Drake University: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

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Drake University is a private university with an acceptance rate of 68%. Located in Des Moines, Iowa, Drake undergraduates can choose from over 140 majors in six colleges and schools. The university has a 10-to-1 student / faculty ratio and values the interaction between students and professors. The university's strengths in the liberal arts and sciences earned it a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa.

Considering applying to Drake University? Here are the admissions statistics you should know, including Drake's SAT/ACT scores and GPAs of admitted students.

Acceptance Rate

During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, Drake University had an acceptance rate of 68%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 68 students were admitted, making Drake's admissions process somewhat competitive.

Admissions Statistics (2017-18)
Number of Applicants 6,886
Percent Admitted 68%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 16%

SAT Scores and Requirements

Drake University has a test-flexible standardized testing policy for most applicants. Applicants to Drake with an average GPA of 3.0 or above may submit SAT or ACT scores to the school or they may participate in an interview instead. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 19% of admitted students submitted SAT scores.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 580 680
Math 560 680
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

This admissions data tells us that of those students who submitted scores during the 2017-18 admissions cycle, most of Drake's admitted students fall within the top 20% nationally on the SAT. For the evidence-based reading and writing section, 50% of students admitted to Drake scored between 580 and 680, while 25% scored below 580 and 25% scored above 680. On the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 560 and 680, while 25% scored below 560 and 25% scored above 680. Applicants with a composite SAT score of 1360 or higher will have particularly competitive chances at Drake.

Requirements

Drake University has a flexible standardized testing policy for most applicants. For students who choose to submit scores, note that Drake participates in the scorechoice program, meaning that the admissions office will consider your highest score from each individual section across all SAT test dates. Drake does not require the essay portion of the SAT or SAT Subject tests.

ACT Scores and Requirements

Drake University has a test-flexible standardized testing policy for most applicants. Applicants to Drake with an average GPA of 3.0 or above may submit SAT or ACT scores to the school or they may choose to participate in an interview. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 77% of admitted students submitted ACT scores.

ACT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
English 23 31
Math 23 28
Composite 24 30

This admissions data tells us that of those students who submitted scores during the 2017-18 admissions cycle, most of Drake's admitted students fall within the top 26% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to Drake received a composite ACT score between 24 and 30, while 25% scored above 30 and 25% scored below 24.

Requirements

Note that Drake has a test-flexible application process for most applicants. For students who choose to submit scores, Drake University does not superscore ACT results; your highest composite ACT score will be considered. Drake does not require the ACT writing section.

GPA

In 2018, the average high school GPA of Drake University's incoming freshmen class was 3.68. This data suggests that most successful applicants to Drake have primarily A grades.

Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph

Drake University Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph.
Drake University Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph. Data courtesy of Cappex.

The admissions data in the graph is self-reported by applicants to Drake University. GPAs are unweighted. Find out how you compare to accepted students, see the real-time graph, and calculate your chances of getting in with a free Cappex account.

Admissions Chances

Drake University, which accepts just over two-thirds of applicants, has a somewhat competitive admissions pool. However, Drake also has a holistic admissions process and is test-flexible, and admissions decisions are based on much more than numbers. A strong application essay and glowing letters of recommendation can strengthen your application, as can participation in meaningful extracurricular activities and a rigorous course schedule. The college is looking for students who will contribute to the campus community in meaningful ways, not just students who show promise in the classroom. Students with particularly compelling stories or achievements can still receive serious consideration even if their grades and scores are outside of Drake's average range.

Note that students applying for the National Alumni Scholarship as well as those applying to the pre-pharmacy, pre-athletic training, and pre-occupational programs must submit SAT or ACT scores. Applicants who choose the test-flexible application process must participate in an admissions interview.

In the scattergram above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students. Most had SAT scores (ERW+M) of 1050 or higher, an ACT composite of 21 or higher, and a high school average of a "B" or better.

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