Overview of Drury
The DU Experience
Powerful connections. Invaluable experience. Every day.
Drury offers bright, achieving students a commitment to diversity and personalized education with a focus on engagement and integration. Students expect -- and are expected -- to explore great ideas and confront questions that will successfully prepare them for dynamic careers and enhanced lives as active global participants. A Drury education effectively links liberal arts and sciences to the study of professional areas, with more than 70 majors and academic programs available.
But a quality education goes beyond the standards of academic scholarship. Drury enriches the whole person as each student explores new ideas, challenges beliefs, learns to think critically and eventually finds new ways to understand the world outside the classroom. At present, 51% of our students study abroad. This is a testament to our firm belief that students must step outside the classroom and engage with the world around them to fully appreciate what they’re learning and why it matters.
Every student participates in a unique general education curriculum called The Drury Core: Engaging Our World, which combines the sciences, social sciences and humanities, as well as required engaged learning experiences. There is ample evidence demonstrating that participation in service learning and internships is positively related to gains in critical thinking skills, civic and global awareness, and commitment to academic success. This curriculum delivers on the promise of our founders, integrating service in an organized and intentional way into the college experience for every Drury student. In this way, our students learn most deeply through serving the community, the Ozarks region and the world.
Tangible evidence of this commitment to our community can be found in the Drury Connect Initiative. The mission of Drury Connect is to build and leverage Drury’s historic, symbiotic relationship with Springfield and the Ozarks in order to broaden our impact on the region’s future, enrich the Drury experience and inspire community engagement to assure our mutual success.
Another key attribute of the Drury experience is access to faculty. A professor teaches every class; there are no teaching assistants. Thanks to this commitment and the size of our campus, students have the opportunity to interact with faculty—95.5% of whom hold terminal degrees—in meaningful dialogue every day. This is one of our many points of pride.
In classroom settings, outside of class, and in undergraduate research projects, students and faculty engage in discussions that aid in the development of students' abilities to communicate effectively, think creatively, share diverse perspectives and make mature value judgments. The spirit of Drury is both collaborative and entrepreneurial, and in turn, this fuels student confidence and achievement. The university devotes considerable resources to enable student learning and to promote a life-long love of learning.
Drury's innovative, intense yet very personal approach to learning happens in a traditional campus setting. The nearly 90-acre campus is surrounded by downtown Springfield, yet sheltered from the bustle of urban life --- until a student decides it's time to explore. Then the city reveals art, culture, and community service opportunities in abundance.
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Peaks of Distinction
During the development of the 2012-2017 Strategic plan, the strategic imperatives process committed us to identifying Peaks of Distinction, based on those programs that best illustrate our standards of excellence:
Standards of Excellence
The university’s 2012-2017 strategic plan revealed Six Standards of Excellence by which we will measure ourselves. Our culture of academic excellence will be exemplified by the following standards: