#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
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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 6,944 prospective students applied, and 4,697 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 782 enrolled in the school.  3,760 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 1,109 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2019/2020, excluding room and board, is $42,694 plus fees of $146. Drake is ranked 120 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2020 U.S. Colleges Ranking.



Drake is rated within the top 23% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 8 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards
Very High
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SAT 1100/1370
ACT 24/31
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$146
Room and Board $10,848
Budget for Other Expenses$3,700
Total One Year Cost$58,488

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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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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=153269 IPEDS survey data for Drake University.

Current students may use the Drake University GPA calculator to determine their current college GPA.