Drake University Top Rankings

Drake University is a leading private university located in the city of Des Moines, Iowa, United States.

The University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. In addition the College of Business and Public Administration is accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). The Teacher Education and Educational Leadership programs are accredited by the Iowa Department of Education and the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners. The College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences is accredited by The Accreditation Council on Pharmacy Education. The School of Journalism and Mass Communication is accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. The Law School is ABA accredited, a charter member of the AALS and a member of the Order of the Coif.

The Department of Art and Design is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. The Department of Chemistry is accredited by The American Chemical Society. The Department of Music is accredited by The National Association of Schools of Music.


- Drake University received the second highest score for reputation for academic quality and maintained its overall ranking of third among Midwest master's universities in the annual college rankings released by U.S. News and World Report (2011). In addition, the University received high scores in the Best Undergraduate Teaching category, which appeared for the first time in this year's issue. In the "Great Schools, Great Prices" category, Drake University is placed 7th. This is the 11th consecutive year that Drake has been listed in this category. One of 142 Midwest universities that provide a full range of undergraduate and master's programs, Drake's score for academic quality (peer assessment) is a 4.0 for the second year in a row.

- Listed as one of the best colleges in the Midwest by The Princeton Review.

- Readers of the Des Moines Business Record have recognized Drake's MBA program as the area's best for the fourth straight year (2010).

- Drake is ranked among the top universities for "Value for your dollar" (Barron's 300 Best Buys in College Education and Peterson's Guide to Competitive Colleges).

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