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Drake University

Des Moines, IA 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate69%
Acceptance Rate69%

About Drake University

Drake University Overview

Drake University is a private, nonprofit school in the urban setting of Des Moines, Iowa. Drake University was founded in 1881 and the school presently has around 4,875 students per year, including 2,902 undergrad students. Drake University provides on-campus housing for students. Most students live in off campus housing.Regular decision applicants for Fall 2023 should hear from Drake University by October 15.

Student Activities at Drake University

Interested in music or performing? At Drake University you can join a campus band, sing in a chorus, or perform with one of the school's theater groups.

Interested in journalism or communications? Drake University students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.

Interested in Greek life? Drake University has both fraternities and sororities.

Planning to play sports? Drake University has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at Drake University on the Student Life page.

2022 Drake University Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 69%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate ED not offered
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA Offered but % not available
Average GPA 3.7
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 14%
Tuition $47,564
Percent of Need Met 79%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $34,820

Is Drake University a Good School?


There is no one way to define a "good" college or university. Some factors that can help you determine what a good school for you might be include admissions criteria, acceptance rate, tuition costs, and more.

Let's take a closer look at these factors to get a clearer sense of what Drake University offers and if the college seems like the right college for you.

Drake University Acceptance Rate 2022

It is moderately difficult to get into Drake University. Drake University admitted 69% of all applicants in 2022. Out of 7,931 applications received in 2022, 5,479 students were offered admission.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Drake University

Retention refers to the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. It gauges how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

Around 78% of students who started at Drake University earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61% for public schools and 67% for private.

Job Outlook Drake University Graduates

Job placement statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers.

Check with Drake University directly, for information on any information on starting salaries for recent grads.

Drake University's Endowment

An endowment is the total value of a school's investments, donations, and assets. Endowment is not necessarily an indicator of the quality of a school, but it can give you a sense of how much money a college can afford to invest in expanding programs, improving facilities, and support students.

Drake University's endowment was valued at $226.2 million in 2022, compared to a national average of $905 million. For each full-time student, Drake University spends about $12,666 a year.

Tuition and Financial Aid at Drake University

Tuition cost is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need.

Drake University meets 79% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $34,820 a year.

The average student debt for graduates in the class of 2022 was around $32,978 per student, not including those with no debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2022

Some financial aid is available on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA early. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! You should never have to pay to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so don't give your money (or info!) to any website that claim you do.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at Drake University.

Based on this information, does Drake University seem like a good fit? Remember, the best school for one person may be a terrible fit for someone else! So ask yourself: Is Drake University a good school for you?

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Where is Drake University Located?

Drake University is located in the urban setting of Des Moines, Iowa.

If you are interested in seeing Drake University for yourself, be sure to plan a visit! The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 235 to Des Moines, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Des Moines International.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what Drake University and Des Moines are like without leaving home.

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College Info

2507 University Avenue Des Moines, IA 50311-4516

Campus Setting: Urban

Drake University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Not available

Transfer Applications are Due

Not available

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Drake University ACT Scores

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ACT Range

25 - 31

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

31 and Above

Good

25 to 31

Avg

25 and Less

Low

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Drake University SAT Scores

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Composite SAT Range

1190 - 1380

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Math SAT Range

590 - 700

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Reading SAT Range

600 - 710

Drake University Tuition & Fees

Tuition & Fees

$58,300

In State

$58,300

Out-of-State
Cost Breakdown
In State
Out-of-State
State Tuition
$45,734
$45,734
Fees
$178
$178
Housing
$11,288
$11,288
Books
$1,100
$1,100

Student Life

Wondering what life at Drake University is like? There are approximately 4,875 students enrolled at Drake University, including 2,902 undergraduate students and 1,973 graduate students. 96% percent of students attend school full-time, 37% percent are from IA and 63% percent of students are from other states.

96%

Full Time

4%

Part Time

37%

In State

63%

Out-of-State

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

4,875

Campus Setting

Urban

Acceptance Rate

69%

Tuition and Fees

In State

$45,912

Out-of-State

$45,912

Fall Freshmen
Application Deadline

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