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Drake University is the only private university in Iowa listed in The Kiplinger 100: the best values in private institutions across the country. The rankings, based on academic quality and affordability, appear in the current issue of Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine.
The Kiplinger 100 ranks the top 50 universities and the top 50 liberal arts colleges in two separate tables. Drake ranks 40th among private universities nationwide and offers an average aid package of $10,719 to students who need financial assistance. Plus, 61 percent of the average aid packages came from grants or scholarships.
"Our high ranking demonstrates Drake's commitment to maintain a high-quality education that is more affordable than many students and families realize," said Tom Delahunt, Drake vice president for admission and financial aid. "Approximately 98 percent of Drake students receive financial assistance, including merit- and need-based assistance. Each year more than $50 million in financial assistance is provided to Drake undergraduate students."
Drake is a private institution in Des Moines, Iowa, recognized as one of the top master’s universities in the United States, with more than 3,100 undergraduate students from 45 states and 61 countries. Drake's mission is to provide an exceptional learning environment that prepares students for meaningful personal lives, professional accomplishments, and responsible global citizenship. The Drake experience is distinguished by collaborative learning among students, faculty and staff and by the integration of the liberal arts and sciences with professional preparation.