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The New York Times also recognizes Drake as a top U.S. college for diversity

Drake University was ranked among the top 100 best colleges in the U.S. by The Wall Street Journal’s 2024 College Pulse Rankings. Drake was the highest-rated Iowa school and the only school in the state to rank in the top 100.

Started in 2016, The Wall Street Journal’s (WSJ) methodology for its college ranking process primarily focuses on graduate outcomes with an emphasis on employability and return on investment. The WSJ’s rankings are designed to assist students and families in their search for the best value in higher education. Drake University’s graduating Class of 2022 is an excellent example of the value of a Drake degree, as proven by the following:

  • 97.3% of Drake undergraduate degree recipients are employed, enrolled in graduate or professional school, or involved in an activity related to their professional goals.
  • 98.2% of Drake graduate degree recipients were employed or pursuing additional education within six months of graduation.
  • 92.6% of undergraduates reported having an internship or other practical experience while at Drake, though it is not required to graduate.
  • 91.1% of students who start at Drake and earn a bachelor’s degree graduate within 4 years.

The University was also recently recognized by the New York Times as a top U.S. college with the greatest economic diversity. This comes after Drake welcomed the Class of 2027 this fall—one of its most diverse classes in the University’s history.

This year’s entering first-year class hails from 28 states with an additional 17 countries represented by 35 international students. Nearly one-fourth of all incoming first year and transfer students are first-generation students—those who are the first in their family to attend a four-year institution. Almost 100% of the class was awarded a scholarship or need-based grant to help cover the cost of tuition as Drake continues its efforts to eliminate financial barriers to a college education.

“The inclusion of Drake in these two prominent rankings reinforces the incredible work being done across our campus to create a positive, collaborative, and inclusive environment as we carry out our work to transform lives and strengthen communities,” said Marty Martin, President of Drake University. “As we continue to invest in our campus and pave the way toward a brighter future for the generations to come, this is a reminder of all the incredible progress we’ve already made toward that vision.”

To learn more about Drake and what it has to offer current and prospective students, visit drake.edu.