A-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Value
    A+
  3. Diversity
    B+
  4. Campus
    B
  5. Athletics
    B
  6. Party Scene
    A-
  7. Professors
    B+
  8. Location
    B
  9. Dorms
    A
  10. Campus Food
    C
  11. Student Life
    B+
  12. Safety
    C+
Drake University is ...
Private not-for-profit
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FCS
Athletic Conference
Pioneer Football League
Address
2507 University Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50311
Website

Drake University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
67%
SAT Range
1070-1360
ACT Range
24-30
Application Fee
$25
SAT/ACT
Neither required nor recommended
High School GPA
Required
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Test Scores and GPA for Drake University

Cost

Net Price
$27,652/ year
National
$15,403
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $22,274/ year
  • $30-48k
    $21,720/ year
  • $49-75k
    $24,449/ year
  • $76-110k
    $26,687/ year
  • $110k+
    $30,960/ year

Academics

Professors
B+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
13:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
81%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.53 responses
64%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.56 responses
54%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.56 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
3,167Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
3%
Pell Grant
17%
Varsity Athletes
12%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 34 responses
Report
  • Dedicated, but also likes to have fun
    56%
  • Pretty chill, into drinking, mostly studious
    29%
  • Studious, privileged
    12%
  • Over-involved and studious
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
98%
Poll
49%
of students say that Greek life is pretty big.70 responses
Poll
64%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.75 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 31 responses
Report
  • You get out of it what you put into it
    35%
  • Great oppertunites
    32%
  • Great opportunities
    16%
  • You either like it or you don't
    10%
  • EXPENSIVE!!!
    6%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$55,700/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
75%
National
48%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
94%
National
83%
86%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.36 responses
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Drake University Reviews

827 reviews
All Categories
THE GOOD:
Overall, if you value academics, diversity, and student life, Drake University is an excellent option. You work hard to earn a degree that's both respected in industry and graduate schools. There are many academic programs to choose from, allowing students to fine-tune their interests. Professors are incredibly knowledgeable and strive to help you succeed. The new STEM buildings are incredible.

THE BAD:
The campus is safe, however sexual assaults and other crimes do happen. The immediate area is not safe at night; shootings and robberies happen sometimes. When these happen, students are notified by automated phone calls and emails. With this said, I have never felt unsafe walking on campus at night, and Drake is taking steps to improve safety in the area.

THE UGLY:
The worse thing about Drake is its food: they use Sodexo for their food services provider. In short: the service workers are wonderful but the food is bad. They do run two Starbucks cafes on campus though.
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Drake University is a fabulous establishment! The University has small class sizes, a great professor to student ratio, the professors are very accessible and truly want to see their students succeed in college and in life.
Students are not accepting or open to new people or ideas. The professors and faculty are great and very helpful. I feel as if I am getting a good education for the amount that I am paying. Scholarship opportunities are great. The students are some of the cliquiest, most close-minded people I have ever met. If you are not interested in drinking and partying, there is nothing to do on campus during the week or on the weekends. The only organizations that have events are Greek organizations. The dining is awful and I have gotten food poisoning from it twice in the year I have been here. The area surrounding the campus is very dangerous. Shootings are not uncommon in the blocks surrounding campus.