Overall Niche Grade
- Party SceneB+
- Campus FoodC
- Student LifeB+
Drake is a highly rated private university located in Des Moines, Iowa. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 2,834 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the Drake acceptance rate is 68%. Popular majors include Marketing, Actuarial Science, and Accounting. Graduating 78% of students, Drake alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $46,800.
NCAA Division I-FCS
Pioneer Football League
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- of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.53 responses
- of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.65 responses
- of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.65 responses
Most Popular Majors
Actuarial Science56 Graduates
Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences50 Graduates
Management Sciences and Information Systems46 Graduates
Public Relations43 Graduates
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology34 Graduates
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Freshmen Live On-Campus
- of students say that Greek life is pretty big.79 responses
- of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.84 responses
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Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
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- of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.36 responses
Drake University Reviews
I knew little about Drake University until I was recruited at a College night at my high school. I decided to visit and I was immediately impressed by the way I felt accepted and wanted by all I met. After some discussion with my parents and some promise of scholarship money to make it more affordable, I made the decision to attend. For me, I can not imagine any place better for me than Drake. I never have felt ignored or taken for granted. When I needed help it was always provided. I got better at college every semester. I have loved it here and would recommend this University to anyone. It’s Great to be a Bulldog!
So far the professors are amazing! The small class sizes help facilitate learning and just one year in, I have two letters of recommendation from my professor. I wish my school would act quicker with decisions and statements. They were slow to make a decision regarding Covid-19, and did not speak up quickly about the civil rights movement occurring at this moment.
I like that Drake University offers a myriad of majors and minors. The school is also an academically driven accredited university. The string program is growing, so the violin/viola studio class is pretty intimate. My concerns with the school are due to concerns of equity and inclusion in the music department. These issues are not specific to Drake University. However, as a minority I often feel displaced at Drake University because it is a private white institution. I am often one of the only minorities in my music classes. Overall, I would say my experiences at Drake have been average. I would say there are many white institutions Drake University could be compared to. Equity and inclusions issues aside, Drake University has a fairly high placement rate after college. Meaning Drake University makes graduates look good to employers. Drake University does a decent job at preparing students for their intended professions.