Drake offers a prestigious private education characterized by small classes, personal attention, mentorship, and professional experiences that will enable you to distinguish yourself in your field—and succeed after graduation.
At Drake you’ll learn by doing alongside expert faculty whose top priority is your education—no classes are taught by teaching assistants. You’ll be part of an engaged, flexible learning community thanks to Drake’s small class sizes and student-faculty ratio of 12:1. You’ll graduate with the analytical, communication, and problem-solving skills that employers are seeking, as well as the professional experience and connections you need to launch a successful career.
Drake’s academic offerings are annually ranked by publications such as U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review as among the best for quality, value, and alumni success. You can be admitted directly to more than 70 undergraduate programs of study, or Open Enroll—without a major declared—to keep your options open.
Preparation for a competitive world
Drake’s home city of Des Moines is large enough to offer outstanding professional, cultural, and recreational opportunities but small enough that you can make your mark. This, along with our outstanding reputation and strong relationships in the community, means great internships and other learning opportunities.
An extraordinary student experience
At Drake you’ll enjoy special events, noteworthy visitors, exceptional concerts, and more. Watch Olympic athletes compete at the Drake Relays, take part in colorful traditions like Street Painting, and cheer on Drake’s Division I athletic teams. You can choose to participate in over 160 clubs and social organizations, ranging from student government to professional societies to intramural sports to international student groups.
An outstanding value
Drake is consistently recognized as a “best value” in higher education by publications such as U.S. News & World Report and Kiplinger’s. To help offset your costs, Drake offers scholarships and grants to international students. Campus employment is also available.
The Drake Commitment
Drake will provide the life-defining opportunities you need to launch into a career, service, graduate school, or whatever you dream of. Your education will include:
1. Personal mentorship. Work closely with professors in your field to gain the experiences you need to stand out as a professional—and still graduate on time.
2. Learning through service. Broaden your world-view and gain valuable experience while making a difference in the local community or around the world.
3. Flexibility to explore interests. Dive deeply into fascinating topics on campus or around the world with a tuition-free, three-week January Term course.
4. Building a great résumé. Learn by doing—with high-caliber internships, undergraduate research, and service learning opportunities locally or globally.
A Drake education gets results.
#5 Drake’s national rank for academic quality among master’s institutions in the United States (U.S. News & World Report)
92% of students graduating having had one or more internships or field/clinical experiences
98.9% of students launching their careers or beginning grad school within six months of graduation
98% Drake’s ranking for return on investment—alumni earnings that are above expectation—among all four-year American colleges (The Economist)
$55,700 Median earnings of Drake graduates within 10 years of entering college—almost $20,000 more than the national average (Department of Education’s College Scorecard)
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 School: 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 and 15 minutes from the airport
Number of Students: 3,338 undergraduate students; 4,991 total; Drake’s student-faculty ratio is 12:1 for undergraduates. The international student population is 341.
Number of Faculty: 289 full time, 166 part time, nearly all of whom 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 Athletic Training, Dentistry, Engineering, Law, Medicine, Occupational Therapy, Pharmacy, and Veterinary Medicine.
Combined 3+3 degree programs: Law/Arts and Sciences major, Law/Business and Public Administration major, Law/PharmD, Law/Health Sciences, Law/Journalism and Mass Communication major, PharmD/MBA, PharmD/MPA
See more at drake.edu/academics/undergraduate/majors.
Geographic Diversity: Students from 40 states and 47 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: (2016–2017)
Tuition and Fees $ 35,206
Room and Board $ 9,850
Books, Personal Expenses, and Health Insurance $ 4,600
The total cost of attending Drake—including all expenses except for transportation—is $49,656 per year.
Financial Aid: Undergraduate students admitted to either the fall or spring terms are eligible to receive scholarships and the International Student Grant. Visit drake.edu/scholarships for additional information on scholarships and financial aid.
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 for fall term, December 1 for spring term, and April 15 for summer term. The exception is Drake’s Pre-pharmacy program in the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, which has a December 1 priority deadline. Visit drake.edu/apply.