Drake University (Drake)

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Drake University can be found in Des Moines, IA, a nonprofit private college which focuses on only a select few programs offered. Over 5,400 students are enrolled at Drake University.

A SAT or ACT exam may be required before applying to this school. Scores in the range of 1100 (25th percentile) - 1370 (75th percentile) for the SAT exam and between 24 (25th percentile) - 31 (75th percentile) on the ACT is typical among applicants admitted to Drake. By applying sampled GPA data from over 150 schools, we are able to estimate that the Drake average GPA ranges from 3.35 to 3.71 for accepted students. 68% of all students that apply are granted admission to Drake University, from which 17 percent choose to attend. You can get more information from the admissions office website at drake.edu.

Overall Drake Acceptance Rate - Fall 2020


The overall acceptance rate for Drake University was reported as 67.6% in Fall 2020 with over 6,940 college applications submitted to this school. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • Drake ACT Scores: 24 - 31
  • Drake Average GPA: 3.35 - 3.71

How Hard Is It to Get into Drake University?

Applicant Selectivity: High

Drake University has a very competitive selection process for applicants, where most students accepted have a higher than average high school GPA and scored in the top percentiles on standardized tests like the SAT or ACT exam.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2021 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2021-2022 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for Drake University has been staying about the same from year to year.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2016-2017: 68.9%
  • 2017-2018: 68.8%
  • 2018-2019: 67.7%
  • 2019-2020: 67.6%
  • Projected Drake Acceptance Rate 2021-2022: 63.3%

How Does Drake Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for Drake University is nineteen percent higher than the national average of all colleges which is around 56.7%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
Mercy College of Health Sciences97.8%
Grand View University95.9%
Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary62.5%
Simpson College80.5%
Central College65.1%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Required
  • School Records are Required
  • Submit Recommendation Letters are Recommended
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT,ACT,...) are Required
  • TOEFL Exam (Foreign Language Students) are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2020)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to Drake (Fall 2020)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading560 - 680
Math540 - 690
Total Score1100 - 1370
ACT®Score Range
English23 - 32
Math23 - 29
Composite Score24 - 31
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