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Drake Facts & Stuff to Brag About

Every year, University Communications and Marketing solicits and updates facts and accolades that showcase the accomplishments of Drake and its faculty, staff, and students. You may download the University Pride Points document and email or print as needed.

Pride Points

U.S. News & World Report, 2019

  • #3 in Regional Universities Midwest
  • #2 in Best Colleges for Veterans
  • #11 (tie) in Best Undergraduate Teaching
  • #17 in Best Value Schools
  • #4 in Most Innovative Schools
  • 100% of full-time, undergraduate Drake students receive scholarships

Chronicle of Higher Education

  • Among the top 10 midsized universities nationally

Princeton Review

  • A “Best College in the Midwest”

U.S. News & World Report and Barron’s 300 Best Buys in College Education

  • One of the nation’s best values in higher education

Dept. of Education College Scorecard

  • #17 in the nation for median salary 10 years after enrolling at Drake. #1 in Iowa.

Drake Results

  • 95% of students graduate having had one or more internships of field/clinical experiences.
  • 90.6% of students graduate in 4 years (of those who being and complete their degree at Drake).
  • 98.5% of students launch their careers or begin grad school within 6 months of graduation.

Graduate Accomplishments

  • 97% Preparation and reputation pay Drake’s percentile nationwide among four-year colleges and universities for value added to mid-career earnings (The Economist).
  • 95% Professional preparation 95% of undergraduates reported having an internship or other practical experience.


Des Moines Accolades

U.S. News & World Report, 2019

  • #5 Best Place to Live in the U.S.
  • #3 Best Affordable Place to Live in the U.S.

SiteSelection, 2019

  • #3 Metro for Number of Economic Development Projects among metros with a population of 200,000 – 1 million.

WalletHub, 2019

  • Top 10 Best State Capital to Live in

Livability, 2019

  • Top 7 Most Recession-Proof Cities in the U.S.

Forbes, 2018

  • #7 Best Place for Business and Careers, 2018

  • #4 Top City With a Low Cost of Living and High Quality of Life

ZipRecruiter, 2018

  • #8 Best City to Find Small Business Jobs
  • #8 Best Job Market

Lending Tree, 2018

  • #1 Most Popular City for Millennial Homebuyers

Expedia, 2018

  • Top 10 Most-Artistic Medium-Sized City

Livability, 2018

  • One of “5 Up-and-Coming Tech Hotspots”

Kiplinger, 2018

  • One of “12 Surprisingly Great Places to Retire in the Midwest”