“Most interesting place to go to college”
—Huffington Post, 2014
Drake’s proximity to opportunities with the first-in-the-nation presidential caucuses and top employers like Meredith Corp.; reasonably priced fun; and the Drake Relays make Drake one of the 19 most interesting places to attend college.
“One of the top three in the Midwest”
—U.S.News & World Report, 2014
Drake earned the No. 3 spot on the 2014 U.S.News & World Report rankings in the category of best Midwestern master’s institutions. The University has consistently earned a spot in the top five for more than 10 years.
“A best college value in the Midwest”
—Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine, 2014
Kiplinger’s ranked Drake fifth for value among private Midwestern universities, comparing cost/financial aid with academic quality.
“A top producer of Fulbright scholars”
—Fulbright U.S. Student Program, 2013
Drake has produced many student Fulbright scholars in the past decade—more than 22 since 2004—and was named a “top producing” university among master’s-granting institutions in 2013–14.
“One of the best in the Midwest”
—The Princeton Review
The Princeton Review consistently names Drake one of the “Best in the Midwest” for its academically outstanding undergraduate programs.
“A great school at a great price”
—U.S.News & World Report, 2014
Drake was named 11th best in the Midwest on U.S.News & World Report’s “Great Schools, Great Prices” ranking.
"Do the most hipster thing possible—move to Des Moines."
—National Journal, 2014
The National Journal hails Des Moines as "the real place to be" for millennials due to its blossoming culture scene, thriving start-ups, urban beauty, and status as the tech hub of Silicon Prairie.
“Iowa is hot right now.”
—The Washington Post
Some of the top 12 reasons why “Iowa rules” include: It’s the single best place in the country for politics; the Iowa State Fair; The Register’s Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa (RAGBRAI); friendliness; economic mobility; and amazing breakfasts.
“The wealthiest city in the U.S.”
—The NBC TODAY Show, 2014
NBC News’ popular morning television show lauded Des Moines as the wealthiest city in the U.S. because of its low cost of living (almost 10 percent below the national average) coupled with plentiful opportunities, professionally and personally.
“No. 1 best place for business and careers.”
Des Moines earned kudos for its strong business climate; low costs; and plentiful, educated labor force; as well as for having the highest concentration of financial services employment in the country.
“Top city for young adults”
—The Business Journals, 2013
The Business Journals ranked Des Moines No. 1 in the Midwest and No. 7 in the United States for providing the best opportunity for young adults to establish themselves professionally.
"No. 1 city with an up-and-coming downtown"
Fortune highlights five cities with booming downtowns, ranking Des Moines at the top of the list due to our startup community, professional industries, 80/35 music festival, and thriving food scene.