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Study at Drake University

Founded in 1881, Drake University is a private, co-educational university located in Des Moines, Iowa. It offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate programs as well as professional programs in law and pharmacy. Drake is one of the oldest law schools in the nation. The university is organized into the following academic schools and colleges:

  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Business and Public Administration
  • College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
  • School of Education
  • School of Journalism and Mass Communications
  • School of Law
Drake is home to more than 100 student organizations. The athletic teams of Drake compete in the NCAA Division I's Missouri Valley Conference. They are nicknamed the Bulldogs.

Profile of Drake University

Drake is located in Des Moines, IA (a medium-sized city). The school is a private, not-for-profit institution. The highest degree level offered by Drake is the Doctoral degree.

Course Topics

The school has a greater breadth of degree programs (majors) than most colleges of its size. Drake is known for its programs in medicine, law, and media.

Drake Selectivity

The school does not offer open admission. Three quarters of students in 2007 had SAT verbal scores of at least 520. Half of math SAT scores of accepted students fell between 550 and 660.


The school has a tenure system for senior faculty. The full-time faculty at Drake is well-paid, which often goes with faculty quality.

Student Enrolment

The school had 5, 617 enrolled students in 2007.

Student Life

Full-time students are the norm at Drake. The school offers dorm rooms to a higher percentage of its students than do most colleges. Drake values student athletics, and belongs to the Missouri Valley Conference and Pioneer Football League.

The school reports its educational mission is:

"Mission Statement 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. "

Drake Programs and Degrees
General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors
Business and Management336business management, accounting, management science, marketing, accounting and related services, finance, actuarial science, business and related services, . . .
Education and Teaching275curriculum and instruction, elementary school teaching, educational supervision, educational administration, secondary teaching, school Counselling, adult education, music teaching, . . .
Law229law, legal professions
Medicine132pharmacy, neuroscience
Media121journalism courses, public relations, advertising, radio and television, broadcast journalism, journalism
Liberal Arts88political science, English, history, creative writing, sociology, international relations, anthropology courses, economics, . . .
Family and Social Work68public administration
Science64molecular biochemistry, biology, physics, chemistry, astronomy
Therapy and Counselling26psychology
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy22vocational Counselling, rehabilitation
Design19graphic design
Computer Science and Engineering13computer and info science, information science
Music13music, various music studies, music performance, voice, piano, music pedagogy
Drama and Performing Arts11drama, stagecraft
Conservation and Resource Management8environmental science, environmental studies
Fine Arts8painting, sculpture, art history and criticism
Religion and Philosophy5philosophy, religion
Medical administration1pharmacy courses
Nursing and Emergency Medicine1registered nursing
Photography and Commercial Art0printmaking, drawing

Contact: Drake

Drake University

2507 University Avenue

Des Moines, IA 50311-4505

General Phone: (515) 271-2011


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