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 Education that transforms

It’s about more than just a great education. It’s about being transformed by an experience. Drake University is a collaborative educational community of individuals pushing boundaries, raising standards, gaining knowledge, and bettering their world.

At Drake, an exceptional education is just the beginning. Whether it’s in a lab, an internship, or a service project, students learn by doing.

You’ll learn from expert faculty whose top priority is your education. No classes are taught by teaching assistants or graduate students. Drake’s small class sizes and student-faculty ratio of 11:1 ensure a more involved and flexible learning community. Faculty members engage themselves with each individual student—both in the classroom as teachers and out of the classroom as mentors. Students are empowered to become more involved, think critically and independently, and collaborate and learn with their peers.

Learning excellence
Drake offers more than 70 undergraduate programs of study in the liberal and fine arts and sciences, as well as in colleges of business and public administration, journalism and mass communication, pharmacy and health sciences, and education. You can combine majors or, with faculty guidance, create your own. You can change majors through your sophomore year and, in most cases, still graduate in four years. Drake’s unique general education curriculum allows you to customize your education so you can enhance your academic focus and pursue your interests at the same time.

Preparing for the future
Des Moines offers substantial opportunities for internships and other kinds of experiential learning. The success of Drake’s hands-on approach speaks for itself—nearly all Drake graduates (98.3% in 2014−2015) find satisfactory career employment or enter the graduate and professional schools of their choice within six months of receiving their degrees.

Giving passion a purpose
You’ll have many opportunities to pursue your interests on campus. Drake is large enough to offer a wide variety of campus activities yet small enough that you can actually take advantage of the array of experiences. You can choose to participate in more than 160 clubs and social organizations, most open to first-year students, ranging from student government to professional societies to intramural sports. Drake also boasts an active International Student Association and the world-famous Drake Relays.

Admission advantage
Drake offers admission to either the fall or spring term. You can be admitted directly into your proposed field of study—even the professional programs in business, education, and journalism and mass communication—or keep your options open. Drake offers scholarships and financial assistance to international students. Campus employment is also available to help offset personal expenses.

U.S.News & World Report has consistently named Drake one of the top educational institutions in the Midwest, as well as a “best value.” In addition, Drake is listed in Kiplinger’s 100 Best Values in Private Colleges across the country.




Drake’s scenic campus is located in a residential neighborhood in Des Moines, Iowa, a medium-sized city of approximately 600,000 people. As Iowa’s capital and largest city, Des Moines is a metropolitan center for insurance and financial services, government, publishing, broadcasting, advertising, and the arts.


Type of University: Drake is a fully accredited national, coeducational, independent private university founded in 1881.

Size of Campus: More than 150 acres in a residential neighborhood within 10 minutes of downtown Des Moines; facilities include both modern architectural showplaces and buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Number of Students: 3,400 undergraduate students; 5,200 total; Drake’s student-faculty ratio is 11:1 overall. The international student population is 343.

Number of Faculty: 87% of faculty hold the highest degree in their field.

Colleges, Programs, and Degrees:
• College of Arts and Sciences, including the School of Fine Arts
• College of Business and Public Administration
• College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
• Law School
• School of Education
• School of Journalism and Mass Communication

Pre-professional study is available in dentistry, engineering, law, medicine, and veterinary medicine. Combined degree programs are A&S major/law degree 3+3, business major/law degree 3+3, JMC major/law degree 3+3, Pharm.D./M.B.A., Pharm.D./M.P.A., Pharm.D./law, and health sciences major/law degree 3+3.

Geographic Diversity: Students from 40 states and 46 countries attend Drake.

International Student Services: Drake offers a wide array of services to international students, including airport pickup, special orientation sessions, immigration and general advising, an ESL program, and a host family program.

International Student Budget: (2015–2016)
Tuition and Fees    $33,696
Room and Board    $9,596
Books, Personal Expenses, and Health Insurance    $4,600

The total cost of attending Drake—including all expenses except for transportation—is $47,892 per year.

Financial Aid: Scholarships and financial assistance that are entirely in the form of gift aid may cover up to 40% of the cost of tuition. Campus employment and competitive scholarships are also available.

Test Score Requirements: TOEFL—71 iBT or 530 PBT; IELTS—6.0

Application Deadlines and Fees: The priority deadline for admission, scholarships, and financial aid is March 1, with the exception of the December 1 priority deadline for admission to the pre-pharmacy program in the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.