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Drake at a Glance

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History—Founded in 1881 and named for Civil War general Francis Marion Drake, the University boasts more than 130 years of proud history and many traditions.

Enrollment—More than 3,400 undergraduates and 2,000 graduate students from 49 states and about 50 countries.

Faculty283 full-time professors and instructors, 90 percent holding the highest degrees in their field, and are all focused strongly on their students’ success.

Rankings—Respected sources recognize Drake for:

  • Educational quality (consistently named at the top by U.S.News and World Report)
  • Student achievement in and out of the classroom (National Study on Student Engagement)
  • Value for your dollar (Barron’s 300 Best Buys in College Education and Peterson’s Guide to Competitive Colleges)

Programs of Study—Our undergraduates choose from more than 70 majors, minors, and concentrations; combine majors; or create their own majors. Graduate students choose from more than 20 master’s, doctoral, and professional degrees.

College and Schools—The University is comprised of six major academic units: the College of Arts and Sciences, School of Education, College of Business and Public Administration, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, School of Law, and College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.

Location—Drake’s 150-acre campus is located in Des Moines, Iowa’s state capital and a city offering attractions including restaurants and shopping; music festivals, museums, and other cultural highlights; and excellent internships. Des Moines has been ranked No. 1 on Forbes magazine’s list of the “Best Places for Business and Careers.”

Athletics—The Drake Bulldogs compete in NCAA Division I as members of the Missouri Valley Conference and Pioneer Football League. Drake fields teams in eight men’s and ten women’s sports through the intercollegiate athletics program and offers many options for club sports, intramurals, and fitness and wellness.

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Accreditation—Drake University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association; Iowa 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 Communications; Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education; and the American Bar Association.

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