Drake University

Drake University Data & Information Overview

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How Well Is Drake University Ranked?

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2023 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 335 badges in the 2023 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is other entrepreneurial and small business operations.

Overall Quality

College Factual ranked Drake as #208 out of 2,241 colleges and universities in the country on its 2023 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 10% of all schools in the nation.

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

See all of the rankings for Drake University.

Is It Hard to Get Into Drake?

Acceptance Rate

If you're applying to Drake University you'll face some tough competition, since the school's acceptance rate is only 68%. Definitely don't wait until the last minute to submit your application, since applying early may be in your favor.

Average Test Scores

About 26% 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 560 and 660. Math scores were between 550 and 680.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Drake University  ( 560 to 660 )

SAT Math Scores for Drake University  ( 550 to 680 )
Drake received ACT scores from 69% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 23 and 30.

ACT Composite Scores for Drake University  ( 23 to 30 )

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Drake University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio at Drake is an impressive 10 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

Freshmen Retention Rate

Drake University has a freshmen retention rate of 86%. 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  86 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 68%, which is better than the national average of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  68 out of 100

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

Drake University Undergraduate Student Diversity

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?

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 53% of students took out student loans averaging $10,142 a year. That adds up to $40,568 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?

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

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
Website: www.drake.edu/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/DrakeUniversity
Twitter: http://twitter.com/drakeuniversity

Drake University Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 55 majors graduated from Drake University. Of these students, 848 received undergraduate degrees and 658 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
Data Analytics 43 NA
Marketing 42 $45,816
Non-Professional General Legal Studies 41 NA
Journalism 39 $34,814
Accounting 32 $59,063
Finance & Financial Management 32 $56,700
Teacher Education Grade Specific 30 $41,116

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

Online Learning at Drake

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 2019-2020, 4,272 students took at least one online class at Drake University. This is an increase from the 1,313 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2019-2020 4,272 1,430
2018-2019 1,313 277
2017-2018 427 192
2016-2017 239 20
2015-2016 325 0

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.


More about our data sources and methodologies.

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