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Olmsted Center

The Olmsted Center is a hub of student activity at Drake. From early morning studying to late-night programming, the building is always busy during the semester.  The Olmsted Center offers recreational facilities, a coffee-shop, event spaces, study areas, and also houses many university departments. 

2875 University Avenue Des Moines, IA 50311

Place Type

On Campus


515- 271-3711



Upcoming Events

Coffee With Counselors

Stop by for a chance to chat with our counselors, get answers to questions related to mental health, and receive free coffee from our local coffee...

4/22 9am
Drake Relays Presented by Xtream powered by Mediacom

Stop by in between classes to receive this year's Relays t-shirts and tote bags. There will be a limited quantity, so be sure to get yours ASAP!

4/23 12pm
Student blowing foam at the camera at the 2023 Relays Foam Pit Party

Lights! Live Music! Foam?! Bring your friends and connect with your fellow students outside Olmsted for a unique and memorable party. This event is dependent...

4/23 7pm
Relays Recharge

Relays week is a fun way to celebrate being a Bulldog. Halfway through the week you may want to get recharged for more events! Psi Chi and NAMI on Campus is...

4/25 10am
QPR Training: Suicide Prevention

QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer — the 3 simple steps anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. Just as people trained in CPR and the...

5/6 4pm

Recent Events

Recent Activity

Teresa Downs

Teresa Downs left a positive review 2/19/2019

Anne is great!

Marlee Rutledge

Marlee Rutledge left a positive review 2/25/2020

It was an awesome opportunity to listen about the history of how the struggle was fought in Des Moines. Just a shame that the university couldn't pay the panelists something.

Dina Khayrushina

Dina Khayrushina left a positive review 11/25/2019

A great event as always!

Ibrahim Khalaylih

Ibrahim Khalaylih left a positive review 11/19/2019

Very nice entertaining and educational event.

Hamdi Abdullahi

Hamdi Abdullahi left a positive review 10/26/2019

I think it was great that they talked about the things that affect students the most.

Wes Worthing

Wes Worthing left a positive review 10/23/2019

I truly enjoyed this. It was both fun and educational to take a memory trip back to 2006 and compare how the social world has evolved and how we can remain professional within today's network. John is a composed and friendly speaker but pulls no punches with getting his message across. He was also gracious to hang out for questions afterwards... And he's taller than I imaged. 😁

Autumn Osia

Autumn Osia left a positive review 4/23/2019

The people were really nice and food was good!

Tracy Davies

Tracy Davies left a positive review 4/4/2019

Thanks so much for all the great information. This event was time well-spent!

Sara Hughes

Sara Hughes left a positive review 4/1/2019

Great chance to learn about resources and to help build my support team.

Giada Morresi

Giada Morresi left a positive review 2/25/2019

Love comedy