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?
- 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.
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.
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Program Level Awards
These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Drake.
Awards From Around the Web
The following table lists some notable awards Drake has earned from around the web.
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Where Is Drake University?
Contact details for Drake are given below.
|Address:||2507 University Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50311-4505|
How Do I Get Into Drake?
You can apply to Drake online at: www.drake.edu/admission
Admission Requirements for Drake
|High School GPA||required|
|High School Rank||neither required nor recommended|
|High School Transcript||considered but not required|
|College Prep Program||recommended|
|SAT or ACT Scores||required|
How Hard Is It To Get Into Drake?
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.
Can I Afford Drake University?
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
There are also 1,930 graduate students at the school.
Of the 2,830 full-time undergraduates at Drake, 41% are male and 59% are female.
The racial-ethnic breakdown of Drake University students is as follows.
|Race/Ethnicity||Number of Grads|
|Black or African American||155|
|Hispanic or Latino||195|
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
The following chart shows how the online learning population at Drake has changed over the last few years.
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.
*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.
- College Factual
- National Center for Education Statistics
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More about our data sources and methodologies.
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