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Drake University's unique size creates a distinctive learning environment that offers a broad-based liberal arts education, while its location in the state's center for business, publishing, government, and culture allows for unmatched professional preparation.

Drake University is widely regarded as one of the top ranking master’s institutions, both in the Midwest and nationally, for academic quality and value. Drake enrolls a heterogeneous group of nearly 5300 students, from 49 states and more than 50 foreign countries. Drake’s unique size creates a distinctive learning environment that offers a broad-based liberal arts education, while its location in the state's center for business, publishing, government, and culture allows for unmatched professional preparation. Students thrive within an intellectual environment offering more than 70 majors, covering subjects from the liberal arts to professional and pre-professional programs. Drake prides itself on alumni success, noting that 99% percent of 2016 Drake graduates embarked on careers or started graduate programs during their first six months out of school. Drake University is ranked #1 on the Federal College Scorecard for an average alumni salary of $55,700 within 10 years of enrollment.

The Drake Commitment
Drake provides the life-defining opportunities that a student needs to launch into a career, service, or graduate school through the Drake Commitment, which provides students with personal mentorship with professors, learning through service on a local, national, and global scale, an academic flexibility to explore interests, and the development of an exceptional resume through high-caliber internships.

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Overview

Applicants
5,574
Acceptance Rate
69%
Average HS GPA
3.67

GPA Breakdown

55%
Over 3.75
20%
3.50 - 3.74
12%
3.25 - 3.49
8%
3.00 - 3.24
5%
2.50 - 2.99

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Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
540 - 660
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
560 - 690
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
24 - 30

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores
Application Essay

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
11:1
Total Faculty
478
with Terminal Degree
320

248
Women
230
Men
59
Minority

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
73%
Graduate in 5 years
79%
Graduate in 6 years
79%

Majors

  • BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.

  • Biochemistry.
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General.
  • Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology.
  • Molecular Biochemistry.

  • BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT, MARKETING, AND RELATED SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Accounting and Business/Management.
  • Accounting and Finance.
  • Accounting.
  • Actuarial Science.
  • Business/Commerce, General.
  • Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies.
  • Finance, General.
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce.
  • Management Information Systems, General.
  • Management Science.
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General.

  • COMMUNICATION, JOURNALISM, AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Advertising.
  • Broadcast Journalism.
  • Journalism.
  • Public Relations/Image Management.
  • Radio and Television.
  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric.

  • COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES AND SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General.
  • Computer Science.
  • Information Technology.

  • EDUCATION.

  • Curriculum and Instruction.
  • Education, General.
  • Educational Leadership and Administration, General.
  • Elementary Education and Teaching.
  • Mathematics Teacher Education.
  • Music Teacher Education.
  • Secondary Education and Teaching.
  • Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas, Other.

  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS.

  • Creative Writing.
  • English Language and Literature, General.

  • HEALTH PROFESSIONS AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other.
  • Pharmacy.
  • Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies.

  • HISTORY.

  • History, General.

  • LEGAL PROFESSIONS AND STUDIES.

  • Pre-Law Studies.

  • LEISURE AND RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES.

  • Music.
  • Theatre/Theater.
  • Writing.

  • LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES, GENERAL STUDIES AND HUMANITIES.

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies.

  • MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS.

  • Mathematics, General.

  • MILITARY SCIENCE, LEADERSHIP AND OPERATIONAL ART.

  • Air Force JROTC/ROTC.
  • Army JROTC/ROTC.

  • MULTI/INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES.

  • Mathematics and Computer Science.
  • Neuroscience.

  • NATURAL RESOURCES AND CONSERVATION.

  • Environmental Science.
  • Environmental Studies.

  • PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES.

  • Ethics.
  • Philosophy and Religious Studies, Other.
  • Philosophy.
  • Religion/Religious Studies.

  • PHYSICAL SCIENCES.

  • Astronomy.
  • Chemistry, General.
  • Physics, General.

  • PSYCHOLOGY.

  • Psychology, General.

  • SOCIAL SCIENCES.

  • Anthropology, Other.
  • Anthropology.
  • Economics, General.
  • International Relations and Affairs.
  • Political Science and Government, General.
  • Sociology.

  • THEOLOGY AND RELIGIOUS VOCATIONS.

  • Religious/Sacred Music.

  • VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS.

  • Acting.
  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation.
  • Dramatic/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft, Other.
  • Drawing.
  • Graphic Design.
  • Jazz/Jazz Studies.
  • Music Pedagogy.
  • Music Performance, General.
  • Painting.
  • Printmaking.
  • Sculpture.
  • Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology.
  • Visual and Performing Arts, General.


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.”

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

Notable Faculty


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

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
73%
Graduate in 5 years
79%
Graduate in 6 years
79%

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

ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Starting Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$49,200

Mid-Career Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$97,800

Starting Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$50,200

Mid-Career Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$99,600

Percent High Job Meaning
48%

Percent STEM
9%


Students Say

“Great opportunities are available for internships and intellectual growth outside the classroom” and the school ensures that the student has a chance to partake in real-world experiences and that “anything learned in the classroom is applicable to the world outside of the college atmosphere.” “You have all the resources to get exactly what you want out of your education,” says a student. Forty-eight percent of Drake graduates who visited PayScale.com reported feeling that their jobs had a meaningful impact on the world, and “the percentage of Drake graduates getting jobs in their fields after school is very high.” The Professional & Career Development Services Office hosts an All-University Career Fair each spring.

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Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Jan 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$22,855

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$20,625

Average Need-Based Loan
$5,573

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
62%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$34,600

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$41,250
Required Fees
$146
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,100

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$4,836
Transportation for Commuters
$1,700

On-Campus Room and Board
$10,528
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

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

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

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

Financial Aid Rating

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Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
3,098
Foreign Countries Represented
43

Demographics

3.32%
Asian
4.87%
African-American
5.04%
Hispanic
78.11%
Caucasian
5.27%
International

57% female
43% male
69% are out of state
95% are full time
5% are part time

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.

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Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
70%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
98%

Campus Environment
Large Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Dorms Coed
Frat Sorority
Theme Housing

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.”

Special Needs Admissions


Director
Michelle Laughlin

College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
160
Number of Honor Societies
24

Number of Social Sororities
5
Number of Religious Organizations
10

36% join a fraternity
29% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

49% participate in intramural sports
12% 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


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

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Apple HP

Campus Visits Contact

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

Phone
515-271-2095

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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