|President||Dr. David Maxwell|
|Location||Des Moines, Iowa, USA|
|Campus||Urban, 150 acres (0.5 km²)|
|Colors||Blue and White|
Drake University is a selective, private, co-educational university located in Des Moines, Iowa, USA. The institution offers a number of undergraduate and graduate programs, as well as professional programs in business, law and pharmacy. Today, Drake is one of the twenty-five oldest law schools in the country. Distinguished alumni include Dwight D. Opperman, former CEO of West Publishing Company, after whom Drake's law library was named; Neal Smith, who served in the United States House of Representatives from 1959 until 1995. Drake is noted as a frequent host of Presidential Primary Debates leading up to the Iowa Caucus. Most recently it hosted the ABC News/Yahoo/Des Moines Register Debate in December 2011.
Early History 
Drake University was founded in 1881 when most of the staff of Oskaloosa College, led by Francis Marion Drake, left that college to establish what would be Drake University. Drake was originally affiliated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) although no religious affiliation is officially recognized today. The first classes convened in 1881 with 77 students and one building constructed, Student’s Home.
In 1883 the first permanent building, Old Main, was completed. Old Main remains an important building on campus today housing administration offices, Levitt Hall, and Sheslow Auditorium; site of many United States Presidential Debates among other events. The university's law school, the oldest law school in the country west of the Mississippi River, was established in 1865 by Chester C. Cole, who served on the Iowa Supreme Court from 1864 to 1876. Drake’s first international students enrolled for classes in 1886 coming from China, Persia, Armenia, and Japan. The first campus library opened on June 16, 1908. In 1920, due to a housing crisis, the University allowed social fraternities to use Greek letter emblems and affiliate with national offices.
Expansion & "Paul is Dead" Hoax 
In 1931, the first on-campus student residence built since the university’s founding opened-the women’s dorm. In 1937, ground was broken on commencement day for Cowles Library, which is today the university’s primary library. 1939 saw a new men's dorm completed which included a student union dubbed "The Kennel." The new center permits smoking, the first official campus recognition of the "new fad." In 1963, Kirk Residence Hall opened, with Meredith Hall opening in 1965, opening the door for the College of Libreral Arts and the School of Journalism. During the height of nationwide student protests in 1970, a bomb exploded inside Harvey Ingham Hall. No one was injured, but windows were shattered in nearby Meredith, Fitch and Herriott halls. Ingham was decimated, but repaired. The largest building on campus, the Harmon Fine Arts Center would open in 1972 with the Olmsted Center, Drake’s student union building, opening in 1974.
On September 17, 1969 the Drake student newspaper, The Times-Delphic , published what appears to be the first documented account of the famous Paul is dead hoax, written by Tim Harper. No articles published prior to this piece about the supposed death of Paul McCartney are known, although fellow Times-Delphic reporter and musician Dartanyan Brown, one of the sources for the article, recalled hearing about the hoax from other musicians and reading about it in some underground newspapers.
In 1992, The William A. Knapp Center opens as home to the men's and women's basketball teams. It contains four racquetball courts, five basketball and volleyball courts, a 200-meter track and a weight training center. The facility hosted President Bill Clinton in 1996.
In September 2010, Drake launched the distinctlyDrake Campaign in order to meet the goals of "attracting and empowering the best and brightest students through $50 million for scholarship endowment, attracting and retaining the finest teachers, mentors and scholars through 26 endowed faculty positions at $26 million to $50 million, improving and enhancing physical facilities, technology and resources on campus through $50 million to $85 million worth of capital upgrades, broadening perspectives through innovative and expanded interdisciplinary centers through $15 million to $18 million investments, and build on collective financial strength through the Drake Fund through $3.5 million to $4 million per year".
The University is made up of the following colleges:
College of Arts & Sciences 
Majors offered: Astronomy, Biology, Concentrations in Primate Studies, Biochemistry, Cellular and Molecular Biology (BCMB), Chemistry, Computer Science, Culture & Society, Economics, English, Environmental Policy, Environmental Science, Ethics, Fine Art, Graphic Design, History, International Relations, Law, Politics, and Society (LPS), Mathematics, Mathematics Education (Secondary), Music, Music Education, Music Performance, Musical Theatre (B.F.A.), Neuroscience, Physics, Politics, Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology, Philosophy, Rhetoric, Theater (B.A. and B.F.A. programs), Writing and Religion.
College of Business & Public Administration (CBPA) 
- AACSB accredited
Majors offered: Accounting, Actuarial Science, Economics, Entrepreneurial Management, Finance, General Business, Information Systems, International Business, Marketing, Management, Quantitative Economics
Graduate programs: Master of Accounting, Master of Business Administration, Master of Public Administration, Master of Financial Management
- Distinguished Faculty:
School of Education 
School of Journalism & Mass Communication (SJMC) 
More than 3,500 full-time undergraduate students from 50 states and 56 countries. (Total for university)
270 full, associate and assistant professors and instructors. 94 percent hold the highest degree in their fields. (Total for university)
Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. Drake is among 109 accredited programs nationwide. To win accreditation, schools meet 12 standards, which address such issues as class size to diversity within the faculty and curriculum. Accreditation reviews occur every six years. Drake's program has been continuously accredited, most recently in 2010.
Almost 95 percent (94.9) of 2006 Drake journalism graduates reported being employed in the field or in graduate school, according to a recent survey by the university. Of these, 89.5 percent reported having had an internship while in school.
The SJMC's magazine program has achieved national prominence. The Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (ACEJMC) team that visited in 1999 called the SJMC a “real standout” and termed Drake's Magazines program the strongest undergraduate sequence in the country. Drake student magazines THiNK and 515 won 2007 Pacemaker awards in Washington, D.C.
The School of Journalism and Mass Communication is also home to 94.1 The Dog, which operates under the call letters KDRA-LP FM. The station launched in August 2006 after having existed as an internet station, KDCS Bulldog Radio. 94.1 The Dog is broadcast at 80 watts from a tower atop Meredith Hall, the home of Drake's SJMC. An agreement with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) allows Drake to utilize the frequency from 4 p.m. to 4 a.m. weekdays and all day Saturday, while Grand View University controls the frequency the rest of the week under the call letters KGVC-LP. Drake students schedule 24 hours of programming under "The Dog," broadcasting online and on channel 12 on closed-circuit television on campus even when not broadcasting on the frequency.
School of Law 
Drake's law school is one of the twenty-five oldest law schools in the nation, tracing its history to 1865. It is a charter member of the Association of American Law Schools, has been accredited since 1923 when accreditation first began, and is one of only seventy-five ABA-approved law schools to have a Chapter of Order of the Coif. Drake University Law School is home to the American Judicature Society, the archives of the National Bar Association, the nation's oldest and largest national association of predominately African-American lawyers and judges, and the Drake Constitutional Law Center, which is one of only four constitutional law programs established by the U.S. Congress and funded by the federal government. The Center's mission is to foster in-depth study of the United States Constitution. A significant aspect of the Center's activities is the Dwight D. Opperman Lecture series, an annual event of national importance in constitutional law. Several Supreme Court Justices have visited campus to deliver lectures on American jurisprudence. Numerous current and former United States Supreme Court Justices have delivered the Opperman Lecture, including Justice Clarence Thomas, Justice Antonin Scalia, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Justice Stephen Breyer, Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, Justice Samuel Alito, Chief Justice John G. Roberts, and late Justices Harry A. Blackmun, Lewis F. Powell and William H. Rehnquist. The 2007 graduate schools edition of U.S. News ranks the law school as Tier 3.
College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences 
The 2008 edition of U.S. News and World Report best graduate programs ranks Drake's College of Pharmacy the #51 of all fully accredited pharmacy schools meeting the in the United States (tying for 5th among private institutions). In 2005, Former Walgreens Chairman and CEO Dan Jorndt, donated $10 million to his alma mater.
Majors offered: Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD.) and Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences (BSHS).
The University provides the following on-campus living accommodations for undergraduate students:
- Stalnaker Hall (First-Year only)
- Carpenter Hall (First-Year only)
- Herriott Hall (First-Year only)
- Crawford Hall (First-Year only)
- Morehouse (First-Year/Upperclassmen)
- Jewett Hall (Upperclassmen only)
- Goodwin-Kirk Hall (Upperclassmen only)
- Ross Hall (Upperclassmen only)
Students are required to live on campus for their first two years at Drake. This excludes non-traditional students who take time off between high school and matriculation. Most students choose to live off campus during their final two years.
Drake University and Hubbell Realty leaders announced plans on July 20, 2006 for a $34-million housing and retail development at 30th Street and Carpenter Avenue. The Drake West Village development  created 7,000 feet of retail space for street-level neighborhood businesses and upper floors for state-of-the-art student suites. The buildings house up to 500 students in a mix of one-, two- and four-bedroom units, where each student has a private bedroom and shares a common living and kitchen space. The housing is targeted at junior and senior undergraduate students and graduate students in the pharmacy program or the Drake Law School and does not house non-students.
Student organizations 
Drake features over 160 student organizations in which to participate, which include several fraternities and sororities:
Social fraternities/sororities 
Honorary/professional/service fraternities 
Drake has an extensive sports history. In 1885 baseball became the University’s first varsity sport, followed by football and track. Drake’s first football field, Haskins Field, opened on October 11, 1905 with a 17-0 loss to Iowa. In 1904, Drake organized a basketball team, but Mary Carpenter, the first Dean of Women, banned the team as “not appropriate for women.” Nearly 70 years later, the university would establish a department of Women’s Intercollegiate Athletics. In the first year of the NCAA women's basketball tournament in 1982, Drake came one step away from the Final Four, losing to Maryland 89-78 despite 50 points from sophomore Lorri Bauman.
The athletic teams received their nickname of Bulldogs in 1904 from a sportswriter who noticed that John L. Griffith, who coached every sport, was bringing his pet bulldogs to the practice fields. The teams had previously been known as the Ducklings and Ganders.
Drake’s football history continued on 1928 when Drake defeated Simpson College 41-6 in what is believed to be the first night football game west of the Mississippi River. Perhaps the most famous incident in Drake’s football history is known as the Johnny Bright Incident, where Pulitzer-Prize winning photographs in the Des Moines Register proved an intentional attack on the African American quarterback by Oklahoma State Cowboys football players. Drake withdrew from the Missouri Valley Conference in protest of the lack of disciplinary action taken against those responsible. Today, Drake’s football field is named Johnny Bright Field in memory of the incident. Drake currently plays in the Pioneer Football League, and participated in the first Global Kilimanjaro Bowl in May 2011.
Drake's Men's basketball team reached the Final Four of the NCAA Tournament in 1969. Top-seeded UCLA Bruins men's basketball and its 7-foot megastar Lew Alcindor (later Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) barely escaped an upset in the national semifinals, 85-82. In 1981, senior Lewis Lloyd, the nation's second-leading scorer in Division I men's basketball, was named a first-team All-American. Drafted by the Houston Rockets, Lloyd went on to an eight-year NBA career.
Drake’s most famous event, the Drake Relays, began in 1910 in a blizzard with fewer than 100 participants. In 1935 Jesse Owens set an American broad jump record (26-1-3/4) at the Drake Relays. Today, the Drake Relays draws athletes from all over the world, including Olympians. Recently, Drake has hosted several national track & field championship events and is considered a major contender to host the 2016 US Track & Field Olympic Trials.
NCAA sports 
Drake student-athletes compete in NCAA Division I in the Missouri Valley Conference in all sports except football. In football, Drake competes in the FCS NCAA Division I Pioneer Football League. In crew, Drake competes in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.
- Basketball (men's and women's)
- Crew (women's)
- Cross-country (men's and women's)
- Football (men's)
- Golf (men's and women's)
- Soccer (men's and women's)
- Softball (women's)
- Tennis (men's and women's)
- Track & Field (men's and women's)
- Volleyball (women's)
The Knapp Center 
The Knapp Center is a 7,002 seat multi-purpose arena at Drake. Its main purpose is to host Drake athletic events, but is also used for, among other things, concerts, Bucksbaum Lectures, and commencement. It was built in 1992, and is the home of the Drake Bulldogs. Prior to the Knapp Center, Drake's basketball teams played their games at Veterans Memorial Auditorium in downtown Des Moines. Other sports previously used the fieldhouse which is about a block west of the Knapp Center. The first Drake basketball game in the Knapp Center was played on December 5, 1992.
Drake Relays 
Drake University also hosts the Drake Relays during April. This track and field event has been held since 1910, and is the second-largest collegiate track and field event in the United States. Participants come from all over the world to compete in this three-day event, which also helps to draw large crowds of spectators to Des Moines. Many Olympic athletes can be found participating in these events, which commonly break national and world records.
Students kick-off the Relays in the annual tradition of Street Painting, in which student organizations colorfully decorate areas of Carpenter Avenue near the center of campus under a common theme. The theme in 2007 was "The Legacy Lives On"—referencing the $15 million renovation of Drake Stadium. Other themes have included 2009's "Running Strong a Century Long", in honor of the 100th running of the Relays, and 2010s "History to you, Tradition to us". The theme for 2011 is "Come for the race, stay for the [blank]".Streaking the street painting was an annual occurrence for a period in the mid-1990s and has occasionally occurred in a few years following.
Fight Song 
The fight song for Drake University is The "D" Song. The lyrics are:
Here's to the one who wears the "D",
Makes a good fight for varsity,
Here's to those who've fought and won,
Made a good fight as a true Drake alum,
Here's to the one who's brave and bold,
Ready to battle like days of old,
Fights like a Bulldog for victory,
Oh, here's to the one who wears the "D".
For the 2012-13 academic year, Drake University placed third in the midwest region of the U.S. News & World Report's rankings of master's universities. Among master’s institutions, Drake’s peer-assessed academic quality ranks third of 149 in the Midwest and seventh of 542 in the nation.
The rankings also show that the academic profile of students in Drake’s entering class continues to improve. The percentage of entering students in the top 25 percent of their high school class rose to 75 percent, up from 69 percent just four years ago. Drake’s acceptance rate for entering students narrowed to 63 percent, from 78 percent four years ago.
Notable alumni 
- Tom Jenk Jr, successful Iowa high school baseball coach, 927 career wins, 4 state championships at Beckman Catholic High School in Dyersville
- Steve Allen, comedian
- Lew Anderson, musician and voice of Clarabell the Clown
- Chris Ash, Defensive Backs Coach of the Wisconsin Badgers football team
- John August, screenwriter.
- Rose Bampton, principal singer at the Metropolitan Opera during the 1930s and 1940s.
- Steve Bannos, film actor and writer
- Tom Bienemann, NFL defensive end
- Jon Bowermaster, oceans expert, journalist, filmmaker and adventurer
- Terry E. Branstad, former, longest serving, and current Governor of Iowa.
- Archie R. Boe, former Chairman and CEO of the Allstate Corporation, and former president, Sears, Roebuck
- James E. Bowman, Tuskegee Airman and former assistant superintendent of the Des Moines School District
- The Honorable Judge Gregory Brandt, of the Polk County District Court
- Johnny Bright, member of the College and Canadian Football Hall of Fame
- Bill Bryson, author.
- Waldo Don Carlos, NFL center.
- Johnnie Carson, career diplomat.
- Joseph Chaikin, Founder of the Open Theater, theater director, actor, author.
- The Honorable Judge Virginia Cobb, Dallas Country Associate District Judge
- George A. Cohon, Founder of McDonald's Restaurants of Canada Limited and McDonald's in Russia
- Julee Cruise, singer and actress.
- Chet Culver, former Governor of Iowa.
- Billy Cundiff, NFL placekicker.
- Mark DeCarlo, TV and film actor, comedian, host of Taste of America television show , cartoon voice actor
- Gabriel de Obarrio III, Assicurazioni Generali, S.p.A. C.E.O. (Panama Branch)
- Joey Donia, sports reporter for ABC5 in Des Moines, Iowa
- Mark Doty, poet
- Michael Emerson, Emmy-winning actor, plays Ben Linus on the television show Lost
- George Gardner Fagg, United States federal judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
- Bridget Flanery, actress
- Bill Gates, Phoenix city councilman
- Susan Glaspell, author
- Arne Harris, producer–director for Chicago Cubs on WGN-TV.
- Robert Helmick, former president of the US Olympic committee.
- Ezra Hendrickson, professional soccer player
- Joseph Hermann, conductor, clarinetist and music educator; President of the American Bandmasters Association
- Joseph C. Howard, Sr., Judge, United States District Court for the District of Maryland (1979–2000)
- Cuthbert Hurd (1911–1996) computer pioneer
- Scott Jensen, Wisconsin politician
- Virginia Johnson, Costume Supervisor for The Social Network, and various film and T.V. projects.
- Zach Johnson, PGA golfer, 2007 Masters champion.
- Emma Verona Johnston, oldest living American until May 2004.
- Karl Kassulke, NFL player.
- Ira Levin, author.
- Timothy Ley, an American hematologist, oncologist and cancer biologist.
- Darrell R. Lindsey, Medal of Honor recipient.
- Kenneth A. Macke, former CEO and Chairman of Dayton Hudson Corporation (since renamed Target Corporation)
- Al McCoy, sports broadcaster, voice of the Phoenix Suns.
- Prudence McDaniel (concert cellist), concert cellist, music educator and music school owner.
- Sherrill Milnes, operatic baritone.
- Clark R. Mollenhoff, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist.
- John M. Mathew, President and chief executive officer of Wick Communications Company.
- Dick Oatts, Jazz saxophonist
- Dwight D. Opperman, former CEO of West Publishing Company.
- Charles Partridge, Defensive Line and Specialists Coach of the Wisconsin Badgers football team
- Jeremy Piven, actor (attended; did not graduate)
- Max Plenke, author
- Robert D. Ray, former Governor of Iowa.
- Thomas Schwieger, former President of the United States Chamber of Commerce
- Franny Starkey Sanguin, Director of Scheduling and Advance for the First Lady (Michelle Obama)
- David N. Senty, U.S. Air Force Major General
- William A. Staples, president of the University of Houston–Clear Lake
- Phil Stong, author of "State Fair"
- Matthew Stover, author of fantasy and science fiction, including the novelization of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith
- Sara Taylor, former Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of Political Affairs in the George W. Bush administration
- Fred L. Turner, former Chairman of McDonald's
- Sam Wanamaker, actor
- Brian Wansink, Cornell University professor and author of Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think
- Larry Whiteside, award-winning sportswriter.
- Harley Wilhelm, Manhattan Project scientist and inventor.
- Ann Williams, member of the Illinois House of Representatives
- Roger Williams, musician and composer
- Rex Wockner, journalist
- David L. Wolper, television and film producer
- Felix Wright, former CFL and NFL safety
- Larry Zimpleman, President and CEO of Principal Financial Group
See also 
- As of August, 2012. "U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2010 Endowment Market Value and Percentage Change in Endowment Market Value from FY 2009 to FY 2010". 2010 NACUBO-Commonfund Study of Endowments. National Association of College and University Business Officers.
- [dead link]
- "History & Traditions - Drake University". Drake.edu. Retrieved 2013-01-25.
- "Drake launches campaign to become national leader in higher education | Newsroom | Drake University". News.drake.edu. 2010-09-30. Retrieved 2013-01-25.
- "College of Pharmacy ties for fifth among private institutions in new rankings". College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences web site. Retrieved May 26, 2010.
- "Drake hopeful of drawing fans, huge 2016 events". TheGazette. Retrieved 2013-01-25.
- "Drake again recognized as a top regional university | Newsroom | Drake University". News.drake.edu. 2012-09-12. Retrieved 2013-01-25.
- "Biographical Directory of Federal Judges Fagg, George Gardner". Federal Judicial Center. Retrieved September 2, 2012.
- "Bill Gates, District 3 Councilman". Retrieved Nov. 11, 2011.
- The New York Times
- Laurance Zuckerman (June 2, 1996). "Cuthbert Hurd, 85, Computer Pioneer at I.B.M". New York Times. Retrieved May 24, 2010.
- The Boston Globe
- Official website
- Official athletics website
- Drake Relays Digital Archive A historic look at one of America's oldest annual Track & Field events.
- Drake University Yearbooks