Drake University

Des Moines, Iowa
4-year Private university


Drake University is a private institution established in 1881 with city setting located at Des Moines. It is ranked 178 in National Universities in 2024 edition of Best Colleges. Its tuition and fees are $ 50,114 (2023-24). It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,835. It practices semester-based academic calendar. The Donald V. Adams Leadership Institute offers courses, workshops and other opportunities for students throughout the year. Among the more than 150 student organizations are Colleges Against Cancer, a campus newspaper and a number of club and intramural sports teams, including badminton, racquetball and tennis. A sizeable Greek community encompasses about a dozen fraternities and sororities. Drake provides housing in its eight residence halls, and the majority of students live on campus. Drake is made up of six schools and colleges. Graduate programs include those in the School of Education, School of Law and the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. Campus traditions include Street Painting, an annual celebration during which organizations decorate a street on campus, and the Beautiful Bulldog Contest, held every year to find a mascot for the annual Drake Relays outdoor track and field competition.

#178 in National Universities
Location Des Moines, Iowa
Type 4-year Private
Year Founded 1881
Selectivity Low
Size Small
2,835 Undergraduates


Student-Faculty Ratio
Most Popular Major

Majors Available

  • Biological And Biomedical Sciences
  • Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services
  • Communication, Journalism, And Related Programs
  • Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services
  • Education
  • English Language And Literature/Letters
  • Health Professions And Related Programs
  • History
  • Legal Professions And Studies
  • Liberal Arts And Sciences, General Studies And Humanities
  • Mathematics And Statistics
  • Natural Resources And Conservation
  • Philosophy And Religious Studies
  • Physical Sciences
  • Psychology
  • Social Sciences
  • Visual And Performing Arts


Cost of Attendance
Average Student Contribution
Instate Tution Fee $41,396
Outstate Tuition Fee $41,396
Room and Board Fees $11,858
$47,891 Median Salary After 2 years of Graduation


67% (Low Selectivity) Acceptance Rate
Admission Difficulty: Difficult
$0 Application Fee
3.7 Average High School GPA

Application Requirements

SAT/ACT Required
SAT/ACT Writing (essay) Not Required
SAT Subject Test Not Required
Essay or Personal Statement Required
SAT Score Range
Middle 50% (25% - 75%) scores range
ACT Score Range
Middle 50% (25% - 75%) scores range

How to Apply?

Accepts CommonApp
Apply College's Own Application Portal

For International Students

79 Minimum TOEFL Score
TOEFL Requirement: Required
IELTS Other English Language Tests Accepted
(in lieu of TOEFL)
TOEFL Waived if

English is the first language or the student studies in an institution where the languageg of instruction is english

Deadlines for Fall Intake Applications
Regular Decision Deadline
Rolling Admission
Priority Application Deadline
Transfer Applications
Transfer Applications Deadline
For Financial Aid
Financial Aid Priority Application Deadline
Financial Aid Application Deadline

Scholarships and Financial Aid

$36,707 Average Financial Aid
Need-based Aid available for International Students

Need-based Aid

$27,780 Average Need-based Aid
Cost of Attendance for out-of-state students: $63,732
60% Students with need received Financial Aid
32.3% Students had their need fully met
Deadline for need-based financial application --
Forms to be submitted FAFSA

Merit Scholarships

Presidential Scholarships
Total Worth $26,000 to $34,000 per year
Eligibility undergraduate students
Minimum Criteria based on a complete review of the application for admission
Requirement for maintenance --
Separate application needed --
Application deadline N/A
National Merit Scholarship
Total Worth $1,500
Eligibility Incoming first-year students who rank as National Merit finalists and who have indicated Drake University
Minimum Criteria based on a variety of criteria depending on the type of scholarship and are not based on financial need.
Requirement for maintenance --
Separate application needed --
Application deadline N/A

Other Scholarships

National Alumni Scholarships
Total Worth Full Ride (tuition, room, and board)
Details The Drake University National Alumni Scholarship (NAS) is Drake’s most competitive scholarship program. National Alumni Scholarships are awarded to outstanding first-year students entering directly from high school who meet all criteria and complete the full application process. The 2024 National Alumni Scholarship program will be held virtually.
Fine Arts Scholarships
Total Worth --
Details Fine Arts Scholarships are available to select students who display exceptional talent in art and design, music, or theatre arts and who are seeking a fine arts degree.


2,835 Total Undergraduate Enrollment
School Size: Small
89% Freshmen return to Sophomore Year
70% Students graduate within 6 years