Drake University

Drake University

Founded in 1881, Drake University is a private, co-educational university located in Des Moines, Iowa. It offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate programs as well as professional programs in law and pharmacy. Drake is one of the oldest law schools in the nation. The university is organized into the following academic schools and colleges:

  • College of Arts & Sciences
  • College of Business and Public Administration
  • College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
  • School of Education
  • School of Journalism and Mass Communications
  • School of Law

Drake is home to more than 100 student organizations. The athletic teams of Drake compete in the NCAA Division I's Missouri Valley Conference. They are nicknamed the Bulldogs.

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Drake University
2507 University Avenue
Des Moines , IA 50311-4505
General Phone: (515) 271-2011

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Drake Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Business and Management316business management, accounting, accounting and finance, accounting and management, accounting and related services, entrepreneurship, finance, financial management, international business, ...
Education and Teaching296curriculum and instruction, educational administration, educational supervision, education of emotionally disturbed, education of learning disabled, school counseling, student counseling, adult education, elementary school teaching, ...
Law149law, legal professions
Medicine126neuroscience, pharmacy
Media111mass communication, broadcast journalism, journalism courses, radio and television, public relations, advertising
Liberal Arts108English, creative writing, speech and rhetoric, liberal arts and sciences, interdisciplinary studies, anthropology, anthropology courses, economics, econometrics, ...
Family and Social Work101public administration
Science72biology, biochem/biophysics courses, chemistry, physics
Therapy and Counseling30psychology
Design24graphic design
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy21vocational counseling, rehabilitation
Drama and Performing Arts12drama, stagecraft
Music11music, music performance, voice, music pedagogy, various music studies
Conservation and Resource Management9environmental studies, environmental science
Fine Arts8art history and criticism, painting
Medical Administration6pharmacy courses
Religion and Philosophy5philosophy, ethics, religion
Computer Science and Engineering3computer and info science
Photography and Commercial Art1drawing
Nursing and Emergency Medicine1registered nursing

Number of programs and degrees for Drake in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree73563
Master's degree41827
Post-master's certificate202
Doctor's degree - professional practice2472

Drake Student Body

In 2007-2008, Drake had a total enrollment of 5,617 students (5,279 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 40%
Women 60%
Full-Time 100%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 26%
Graduate 74%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 50%
Black 2%
Hispanic 1%
Asian 1%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 44%
(Foreign Students) 2%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 28%
20-21 26%
22-24 18%
25-29 12%
30-34 5%
35-39 4%
40-49 4%
50-64 2%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

(International Students)3%

Drake Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 86 %

Drake Room and Board (2007)

Drake offers campus housing for 2,220 of its 5,279 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Des Moines, Iowa for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Iowa Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Drake Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal520640
SAT Math550660
ACT Verbal2430
ACT Math2430
ACT Composite2429

Application Requirements:

Class Ranknot required
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT14%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT96%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Drake Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 24,892
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 24,892
Room and board $ 7,500
Room charge $ 3,960
Board (meal plan) charge $ 3,540
Books and supplies $ 900
Other expenses $ 3,560

Financial Aid:
Drake participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 186000)

Drake Faculty

Drake has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track2733
Non-tenured and not on tenure track2340

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year7$134,0900*
Associate professorcalendar year3$105,2005$98,844
Assistant professorcalendar year3$82,37511$83,418
Instructorcalendar year0*1*
All faculty totalcalendar year13$115,48917$87,136

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year49$100,01119$90,101
Associate professoracademic year47$72,55935$65,424
Assistant professoracademic year36$53,97352$51,986
Instructoracademic year2*0*
All faculty totalacademic year134$77,183106$63,255

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Drake Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Pioneer Football League
Basketball Missouri Valley Conference
Track Missouri Valley Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports5070120

Drake Degree Programs (2007)

Business And Management
Accounting and Business/Management
Accounting and Finance
Accounting and Related Services, Other
Actuarial Science
Business Administration and Management, General
Business, Management, Marketing & Related Support Services, Other
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies
Finance and Financial Management Services, Other
Finance, General
International Business/Trade/Commerce
Management Information Systems, General
Management Science, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer and Information Sciences, General

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Science
Environmental Studies

Graphic Design

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
Dramatic/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft, Other

Education And Teaching
Adult and Continuing Education and Teaching
Art Teacher Education
Business Teacher Education
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Curriculum and Instruction
Drama and Dance Teacher Education
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Education/Teaching Individuals - Specific Learning Disabilities
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Emotional Disturbances
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Educational, Instructional, and Curriculum Supervision
Elementary Education and Teaching
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
French Language Teacher Education
History Teacher Education
Mathematics Teacher Education
Music Teacher Education
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
Secondary Education and Teaching
Social Science Teacher Education
Spanish Language Teacher Education
Student Counseling and Personnel Services, Other
Teacher Education/Profess Development, Subject Areas, Other

Family And Social Work
Public Administration

Fine Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation

Law (LLB, JD)
Legal Professions and Studies, Other

Liberal Arts
Anthropology, Other
Creative Writing
Econometrics and Quantitative Economics
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
History, General
International Relations and Affairs
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Speech and Rhetorical Studies

Mathematics, General

Broadcast Journalism
Journalism, Other
Mass Communication/Media Studies
Public Relations/Image Management
Radio and Television

Medical Administration
Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Administration, Other

Pharmacy (PharmD [USA], PharmD or BS/BPharm [Canada])

Music Pedagogy
Music Performance, General
Music, General
Music, Other
Voice and Opera

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions, Other
Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling/Counselor

Photography And Commercial Art

Religion And Philosophy
Religion/Religious Studies

Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology, Other
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Physics, General

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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Female % of student body
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