#2 Best Colleges in Iowa

Drake University

Des Moines, Iowa

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Student Population
Drake University overview
Location Des Moines, Iowa
Online drake.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Midsize City
Drake University overview
Size Mid-size
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate

Located in Des Moines, Iowa, Drake University is a mid-size four year private college offering both undergrad and graduate programs. In the most recent statistical year 7,932 prospective students applied, and 5,479 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 759 enrolled in the school.  3,697 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 1,178 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2021/2022, excluding room and board, is $45,734 plus fees of $178. Drake is ranked 139 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2023 U.S. Colleges Ranking.



Drake is rated within the top 25% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 8 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Getting In

Admission Standards
Very High
Drake University overview
SAT 1190/1410
ACT 25/31
GPA 3.7
Applications Accepted
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Applications Due -
Applicant Competition Low
Application Fee $0

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Annual Cost to Attend

Costs for Drake University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,100
Other Fees$178
Room and Board $11,288
Budget for Other Expenses$3,825
Total One Year Cost$62,125

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Average Salary After 10 Years
$68,500 per year
Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate
75% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Drake University students
Subject Percent of Class
Business 39%
Communication 12%
Social Sciences 10%
Education 8%
Biology 6%

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