Drake University is a 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 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.
The University approved a new Master building plan on June 25, 2005, calling for extensive renovations of existing facilities and the construction of several large buildings, including a new first year student residence hall, science building, fine arts building, and multi-purpose learning center.270 full, associate and assistant professors and instructors. 94 percent hold the highest degree in their fields.
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. Drake's law school is one of the twenty-five oldest law schools in the nation, tracing its history to 1865.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).