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Drake University Student Life

Drake University is on a 120-acre campus in an urban setting in Des Moines, Iowa. There are many activities and organizations for Drake University students to participate in – band, chorus, theater groups, a campus newspaper, a radio station and more.

Drake University also has fraternities and sororities.

Drake University has a thriving Student Activities Board. In fact, more students participate in Student Activities Board than any other on-campus activity.

Other popular student organizations at Drake University include Drake Magazine, Dog Pound Pep Squad, Alpha Phi Omega and Residence Hall Association.

Drake University students' favorite campus traditions are Drake Relays, Parent/Family Weekend and Homecoming.

Drake University Housing

Drake University offers housing. Students are required to live on campus through sophomore year. First year students are guaranteed on-campus housing.

Most Drake University students live off campus. In 2021, 41% of undergrads at Drake University lived in some kind of on-campus housing and 59% of students lived off-campus or commuted to Drake University. First year students are allowed to park a car on campus.

Drake University offers coed housing and housing for students with disabilities.

Drake University Athletics

At Drake University there are a variety of athletic options for students interested in joining a sports program.

Intercollegiate sports are the highest tier of college sports and can be very competitive. Intercollegiate teams are regulated by the NCAA, funded by the university, and compete against teams from other universities. The division of a sports team depends on the size of the unversity, funding, and compention level. An intercollegiate school team will be Division I, II or III, with Division I being the highest level.

Club sports are not regulated by the NCAA and are a great option for students not interested in trying out for an intercollegiate team. Club sports are usually student run but can also be funded by the university.

Intramural sports are the most casual and informal. Intramural sports are often free and require very little time commitment.

Let's take a look at the athletic options available at Drake University:

Sport Mens Intramural Womens Intramural Mens Division Womens Division Mens Scholarships Womens Scholarships
Track And Field NCAA Division 1 NCAA Division 1
Cross Country Running NCAA Division 1 NCAA Division 1
Club Teamsheerleading Intercollegiate Sport Intercollegiate Sport
Basketball NCAA Division 1 NCAA Division 1
Soccer Club Teams NCAA Division 1 NCAA Division 1
Tennis NCAA Division 1 NCAA Division 1

Safety at Drake University

College is like a home away from home. Whether you're walking to class or coming back from late-night studying (or partying!), it's important to feel safe on campus.

Drake University is patroled 24 hours a day by trained security. The Drake University campus has emergency telephones or alarms for students to use anytime of day or night.

Drake University offers late-night transportation or safety escorts for students. Campus housing is secure and dorms can only be accessed with secure key cards.

Plan a Visit to Drake University

Visiting colleges is one of the best ways to get a sense of the campus and student body. If you'd like to visit to Drake University, take Interstate 235 to Des Moines, IA. If you need to fly, book your flight to Des Moines International airport.

While you're planning, check out other schools in Iowa you may want to visit too. Click the heart at the top of each school's page to save it to your college list.

Want to visit but can't make the trip? Explore Drake University's campus without leaving home by taking a virtual campus tour

Drake University Students

60%

Women

40%

Men

96%

Full Time

4%

Part Time

34%

In State

66%

Out-of-State

Ethnicity

74%

8%

6%

5%

4%

3%

0.14%

0.04%

Undergraduate Students

2,848

Graduate Students

1,926

Non-Resident / International Students

86

Drake University Campus Services

Student Services
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  • 31515C82-8D2D-421D-B67C-E215D0E49BE9 Women's Center
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  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 Alumni Networking
  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 ESL
Campus Security
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  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 24-Hour Emergency Phone / Alarm
  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 24-Hour Security Patrol

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Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

4,774

Campus Setting

Urban

Acceptance Rate

68%

Tuition and Fees

In State

$45,912

Out-of-State

$45,912

Fall Freshmen
Application Deadline

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