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Drake University
Drake University is committed to providing an exceptional learning environment that prepares students for...

Drake University

Des Moines, Iowa

Drake University is committed to providing an exceptional learning environment that prepare students for meaningful personal lives, professional accomplishments, and responsible global citizenship. The University is distinguished by collaborative learning among students and staff.

Student Profile

Fall 2014 Enrollment
3,364 undergraduate students
94% of undergrad students are full time
44% male — 56% female
74% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2014-2015 Academic Year
279 full-time faculty
154 part-time faculty
12 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

71% of students living on campus.

School Location

Drake University, located in Des Moines, Iowa, offers a range of student activities. With many opportunities for you to enjoy the outdoors and metropolitan Des Moines area, Drake offers a one of a kind college experience.


NCAA Dicision I-AA. 9 Varsity sports, including track, rowing, football, and softball. Mascot: Spike the Bulldog  Colors: White, Blue

Retention Fall 2014

89% of students began in Fall 2013 and returned in Fall 2014 (full time, first time freshmen)

6 Year Graduation Rate 2014

74% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 7%
Hispanic/Latino 3%
Black or African American 4%
White 79%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 4%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 2%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 1%

Academic Programs

Accounting, Actuarial Science, Advertising, Anthropology and Sociology, Applied Music, Art History, Art Minor, Arts and Sciences, Astronomy, Biochemistry, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Computer Science, Drawing, Economics, Electronic media, Elementary Education, English, Entrepreneurship, Environment Policy and Science, Finance, Geography, Graphic Design, Health Sciences, History, Information Systems, International Business, International Relation, Journalism, Law, Politics and Society, Magazines, Management, Marketing, Mathematics, Mathematics Education, Military Studies, Music, Neuroscience, Painting, Pharmacy, Philosophy, Physics, Politics, Pre-Dentistry, Pre-Law, Pre-Medicine, Pre-Vet, Psychology, Public Relations, Religion, Secondary Education, Sociology, Theatre, Undeclared, Writing

At Drake, students are actively involved with their educations. They interact with subject matters and draw conclusions that they can apply to the bigger picture—one that extends beyond the campus. Students are given the opportunity to work with their professors, meet with visiting ambassadors, and participate in service learning initiatives. Drake focuses on combining liberal arts with the sciences.

The Drake Curriculum
The Drake Curriculum gives students a solid foundation, from which they can build their individual, educational journeys. The curriculum introduces students to a wide variety of ideas and problem solving skills. Students are taught to become critical thinkers that engage in higher-level conceptualization. There are three components to the Drake Curriculum. They include: first year seminar, areas of inquiry, and a senior capstone.

First Year Seminar
First year seminar classes are designed to engage students with exciting and unique subject matters. Seminar courses have 19 or fewer students, all of which will live in the same building as one another. This structure is designed to encourage peer relationships and participation in class.

Areas of Inquiry
As students progress through college, they will choose classes that suit their majors. They are also required to take 1-2 courses in each of Drake’s 10 designated “Areas of Inquiry.” Those categories range from Quantitative Literacy to Critical Thinking.

The Senior Capstone
The Senior Capstone is a chance for each student to demonstrate all they have learned over their first three years in college. The capstone requirement is different for every major and may be anything from field experience to an individual research project.

Study Abroad
Drake offers its students the option to study abroad as a part of its initiative to prepare all of its students to be global citizens. The University has programs in over 60 countries, and students have the option between semester, full-year, and summer terms.

Drake has 289 full-time faculty, 87% of which hold terminal degrees in their respective fields. Faculty members at Drake are fully dedicated to the growth and development of each student.

Faculty and Research
Drake’s professors are not only distinguished scholars in their fields, but accomplished researchers as well. Drake affords its students the possibility to work with professors on research projects as early as their first year. This collaboration between students and faculty members leads to a learning environment that benefits both parties.

Drake has countless activities and organizations to join. Students can immerse themselves in the arts by seeing a play or going to an exhibit. For those interested in athletics, there are several intramural and club sport options. Students can also get involved in service-learning projects or with the Leadership Development Program.

Des Moines
Drake is located near the city of Des Moines, affording students social and professional opportunities that extend beyond the campus. Students are encouraged to venture into the city and enjoy the food, shopping, and cultural events.

Clubs and Organizations
Drake offers its students plenty of opportunities to get involved outside of the classroom. The University encourages all of its students to get take part in extra-curriculars, recognizing the social and academic benefits that involvement affords. There are over 160 clubs and organizations to choose from, the interests of which span from media clubs to governing organizations.

Sports and Recreation
Drake has a vibrant athletic community, participating as an NCAA Division I school. Throughout the year, students have several chances to get involved with athletics, whether it’s cheering on fellow peers or participating in an intramural sport. The Bell Center is also available for those students that just want to exercise.  


Admissions Fall 2014

6,476 Total Applicants
4,485 Total Admissions
870 Total Freshmen Enrollment

69.26% of applicants admitted

Freshmen Profile Fall 2014

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 530 640
SAT Math 530 670
SAT Writing    
ACT Composite 25 30
ACT Math 24 29
ACT English 24 31
ACT Writing    





Tuition $32,100
Fees $146
Total $32,246
Room and Board (on campus) $9,270
Room Only $4,950
Board Only $4,320
Estimated Total On Campus $41,516


Financial Aid Breakdown 2014-2015

99% of full-time first-time undergraduates receiving any financial aid
56% of full-time first-time undergraduates receiving student loan aid

$17,272 Average amount of federal, state, local, or institutional grant aid received
$7,810 Average amount of student loan aid received by full-time first-time undergraduates

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