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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
    B+
  7. Professors
    A-
  8. Location
    B+
  9. Dorms
    A-
  10. Campus Food
    C-
  11. Student Life
    B+
  12. Safety
    C+
Drake is a highly rated private university located in Des Moines, Iowa. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 2,955 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the Drake acceptance rate is 69%. Popular majors include Marketing, Actuarial Science, and Accounting. Graduating 79% of students, Drake alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $46,800.
About Drake University...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FCS
Athletic Conference
Pioneer Football League
Address
2507 University Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50311
Website
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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
1100-1350
ACT Range
24-30
Application Fee
$25
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

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Cost

Net Price
$28,277/ 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
$21,239/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
100%

Academics

Professors
A-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
11:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
81%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.53 responses
67%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.63 responses
54%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.63 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
2,955Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
143
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 41 responses
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  • Dedicated, but also likes to have fun
    51%
  • Pretty chill, into drinking, mostly studious
    29%
  • Studious, privileged
    10%
  • Boring
    2%
  • Nerdy
    2%
  • Outgoing
    2%
  • Over-involved and studious
    2%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
97%
Poll
45%
of students say that Greek life is pretty big.77 responses
Poll
60%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.82 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 38 responses
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  • You get out of it what you put into it
    37%
  • Great oppertunites
    26%
  • Great opportunities
    21%
  • You either like it or you don't
    8%
  • EXPENSIVE!!!
    5%
  • Fast-paced
    3%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$58,300/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
79%
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 University Reviews

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Drake was an inviting atmosphere, kind guides, dean was at the visit center and very welcoming. The campus was very beautiful, and if you enjoy ham mocking this is the place for you. Their is also free bus transportation practically anywhere so no need for a car if you are concerned about that. Intramural are diverse. The center of campus is about 5-10 mins from downtown Des Moines which has much to offer at night, music, and above all else.. FOOD!
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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.
What I love about Drake University is how welcoming everyone is. Not only that, but the size of Drake is perfect. It's around 5,000 undergraduate students. This size allows for you to always see someone you know, but also meet someone new! Something that I would like to see change in is the diversity rate at Drake. Drake needs to improve how diverse they are, especially since that is something the school takes great pride in.