Drake University

Drake University Data & Information Overview

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How Well Is Drake University Ranked?

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2022 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 266 badges in the 2022 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is other finance and financial management services.

Overall Quality

Drake is ranked #184 out of 2,576 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2022 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 10% of all schools in the nation.

Drake also holds the #3 spot on the Best Colleges in Iowa ranking.

See all of the rankings for Drake University.

Is It Hard to Get Into Drake?

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Drake University is a competitive 69%, so make sure you take your application seriously when putting it together. Even leaving out a minor detail could be a reason to move you to the rejection pile.

Average Test Scores

About 8% 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 540 and 660. Math scores were between 560 and 690.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Drake University  ( 540 to 660 )

SAT Math Scores for Drake University  ( 560 to 690 )
Drake received ACT scores from 84% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 24 and 30.

ACT Composite Scores for Drake University  ( 24 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

The freshmen retention rate of 84% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like Drake University enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  84 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 65%, which is better than the national average of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  65 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 2,954 undergraduates at Drake with 2,830 being full-time and 124 being part-time.

How Much Does Drake University Cost?

The overall average net price of Drake is $29,432. 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 +
$25,212 $24,060 $26,589 $30,031 $32,411

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 56% of students took out student loans averaging $8,516 a year. That adds up to $34,064 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Drake is 2.2%. 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?

Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from Drake make around $58,300 per year during the early years of their employment. This is good news for future Drake graduates since it is 46% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 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 52 majors graduated from Drake University. Of these students, 769 received undergraduate degrees and 619 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
Marketing 60 $46,400
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 53 $71,600
Public Relations & Advertising 49 $41,900
Finance & Financial Management 39 $53,700
Accounting 37 $54,600
Journalism 31 $35,400
Non-Professional General Legal Studies 31 NA
General Psychology 29 $29,500
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 28 NA
Natural Resources Conservation 27 NA

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 2018-2019, 1,313 students took at least one online class at Drake University. This is an increase from the 427 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2018-2019 1,313 277
2017-2018 427 192
2016-2017 239 20
2015-2016 325 0
2013-2014 223 24

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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