General Information

Student Life


Drake University believes that the experience students receive from the residence hall program benefits their academic, social, intellectual and personal growth. The philosophy of Drake University is that student life in the residence halls is not separate from the academic mission of the University, but rather it is supportive of the students’ total development. The overriding goal of the Office of Residence Life (ORL) is to align the residence education structure with that of the overall University to provide an intentional, progressive and dynamic student experience.

Therefore, all full-time students must live in the Drake University residence halls during any period of university enrollment occurring within two years following their high school graduation. Students meeting this requirement during the contract year are expected to fulfill the terms of the contract. Exceptions include individuals who are married or live within a 45-mile radius of Drake University and have requested and received written approval from the Office of Residence Life to live off campus with a parent/legal guardian. Any student who is beyond two years of high school graduation is not required to live in a residence hall but may elect to do so if space is available.

A written request for an exception to this policy must be filed with the Office of Residence Life prior to the semester for which the request is made. Students may also pursue medical exemptions from the residence rule by contacting the Office of Student Disability Services.

The University maintains eight coeducational residence halls for undergraduates. The residence halls have 24-hour desk services, laundry facilities and mail service. The size of the rooms varies, but each residence hall room has a XL twin bed, dresser, desk and chair (type of furniture will vary per hall). All residence hall rooms are wired for cable TV, as well as Ethernet, which provides Internet access. All residence halls also offer wireless internet connection.

Drake Dining Services offers meal plans that enable students to enjoy meals and snacks seven days a week at several locations on campus. Options are designed to meet a wide variety of dietary needs, preferences and lifestyles, from vegetarian, pizza, pasta and all you can eat to late-night and carryout choices. Dining services staff assists students to meet their individual dietary needs. All students living in the residence halls are required to have a meal plan.

Drake’s residence halls and dining facilities include the following:

Carpenter Hall, 2900 Forest Avenue, is named for Mary Carpenter, dean of women from 1897 to 1908 and 1918 to 1930. Carpenter was a member of the Drake Class of 1885. Carpenter Hall is accessible to persons with disabilities.

Crawford Hall, 1333 30th Street, is named for Robert A. Crawford, an early Des Moines banker and philanthropist. He was treasurer of Drake’s Board of Trustees from 1924 to 1937. Crawford Hall is accessible to persons with disabilities.

Goodwin-Kirk Hall, 1215 30th Street, recognizes the contributions of two longtime associates of the University. William J. Goodwin was a Drake graduate and served as president of Drake’s Board of Trustees. Sherman Kirk was a faculty member from 1897 to 1940 and dean of Drake’s Bible College. Goodwin-Kirk Hall is accessible to persons with disabilities.

Herriott Hall, 2842 Forest Avenue, takes its name from Frank I. Herriott, a political science professor at Drake from 1903 to 1941. He was instrumental in establishing a Phi Beta Kappa chapter at Drake. Herriott Hall is accessible to persons with disabilities.

Jewett Hall, 2700 Forest Avenue, is named for George A. Jewett, a founder of the University. He also served as secretary of Drake’s Board of Trustees from 1882 to 1934. First floor of Jewett Hall has access for persons with disabilities.

Morehouse Hall, 2803 University Avenue, is named for Drake’s sixth president, Daniel W. Morehouse. The hall and the Drake Stadium were built during his presidency from 1922 to 1941. Ground floor of Morehouse Hall is accessible to persons with disabilities.

Stalnaker Hall, 1319 30th Street, is named for Luther W. Stalnaker, a Drake alumnus and professor of philosophy. He also was dean of the College of Liberal Arts from 1940 to 1954. Stalnaker Hall is accessible to persons with disabilities.

Ross Hall, 1214 31st Street, takes its name from Luther S. Ross, a botany professor who provided initial faculty recognition for intercollegiate athletics at Drake. First floor of Ross Hall is accessible to persons with disabilities.

Hubbell Dining Hall is named for Grover C. Hubbell, a member of an Iowa pioneer family and member of Drake’s Board of Trustees from 1929 to 1956. Hubbell also served as chair of the board from 1931 to 1948. Hubbell North, the all-you-care-to-eat buffet option, Quad Creek Café with pizza, sandwiches, Mexican, and classic grill items, and Spike’s Spot, the convenience store.

Olmsted Center is named for George H. Olmsted, an Iowa philanthropist and member of Drake’s Board of Trustees. It also offers student lounges, Student Life and Residence Life offices, meeting rooms and conference facilities.

Activities and Organizations

Cocurricular Activities

Drake students may choose from a wide range of cocurricular activities, including drama, dance and musical groups and organizations; academic and professional associations and societies; special-interest hobby and political groups; a number of religious foundations and many others. The Times-Delphic (campus newspaper) and various other publications have positions available for students interested in these areas. Information can be found online in the Drake University Student Handbook or by inquiring at the Student Life Center located in the Olmsted Center.

Fraternities and Sororities

The Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life works with the National Pan-Hellenic Conference, Interfraternity Council (IFC) and the Panhellenic Council to provide students with opportunities for self-development in value-based leadership organizations. The fraternity and sorority community prides itself on intellectual growth, engaged citizenship, service with the community, life long friendships, leadership development and fostering inclusion. 

Drake is home to eight North-American Interfraternity Conference (NIC) chapters. These international social fraternities include: Alpha Tau Omega, Phi Delta Theta, Phi Gamma Delta (FIJI), Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Sigma Chi, Sigma Phi Epsilon, Tau Kappa Epsilon and Theta Chi.

The following National Panhellenic Council (NPC) international sororities have a chapter at Drake: Alpha Delta Pi, Alpha Phi, Delta Gamma, Kappa Alpha Theta and Kappa Kappa Gamma.

There are seven National Pan-Hellenic Conference (NPHC) organizations on campus: Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.; Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.; Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc.; Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.; Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.; Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.; and Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. Some of our NPHC chapters have joint charters with Iowa State University.

Honor Societies

Order of Omega is the Greek-affiliated honor society for juniors and seniors. Phi Beta Kappa is a prestigious honor society that elects into membership each year a limited number of top-ranking seniors in recognition of outstanding achievement in the liberal arts. These societies are among the nationally affiliated all-university honor societies on the Drake campus. In addition, all colleges and schools have their own honor groups, which are outlined in the college and school sections of this catalog.

Multicultural Student Organizations

Drake University recognizes the African Students Association (ASA), Coalition of Black Students (CBS), Chinese Students Association, (CSA) Black American Law Students Association (BALSA), El Ritmo Latino, the South Asian Student Association (SASA), the Vietnamese American Student Association (VASA), the Malaysian Student Association (MASA), Rainbow Union, (LGBT and Ally group) and the International Student Association (ISA). These organizations sponsor a variety of programs, including Black History and Hispanic Heritage months. The Black Cultural Center, CAYA (Come As You Are) and La Casa Cultural provide opportunities for all students to meet informally for programs and activities.

Crew Scholars Program

The Crew Scholars Program is an academic excellence and leadership development program for students of color at Drake. The Program consists of four cohorts of between 20 and 30 students each. Their aim is to encourage each other to achieve great things at Drake, offer mutual support, and effect change in the campus community. Students apply for Crew before the start of their first year on Drake’s campus, and students who are admitted participate with the same cohort of peers throughout their time at Drake. Visit the Crew Scholars web site for more information.

Engaged Citizen Corps

Drake University's Engaged Citizen Corps is an intentionally designed curriculum and service-learning internship experience for entering first year students that exposes members to issues of social justice while providing them hands on experience to impact the Des Moines community. Members dedicate themselves not only to weekly service-learning hours with a non-profit in the community but to making connections between their community experiences and academic pursuits. The service is directly integrated into the assignments and activities of three courses plus a year-long seminar (11 credits total) and still allows students the opportunity to take other courses toward the pursuit of their major. Service sites represent agencies working across multiple areas of economic and community development for example affordable housing, transportation and bikability, health and safety, business cultivation, and arts and culture. Visit the Engaged Citizen Corps web site for details.

Religious Life

Protestant, Catholic, Jewish and Muslim faiths, as well as interdenominational and nondenominational organizations are part of the religious worshipping community. Regular worship and a wide variety of programs are available to the campus community.

Recreational Services

Drake students, faculty, and staff are offered a wide variety of recreation opportunities. The Bell Center features a fitness room with cardio and strength equipment, swimming pool, and basketball, volleyball, and badminton courts. Locker room facilities are available, and equipment is free to use for all sports and activities. Underground Fitness is located in Olmsted and is a student-only fitness facility with a full range of cardio machines, free weights, and circuit training. The Knapp Center is an athletics and recreation center, and it includes basketball, volleyball, racquetball courts, and a 200 meter track. The Roger Knapp Tennis Center features six indoor and six outdoor tennis courts. 

Recreational Services provides a multitude of programs and services as well. More than 20 intramural sports are offered at competitive and recreational levels. Sport Clubs are recreational or competitive. The Group Exercise program offers a variety of classes. All classes are held in the Bell Center, and all equipment is provided. The Wellness program offers individualized plans and sponsors events and activities to enhance students' well-being. Services provided include a wellness library, body compositions and fitness assessments. Students also can sign up for the Personal Training program for a small fee.

Student Government

Students play an active role in academic planning and campus governance through the Student Senate and student representation on most committees of the Faculty Senate. Students become members of the senate through election by the student body. Students are selected for the Student Activities Board, which plans a variety of cultural, educational and social programs, volunteer opportunities and special events, such as Dogtown After Hours and the Drake Relays. Students are members of most committees in each of Drake’s colleges and schools. Students are also elected to governing positions in each of the student residences.

Student Conduct

Students attending the University are responsible for their conduct both on and off campus. It is expected that all students are at the University for serious educational pursuits and that they will conduct themselves accordingly.

In all cases involving violations of University regulations, appropriate hearing and appeal procedures are available. The Code of Student Conduct is available in the Drake University Student Handbook.

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.