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Drake University is a private not-for-profit institution situated in Des Moines, Iowa. The city atmosphere of Des Moines makes it a great place for students who enjoy having lots of educational and entertainment options.

$37,912 Avg Cost After Aid (Undergrad)
68% Acceptance Rate

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Drake University Rankings

We have ranked Drake as #27 out of 1,358 colleges and universities in the country in our 2022 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 5% of all schools in the nation. It is also ranked #1 out of 24 schools in Iowa.

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.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#14 Best Teaching Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#14 Best Teaching Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#48 Best Teaching Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Drake.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#2 Best Curriculum & Instruction Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#3 Best Educational Administration Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#10 Best Value Student Counseling Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#11 Best Special Education Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#13 Best Teacher Education Subject Specific Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#13 Best Value Curriculum & Instruction Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#14 Best Value Educational Administration Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#18 Best Student Counseling Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#23 Best Value Teacher Education Grade Specific Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#29 Best Teacher Education Grade Specific Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Drake has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#13 Best General Educational Leadership & Administration Schools College Factual
#16 Best Educational Administration Schools College Factual
#17 Best Curriculum & Instruction Schools College Factual
#74 Best Education Schools College Factual
#99 Best Teacher Education Grade Specific Schools College Factual
#107 Best Schools Course Advisor

Where Is Drake University?

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Contact details for Drake are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 2507 University Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50311-4505
Phone: 515-271-2011
Website: www.drake.edu/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/DrakeUniversity
Twitter: http://twitter.com/drakeuniversity

How Do I Get Into Drake?

You can apply to Drake online at: www.drake.edu/admission

Admission Requirements for Drake

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank neither required nor recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program recommended
Recommendations recommended
SAT or ACT Scores considered but not required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Drake?

68% Acceptance Rate
60% Of Accepted Are Women
26% Submit SAT Scores
The acceptance rate at Drake is 68%, which is a sign that the school is fairly selective. While it may not be as hard to get into as other colleges, you should not take admission for granted.

Approximately 40% of accepted students are men and 60% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 64%, and the acceptance rate for women is 71%.

Average Test Scores

About 26% 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 560 and 660. Math scores were between 550 and 680.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Drake University  ( 560 to 660 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for Drake University  ( 550 to 680 )
200
800
Drake received ACT scores from 69% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 22 and 31. Math scores were between 22 and 29. Composite scores were between 23 and 30.

ACT English Scores for Drake University  ( 22 to 31 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for Drake University  ( 22 to 29 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for Drake University  ( 23 to 30 )
1
36

Can I Afford Drake University?

$37,912 Net Price
53% Take Out Loans
2.2% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Drake is $37,912. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

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 53% of students took out student loans averaging $10,142 a year. That adds up to $40,568 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Drake is 2.2%. 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

2,731 Full-Time Undergraduates
60% Women
23% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 2,848 undergraduate students at Drake, with 2,731 being full-time and 117 being part-time.

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There are also 1,926 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 2,731 full-time undergraduates at Drake, 40% are male and 60% are female.

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Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Drake University students is as follows.

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Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 138
Black or African American 160
Hispanic or Latino 209
White 2,027
International Students 85
Other Races/Ethnicities 112

Geographic Diversity

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

1,430 Took All Classes Online
4,272 Took At Least One Class Online
805.1% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2019-2020, 4,272 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Drake has changed over the last few years.

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Online Growth Rankings of Drake

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Drake University was 805.1%. This is the #63 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 Teaching Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major TOTAL
Curriculum & Instruction 0
General Educational Leadership & Administration 0
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Emotional Disturbances 0
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Specific Learning Disabilities 0
Counselor Education/School Counseling & Guidance Services 0
Drama & Dance Education 0
Mathematics Education 0
Music Education 0
Science Education 0
Other Teacher Education & Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas 0
Adult & Continuing Education 0
Elementary Education 0
Secondary Education 0
TOTAL 0

References

*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.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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