About Drake

Drake University is recognized as one of the finest institutions of higher learning in the Midwest.

A midsized, private university founded in 1881 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.

Drake is committed to providing students with life-defining opportunities that will allow them to build successful careers and personal lives. The cornerstone of the Drake experience is the exceptional learning environment that we create both on campus and online. By providing close mentorship from Drake faculty and focusing on résumébuilding, Drake sets its students on a tried-and-true path to success.

Mission & Vision

Our mission is to provide an exceptional learning environment that prepares students for meaningful personal lives, professional accomplishments, and responsible global citizenship. We do this by fostering collaborative learning among students, faculty, and staff and by integrating the liberal arts and sciences with professional preparation. We believe – and have seen firsthand – that together, we can transform lives and strengthen communities.

Lifelong Learning for a Lifetime of Success