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Drake Pride Points

From athletics to academics and research to community-service, there’s plenty of student, faculty, staff, and alumni achievements to shout from the rooftops:

98.8% of Drake’s 2017 bachelor’s degree recipients had a job or graduate school acceptance within six months of graduation. 

The median earnings of Drake graduates 10 years after enrolling is $55,700, placing Drake first in the state, according to the Department of Education’s College Scorecard. 

For eight consecutive years, U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges list has ranked Drake third for overall excellence among Midwest regional universities. 

Drake was named in the top 40 of Kiplinger’s 2017 list of Best College Values in the Midwest. 

Student work from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication earned more than 70 awards during the 2016-2017 academic year, including a national PR award against professional competitors.

Forbes recently identified Drake as the fastest-rising private university in the country in their college/university rankings. 

Drake has welcomed such dignitaries and thought leaders as U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and Rosalynn Carter, science literacy advocates Bill Nye the Science Guy and Neil deGrasse Tyson, biographer Walter Isaacson, and fashion guru Tim Gunn. 

Over the past three years, Drake has become home to The Harkin Institute for Public Policy and Citizen Engagement and The Robert D. and Billie Ray Center. 

Each year the Drake Legal Clinic closes more than 800 cases for those in need of legal support. 

Drake has a significant economic impact on central Iowa, generating $413 million in annual consumer spending. 

80% of Drake undergraduates engage in community service by the time they graduate. 

Drake’s undergraduate retention rate places it among the top 10% of all 4-year institutions. 

100% of 2017 incoming Drake full-time undergraduates received financial aid, including both need- and merit-based assistance; Drake awards more than $59 million in institutional aid annually. 

Drake was named to the Peace Corps’ Top Volunteer-Producing Colleges and Universities list in 2016. 

The three most recent chief justices of the Iowa Supreme Court have been Drake graduates. 

In 2017–2018, Drake students came from 47 states and 39 foreign countries. 

Drake provides more than 100 free fine arts performances and exhibits each year. 

Drake hosted nine presidential candidates on campus leading up to the 2016 election, for a total of 21 campaign events. 

Drake partners with more than 100 nonprofit organizations and schools annually. 

The Economist ranked Drake 17th nationally for return on investment—alumni earnings that are above expectation—placing Drake in the 98th percentile of all four-year, non-vocational American colleges. 

67% of all Iowa school districts have professionals with at least one Drake degree. 

Drake is consistently recognized among the nation's top producers of Fulbright Scholars. The University has had 34 undergraduate Fulbright recipients since 2000-2001.

Drake’s pharmacy program is tied for No. 5 in the country among private institutions. 

The Society of Actuaries has certified Drake’s School of Actuarial Science as one of 16 Centers for Actuarial Excellence in the United States. 

Drake’s Public Relations program received the prestigious Certification in Education for Public Relations, a designation earned by only 34 PR programs in the world. 

A recent survey indicated that 70% of Drake faculty and staff were involved with community service on either a professional or personal level. 

89% of Drake seniors have completed at least one internship or field/clinical experience compared to 48% of college seniors nationally. 

Drake is a "brain gain" institutiona net importer of students and skilled employees—boosting the regional economy by more than $2 billion. 

143 Drake student-athletes earned a spot on the Missouri Valley Conference 2016–2017 Honor Roll. 

The 2017 Drake Relays featured 73 Olympians, who received 33 medals at the Rio Games. 

Fall 2017 marked the grand opening of the University's two multi-million dollar STEM@DRAKE Complex, focused on science, technology, education, and math. The buildings add 100,000 square feet of classroom, lab, study, and office space to campus. 

Important Admission Dates

Monday-Friday - Schedule an individual visit to tour Drake

Now - Entering first year and transfer students can apply for fall 2019

October 18 - Campus Preview Half-Day

October 19 - Campus Preview Half-Day

October 26 - Music Audition Day

November 9 - Health Professions Visit Day

November 9 - Music Audition Day

November 12 - Campus Preview Day