Drake University
Des Moines, IA, USA

Academics

Key Academic Stats

Highest Degree Offered
Doctorate
Total Number of Students
4,904
Total Number of Undergrads
3,098
Academic Calendar

Semester

Non Traditional Learning
  • Online Classes
  • Online Undergrad Degrees
  • Summer Sessions
  • Combined Institution Double Degree Programs
  • Some Programs Requires Co-Op/Internship
Learning Options
  • ROTC Army
  • ROTC Air Force
  • Study Abroad
  • Honors Program
  • Teacher Certification Offered
Student:Faculty Ratio
11:1
US National: 21:1
Classroom Sizes

2-19 Students
49%
20-39 Students
43%
40-99 Students
6%
0
100
65%
Graduate in 4 Years US National: 28%
0
100
73%
Graduate in 6 Years US National: 52%

Faculty Overview

0
100
67%
Faculty With Terminal Degree US National: 36%
Gender
Male
Female
41%
58%
Ethnicity

African American
4%
Asian/Pacific Islander
3%
White
85%
Hispanic
4%
Multi-Racial
1%

What Students Are Saying

3.81 Average Rating
You will not find an 'easy A' class here. Everything from general electives, here called AOIs, to your high level major classes are difficult. The professors expect a lot out of every student. And if you can get into Drake, then you can do it. If you are the type of person who didn't have to study in high school to get A's, you will have to study here. Every class is a challenge that you will learn many things academically in, but you will also learn something about yourself as a person.
Drake Student17
Drake does pride itself in the fact that we are a very prestigious university and that because of that our academics are extremely rigorous. Getting in may be an easy process but the actual classes will not come as easily as they did in high school. You have to take the initiative in class, the teachers do not coddle you as they do in high school. Also there is a high expectation for you since you now represent the University.
Crysta from Florissant, MO
study! as a private university drake has an ideal of excellence to uphold, so the classes are a little more strenuous than a public state school. as long as you do your homework and keep up in class, you'll do fine.
Virginia from Des Moines, IA
It can be very difficult learning to adjust to college academics. You must be willing to read, which can be very cumbersome with very long and dull readings. However, they are still necessary and will help a lot with your grade. You will also have to learn your own study routine and not just cram at the last minute before your exams. Lastly, you will be expected to take classes you may have no interest in, but you still have to do your best because that is a class that YOU are paying for.
Arianna from Honolulu, HI
Classes may be hard, but do not hesitate to ask your professors for help. Many classes are available to all students.
Shelby from Waukon, IA
Drake University provides very rigorous academic courses, pushing each student to their full capacity. Drake's academic professors are more than willing to help a student succeed in the course, and provide extra opportunities for the student to understand the material covered in class. The class sizes are also small enough where each student feels a part of the learning process, and not just a number in the crowd.
Bethany from Centerville, IA

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