Drake University

814 reviews
  1. Des Moines, IA
  2. 4 Year
A
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Value
    A+
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    B
  5. Athletics
    B+
  6. Party Scene
    A
  7. Professors
    B+
  8. Location
    B
  9. Dorms
    A-
  10. Campus Food
    C+
  11. Student Life
    A-
  12. Safety
    C+
Drake University is ...
Private not-for-profit
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-AA
Athletic Conference
Pioneer Football League
Address
2507 University Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50311
Website

Drake University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
69%
SAT Range
1060-1310
ACT Range
25-30
Application Fee
$25
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Application Website

Cost

Net Price
$27,052/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $18,719/ year
  • $30-48k
    $21,281/ year
  • $49-75k
    $24,757/ year
  • $76-110k
    $25,964/ year
  • $110k+
    $29,785/ year

Academics

Professors
B+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
12:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
81%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.53 responses
64%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.55 responses
55%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.55 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
3,177Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
3%
Pell Grant
17%
Varsity Athletes
12%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 33 responses
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  • Dedicated, but also likes to have fun
    58%
  • Pretty chill, into drinking, mostly studious
    30%
  • Studious, privileged
    12%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
98%
Poll
49%
of students say that Greek life is pretty big.69 responses
Poll
64%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.74 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 30 responses
Report
  • Great oppertunites
    33%
  • You get out of it what you put into it
    33%
  • Great opportunities
    17%
  • You either like it or you don't
    10%
  • EXPENSIVE!!!
    7%

After Drake University

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$55,700/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
78%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
94%
National
83%
86%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.36 responses

Reviews

814 reviews
  • Excellent
    125
  • Very Good
    346
  • Average
    290
  • Poor
    37
  • Terrible
    16
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).
  • College Freshman
  • Nov 19 2014
Drake actually has really nice dorms and campus housing - much more spacious than at state schools. And the RA's plan events throughout the year. Make sure to do random roommate assignment because then you'll be on the same floor (first year) as people in your Orientation group and in your First year Seminar class (these people become like your family). Drake keeps the buildings clean all year long. It's great! Also we do have AC and heating! I say Stalnaker is the best for freshmen. Make sure to bring shower shoes, extra long sheets, and a mirror!
  • College Freshman
  • Nov 19 2014
There Is Definitely Drinking on Campus – Drinking is definitely prevalent on campus! It's not mandatory by any means though; there are several groups on campus that promote no drinking. Also the Student Activities Board creates events as alternative to drinking, and give funds to student organizations that want to hold events on weekend evenings as an alternative to going out. As far as drugs, there is not much of a culture of this, at least not visibly.
However, Drake has had recent poor experiences with students &amp; drinking... This is not a reflection of the school/student body as a whole, and the University is working really hard to eliminate these troubles proactively.
  • Recent Alumnus
  • July 10 2012