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Drake University
  • 4 Year
  • DES MOINES, IA

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Drake University’s plans follow recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Iowa Department of Public Health, and Polk County Health. Knowledge and understanding of the COVID-19 virus continue to evolve, as will our policies and plans. You can view Drake University’s central source of updates and information regarding COVID-19 at www.drake.edu/coronavirus/visitors/ Learn More

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  2. Value
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  3. Diversity
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  4. Campus
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  5. Athletics
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  6. Party Scene
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  7. Professors
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  8. Location
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  9. Dorms
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  11. Student Life
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  12. Safety
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About

2507 UNIVERSITY AVENUE
DES MOINES, IA 50311
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FCS
Athletic Conference
Pioneer Football League
From Drake University

Drake University is a medium sized university—which means you will benefit from the best advantages of a school that that feels both "big" and "small" at the same time. Drake offers over 150 undergraduate, graduate, and doctorate degrees in 7 different colleges—but you'll still have small classes and professors who know your name. Students can dive into their major from day 1—or explore their options. It is common for students to graduate with more than one degree (and on time in four years)! Over 92% of Drake students develop a resume with more than one internship and in 2020, 95.5% of graduates found a job or were accepted into graduate school (even in the midst of a global pandemic).

Drake's offers a vibrant urban campus just five minutes from downtown Des Moines, Iowa—one of the fastest growing cities in the midwest! Students enjoy access to world-class internships, 150+ student activities, Division I athletics, global travel opportunities, and a gorgeous park-like campus.

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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

Application Deadline
December 1
Acceptance Rate
68%
SAT Range
1100-1370
ACT Range
24-31
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Accepts Common App
Yes

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Cost

Net Price
$30,265 / year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$25,929 / year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
100%

Scholarship

Academics

Professors
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Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
10:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
81%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes. 53 responses
68%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want. 66 responses
53%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage. 66 responses

Majors

College of Business and Public Administration

At Drake, can begin business coursework in your first year, so you are exposed to the business curriculum, professors, and community leaders earlier than students elsewhere. Drake’s location in Des Moines is home to Fortune 500 companies, a range of multi-national corporations, and a growing entrepreneurial scene. so you’ll have myriad opportunities for internships and building extensive networks.

Online

Online Programs Offered
0
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
0
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    26%
  • On Campus
    74%
  • Online
    0%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
2,830 Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
124
Undergrads Over 25
2%
Pell Grant
21%
Varsity Athletes
14%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 44 responses
  • Dedicated, but also likes to have fun
    48%
  • Pretty chill, into drinking, mostly studious
    30%
  • Studious, privileged
    14%
  • Boring
    2%
  • Nerdy
    2%
  • Outgoing
    2%
  • Over-involved and studious
    2%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
95%
Poll
46%
of students say that Greek life is pretty big. 80 responses
Poll
60%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life. 85 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 41 responses
  • You get out of it what you put into it
    37%
  • Great oppertunites
    27%
  • Great opportunities
    22%
  • You either like it or you don't
    7%
  • EXPENSIVE!!!
    5%
  • Fast-paced
    2%

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After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$58,300 / year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
81%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
95%
National
83%
86%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation. 36 responses

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