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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

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5 College Freshman

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

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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.

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.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Sports are not a big deal on campus at all. If you are into sports though, then their is a group that is always attending them, but they are not widely attended by most students. If you are not into them, you will almost never hear a word about them. Relays in the spring is where all the hubbub is at. It is huge and even though we have a Homecoming in the Fall, it is not popular and most students consider Relays to be the real Homecoming. It is when campus turns into a State college for the week and thousand of people descend on campus. It is amazing!

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The freshman dorms are newly renovated in the past few years and it shows. The lobbies are nice and open and the dorm rooms are pretty big compared to state college dorm rooms. I can not comment on sophomore housing, as I am still a freshman but you have to live on campus two years. From what I hear though, Goodwin-Kirk, the suite style, is best for sophomores. Ross is on campus and has personal bathrooms, but is kind of gross. Hewitt is on campus, but it the worst I hear. Morehouse is the oldest and partially freshman, but you have to be with Freshman. For Freshman, all of the dorms are the same and you don't have a choice of which one you receive mostly. Whichever hall as a freshman you are in though, you will come to love and say strongly for the rest of your life that it is the best freshman hall.

P.S. The best freshman hall is Stalnaker

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: If you are in it, good for you and you will have the time of your life. If you are not a part of Greek life, it can make this campus a little more difficult. Non-Greek students have a harder time making connections and finding out the goings on around campus. On that note though, Greek and Non-Greek still intermingle quite a bit because of the way housing is done freshman year. you already have friend by the time Greek starts. Greek parties are easy to get into as long as you tag along with a Greek friend and most people don't shun you for not being Greek. Can be sometimes lonely, but you just have to find your own niche on campus that is not Greek. Become involved in another organization to take up ll of your free time.

4 College Freshman

Administration: Rules are in place for underage drinking, but they are rarely enforced in most dorms and with most RA's. They feel it is more important that students are safe, so even when an incident does happen, it is common to see the RA's helping out and not reporting anything. Academics wise and honor code, it depends on the school you are in with how strict they hold to what their policy is. For the most part, academics wise they stick to what they say though.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: There are activities for the average student to participate in. Some kids go to a lot of sporting events but they are not widely attended.

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3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: I don't find the people here very attractive.

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College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: At Drake, I'm required to live on campus for the first two years, so I have no idea what the off campus housing situation would be. I do know that rental housing is generally available and of average cost in Des Moines.

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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: It's okay but could be a lot better.

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1 College Freshman

Scholarships: Drake costs way too much financial aid is inadequate.

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5 College Freshman

Local Area: Drake is in a rough neighborhood but we have a lot security. Des Moines itself is great. Internship opportunities available especially for law and business students. Also Pharmacy students can get jobs at the HyVee. Drake grads in these fields have really good reputations, especially in Des Moines. Shopping is phenomenal (Jordan Creek Mall! has everything you could want), there are concerts, zoos, museums, parks (you have to find them yourself but they are accessible) the local public transportation is great too (Free with your student ID).

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