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Drake University Overview

Drake University is a private not-for-profit institution situated in Des Moines, Iowa. The location of the school is great for students who enjoy the amenities of city life.

What Is Drake University Known For?

896 Undergraduate Awards
$38,053 Avg Cost After Aid
69% Acceptance Rate
  • Students at Drake have an easier time paying back their loans. The school's student loan default rate is only 2%, compared to the national rate of 10.1%.
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the doctor's degree is the highest award a student can attain at Drake.
  • In 2017-2018, 68% of the faculty were full-time.
  • A student who earns a bachelor's degree from Drake makes roughly $58,300 a year. This is 43% more than their peers from other colleges and universities.
  • It takes the average Drake student 4.1 years to graduate. This is pretty good when compared to the national rate of 4.4 years.

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Drake University Rankings

We have ranked Drake as #168 out of 2,320 colleges and universities in the country in our 2021 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 10% of all schools in the nation. Out of the 31 colleges in Iowa, it is ranked at #3.

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

Drake has also been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#53 Best Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#74 Best Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Drake.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#2 Best Curriculum & Instruction Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#3 Best Public Relations & Advertising Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#6 Best Communication & Media Studies Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#7 Best Educational Administration Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#7 Best Communication & Journalism Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#9 Best Student Counseling Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#10 Best Education Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#21 Best Teacher Education Subject Specific Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#25 Best Business, Management & Marketing Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#26 Best Teacher Education Grade Specific Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Drake has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#2 Best Colleges for Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods College Factual
#16 Best Teaching Schools Teaching Degree Search
#22 Best Colleges for Business, Management & Marketing College Factual
#35 Best Colleges for Marketing College Factual
#36 Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism College Factual
#90 Best Colleges for Business Administration & Management College Factual

Where Is Drake University?

Location of Drake University

Contact details for Drake are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 2507 University Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50311-4505
Phone: 515-271-2011
Website: www.drake.edu
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/DrakeUniversity
Twitter: http://twitter.com/drakeuniversity

How Do I Get Into Drake?

You can apply to Drake online at: www.drake.edu/admission

Admission Requirements for Drake

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank neither required nor recommended
High School Transcript considered but not required
College Prep Program recommended
Recommendations recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Drake?

69% Acceptance Rate
59% Of Accepted Are Women
8% Submit SAT Scores
The acceptance rate at Drake is 69%, which is a sign that the school is fairly selective. While it may not be as hard to get into as other colleges, you should not take admission for granted.

Approximately 41% of accepted students are men and 59% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 65%, and the acceptance rate for women is 72%.

Average Test Scores

About 8% of students accepted to Drake submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 540 and 660. Math scores were between 560 and 690.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Drake University  ( 540 to 660 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for Drake University  ( 560 to 690 )
200
800
Drake received ACT scores from 84% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 24 and 29. Math scores were between 24 and 32. Composite scores were between 24 and 30.

ACT English Scores for Drake University  ( 24 to 29 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for Drake University  ( 24 to 32 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for Drake University  ( 24 to 30 )
1
36

Can I Afford Drake University?

$38,053 Net Price
56% Take Out Loans
2.4% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Drake is $38,053. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Drake, approximately 56% of students took out student loans averaging $8,516 a year. That adds up to $34,064 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Drake is 2.4%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Drake University Undergraduate Student Diversity

2,830 Full-Time Undergraduates
59% Women
20% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 2,954 undergraduate students at Drake, with 2,830 being full-time and 124 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Drake

There are also 1,930 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 2,830 full-time undergraduates at Drake, 41% are male and 59% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Drake

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Drake University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Drake Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 131
Black or African American 155
Hispanic or Latino 195
White 2,145
International Students 100
Other Races/Ethnicities 104

Geographic Diversity

Iowa students aren't the only ones who study at Drake University. At this time, 32 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 45 countries are represented at Drake. The most popular countries sending students to the school are Malaysia, China, and Vietnam.

Online Learning at Drake University

192 Took All Classes Online
427 Took At Least One Class Online
650.4% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 427 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Drake has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 36th most popular in Iowa for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of Drake

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Drake University was 650.4%. This is the #129 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Drake regardless of major.

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Drake University Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences 36 0 105 141
Educational Administration 0 88 30 118
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 117 0 0 117
Law 0 0 107 107
Teacher Education Grade Specific 34 46 0 80
Business Administration & Management 24 47 0 71
Accounting 42 19 0 61
Public Administration 0 57 0 57
Marketing 49 0 0 49
Public Relations & Advertising 49 0 0 49
Finance & Financial Management 45 1 0 46
Curriculum & Instruction 0 42 0 42
Computer Information Systems 41 0 0 41
Journalism 37 0 0 37
General Psychology 35 0 0 35
Legal Professions (Other) 28 5 0 33
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 4 0 25 29
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 25 0 0 25
Student Counseling 0 25 0 25
Writing Studies 23 0 0 23
General Biology 22 0 0 22
Communication & Media Studies 0 21 0 21
Natural Resources Conservation 21 0 0 21
General English Literature 20 0 0 20
Political Science & Government 20 0 0 20
Mathematics 18 0 0 18
International Relations & National Security 17 0 0 17
Economics 16 0 0 16
Teacher Education Subject Specific 13 2 0 15
International Business 14 0 0 14
Management Information Systems 14 0 0 14
Chemistry 14 0 0 14
Drama & Theater Arts 14 0 0 14
Music 14 0 0 14
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 11 0 0 11
History 9 0 0 9
Sociology 9 0 0 9
Design & Applied Arts 9 0 0 9
Entrepreneurial Studies 7 0 0 7
Health & Physical Education 7 0 0 7
Physics 7 0 0 7
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 6 0 6
Fine & Studio Arts 6 0 0 6
Other Business, Management & Marketing 5 0 0 5
Anthropology 5 0 0 5
Liberal Arts General Studies 4 0 0 4
Philosophy 4 0 0 4
Special Education 0 3 0 3
Non-Professional General Legal Studies 0 3 0 3
Religious Studies 3 0 0 3
Astronomy & Astrophysics 3 0 0 3
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 1 0 0 1
TOTAL 896 365 267 1,528

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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