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Independent, private

National, coeducational

Academic Units:
College of Arts and Sciences
College of Business and Public Administration
College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Law School
School of Education
School of Journalism and Mass Communication

More than 3,100 full-time undergraduate students from 47 states and about 45 countries.

289 full-time full, associate and assistant professors and instructors. 87 percent hold the highest degree in their fields.

Student/Faculty Ratio:
13-to-1 overall, 12-to-1 undergraduate.

Academic Calendar:
Fall and spring semester; two five-week and four-week summer sessions; one three-week interim term.

Graduation Requirements:
124 credit hours minimum. Completion of core requirements and all other requirements specified for major field of study.

Success Statistics:
Nearly all Drake graduates (97.6 percent in 2012-13) find career employment or enter graduate school within six months after receiving their degrees. Nearly 80 percent of Drake students graduate having had one or more internships, practical or field experiences.

Costs (2014-2015)*

Tuition/Fees: $32,100
Room (double): $4,950
Board (most plans): $4,320
Student Activities Fee: $146
Total: $41,516

*The average financial aid package for students entering Drake in fall 2010 was $15,640, typically a combination of scholarships, grants, loans and student employment. Of this amount, Drake funded $13,990.

Financial Assistance:
Approximately 98 percent of Drake full-time undergraduate students receive financial aid, including both merit- and need-based assistance. Drake awards more than 5,000 scholarships each year and more than $45 million in financial assistance (scholarships, grants, loans and work study) is provided to Drake undergraduate students.

A variety of men’s and women’s sports are offered at the intramural, club and intercollegiate levels. Men compete at the Division I level in basketball, soccer, cross-country, track and field, golf and tennis in the Missouri Valley Conference and in football in the Pioneer League at the Division I football championship subdivision (FSC) level. Women compete at the Division I level in basketball, track and field, cross-country, golf, volleyball, tennis, softball and soccer in the Missouri Valley Conference, and at the Division I non-scholarship level in crew.

More than 150 acres within 10 minutes of downtown Des Moines; facilities include both modern architectural showplaces and buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Drake boasts more than 1,000 trees and is nearing designation as a Tree Campus by the Arbor Day Foundation.

More Drake Advantages:
Location in a dynamic, accessible capital city; more than 160 student organizations and activities; the Drake University World Languages and Cultures program; Professional and Career Development Services; Student Disability Services; Honors Program; study abroad program; counseling and health services.

Drake University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association, 312-263-0456, www.ncahlc.org; Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges; Iowa State Department of Public Instruction; National Association of Schools of Art and Design; National Association of Schools of Music; American Chemical Society; Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication; Accreditation Council on Pharmacy Education; and the American Bar Association.

For more information:
Toll-free: 1-800-44-DRAKE
Locally: 515-271-3181
E-mail: admission@drake.edu
Web: www.drake.edu