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Drake University: Welcoming Campus with a Community Feel

Drake University: Welcoming Campus with a Community Feel

By Karina Rodriguez

Drake University, located in Des Moines, Iowa, is a private coeducational university established in 1881. With over 40 majors ranging from neuroscience to theatre directing, their most notable fields are business, law, pharmacy, and journalism. Drake’s law school is among the twenty-five oldest in the country. All majors have internships and once students graduate, they can receive assistance in building their resume, interview preparation, and shadow alumni all in preparation for the career fair. The university’s undergraduate enrollment is just over 3,000 students, but it is made up of six schools and colleges which allow students to experience the advantages of a big school.

First year students are able to pick all their classes (even in the first semester), which provides students with the freedom to pursue their interests. The student-faculty ratio is 11:1, and the average class size consists of about 27 students. All classes are taught by a professor, as opposed to a teaching assistant, and are mainly discussion-based, which allow for a more interactive experience.

Among the many unique educational opportunities at the school is the Drake Travel Seminar. As a faculty-led travel seminar where students can explore the world alongside their professors, programs are typically between one to three weeks in length. Locations include Uganda, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, and Finland. This is an excellent option for students who have difficulties such as time constraints or financial obstacles, but still want to travel abroad as part of their studies. Another program is the Drake University Exchanges, in which students spend a semester at one of Drake’s partner universities in countries all over the world, such as Austria, Chile, South Africa, and Spain. This is an ideal way for students to experience real college life in a different country.

Campus life at Drake is an adventure. There are over 160 clubs and organizations; students can participate in a service learning project or be part of a roaring crowd in the Knapp Center, the home of Drake’s men’s and women’s basketball. Activities and opportunities are available both in and out of campus for students. There are a lot of popular coffee shops and restaurants in the neighborhood where students can discover great foods. Students can also head to downtown Des Moines for free with their student ID.

Drake University has a tution of $42,694 for the 2019-2020 school year. The tuition is fixed, meaning it will not go up during a student’s time at Drake. In addition, 100% of students receive financial aid, and the average need-based scholarship grant or award is $20,625.  

Drake University focuses on academics, but students also get the full college experience through its many clubs and programs. Students interested in scheduling a visit or applying to Drake University should check out their website at

  • Private

  • 3,098 undergraduate students

  • 57.2% female and 42.8% male

  • 11:1 student-teacher ratio

  • 2019-2020 school year = $42,694

  • 100% of students receive financial aid

  • $211 million

  • Urban, located in Des Moines, Iowa

  • 67% acceptance rate

  • 78% graduation rate

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