Drake University


Highest Degree Offered: Masters

College Type: Private

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Academic Calendar: Semester

State: Iowa


Drake University is a small comprehensive university located in Iowa's capital, Des Moines. Undergraduates come from 47 states and 54 countries, and they can choose from over 70 academic programs. The university has a 14 to 1 student / faculty ratio and values the interaction between students and professors. The school also values real-world experience -- nearly 80% of students participate in a professional internship. Drake University frequently receives high marks for its value and for its level of student engagement. The university's strengths in the liberal arts and sciences earned it a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. In athletics, the Drake University Bulldogs compete in the NCAA Division I Missouri Valley Conference.

Most Popular Majors

Actuarial Science, Biochemistry, Elementary Education, English, Journalism, Marketing, Psychology, Public Relations, Secondary Education

Student/Faculty Numbers

Total Students: 5668
Total Grad Students: 2141
Undergraduate Students: 3527
Faculty: 272

Total Student/Faculty Ratio: 21:1
Undergraduate Student/Faculty Ratio: 13:1

Percent Male: 43%
Percent Female: 57%

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Graduation and Retention Information

Four-Year Graduation Rate: 61%

Six-Year Graduation Rate: 74%

Transfer-Out Rate

Graduation and Retention Data From: Spring 2010

Contact Information

2507 University Avenue
Des Moines Iowa 50311

Website: http://www.drake.edu

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Main Phone: 515-271-2011

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Applying to Transfer

Transfer Agreements:

Common App Used?

High School Transcript Required?

Minimum GPA for Applying:
Drake does not publish a minimum GPA requirement for transfer admission consideration.

Minimum Grades for Transfer:
Drake does not publish a minimum grade requirement for transfer credit.

Credits (Min/Max):
You may transfer 94 academic semester credit hours for all majors except pharmacy (178 credits). A max of 66 semester hours of credit may come from 2-year institutions. A minimum of 30 semester hours must be completed while in residence to earn a degree.

Test Scores for Applying:
You are required to submit official SAT/ACT scores if you have less than 24 semester hours of college credit completed.

Letters of Recommendation Required:
Drake does not publish a requirement for letters of recommendation.

Essay(s) required:
Drake requires the submission of a personal essay, 250 words minimum, as part of your application for admission. In addition to your essay, the admission committee gives applicants the chance to submit an optional video statement.

Application Fee:
There is a $25 non-refundable application fee, which is waived if you apply online.

Other Requirements:
Auditions are required for Music majors/minors and Theatre majors.

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Standardized Testing

ACT 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
Composite 25 29
English 26 31
Math 24 30
SAT 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
Critical Reading 530 650
Math 580 680

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Transfer Statistics

Transfers Applied:

Transfers Accepted:

Transfer Percentage Accepted: %

Freshmen Percentage Accepted: 63%

Difference Between Transfer and Freshmen Acceptance Rates: -63%

Admissions Data From: Fall 2010


Books: 900

Other Expenses: 3560

Room and Board: 8410

Tuition and Fees: 28382

Total Cost: 41252

Note on Costs:

Costs Data From: 2011-12

Financial Aid

General Financial Aid Information:
The financial aid offered is designed to help each family meet Drake's cost of attendance according to their particular eligibility for financial aid. This means Drake makes every effort to provide the most complete aid package in the first award notice.

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Average Amount of Aid – Grants:

Average Amount of Aid – Loans: 7678

Percent of New Students Receiving Aid: 99%

Percent of New Students Receiving Grants: 98%

Percent of New Students Receiving Loans: 61%

Financial Aid Data From: Fall 2010

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