Drake University

Drake University

About Drake University

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.