Students can obtain assistance in person, chat, or text message through our popular "Ask a Librarian" service. Students can also get full access to the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal using their Drake credentials. Subject and class-specific research guides, compiled by Librarians and Drake faculty, are found in the Research Guides.
The Library provides high-quality study spaces that include quiet study areas, study rooms, group study space, computer collaboration equipment, whiteboards and a popular campus cafe. An After-Hours portion of the Library is open for study when the Library itself is closed. The Speaking Studio, built in 2014, allows students to practice and record presentations and speeches. The Library collaborates with other departments to provide direct academic support through the Writing Workshop, the Speaking Center, and with Academic Achievement to support tutoring in courses such as Accounting, Biology, Chemistry, and Psychology, as well as assistance with time management and study skills. Many campus groups and organizations meet in the Library and a wide variety of cultural events and speakers are supported throughout the academic year.
University Archives and Special Collections provides the opportunity for students and researchers to engage in primary research in topics related to government, law, politics, and allied cultural concerns through several notable collections including the Political Papers Collection and the Iowa Caucus Collection. This unit also provides internships and student work experiences related to museum and archival practice and the opportunity to work on digitization and digital projects.
Drake's Information Technology Services (ITS) supports the innovative use of technology to enhance the experience for faculty, students, and staff in support of Drake’s mission.
All students are provided with a Drake account that gives them access to a variety of technology services including email, printing, the myDrake campus portal, our online learning management system, password management, and file storage.
The Support Center provides in-person or phone assistance with passwords, software, computer, network, and general technology problems. The Support Center can be reached at 515-271-3001 and is located in the lower level of Carnegie Hall (directly west of Old Main). Online technology resources and issue reporting are also available via the IT Service Portal at service.drake.edu/its.
Students looking for ways to enhance their academic success (improving reading comprehension, studying efficiently and time management) are encouraged to contact the Academic Achievement Coordinator. One-on-one consultations are available by appointment only. Students are encouraged to utilize the various resources (tutoring labs, supplemental instruction, writing workshop) offered. Whether full- or part-time, undergraduate or graduate student, you can experience academic success if you: (1) go to every class (2) go to every class prepared (3) initiate and maintain contact with faculty and (4) take advantage of the academic resources offered by the academic departments.
Drake’s Professional and Career Development Services (P.C.D.S.), focuses on professional career development rather than job placement. This focus is a perfect fit for higher education due to its emphasis on learning a process. Career development, at its best, builds with each work experience, research study, or service project. Professional and Career Development Services offers comprehensive services for students both in and outside the classroom.
P.C.D.S. has many tools to assist you with career exploration at any point in your academic career. Career assessments are used to gather information to make career suggestions based on your interests, skills and values. Counseling is available to explore the careers that are possible within your intended major.
Internship and Career Fairs
P.C.D.S. hosts an All-University Career Fair each spring. Representatives from many businesses attend to talk with students. In addition, targeted fairs are held for students pursuing pharmacy, actuarial science and accounting/finance.
Job Search Strategies
P.C.D.S. will provide the following services to you at any point in your academic career:
Handshake (Drake’s online job posting board)
Internship and Shadowing Experience
Resume/Cover Letter Development
Core Power Skills Development
Student Disability Services assists students with disabilities in identifying and requesting necessary accommodations. Staff members work with students with all types of disabilities, including but not limited to learning disabilities; attention deficit disorder; mobility restrictions; mental health; visual, hearing, physical and psychological disabilities. Disability services include assessment of learning and support needs; classroom and test accommodation assistance; campus accessibility consultation; and support for faculty and staff.
Student Disability Services website
The information in this catalog does not constitute a contract between the university and the student. The university reserves the right to make changes in curricula, admission policies and processes, tuition and financial aid, academic standards and guidelines, student services and any other regulations or policies set forth in this catalog without giving prior notice.