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  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
    B+
  10. Campus Food
    C
  11. Student Life
    B+
  12. Safety
    B-
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.
2507 University Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50311
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FCS
Athletic Conference
Pioneer Football League

Drake University Rankings

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

Drake Admissions

Acceptance Rate
68%
Application Deadline
SAT Range
1140-1360
ACT Range
24-30
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

Cost

Net Price
$29,511/ 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
$24,115/ 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
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.65 responses
54%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.65 responses

Majors

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
    6%
  • On Campus
    94%
  • Online
    0%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
2,834Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
181
Undergrads Over 25
2%
Pell Grant
18%
Varsity Athletes
13%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 42 responses
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  • Dedicated, but also likes to have fun
    50%
  • Pretty chill, into drinking, mostly studious
    31%
  • Studious, privileged
    12%
  • Boring
    2%
  • Outgoing
    2%
  • Over-involved and studious
    2%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
96%
Poll
47%
of students say that Greek life is pretty big.79 responses
Poll
60%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.84 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 40 responses
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  • You get out of it what you put into it
    35%
  • Great oppertunites
    28%
  • Great opportunities
    23%
  • 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
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 University Reviews

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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!
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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.