Drake University Admissions

ACT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, and More

Drake University
Drake University. Picture Des Moines / Flickr

Drake University is a fairly selective school, accepting about two-thirds applicants each year for admission. Students can apply by sending in an application form, high school transcripts, SAT or ACT scores, letters of recommendation, and a personal statement. Check out the school's website for updated information, and to contact the admissions office.

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Admissions Data (2015)

Drake University Description

Drake University is a small comprehensive university located in Iowa's capital, Des Moines. Undergraduates come from 47 states and 54 countries, and they can choose from over 70 academic programs. The university has a 14 to 1 student-faculty ratio and values the interaction between students and professors. The school also values real-world experience. Nearly 80 percent of students participate in a professional internship.

Drake University frequently receives high marks for its value and for its level of student engagement. The university's strengths in the liberal arts and sciences earned it a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. In athletics, the Drake University Bulldogs compete in the NCAA Division I Missouri Valley Conference--in football, however, they are part of the Football Championship Subdivision, in the Pioneer Football League.

Enrollment (2015)

  • Total Enrollment: 4,991 (3,338 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 44% Male / 56% Female
  • 95% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17)

  • Tuition and Fees: $35,206
  • Books: $1,100 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $9,850
  • Other Expenses: $3,700
  • Total Cost: $49,856

Drake University Financial Aid (2014 - 15)

  • Percentage of Students Receiving Aid: 99%
  • Percentage of Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 99%
    • Loans: 55%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $18,494
    • Loans: $7,827

Academic Programs

  • Most Popular Majors: Actuarial Science, Biochemistry, Elementary Education, English, Journalism, Marketing, Psychology, Public Relations, Secondary Education

Retention and Graduation Rates

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 88%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 65%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 73%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs

  • Men's Sports: Football, Tennis, ​Track and Field, Basketball, Soccer, Golf, Cross Country
  • Women's Sports: Rowing, Volleyball, Basketball, Soccer, Softball, Cross Country, Tennis, Golf, Track and Field

Data Source

National Center for Educational Statistics

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