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Drake University Data & Information Overview

448 awards Ranking Badges
Fair Price Value for Your Money
69% Acceptance Rate
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How Well Is Drake University Ranked?

#224 Best Colleges in Nation
#5 Best Colleges in IA
Accounting Highest Ranked Major
Quality Badge

2024 Rankings

In its yearly rankings, College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities to determine which ones are the best in a variety of categories, such as overall value, quality, diversity, which schools are the best for each major, and much more.

Drake University was awarded 448 badges in the 2024 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is accounting.

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Overall Quality

Drake is ranked #224 out of 2,217 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2024 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 15% of all schools in the nation.

Drake is also ranked #5 out of 40 schools in Iowa.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Drake?

69% Acceptance Rate
62% Of Accepted Are Women
14% Submit SAT Scores

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Drake University is a competitive 69%, so make sure you take your application seriously when putting it together. Even leaving out a minor detail could be a reason to move you to the rejection pile.

Average Test Scores

About 14% of students accepted to Drake submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 600 and 710. Math scores were between 590 and 700.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Drake University  ( 600 to 710 )

SAT Math Scores for Drake University  ( 590 to 700 )
Drake received ACT scores from 43% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 25 and 31.

ACT Composite Scores for Drake University  ( 25 to 31 )

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Drake University Faculty

11 to 1 Student to Faculty
67% Full Time Teachers

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio at Drake is an impressive 11 to 1. That's quite good when you compare it to the national average of 15 to 1. This is a good sign that students at the school will have more opportunities for one-on-one interactions with their professors.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

When estimating how much access students will have to their teachers, some people like to look at what percentage of faculty members are full time. This is because part-time teachers may not have as much time to spend on campus as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Drake University is 67%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  67 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Drake University

84% Freshmen Retention
73% On-Time Graduation Rate

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 84% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like Drake University enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  84 out of 100

Graduation Rate

Students are considered to have graduated on time if they finish their studies within four years. At Drake the on-time graduation rate of first-time, full-time students is 73%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  73 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Drake University.

Drake University Undergraduate Student Diversity

2,731 Full-Time Undergraduates
22.5% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
59.8% Percent Women

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 2,848 undergraduates at Drake with 2,731 being full-time and 117 being part-time.

How Much Does Drake University Cost?

$29,903 Net Price
51% Take Out Loans
$40,848 Total Student Loans
The overall average net price of Drake is $29,903. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Drake

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$25,309 $25,332 $26,088 $30,425 $33,118

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Drake, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Drake, approximately 51% of students took out student loans averaging $10,212 a year. That adds up to $40,848 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Drake is 1.9%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do Drake Graduates Make?

$63,528 Avg Salary of Grads
High Earnings Boost
The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from Drake make about $63,528 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. That's great news for Drake students since it is 50% more than the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year.


See which majors at Drake University make the most money.

Location of Drake University

Iowa State
2,731 Full-Time Undergraduates
Midsize City Campus Setting
Drake University is a private not-for-profit institution situated in Des Moines, Iowa. The location of the school is great for students who enjoy the amenities of city life.

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Contact details for Drake are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 2507 University Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50311-4505
Phone: 515-271-2011

Drake University Majors

55 Majors With Completions
922 Undergraduate Degrees
688 Graduate Degrees
During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 55 majors graduated from Drake University. Of these students, 922 received undergraduate degrees and 688 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Public Relations & Advertising 55 $42,274
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 53 $64,552
Computer Information Systems 48 $62,903
History 43 NA
Philosophy 43 NA
Data Analytics 43 NA
Marketing 42 $45,816
Non-Professional General Legal Studies 41 NA
Journalism 39 $34,814
Accounting 32 $59,063

Learn more about the majors offered at Drake University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at Drake

44% Take At Least One Class Online
9% Take All Classes Online

Online courses area a great option for busy, working students as well as for those who have scheduling conflicts and want to study on their own time. As time goes by, expect to see more and more online learning options become available.

In 2020-2021, 2,148 students took at least one online class at Drake University. This is a decrease from the 4,272 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2020-2021 2,148 462
2019-2020 4,272 1,430
2018-2019 1,313 277
2017-2018 427 192
2016-2017 239 20

Learn more about online learning at Drake University.

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


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