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Drake University

  • Des Moines, IA
    location
  • Private
    type
  • Urban
    setting
  • 56%44%
    student ratio
  • 3,383
    total students
  • $32,100 | $32,100
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition
  • March 1
    fall application deadline
  • 65%
    acceptance rate
  • Moderately Difficult
    admission difficulty
  • Average test scores for all first-year students that were accepted and enrolled.
  • Not
    Reported

    sat math
  • Not
    Reported

    sat reading
  • Not
    Reported

    sat writing
  • Not
    Reported

    act composite

Overview

Drake University: Will You Seize the Opportunities?

With more than 70 majors in six colleges and schools, cutting-edge facilities and technology, professional and pre-professional programs, and options for undecided students, Drake University provides plenty of opportunity for students to meet their full potential.

At Drake, students can pursue interdisciplinary concentrations, design personal academic plans, combine majors, engage in independent studies or research, or create their own majors. Some of the most popular majors include journalism, business, pharmacy, law, science, other liberal arts majors, and fine arts.

An emphasis on community service and responsibility enriches the lives of Drake students and reinforces the University's mission to prepare students for meaningful personal lives, professional accomplishments, and responsible global citizenship.

The undergraduate student-to-faculty member ratio is 12:1. Of Drake's 289 full-time, associate, and assistant professors and instructors, 87 percent hold the highest degree in their field. These individuals are the ones who teach and inspire Drake students.

Join the Drake Community

Drake's 3,383 undergraduate students come from 40 states and approximately 46 countries, which means students will meet people and make friends from a wide range of backgrounds. Drake's 150-acre campus is nestled in a residential neighborhood in the heart of Des Moines - just 10 minutes from downtown and within easy access of all the opportunities in the political, cultural, and business hub of Iowa.

First-year students live in the residence halls, all of which are renovated. First-year students at Drake live in Carpenter, Crawford, Herriott, and Stalnaker residence halls, affectionately nicknamed "The Quads," and Morehouse Hall.

First-year students are assigned to one of these residence halls with other first-year students who have chosen to live in the same First Year Seminar learning community. This is where students meet their first friends on campus -- their roommates and neighbors - and other individuals from many different backgrounds, both geographic and cultural. As students share hallways and social areas, they also share the Drake experience.

Experience the World

Drake University offers study abroad options in more than 70 countries -- from Argentina to Wales. Opportunities include studies in a variety of subject areas and range from a few weeks during the optional January or May terms to a full year abroad. Students who study abroad may also choose internships, service projects, intensive language study, or home-stays with local families, giving them great exposure to local culture.

Achieve Results

The university is committed to ensuring that a Drake education is affordable, offering need-based as well as merit-based assistance and scholarships. Approximately 98 percent of Drake full-time undergraduate students receive financial aid, including both merit- and need-based assistance.

Drake awards more than 5,000 scholarships each year and approximately $45 million in institutional aid (scholarships, grants, loans, and work study) is provided to Drake undergraduate students. Domestic students entering Drake direct from high school in fall 2013 averaged $20,605 in combined grants, scholarships, need-based loans, and need-based work study.

Nearly all Drake graduates (97.6 percent in 2012-13) find career employment or enter graduate school within six months after receiving their degrees.

Get Involved

Drake students can choose to participate in more than 160 clubs and social and student organizations, most open to first-year students, including student government and professional societies. The University also has more than 20 intramural and club sports. Drake competes at the NCAA Division I athletics level as a member of the Missouri Valley Conference and the Pioneer Football League.

One of the most notable weeks of the year on campus is Relays Week. Launched in 1910, the Drake Relays is one of the top track and field meets in the world. More than 40,000 spectators, 220 college and university teams, and world-class athletes come to campus for the spring event known as America's Athletic Classic


Location & Contact

2507 University Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50311-4516
USA

Ms.Laura Linn

Director of Admission

Phone: 515-271-3181 ext. 3182
Fax: 515-271-2831
Email: admission@drake.edu

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Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
Bachelor's
Associate's
  • Biological/life sciences
    • Biochemistry
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Biology/Biological Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Neuroscience
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Business/marketing
    • Accounting
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Accounting and Finance
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Actuarial Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Business Administration and Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Business/Commerce
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Finance
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • International Business/Trade/Commerce
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Marketing/Marketing Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Communication/Journalism
    • Advertising
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Broadcast Journalism
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Journalism
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Mass Communication/Media
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Public Relations/Image Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Radio and Television
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Radio, Television, and Digital Communication Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Computer and information sciences
    • Computer Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Education
    • Elementary Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Secondary Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Engineering
    • Pre-Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • English
    • English
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Rhetoric and Composition
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Health professions and related sciences
    • Pharmacy
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Pharmacy Administration and Pharmacy Policy and Regulatory Affairs
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Pre-Dentistry Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Pre-Medical Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Pre-Veterinary Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • History
    • History
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Law/legal studies
    • Pre-Law Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Mathematics and statistics
    • Mathematics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Natural resources/environmental science
    • Environmental Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Environmental Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Philosophy and religious studies
    • Ethics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Philosophy
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Religious Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Physical sciences
    • Astronomy
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Chemistry
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Physics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Psychology
    • Psychology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Social sciences
    • Anthropology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • International Relations and Affairs
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Political Science and Government
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Sociology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Theology and religious vocations
    • Religious/Sacred Music
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Visual and performing arts
    • Acting
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Art
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Commercial and Advertising Art
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Directing and Theatrical Production
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Dramatic/Theater Arts
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Dramatic/Theater Arts and Stagecraft Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Drawing
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Fine/Studio Arts
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Graphic Design
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Jazz/Jazz Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Keyboard Instruments
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music Performance
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Painting
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Printmaking
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Sculpture
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Voice and Opera
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.

Admissions

65% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied5,930
    • Accepted3,911
    • Acceptance Rate65%
    • Enrolled3,383
    • Female Applicants3,429
    • Females Accepted2,299
    • Female Acceptance Rate67%
    • Male Applicants2,501
    • Males Accepted1,612
    • Male Acceptance Rate64%
  • Applying
    • Application Fee
    • Required for All Essay or personal statement
      Transcript of high school record
    • Required for Some
    • Average high school GPA for first-year freshman3.70
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
    • Fall freshmen March 1st --
    • Out-of-state Fall freshmen Not Reported
    • Early decision plan Not Reported
    • Other early decision plan Not Reported
    • Transfer Yes
  • Test Scores Accepted
    • Test Average School Accepted 25th Percentile* 75th Percentile*
    • SAT Critical Reading 530 640
    • SAT Math 540 680
    • SAT Writing
    • ACT Composite 25 30
    • * 25th and 75th percentile is the score that 25/75 percent of students score at or below.

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *$32,100
    • Out-of-state tuition *$32,100
    • In-district tuitionN/A
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student fees$146.00
    • Room and board *$9,270.00
    • Room only *$4,950.00
    • * Room and board charges vary according to board plan selected (i.e., 12-meal plan, 19-meal plan, etc.) and student level (freshman, sophomore, etc.)
  • Other Payment Considerations
    • Guaranteed tuition plan offeredNo
    • Tuition pre-payment planNo
    • Tuition payment plans offeredInstallments
    • Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuitionChildren of Alumni, Employees or children of employees, Senior Citizens

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Undergraduate Students3,383
    • Male Student Percentage44%
    • Female Student Percentage56%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic/Latino3.31%
    • Black or African American3.31%
    • White or Caucasian78.95%
    • American Indian or Alaska Native.18%
    • Asian4.58%
    • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander.06%
    • Two or more races1.3%
    • Unknown1.36%
  • Other Student Statistics
    • International Breakout6.95% representing 36 other countries
    • Out-of-state Students65% out-of-state student

Campus Life

  • Housing
    • College-owned housing available Yes
    • Housing Requirements None
    • Housing options Coed housing , Special housing for disabled
    • Percentage of undergraduate students who live in college-owned housing 75%
  • Student Activities
    • Student-run campus newspaper Yes
    • Drama / theater group Yes
    • Student-run radio station Yes
    • Student-run television station Yes
    • Marching band Yes
    • Choral groups Yes
  • Student Services
    • Legal services Yes
    • Health clinic Yes
    • Personal / psychological counseling Yes
    • Women's center No
  • Student Organizations
    • Greek fraternities Yes
    • Greek sororities Yes
    • Local fraternities No
    • Local sororities No
    • Other organizations Not Reported
    • Most popular organizations Student Activities Board, Drake Magazine, Dog Pound Pep Squad, Alpha Phi Omega, Residence Hall Association
  • Campus Security and Safety
    • 24-hour emergency telephone / alarm services Yes
    • 24-hour patrols by trained officers Yes
    • Students patrols Not Reported
    • Late-night transport / escort services Yes
    • Electronically-operated dormitory entrances Not Reported
    • Other 24-hour desk attendants in residence halls

Athletics

Member of the: NCAA Division I
  • Men's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Badminton Yes No No
    • Basketball Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Cheerleading No Division X Yes
    • Crew No No No
    • Cross-country running No Division 1 Yes
    • Football Yes Division B No
    • Golf Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Racquetball Yes No No
    • Soccer Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Softball Yes No No
    • Swimming Yes No No
    • Tennis Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Track No Division 1 Yes
    • Volleyball Yes No No
  • Women's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Badminton Yes No No
    • Basketball Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Cheerleading No Division X Yes
    • Crew No Division 1 No
    • Cross-country running No Division 1 Yes
    • Football Yes No No
    • Golf Yes Division X No
    • Racquetball Yes No No
    • Soccer Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Softball Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Swimming Yes No No
    • Tennis Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Track No Division 1 Yes
    • Volleyball Yes Division 1 Yes

Faculty

  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty437
    • Full-time Percentage67%
    • Part-time Percentage33%
    • Female Percentage49%
    • Male Percentage51%
    • Student:Faculty Ratio11:1 or 3,251 students to 288 faculty


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