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Drake University
Des Moines, IA
Drake, founded in 1881, is a private university. Programs are offered through the Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business and Public Administration, Education, and Pharmacy and Health Sciences and the Schools of Fine Arts, and Journalism and Mass Communication. Its 120-acre campus is located in Des Moines.
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Institution Type Private
Coeducational Yes
Undergraduate Students 3,267
   Women 1,869 (57.2%)
   Men 1,398 (42.8%)
Graduate Students 1,734
Entrance Difficulty Moderately difficult
Overall Admission Rate 69% of 4,959 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered Yes
Early Decision Offered No
Regular Admission Deadline March 1
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA 3.67
SAT Math 540-690 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading 510-650 range of middle 50%
SAT Writing
ACT Composite 25-30 range of middle 50%
Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Academic GPA X      
Standardized Tests   X    
Essay X      
Extracurricular Activities     X  
Cost of Attendance $49,856
  Tuition and Fees $35,206
  Room and Board $9,850
Average Percent of Need Met 76%
Average Freshman Award $26,153
Average Indebtedness of
2016 Graduates
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Academic Calendar System Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum Required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates 289
Regular Class Size 2-9 students: 22% of classes
10-19 students: 9% of classes
20-29 students: 30% of classes
30-39 students: 21% of classes
40-49 students: 12% of classes
50-99 students: 4% of classes
Over 100 students: 2% of classes
Des Moines Population 207,510
Nearest Metropolitan Area  
Freshman Housing Guarantee Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing 97% of freshmen, 70% of all students
Athletic Conferences NCAA Division I
Mascot Bulldog
Ethnicity of Students from U.S. 0.2% American Indian/Alaskan Native
3.4% Asian
4.0% Black/African-American
4.6% Hispanic/Latino
2.6% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
84.9% White
0.3% Unknown
International Students 6.4%
First-Year Students Returning 88.4%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years 70.5%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly Not reported