Drake University Admissions

ACT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, and More

Drake University's Meredith Hall
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Drake University is moderately selective. In 2016, 69% of applicants were admitted, and successful applicants tended to have above average grades and standardized test scores. Students can apply using the Drake online application, Common Application, or free Cappex Application. The application includes 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 (2016)

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 (2016)

  • Total Enrollment: 5,001 (3,267 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 43% Male / 57% 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 (2015 - 16)

  • Percentage of Students Receiving Aid: 99%
  • Percentage of Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 99%
    • Loans: 58%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $19,737
    • Loans: $7,880

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: 68%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 77%

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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