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Drake University

Located on 120 acres in Des Moines, Iowa, Drake University is a private co-educational university. It is home to one of the oldest law schools in the country and claims Dwight D. Opperman and former U.S. Representative Neal Smith among its alumni. The school was founded in 1881 by Francis Marion Drake who was the governor of Iowa at the time. However, the law school was established prior to that in 1865 by Chester C. Cole who was an Iowa Supreme Court judge. Approximately 3,500 students attend Drake University.

Drake University Degree Programs

Drake University offers over 70 undergraduate and graduate programs of study spread between 6 colleges. Students can earn dual degrees or create their own major if what they want to study is not readily available at the university. Here is a sample of the educational degrees you can earn at Drake University:

College of Arts and Sciences

  • Biochemistry Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • English
  • Environmental Policy
  • International Relations
  • Neuroscience
  • Quantitative Economics
  • Writing

College of Business and Public Administration

  • Accounting
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • General Business
  • Insurance
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Public Administration
  • Master of Finance
  • Master of Accounting

School of Education

  • Bachelor of Science in Education (elementary and secondary)
  • Master of Science or Master of Arts in Teaching
  • Master of Science in Special Education
  • Master of Science in Rehabilitation Administration
  • Doctor of Education in Leadership

School of Journalism and Mass Communication

  • Advertising
  • Electronic Media
  • News/Internet
  • Public Relations
  • Masters of Communication Leadership

School of Law

  • Environmental Law
  • Criminal Law and Litigation
  • International Law
  • Doctor of Jurisprudence/Master of Business Administration
  • Doctor of Jurisprudence/Master of Public Administration
  • Doctor of Jurisprudence/Master of Science in Agricultural Economics

College of Pharmacy and Health Services

  • Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences
  • Doctor of Pharmacy

Pre-Professional Programs

  • Dentistry
  • Engineering
  • Law
  • Medicine
  • Veterinary Medicine

The school also offers several minor programs such as business and entrepreneurship.

 Drake University Admissions

The school reviews each application on a case-by-case basis, so there is no set standard for grade point average or test scores for general entry. However, each college within the university has own set of admission requirements, especially for graduate degree programs. It is best to contact the college within Drake for more information about entry requirements for specific programs.

In addition to an application, students must submit a personal essay. First-year students must submit a High School Report and Counselor Recommendation supplement. Transfer students need to submit copies of transcripts from all post-secondary schools attended. International students are required to submit a summary of extracurricular activities, TOEFL or IELTS scores indicating proficiency in English, letters of recommendation, and a financial certificate providing evidence that money is available for school expenses.

 Drake University Tuition and Fees

The costs of attending Drake University in the 2012-2013 school years are as follows:

  • Full-time tuition: $29,410 per year
  • Room: $4,560 (based on double occupancy)
  • Student activity fee: $146

Approximately 98% of students at Drake University receive financial assistance. The average amount of financial aid received by students was $21,130 in 2008. In addition to federal grants and loans, there are scholarship opportunities and work-study programs available to help students pay for their education.

Campus Life

For the first two years following high school graduation, full-time students are required to live on campus unless they are married or live at home. Room assignments are made based on the information provided on the housing application. There are five residence halls onsite which are supervised by residence assistants. All rooms are furnished and have cable and Internet service.

Drake University is a member of the Missouri Valley Conference and the Pioneer Football League. The school competes at the NCAA Division I Level. Sports programs available at Drake include football, basketball, cross country, track and field, soccer, golf, tennis, crew, volleyball, and softball. There are also a number of intramural and club sports for those that are not interested in varsity athletics.

There are over 160 student organizations at the university including:

  • Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy
  • Drake Broadcasting System
  • African Students Association
  • Guitar Ensemble
  • Alpha Delta Pi
  • Theta chi
  • Bowling Club
  • Panhellenic Council

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