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Academics

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4 College Freshman

Academics: The professors are fantastic. They do everything in their power to help you out whenever you need help and most of their doors are open to you if you just want to chat. There are a lot of different options for curriculum, as Drake offers a variety of majors and minors, and it is fairly simple to pick up a double/triple major or minor. I've heard about slight confusion with freshmen with the registration process, but it seems relatively simple for the upperclassmen. Its college, so the workload tends to be heavy no matter what the involvement, if the work is done right. There are a number of special study options, including tutors in most subjects, faculty to assist those with learning disabilities, and there are at least 2 study areas per building at Drake.

4 College Freshman

Academics: My program incorporates the hard sciences: biology, chemistry, and a little physics. I have a heavy workload for a freshman, as my science classes and labs are study and work-intensive. The facilities are good, with access to the scientific necessities (spectrophotometers, pipets and micropipets, etc) as well as study rooms, and tutor and teacher appointments. My class specific to my major, BCMB encourages and informs me about internship opportunities in Des Moines and abroad, and Drake as a school encourages students to apply for internships as a freshman.

4 College Student

Academics: The program is wonderful and smooth. The courseload is just challenging enough. The facilities and faculty are great.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: The AOI program is great, and there is lots of help available for every area of study. Popular study areas are the library and the Cline Atrium for pharmacy and health science students.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: It is extremely demanding to be in the pharmacy program. I'm in that, I have a music minor and an on-campus job. I don't have much free time so my workload is very full. Most of my days go 8-5 without breaks. However I still find time for a professional fraternity and a sorority.

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Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
12:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
283
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
178
Total FT Faculty
285
Faculty with Terminal Degree
89%
Average Faculty Salary
$77,496
Full-Time Retention Rate
88%
Part-Time Retention Rate
50%
Graduation Rate
74%
Programs/Majors Offered
83
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
No
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: Yes
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Doctorate - Professional practice
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
  • Post-master's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Business Administration and Management: 3%
  • Law: 4%
  • Pharmacy Studies: 4%
  • Public Administration: 3%
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 24 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 24 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

How often do you:    Based on 8 responses

Never
Always
  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 8 responses

  • 75% This was my dream school.
  • 25% This was one of my top choices.
  • 0% This was a school I settled for (safety school).

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