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The Drake Commitment

Drake University provides the life-defining opportunities you need to launch into a career, service, grad school, or whatever big dreams you think up. Drake’s approach is so successful that we’ve made it official—our commitment to you.

The Drake Commitment


Your experience will include:

1. Personal mentorship.

Work closely with professors in your field to access the classes and experiences you need to stand out as a professional—and still graduate on time. Learn More >>

2. Learning through service.

Broaden your world view and gain valuable experience while making a difference in the local community or around the world. Learn More >>

3. Flexibility to explore interests.

Dive deeply into fascinating topics on campus or around the world with a tuition-free, three-week January Term course, and come away with new knowledge, skills, and perspectives that set you apart. Learn More >>

4. Building a great résumé.

Learn by doing through high-caliber internships, undergraduate research, and service-learning opportunities, and get the professional preparation you need to reach your goals after graduation. Learn More >>

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The results speak for themselves.

At the heart of this commitment is the exceptional living and learning experience Drake has always provided—a tried-and-true path to exceptional success.

  • 98.8 percent of Drake’s 2017 bachelor’s degree recipients had a job or graduate school acceptance within six months of graduation.
  • Drake ranks 17th nationally for return on investment—alumni earnings that are above expectation, in the 98th percentile of all four-year, non-vocational American colleges. (The Economist)
  • The median earning of Drake graduates within 10 years of entering Drake is $55,700—that’s almost $20,000 more than the national average, and the highest in Iowa. (Department of Education College Scorecard).
  • A Drake degree adds more than 32 percent to projected mid-career earnings for graduates, placing Drake in the 97th percentile among ALL four-year institutions (The Brookings Institution).
  • 93 percent of alumni said Drake prepared them for their career.