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Reviews 674 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Students are required to live on campus until they have been out of high school for two years (minus special cases). I haven't looked into any off-campus housing.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are a lot of great places to eat in Des Moines!

4 College Freshman

Administration: I haven't had any problems with rules, and people that did have problems either caused the problems, or it was worked out.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: LIke any student, I would love to receive more aid. But the process to get aid from Drake was streamlined and hassle free.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: The party scene is around, but it isn't outrageously terrible.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: Sometimes it seems like they could do better food wise.

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The people at Drake are really cool, very relaxed.

2 College Sophomore

Scholarships: There are very few scholarships available at this school. :(

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Not above and beyond, merely average. Hubbell has pretty limited hours and honestly needs an upgrade. Value is pretty unfair and flex dollars would be better if they could be spent off campus as well.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Newer facilities for first-year students, but upperclassmen dorms could use some work.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Pretty typical campus. Most students are more dedicated but like to have fun. Kind of preppy look

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3 College Freshman

Athletics: Basketball games are the most entertaining. Students dont attend a lot of sporting events. Decent underground fitness center

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Like the dorms. They were updated and nice. Close to class too

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Local Area: There is a lot to do in Des Moines for people of all ages

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Drake West Village monopolizes off-campus housing and tries to get the most students there. It is nice but pricey. Drake does not help students find options after sophomore year

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Certain sororities and fraternities are cliquey and snobby. Other houses are less exclusive and do more good things for campus and the community. Other fraternities are know for bad parties or drug/alcohol use. about 30%? of campus is greek. It can be annoying on the weekends or when large greek events happen if you are a non-greek

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: Because of the pharmacy program, I get less money than other students with the same grades, etc and I still only get my scholarship for 4 years. Its not far that because I am a pharmacy student that will be going to school for 6 years that I get less money. Other than that, there is plenty of scholarship money and financial aid for students

5 College Freshman

Administration: Policies are not too strict. Students are just expected to be professional and acceptable when representing Drake. Students are still able to be the average college student on the weekends and have fun

4 College Senior

Scholarships: Most people get merit aid here, as well as take out loans. If you have outside scholarship money, it's a bit more of a hassle but doable.

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5 College Senior

Campus Housing: Definitely one of the nicest on-campus housing arrangements of any college I've ever visited. The freshman quads were remodeled a few years ago and extremely nice to live in. Some of the other housing choices on campus could be updated though.

3 College Senior

Health & Safety: There's not a lot of campus crime, other than occasional theft and alcohol violations. Security gets a lot of bad rap but I've personally never had a negative experience with them.

3 College Senior

Local Area: The immediate surrounding area can be a little rough at times, but there is a lot to do, especially in downtown Des Moines, which is 5 minutes away by car.

4 College Senior

Greek Life: If you're not Greek, it's a lot harder to have a social life, but the people in Greek life aren't typically snobby or exclusive. However, some houses clearly do not like other houses and look down upon others.

5 College Freshman

Local Area: No complaints at all. You are a 5 minute drive away from downtown Des Moines and Court Avenue downtown is always hopping with bars. There is a Triple A Baseball team, the Iowa Cubs, and a Hockey team in Des Moines as well. Theatre is huge downtown and they usually get pretty big traveling shows coming in. Local food is not hard to find at all, and chains can be found more often in surrounding suburbs if that is your thing. Your Drake ID gets you free access to the Des Moines busing system is you do not have a car, just prepare to take awhile to get places.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: If you have a car or know someone who has a car, the possibilities are endless. Downtown is a 5 minute drive and their are tons of neighboring suburbs around campus that have tons of options. Walking wise though, you are limited. There is a Jimmy Johns, a local chinese place, local sushi place, Subway, Planet Sub, coffee shop, Walgreens, Scooters, McDonalds, Jethro's, Paul Revere's, and a few more. A nice selection, but can get old fast if you don't have a car. If you have a car though, it is very nice.

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