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Drake University is a private not-for-profit institution located 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.

47 Undergraduate Degrees
236 Graduate Degrees
$38,053 Avg Cost After Aid (Undergrad)
69% Acceptance Rate

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Drake University Rankings

We have ranked Drake as #16 out of 545 colleges and universities in the country in our 2021 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 5% of all schools in the nation. It is also ranked #2 out of 9 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
#10 Best Teaching Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#24 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
#7 Best Educational Administration Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#9 Best Student Counseling Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#11 Best Value Student Counseling Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#14 Best Value Curriculum & Instruction Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#15 Best Value Educational Administration Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#18 Best Special Education Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#21 Best Teacher Education Subject Specific Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#22 Best Value Teacher Education Grade Specific Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#26 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
#59 Highest Paid Teacher Education Grade Specific Graduates College Factual
#64 Highest Paid Education Graduates College Factual
#168 Best Schools Course Advisor

Where Is Drake University?

Location of Drake University

Contact details for Drake are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 2507 University Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50311-4505
Phone: 515-271-2011

How Do I Get Into Drake?

You can apply to Drake online at:

Admission Requirements for Drake

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

How Hard Is It To Get Into Drake?

69% Acceptance Rate
59% Of Accepted Are Women
8% Submit SAT Scores
With an acceptance rate of 69%, Drake does not let just anybody through their doors! Make sure you spend enough time polishing up your application so you will make a great impression.

Approximately 41% of accepted students are men and 59% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 65%, and the acceptance rate for women is 72%.

Average Test Scores

About 8% 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 540 and 660. Math scores were between 560 and 690.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Drake University  ( 540 to 660 )

SAT Math Scores for Drake University  ( 560 to 690 )
Drake received ACT scores from 84% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 24 and 29. Math scores were between 24 and 32. Composite scores were between 24 and 30.

ACT English Scores for Drake University  ( 24 to 29 )
ACT Math Scores for Drake University  ( 24 to 32 )
ACT Composite Scores for Drake University  ( 24 to 30 )

Can I Afford Drake University?

$38,053 Net Price
56% Take Out Loans
2.4% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Drake is $38,053. 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

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Drake, approximately 56% of students took out student loans averaging $8,516 a year. That adds up to $34,064 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Drake is 2.4%. 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

2,830 Full-Time Undergraduates
59% Women
20% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 2,954 undergraduate students at Drake, with 2,830 being full-time and 124 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Drake

There are also 1,930 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 2,830 full-time undergraduates at Drake, 41% are male and 59% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Drake

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Drake Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 131
Black or African American 155
Hispanic or Latino 195
White 2,145
International Students 100
Other Races/Ethnicities 104

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

192 Took All Classes Online
427 Took At Least One Class Online
650.4% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 427 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.


Online Growth Rankings of Drake

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Drake University was 650.4%. This is the #61 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 Bachelor’s Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
General Educational Leadership & Administration 0 88 30 118
Curriculum & Instruction 0 42 0 42
Secondary Education 15 22 0 37
Elementary Education 19 11 0 30
Counselor Education/School Counseling & Guidance Services 0 25 0 25
Adult & Continuing Education 0 13 0 13
Music Education 12 0 0 12
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Specific Learning Disabilities 0 3 0 3
Mathematics Education 1 0 0 1
Science Education 0 1 0 1
Other Teacher Education & Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas 0 1 0 1
TOTAL 47 206 30 283


*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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