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At Drake, learning is active and interactive—something you do, not something that happens to you. As a student here, you will collaborate and communicate, complete ambitious projects, and connect ideas from the classroom with real problems and solutions in the world beyond campus.

This is a powerful way to learn—pragmatic and goal-oriented. And it yields impressive results: Your Drake education will help you build the knowledge and skills to prepare for the path ahead, whatever future you choose.

A Midsized University, An Impressive Range of Opportunities

As a student at Drake, you will find a world of opportunities to explore, and because we are a midsized university—with about 5,000 students, not 50,000—these opportunities will be well within your reach.

Team up with a professor on a research project. Meet with a visiting ambassador or author. Pick the brain of a corporate leader through our Executive in Residence program. Make a difference in the community and the world through one of our many service-learning initiatives.

You will find an equally broad range of choices when it comes to academic offerings: more than 70 majors, minors and concentrations for undergraduates, more than 20 graduate degrees and a variety of career-focused continuing education programs.

Recognized for Academic Excellence

National rankings recognize Drake for strengths that range from academic quality to excellent value. Recent rankings highlight Drake as:

  • One of the top five master’s institutions in the Midwest (U.S. News & World Report)
  • Among the top 10 midsized universities nationally (Chronicle of Higher Education)
  • A “Best College in the Midwest” (Princeton Review)
  • One of the nation’s best values in higher education (U.S. News & World Report and Barron’s 300 Best Buys in College Education)

Drake has also received outstanding validation from the National Survey of Student Engagement. The Survey reaches out to undergraduates across the country to assess the quality of their learning experience. The most recent survey shows that Drake scores extremely high on several critical measures compared to other master’s universities nationwide:

  • Level of academic challenge
  • Student-faculty interaction
  • Enriching educational experiences
  • Supportive campus environment

Combining the Liberal Arts with Professional Preparation

No matter what your area of study, you will find that a Drake education brings together two great strengths: the tradition of the liberal arts and sciences and a focus on professional preparation.

We will equip you with the skills you need for success in your chosen career, whether your future lies in business or law, education or technology, the health professions, journalism or the arts. At the same time, we will focus on intellectual abilities that will set you apart no matter what future you choose—the abilities at the heart of the liberal arts. These include critical and analytical thinking, clear, strong writing, and creative problem solving. As the staff of the University’s Professional and Career Development Services center can attest, this combination can be a distinct advantage.

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