Grace Baumgartner

Grace Baumgartner

Admission Counselor

Recruiting in: Areas of IL.

(Illinois Areas: Chicago, Central Illinois, parts of Western & Southwestern suburbs of Chicago and/or zip codes beginning with 601 [East of I-355], 603, 604 [North of I-294], 605 [East of I-355], 606, 608, 609, & 613-619.)


Phone: 515-271-4002

Educational Background: B.S., Drake University

Hometown: Elmhurst, IL

Three interesting things about Grace:

  • I’m a huge outdoors person. I love camping, hiking, hammocking, birding, canoeing – you name it!
  • I’m one of the biggest Chicago Cubs fans you’ll ever meet.
  • It’s my dream one day to visit all 7 continents. I’ve already been to South & North America and Africa, so only 4 more to go!

Why do you love Drake?

I love Drake because: it gives you the opportunity to be the best version of yourself, and just has so much to offer you. Everyone at Drake wants you to succeed, and it’s a wonderful community of people to be surrounded by. You’ll never feel alone, but you’ll also have so much room to grow and really find yourself. The relationships you’ll make with others at Drake from your peers to your professors will truly last you a lifetime. Not to mention it’s in a capitol city, so the connections and opportunities for you here are endless.

What is your favorite thing to do in Des Moines?

My favorite thing to do in Des Moines is: I love to go to an Iowa Cubs (Triple-A) game at Principal Park, followed by one of the amazing food places in downtown Des Moines. Fuzzy’s tacos, Zombie Burger, and Fong’s pizza are just a few of my favorites.

What is your advice for prospective students?

My advice for prospective students: Enjoy the college search process. I know that there is this pressure to pick the “perfect” school, and you don’t want to make the wrong decision. But don’t look at it as stressful – look at it as an opportunity. You’re about to start the next chapter of your life, where you’re going to meet so many new people, and take classes that you are actually interested in. You have endless opportunities in front of you, so take advantage of exploring all of them. Start the college search process as early as you can: visit colleges of different sizes, publics and privates, schools in different locations, etc. Get a feel of what you like and what you don’t like. Visit a school you think you like a second time. Talk to professors. Take advantage of every opportunity given to you. But also, don’t forget to enjoy the time you have left in high school!!