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Drake University

Des Moines, IAhttps://www.drake.edu
A private university based in Des Moines, Drake is a popular choice for out-of-state students, with the majority of the student body hailing from outside Iowa. A mid-sized college, Drake hosts more than 3,000 undergraduate students and 1,800 graduate students from 45 states and more than 50 countries. The 150-acre campus is just minutes from downtown Des Moines, the state capital, giving students access to cultural, recreational, and business opportunities in the city. Bulldogs can choose from more than 70 majors, minors, and concentrations offered through six colleges and schools. The university has a student-faculty ratio of only 13:1, and, according to the school, 98% of full-time undergraduates receive financial aid. Named after Civil War General Francis Marion Drake, the university was founded in 1881 and has one of the oldest law schools in the country. It is home to one of the top track and field events in the U.S., the Drake Relays, which bring Olympic-level competitors from around the nation every April. Traditions also include the Beautiful Bulldog contest, which is exactly what it sounds like: a pageant for dogs.
costs
Est. Full Price 2019-2020
$56,400
% of students who get any grants
95%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$30,200
Average price for low-income students
$21,380
admissions
Acceptance rate
69%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1230/27
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
3,038
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
98%
% of need met
77%
% of students who get merit* grants
32%
Average merit grant
$15,950
student success
Graduation rate
77%
Average time to a degree
4.1 years
Average student debt
$26,440
Average salary within 3 years
$51,600
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
48%
key deadlines
Early decision application
N/A
Regular application
Mar 1

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

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