Drury University

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900 N. Benton Avenue

Springfield, MO 65802

Phone: (417) 873-7879
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
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Aug. 1
application deadline

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U.S. News Rankings

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#8 Overall Score: 77 out of 100. Regional Universities (Midwest)

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Drury University is a private institution that was founded in 1873. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,607, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 90 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Drury University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (Midwest), 8. Its tuition and fees are $22,665 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Founded in 1873, Drury University is a private institution with a long-standing tradition of liberal arts education, professional and personal development, and service to the Ozarks region. Engaged learning, entrepreneurial thinking, and commitment to personal wellness and sustainability help Drury's students connect to success. Drury provides day school, evening school, online classes, and graduate schools.

Drury is an 88-acre residential campus in Springfield, Missouri, the third-largest city in the state. Our 1,618 undergraduate students come to Drury from 31 states and 44 countries. Through personalized and engaged learning in Drury's core curriculum, students find opportunities to think critically in the classroom and gain experience in the community and around the world. Success continues after graduation, with Drury students reporting 97.7% post-graduation placement, of which 38.8% go on to graduate school.

A member of the Great Lakes Valley Conference, Drury offers 17 NCAA Division II sports for nearly 300 student athletes.

Drury's men's basketball team won the NCAA-II tournament in 2013.
Drury's eight women's swimming and diving championships (1997-2000, 2007 and 2009-11) are the most in NCAA-II history.
Drury's current run of eight consecutive men's national swimming and diving championships has tied Cal State-Bakersfield (1986-93) for the longest streak in NCAA-II history.
The Lady Panthers basketball program posted the nation's highest grade point average (3.709) at all levels in 2011-12.
Drury University's combined 32 national championships won in all sports are the most captured by any NCAA or NAIA member school in the state of Missouri.
In the program's illustrious history, Drury Swimming has had seven represent their country in the Olympics.
Drury Women's Golf posted the highest grade point average (3.72) of all Great Lakes Valley Conference teams in all sports in 2011-12.
The Drury Lady Panthers basketball team has qualified for the NCAA-II Tournament each of the past 10 seasons, including Elite Eight appearances in 2004 and 2007.
With a 30th-place finish in 2011-12, Drury Athletics has now placed in the Top 35 of the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup all-sports standings for 15 consecutive Since joining the nation's premiere NCAA-II conference in 2005, the Drury Panthers have achieved a total of 17 GLVC team championships.

Drury University Mission Statement:

Drury is an independent university, church-related, grounded in the liberal arts tradition, and committed to personalized education in a community of scholars who value the arts of teaching and learning. Education at Drury seeks to cultivate spiritual sensibilities and imaginative faculties as well as ethical insight and critical thought; to foster the integration of theoretical and practical knowledge; and to liberate persons to participate responsibly in and contribute to a global community.

General Information

School type private
Year founded 1873
Religious affiliation Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Academic calendar semester
Setting city
2012 Endowment $63,283,082


When applying to Drury University, it's important to note the application deadline is August 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 1. The application fee at Drury University is $25. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 82.5 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 82.5%
Application deadline August 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by August 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Drury University is 12:1, and the school has 80.9 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Drury University include: Psychology; Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Social Sciences; Biological and Biomedical Sciences; and Education. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 83 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 12:1
4-year graduation rate 53%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Psychology 15%
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 14%
Social Sciences 10%
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 9%
Education 9%

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Student Life

Drury University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,607, with a gender distribution of 45.7 percent male students and 54.3 percent female students. At this school, 54 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 46 percent of students live off campus. Drury University is part of the NCAA II athletic conference.

Total enrollment 2,060
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA II

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Campus Info & Services

Drury University offers a number of student services including placement service and health service. Drury University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Drury University, 80 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Drury University.

Students who have cars on campus 80%
Health insurance offered No

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Paying for School

At Drury University, 95.3 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $7,075.

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Tuition and fees $22,665 (2013-14)
Room and board $7,020 (2013-14)
Financial aid statistics
Financial aid statistics

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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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