From the School

Drake University provides a thriving intellectual environment offering more than 70 majors, covering subjects from the liberal arts to professional and pre-professional programs. The University employs professors who demonstrate a dedication to students along with academic prowess. Students benefit from the low 12:1 student-faculty ratio, and they never take classes from graduate students or teaching assistants. Drake enrolls a heterogeneous group of nearly 5,600 students, from 49 states and more than 50 foreign countries. Drake prides itself on alumni success, noting that 98.3% percent of 2014 Drake graduates embarked on careers or started graduate programs during their first six months out of school.

Drake grants master's degrees in: accounting, athletic training (starting in 2017), business administration, communication leadership, education, financial management, jurisprudence, and public administration. Students may also pursue their Doctor of Pharmacy, Doctor of Occupational Therapy, Doctor of Jurisprudence, and Doctor of Education degrees. Joint degrees are also available in MBA/JD, MPA/JD, MBA/PharmD, MPA/PharmD, and PharmD/JD.

Overview

Applicants
5,930
Acceptance Rate
66%
Average HS GPA
3.70

GPA Breakdown

57%
Over 3.75
19%
3.50 - 3.74
11%
3.25 - 3.49
7%
3.00 - 3.24
5%
2.50 - 2.99

Test Scores

SAT Reading
530 - 640
SAT Math
540 - 680
ACT Composite
25 - 30

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores
Application Essay

Overall

From The School

From their first classes on the Drake campus, students have the chance to learn in an individualized, challenging, and supportive environment. Research opportunities abound; students work closely with their professors and often publish their findings. With more than 160 student-run organizations on campus, there is an outlet for students to investigate career paths and network with professionals in their field.

Students benefit from a combination of liberal arts training and professional preparation. Through the Drake Curriculum, all students take interactive classes that develop their critical thinking and expressive skills. Students also receive personalized academic advising. At the end of their four years, students undertake the Senior Capstone, which is a research project, thesis, or other major work that shows the concepts and skills the student has acquired at Drake. Drake's Honors Program is open to top students who wish to undertake a rigorous, interdisciplinary course of study.

Students Say

Drake University, a small liberal arts school located in Iowa’s biggest city, “combines specialized academic programs with a small school feel in a way that promotes successful learning and professional preparation.” Nearly one in three students pursues an undergraduate business degree here. Business students benefit from “excellent job placement and internship programs. [The College of Business and Public Administration] graduates almost all of its students within four years, and a majority of them have double majors.” Drake’s “great” and “incredibly well known” pharmacy program is another major draw. Like business students, pre-law students, and students of public administration, pharmacy majors have “opportunities available to work on completing [two degrees] simultaneously” over six years. Theater, actuarial science, and journalism are among the other popular and well-regarded majors at Drake. In all areas, students tell us, “Drake really knows how to tailor the college experience for each person going through. The school puts an emphasis on professional development and preparation that is heads above the rest.” Undergrads also enjoy “a great network of graduates that stay and work around the Des Moines area. They then come back and speak in classes, and often times have connections that can help students land internships.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
11:1
Total Faculty
437
with Terminal Degree
292

223
Men
214
Women
52
Minority

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
90%
Graduate in 5 years
99%
Graduate in 6 years
100%


Degrees

Bachelor's
Doctoral Other
Doctoral/Professional
Doctoral/Research
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Mark Ernst
CEO of Ernst & Young

Zach Johnson
PGA Golfer and Winner of 2007 Master's

Daniel Jorndt
Former CEO and Chairman of Walgreen's

Robert Ray
Former Governor of Iowa

Nina Ellis
National Public Radio personality and producer

John August
Producer/Screenwriter - "Big Fish" and "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Charla Lawhon
Managing Editor of InStyle Magazine

Overview

From The School

2015-16 tuition, room and board costs, and student fees total $43,292

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
84
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Bottom Line

Tuition for all students at Drake is just over $32,000 a year, with room and board running another $4,600, and additional fees are slight. Very few students see this full sticker price at the bottom of their bill, thanks to financial aid and a plethora of scholarships. Des Moines is also an excellent town for college grads, meaning that additional costs of living can be minimized.

Bang For Your Buck

Ninety-eight percent of Drake students receive scholarships and financial aid, with an average financial aid package running $23,125. The school offers generous merit-based scholarships: academic scholarships abound, including the Presidential Scholarships (ranging from $8,500 to $14,000 per year), National Alumni Scholarships (versions of which cover everything from tuition to fees and board), and Trustee Scholarships of $1,000, which are awarded to all eligible students who complete the National Alumni Scholarship application process and participate in a Scholarship Day. Scholarships are also available for specific areas of study, athletic teams, and state origins, and $1,000 Legacy Awards are available for descendants of alumni.

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$17,454

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$15,965

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,815

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$32,106

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
63%

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$30,734
Required Fees
$146
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,100

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters
$1,610

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants
Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Overall

From The School

With more than 160 organizations operating on campus, students can always find activities that suit their interests. Elected student representatives run the Student Senate. Students also hold seats on some committees in the Faculty Senate. The Student Activities Board is charged with putting on special events, including cultural celebrations, social functions, guest speakers, and concerts. Drake also maintains the Residence Hall Association, composed of students who manage the logistics and activities surrounding residential life.

Students Say

“Since Drake is in Iowa, which isn’t a terribly diverse state, the ‘typical student’ is probably white and from a middle-class family,” students here tell us, adding that “Drake does do some recruiting overseas and in bigger cities such as Chicago.” “Such recruitment has brought in some diversity, but it is still a very ‘white school.’ Despite that…all people are welcomed equally, regardless of race, disabilities, religion, or background.” That said, some warn that “You are either a Bible thumper or a frat rat” here, and that “There isn’t much socially available if you are neither.” All in all, students are “serious about their study but they also know how to have fun,” balancing both “very well.” They are also driven by a desire to succeed in school in order to position themselves for good careers.

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
3,383
Out of State
65%

International
7%
Foreign Countries Represented
46

Demographics

4.93%
Asian
3.57%
African-American
3.57%
Hispanic
85.04%
Caucasian
1.24%
Unknown
7.48%
International

56% female
44% male
65% are out of state
94% are full time
6% are part time

Overview

From The School

Students take advantage of Drake's location in Des Moines, Iowa, the state capital and a thriving business center. Internships are available in fields such as government, banking, insurance, publishing, nonprofit organizations, and health care, and nearly 80 percent of students participate in at least one internship during their four years at the University.

Students Say

Drake students are split on hometown Des Moines. Some (Chicago and Minneapolis natives, perhaps) find the town “boring.” Others differ, telling us that it is “a great city because it offers many opportunities for Drake students to get involved in activities that complement your learning experiences” and that it “offers a diverse and exciting range of social scenes that are easily accessible and easy to get involved in.” On campus, “Drake’s Student Activities Board, as well as several other on-campus organizations, offers many programs and things to do throughout the week and during the weekend as well. Different speakers, bands, comedians, and other forms of entertainment visit campus. As with any college, there are parties to attend on the weekends, but it’s not limited to that—basketball games are a really big campus event and the Drake Relays are always fun too!” While “Campus bars sum up the social life of most freshman and many sophomores…. If people opt out of the drinking scene, there are plenty of people who also do so. One just has to become friends with nondrinkers and plan sober fun.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
75%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

Quality of life rating
78
First-Year Students living on campus
97%

Campus Environment
Large Urban
Fire safety rating
97

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Dorms Coed
Frat Sorority
Theme Housing

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Student Disability Services

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Michelle Laughlin

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Documentation Requred for LD
Psychoeducational evaluation

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
Yes

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
No

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
160
Number of Honor Societies
24

Number of Social Sororities
6
Number of Religious Organizations
10

34% join a fraternity
28% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

45% participate in intramural sports
11% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Bulldogs)
9 Sports

Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Football
Golf
Soccer
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Bulldogs)
11 Sports

Basketball
Cheerleading
Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Golf
Soccer
Softball
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
LGBT Support Groups: Rainbow Union Rainbow Union (RU) is an organization of and for people of all sexualities and gender identities. It provides a welcoming and confidential "safe place" to all students: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Straight Allies, Transgender, and those questioning their sexuality and/or gender identity. Created to provide a social and supportive environment for a vibrant population of Drake's campus, RU has become a leading campus organization. The continuing emphasis on programming and education culminates in two annual celebrations: National Coming Out Week and Pride Week. RU persists to support those dealing with issues of sexuality and gender, resists homophobia through example and education, and strives to prevent heterosexism in our lives and on our campus. RU invites all students to join and participate and, as always, makes no assumptions about a person's sexuality in our safe place.

Minority Support Groups: Coalition of Black Students (CBS) La Fuerza Latina Malaysian Students Association International Students Association And Others

Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Iowa State
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Iowa State Unviersity

Sustainability

Green Rating
67

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
20

Average Number of PC's per Lab
20

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
No

Student Web Pages Provided
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
99%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Apple HP

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Deneen Dygert
Associate Director of Admissions

Address
Admissions Office
2507 University Ave.
Des Moines, IA 50311-4505

Phone
515-271-3181

Email
campusvisit@drake.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Athletic Facilities
Olmsted Center
Anderson Gallery
Helmick Commons
Residence Halls / Residence Life

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Court Avenue
Local Shopping Malls
Valley Junction
Science Center of Iowa
Movie theatres

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: 9 a.m - 3 p.m.
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
When requested

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit
admission@drake.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
For seniors only in the spring

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Des Moines International Airport is 15 minutes from campus. Taxis and buses are available.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From the East and North At the northeast edge of Des Moines, I-80 and I-35 join and go west around the city while I-235 goes through Des Moines. Take I-235 west for about six miles to the 31st Street exit, which is past the downtown area. You will see a sign that says, "Drake University next right." Exit I-235 at the 31st Street exit and go right (north). Travel approximately five blocks on 31st Street to the stop light at University Avenue. At University Avenue, turn right and go one block to the Olmsted Center parking lot on the left (north) side of the University. Reserved parking for Admission visitors is located on the south side of the lot. The Office of Admission will validate parking tickets for Admission visitors only. The Office of Admission is located one block east of the Olmsted Center parking lot. From the West and South At the southwest edge of Des Moines, I-80 and I-35 join and go east around the city while I-235 goes through Des Moines. Take I-235 east to the 31st Street exit in Des Moines. Be sure you have passed the 63rd Street and 42nd Street exits. Exit at 31st Street and turn left (north). Go north approximately four blocks to the "T" intersection at University Avenue. Turn right (east) at the stop sign and go about six blocks to the Olmsted Center parking lot. Reserved parking for Admission visitors is located on the south side of the lot. The Office of Admission will validate parking tickets for Admission visitors only. The Office of Admission is located one block east of the Olmsted Center parking lot.

Local Accommodations
The following hotels are recommended by Drake: Holiday Inn Express at Drake, Holiday Inn Downtown, Marriot, and Embassy Suites. The Cottage Bed and Breakfast is also close to campus.
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Key Stats

5,930
Applicants
3,383
Size
66%
Acceptance Rate
1200
SAT Scores

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