Drake University
Des Moines, IA 50311-4505


Type 4 year
Control Private
Business model Not for Profit
Campus size Medium
Campus locale City
Degrees offered Undergrad & Graduate
Calendar system Semester
Total enrollment 5,001
Religious affiliation None
Student to faculty ratio 12:1
Campus housing
Dormitory capacity 2,772 students
Freshmen are required
to live on campus
Types of Programs Offered
Postbaccalaureate Recreational or avocational education
Adult basic remedial or high school equivalent
High school education
Medical Degree
Special Learning Opportunities
Weekend/evening classes
Study abroad
Teacher certification
ROTC - Army
ROTC - Navy
ROTC - Air Force
Student Services Offered
On-campus day care for students' children
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling services
Employment services for students
Placement services for graduates


Acceptance Rate
(Fall 2016)

Drake University is somewhat selective in its admission process. In Fall 2016, it received 4,959 applications and 3,419 students were granted admission. Drake University is at the #67 spot (in a scale of 1 to 100) in terms of admission difficulty out of 1,781 4 year colleges in the U.S.

Among other admission requirements, applicants must submit ACT or SAT test scores in order to get their application considered. In Fall 2016, 85% of the enrollees submitted ACT scores and 8% submitted SAT scores.

Test Scores

Students admitted and enrolled in Fall 2016 have test scores in the following ranges.
SAT1050 to 1340
ACT25 to 30

Application Fee

Undergrad students
Graduate students
Learn more about admission requirments

Tuition & Fees

In 2016-2017 academic year, Drake University's tuition was $35,060 for all students regardless of residency (30.9% more expensive than the national average tuition of a typical 4-year private institution)

Follow the link below to learn more about additional cost components such as books and supplies, room and board and other expenses.

Average Net Price
National Average = $22,127
In State Tuition
National Average = $26,792
Out of State Tuition
National Average = $26,792
Learn more about tuition & fees

Financial Aid

In 2016-2017 academic year, 99% of Drake University's full-time freshman students were awarded some type of financial aid. 17% of the students received need based financial assistance from the federal government with an average amount of $3,841 (which is 12.7% below the national average.)

The total number of federal student loan recipients at Drake University in 2016-2017, was 459, which is 57% of the total eligible students. The average loan amount given out to these students was $5,300 (which is 10.1% below the national average.)

Pell Grant
National Average = $4,400
Federal Loan
National Average = $5,895
Financial aid
National Average = 92%
Learn more about financial aid

Student Body

In Fall 2016, Drake University has enrolled a total of 5,001 students (3,964 students full-time and 1,037 on a part-time basis). Out of the total 5,001 students, 108 of those students were transfer students. The gender ratio of the new enrollee was 40% men and 60% women and 3,267 students were enrolled for undergraduate programs and 1,734 for graduates studies.

Total Enrollment

Student Diversity

White: 81%

Non-resident alien: 5%

Hispanic: 4%

Black/African American: 3%

Asian: 3%

Two or more races: 2%

Race/ethnicity unknown: 1%

Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander: 0%


Listed below are the 10 largest majors offered at Drake University.

Study areas with their online column set to zero are those programs that have an online option but there was no graduate in 2016-2017 academic year.
Study Areas Percent Total Graduates Online
Education 32% 732
Health Professions And Related Programs 19% 430
Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services 9% 198
Public Administration And Social Service Professions 8% 176
Legal Professions And Studies 5% 115
Visual And Performing Arts 4% 90
Social Sciences 2% 38
Communication, Journalism, And Related Programs 1% 26
Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services 1% 18
Physical Sciences 1% 18

Graduation & Dropout Rates

Graduation rate
national average: 55%

Graduation rate is a key indicator of an institution's education quality and the level of academic and financial support provided to students.

The following section details graduation and dropout rates of Drake University full-time students who started class in 2010 and graduated or dropped out prior to August 31, 2016.

Still enrolled
Dropout rate
Transfered out

The above graduation rate is the percentage of students who graduated within 150% of the normal graduation time. For a 4 year degree program, 150% of 4 years is 6 years and for a 2-year program 150% is 3 years.

Earnings After College

Median Annual Income
national average: $33,604

The typical median income of Drake University graduates 6 years after enrollment is $41,900. Last year, out of the total 983 graduates who entered the institution 6 years ago, 934 were reported to have been employed. On the same note, out of 1,194 graduates, who enrolled 10 years ago, 1,134 were employed.

6 years after enrollment 10 years after enrollment
Annual Income $41,900 $56,800
Employment Rate 95% 95%
Total Graduates 983 1,194

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Nearby Colleges

Nearby 4 year colleges within 100 mile radius of Drake University.

Grand View University
2.8 mile away
Simpson College
16.9 mile away
Central College
40.2 mile away
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49.1 mile away
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