Drake University

Drake University
2507 University Ave
Des Moines, Iowa 50311
1-800-44-DRAKE or 515-271-2011
Website: https://www.drake.edu/
Year Founded: 1881
President: Earl ”Marty” Martin
Enrollment: Undergraduate: 3,098 Graduate: 1,806
Drake University

Drake University, a mid-sized, private university in Des Moines, Iowa, is recognized as one of the top institutions of higher learning in the Midwest. The University is committed to providing every student with the life-defining opportunities that drive an exceptional future: 1) personal mentorship by professors in their field; 2) opportunities to learn through service locally and globally; 3) the flexibility to explore interests through a tuition-free, three-week January term course; and 4) high caliber internships, research experiences, and other professional preparation. The result is a highly-customized education that prepares graduates not just for that first, great job out of college, but for success throughout their lives.

Distinctive Facts & Features
  • 140+ programs in six colleges and schools (Arts & Sciences, Education, Business and Public Administration, Journalism and Mass Communication, Pharmacy and Health Sciences, and Law)
  • 98.8% of students launch careers/start grad school within six months of graduation
  • Ranked in the top 2% nationally for return on investment (The Economist)
  • Students from 47 states and 39 countries
  • The annual Drake Relays draws 40,000 spectators and dozens of Olympic medalist competitors
  • No. 5 in the nation for academic quality (U.S. News & World Report)
Student Profile
  • Male: 39.2%
  • Female: 60.8%
  • In-State Students: 31%
  • Out-of-State Students: 69%
  • Number of Majors: 140 
  • 4,900 students (3,100 undergraduate, 1,800 graduate)
Most Popular Majors
  • Actuarial Science
  • Marketing
  • Psychology
  • Pre-Pharmacy
  • Finance
  • Law, Politics & Society
  • Data Analytics
  • Public Relations
  • Computer Science
  • Biochemistry, Cell & Molecular Biology
  • Tuition: $42,840         
  • Room & Board: $10,528
  • Guaranteed Percent of Tuition Increase Over Four Years: 0%
Financial Aid Data
  • Average Drake-Funded Grants and Scholarships (Fall 2017): $22,190
  • Incoming first-year students who receive scholarships: 100% 
Class Size
  • Student/Faculty Ratio: 11 to 1
  • Classes with 29 Students or Fewer: 60% 
  • Full-time Faculty with PhD/terminal Degree: 92%
Athletics and Intramural Activities
  • Athletic Division: NCAA Division I, Missouri Valley Conference, Pioneer Football League
  • Student Clubs and Organizations: 160+
Co-curricular Activities
  • Student Clubs and Organizations: 160+

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