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|President||Dr. David Maxwell|
|Location||Des Moines, Iowa, USA|
|Campus||Urban, 150 acres (0.5 km²)|
|Colors||Blue and White|
|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.
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.
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:
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.
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
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.
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.
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:
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.
Drake features over 160 student organizations in which to participate, which include several fraternities and sororities:
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.
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.
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 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.
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.