The Ones Enhancing Student Experience

University Center

Every campus should have a focal point where students come together to create, learn, reflect, play, and experience all the intangibles that add special meaning to their college years. Imagine a one-of-a-kind building that captures the spirit of our great University—a place where everyone is welcomed and encouraged to find joy in being their best selves.

Creating an Empowering Connection Point

The University Center will be the heart of the Drake campus, created by the renovation and expansion of the Olmsted Center.

Design drawings of the renovation and expansion of the Olmsted Center which will be the University Center

Our University’s sense of community will be enhanced with the addition of a vibrant and imaginative University Center dedicated to the student experience. Students will love having a central place to gather and meet friends, study, and immerse themselves in campus life.

Morgan Coleman
Student Body President, 2021-2022

Morgan Coleman, Drake Student Body President

The building will be a reflection of student’s energy—a space that blends academics with student life, health and wellness, the fine arts, and community and multicultural engagement.

Design drawings of the new University Center

What it means to be an artisan is evolving. We create by using new methods and techniques and modifying our surroundings into makers’ spaces. A new fine arts facility within University Center will meet the needs of current students while being adaptable to the evolution of the artistic world. The University Center will provide students with an array of spaces that will foster creativity.

John Pomeroy
Professor of Theatre

John Pomeroy, Drake Professor of Theatre
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Enhance the Student Experience

Drake Student Organizations

There is always something happening on the Drake campus—from concerts and plays, movie nights, and comedy shows to guest lectures, athletics and intramurals, and multicultural activities. Through participation in campus life, Drake students build friendships, uncover new talents and interests, and blaze trails to bright futures. The University Center will be a place where memories and lasting connections are made.

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By elevating Drake together, we will secure a more vibrant future for those who follow our footsteps. Join the ones who will transform Drake’s vision into a reality by adding your support to the campaign for the brave & bold.

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