Drake University

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School Overview

Drake University is a private, selective university in Des Moines, Iowa. The school offers professional programs in law, business, and pharmacy, along with numerous graduate and undergraduate programs in various disciplines. Drake is among the country’s 25 oldest law schools.

Drake launched “Distinctly Drake” in September 2010, a $200 million campaign designed to make the University one of the top higher education institutions in the country. The campaign included substantial scholarship money to attract the best students, faculty endowments to retain the best professors, improvements to facilities, and a plan to improve overall financial strength.

General Information

Admission Office

2507 University Avenue

Des Moines, IA 50311-4505

(515) 271-3181

(800) 443-7253

Fax: (515) 271-2831

Contact: Laura Linn

Director of Admission
Main Address

2507 University Avenue

Des Moines, IA 50311-4505

(515) 271-2011


Total undergrads: 3,516

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 902

Degree-seeking undergrads: 3,465

Graduate enrollment: 1,237


Urban setting

Large city (250,000 – 499,999)

Residential campus

Degrees offered:
First Professional

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $25

Online application fee: Free
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 69%

Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 86%

College Majors

Arts, Visual & Performing

Acting B
Art History/Criticism/Conservation B
Commercial/Advertising Art B
Directing/Theatrical Production B
Drama/Theater Arts B
Drawing B
Music – General B
Music – General Performance B
Music Management/Merchandising B
Painting B
Printmaking B
Sculpture B
Theater Design/Stagecraft B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biochemistry B
Biology B
Cellular/Molecular Biology B
Pharmacology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting B
Actuarial Science B
Business – General B
Business/Managerial Economics B
Finance/Banking B
International Business B
Management Information Systems B
Management Science B
Marketing Management B

Communications & Journalism

Advertising B
Broadcast Journalism B
Communications/Rhetoric B
Journalism B
Mass Communications/Media Studies B
Public Relations B
Radio/Television B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer Science B
Computer/Information Sciences – General B
Information Technology B


Curriculum/Instruction B
Elementary Education B
Mathematics Education B
Music Teacher Education B
Secondary Education B

English Language & Literature

English Composition B
English Language & Literature – General B
Speech/Rhetorical Studies B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Health Services – General B
Pharmaceutical Sciences B


History – General B

Law & Legal Studies

Law & Legal Studies – General B


Mathematics – General B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

Neuroscience B

Natural Resources & Conservation

Environmental Science B
Natural Resources Management/Policy B

Philosophy & Religion

Ethics B
Philosophy B
Religion/Religious Studies B

Physical Sciences

Astronomy B
Chemistry B
Physics B


Psychology – General B

Social Sciences

Anthropology B
Economics B
International Relations B
Political Science/Government B
Social Sciences – General B
Sociology B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

Drake University Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (515) 271-2011
Website: www.drake.edu
Type of School: 4-year, Private non-profit
Apply Online: www.drake.edu/admission
Address: 2507 University Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50311-4505
Setting: City: Midsize
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 4,884
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 77%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 10 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 3,571 (73% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $42,840
Out-of-state Tuition: $42,840
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 100%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $25,929

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Drake University Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Drake University.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 3
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 143
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 51
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 1
Education 1491
English Language and Literature/Letters 3
Health Professions and Related Programs 2
History 1
Legal Professions and Studies 12
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 1
Mathematics and Statistics 1
Natural Resources and Conservation 2
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 1
Philosophy and Religious Studies 2
Physical Sciences 3
Psychology 11
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 1
Social Sciences 7
Visual and Performing Arts 9
Grand total 161171

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Drake University and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $42,840
Out-of-state $42,840
Books and supplies $1,100

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $11,818
Out-of-state $11,818

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 749 100%
Grant or scholarship aid 749 100% $25,929
Student loan aid 414 55% $9,995

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 2,868 95% $23,585
Federal student loans 1,445 48% $6,442

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Drake University. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Drake University students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2020

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 6,944 2,828 4,116
Percent admitted 100% 65% 70%
Percent admitted who enrolled 11% 10% 12%

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Drake University Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 4,884
Undergraduate enrollment 2,954
Graduate enrollment 1,930

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Drake University Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Higher Learning Commission

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education
    • Pharmacy (PHAR) - Professional degree programs
  • American Bar Association, Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar
    • Law (LAW) - Professional schools
  • American Occupational Therapy Association, Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education
    • Occupational Therapy (OTD) - Programs leading to a Doctoral Degree
    • Occupational Therapy (OTD) - Programs leading to a Doctoral Degree
  • National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation
    • Art and Design (ART) - Degree-granting schools and departments and non-degree-granting programs
  • National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
    • Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs

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