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Founded in 1881 and named for Civil War general Francis Marion Drake, the University boasts more than 130 years of proud history and many traditions.


A midsized, private university in Des Moines, Iowa, we offer the benefits and resources of a larger institution along with the advantages of intimate class sizes and close personal relationships.


The Drake Curriculum provides the foundation for undergraduate education, ensuring exposure to a broad selection of areas of inquiry. Other hallmarks of a Drake education include the Honors Program, First-Year Seminars, and World Languages and Cultures. Students also have extensive opportunities to study abroad, complete internships, and take part in independent research.


A great education is one thing—putting that education to work in your chosen career is another. The staff at Drake’s Professional and Career Development Services want to help you with that transition. Whether you’re seeking an internship, crafting your resume, applying to graduate school, or launching your career, you’ll find the assistance you need for your situation.


Student services

Drake’s centers and institutes focus the expertise of Drake’s faculty and students on issues of scholarly and societal importance. Work in the centers shows Drake at its best, applying insights and ideas from the academy in practical and productive ways with a substantive impact. For students, the centers provide the chance to understand key contemporary issues and take advantage of distinctive opportunities for personal and professional growth.

Housing services

Life at Drake is an adventure. As a student here, you will make new friends, uncover new talents and interests, and blaze the trail to your future. That’s just what happens when you live your life on a campus full of energy and opportunity, great traditions and inspiring people.

Library services

At Drake, our libraries are academic landmarks that stand at the heart of the University’s mission. They are also:

  • A gathering place for you to study and work with fellow members of project teams
  • Centers where highly trained experts are ready to help you learn the skills of navigating the digital world
  • The gateway to a universe of information and answers residing in online databases and archives

ICT services

Information Technology Services (ITS) supports the innovative use of technology to enhance the experience for students, faculty, and staff in support of Drake’s mission.

Medical services

The American Republic Student Health Center is an on-campus medical facility offering quality healthcare to full-time Drake students.

Services offered include (not limited to):

  • Basic physical exams
  • STD testing and treatment
  • Allergy injections
  • Family practice support
  • Women health services 

Student Life

Campus life

In each of Drake’s eight residence halls you will find all the makings of a great home away from home: nicely furnished rooms, air conditioning, cable and wireless internet, cable TV, common areas for hanging out with friends, and kitchens for cooking up a special treat.

Every residence hall floor has its own resident assistant (RA), available as a friend and resource, and you will find plenty of organized activities that provide the chance to meet people. You may also find that your new home comes with some proud old traditions, one reason each building has its own distinctive personality.

Sports facilities

Sports are a big part of life at Drake—from the chance to join the throng at a football game to representing your hall in intramural soccer or badminton.

Drake’s NCAA Division I athletics program boasts a proud history. Bulldog teams have won 59 Missouri Valley Conference championships, including a league-leading nine titles in men's cross country and eight in women's tennis. Drake women's basketball team has advanced to the NCAA Tournament seven times in the last 14 years.? And, in 2001, Drake became just the 18th school in NCAA I-AA history to achieve 500 or more victories in football.

Student clubs

Fortunately, with more than 160 clubs and organizations, you are virtually guaranteed to find options that fit your interests, talents, and goals. And if you don’t, you can start your own club. All it takes is a good idea and some like-minded friends ready to join in.

Not sure where to begin? Try our Activities Fairs. Each fall and spring, representatives of campus groups come out to sign up new members. Wander from table to table, ask questions, and see what sounds appealing.


Drake University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association; Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business; Iowa Department of Public Instruction; National Association of Schools of Art and Design; National Association of Schools of Music; American Chemical Society; Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications; Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education; and the American Bar Association.

Des Moines, Iowa, United States

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