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  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
    A-
  12. Safety
    C+
Drake is a highly rated private university located in Des Moines, Iowa. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 3,102 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the Drake acceptance rate is 69%. Popular majors include Marketing, Actuarial Science, and Accounting. Graduating 78% of students, Drake alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $41,900.
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FCS
Athletic Conference
Pioneer Football League
Address
2507 University Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50311
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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

Acceptance Rate
69%
Application Deadline
SAT Range
1050-1340
ACT Range
25-30
Application Fee
$25
SAT/ACT
Neither required nor recommended
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

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Cost

Net Price
$28,088/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $23,087/ year
  • $30-48k
    $23,113/ year
  • $49-75k
    $24,280/ year
  • $76-110k
    $27,402/ year
  • $110k+
    $29,752/ year
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Academics

Professors
B+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
12:1
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.58 responses
53%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.58 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
3,102Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
2%
Pell Grant
17%
Varsity Athletes
12%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 36 responses
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  • Dedicated, but also likes to have fun
    53%
  • Pretty chill, into drinking, mostly studious
    31%
  • Studious, privileged
    11%
  • Boring
    3%
  • Over-involved and studious
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
97%
Poll
47%
of students say that Greek life is pretty big.72 responses
Poll
62%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.77 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 33 responses
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  • You get out of it what you put into it
    39%
  • Great oppertunites
    30%
  • Great opportunities
    15%
  • You either like it or you don't
    9%
  • EXPENSIVE!!!
    6%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$56,800/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
78%
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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Drake has been a great experience for me overall! The professors really care about each student's needs and goals, and they are willing to help students at a personal level. There is always something to do on campus and most people I have met (in and out of classes) are nice and outgoing. The campus definitely has a home feel for me. Some downsides are the food (which isn't great) and some of the extra things that come with it being a small school. For example, registering for certain majors can be extremely difficult because of limited class options and there are less options for housing, food, and activities than on a larger campus. Des Moines is also a nice in-between sized city! There is always something to do but it isn't a huge adjustment if you come from a smaller area.
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Drake is a fairly large campus for how small the school is. Drake is working hard on building up the surrounding community to enhance students' experience. They have recently built new apartments and a pizza place moved nearby. In addition, Des Moines has lots of restaurants and entertainment for students if you want something off campus. However, there are also quaint restaurants and coffee shops within walking distance. Greek life is huge, with about 1/3 of students involved. The academics, particularly the business school, pharmacy, and politics are strong and develop successful students. Also, there is little competition for jobs in the Des Moines area since Drake is the only large school withing half an hour radius. Lastly, the dorms are larger than many other colleges especially state schools. Although we have to live on campus for two years, my current dorm has exposed brick and window seats. Other sophomore dorms let you have your own room and a bathroom.
Drake, like Des Moines offers numerous opportunities while still retaining a small town feel. As a CA native, it feels like downtown Des Moines is like 10 brlocks of LA (but a lot colder) in the middle of what would otherwise be a college town. Im studying Political Communication (through SJMC) in the heart of the Iowa Caucus, and was given a paid internship in my 1st semester. Specialized programs, welcoming atmosphere (more than any other colleges) and generous scholarship won me over from NEU, Syracuse, GW, American, and SMU. The other academic perks of being such a small school include NO TAs teaching classes which not only allows better instruction from professors but will help students bond with the professors for future letters of recommendation. The school is very preprofessional with a strong emphasis on career development and does very well (evidenced by 100% career placement) to give internships and other experiential learning opportunities to its students.