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Drake University Data & Information Overview

Want the scoop on Drake University? We've put together a comprehensive report on the school that covers what majors Drake offers, how the school ranks, how diverse it is, and much more. If you're interested in learning more about a particular stat, just click on its tile to go to a new page that covers the topic more in-depth. Also, you can jump to any section of this page by clicking one of the links below.

How Well Is Drake University Ranked?

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2021 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 45 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is management sciences and quantitative methods.

Overall Quality

College Factual ranked Drake as #138 out of 1,715 colleges and universities in the country on its 2021 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 10% of all schools in the nation.

Out of the 31 colleges in Iowa, Drake is ranked at #2.

See all of the rankings for Drake University.

Is It Hard to Get Into Drake?

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 8% 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 540 and 660. Math scores were between 560 and 690.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Drake University  ( 540 to 660 )

SAT Math Scores for Drake University  ( 560 to 690 )
Drake received ACT scores from 84% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 24 and 30.

ACT Composite Scores for Drake University  ( 24 to 30 )

Learn more about Drake University admissions.

Drake University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio is often used to measure the number of teaching resources that a college or university offers its students. The national average for this metric is 15 to 1, but at Drake it is much better at 11 to 1. That's good news for students who want to interact more on a personal level with their teachers.

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 68%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  68 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Drake University

Freshmen Retention Rate

Drake University has a freshmen retention rate of 87%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  87 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate for someone pursuing a bachelor's degree is typically four years. This rate at Drake for first-time, full-time students is 65%, which is better than the national average of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  65 out of 100

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

Good Overall Diversity at Drake

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 3,015 undergraduates at Drake with 2,834 being full-time and 181 being part-time.

Drake Diversity Score

For each college and university, College Factual calculates an overall diversity score that takes four factors into account: gender, ethnicity, age, and home location of the student. Then, the schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest.

The overall diversity score for Drake is 79.76 out of 100, meaning that is is more diverse than most schools in the country.

Overall Diversity Score  79.76 out of 100
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How Much Does Drake University Cost?

The overall average net price of Drake is $29,046. 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 +
$22,298 $24,942 $26,124 $28,763 $32,322

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

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Drake, approximately 56% of students took out student loans averaging $8,516 a year. That adds up to $34,064 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Drake is 2.4%. 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?

Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from Drake make around $58,300 per year during the early years of their employment. This is good news for future Drake graduates since it is 46% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.


See which majors at Drake University make the most money.

Location of Drake University

Drake University is a private not-for-profit institution located in Des Moines, Iowa. The location of the school is great for students who enjoy the amenities of city life.

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Location of Drake University

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

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 52 majors graduated from Drake University. Of these students, 896 received undergraduate degrees and 632 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
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 117 $71,600
Public Relations & Advertising 49 $41,900
Marketing 49 $46,400
Finance & Financial Management 45 $53,700
Accounting 42 $54,600
Computer Information Systems 41 $58,300
Journalism 37 $35,400
Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences 36 $27,400
General Psychology 35 $29,500
Teacher Education Grade Specific 34 $39,900

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

Online Learning at Drake

Online learning is becoming popular at even the oldest colleges and universities in the United States. Not only are online classes great for returning adults with busy schedules, they are also frequented by a growing number of traditional students.

In 2017-2018, 427 students took at least one online class at Drake University. This is an increase from the 239 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 427 192
2016-2017 239 20
2015-2016 325 0
2014-2015 261 6
2013-2014 223 24

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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