Drury University at a Glance: Fast Facts

  • Founded in 1873 as a private liberal arts college
  • 90-acre residential campus in Springfield, Missouri


  • 3,210 total enrollment
  • 1,491 traditional undergraduate students on campus
  • 1,480 total enrollment in the College of Continuing Professional Studies
  • 239 graduate students

Traditional Undergraduate Student Population

  • 8.3% international students representing 57 countries 
  • 18.9% ethnic origin of domestic students other than white, non-Hispanic
  • 57.6% female / 42.4% male


  • Springfield, Missouri
  • Third largest city in the state
  • Population: 164,122

Class of 2022 Profile

  • 363 first-time freshmen
  • Avg. ACT: 26
  • Avg. GPA: 3.81


  • 13:1 student to faculty ratio
  • Average class size: 19
  • 82% of classes have 25 or fewer students
  • More than 70 majors and programs
  • 39 minors
  • 5 graduate programs
  • 86% of full-time faculty members hold the highest degree in their field
  • 41% of May 2017 graduates studied abroad, more than 30% above the national average.
  • 420 double majors and 24 triple majors

Work Experience

  • 62% of seniors graduating in 2017-2018 completed an internship for credit while at Drury. 
  • Survey results reflect that 93% of site supervisor respondents stated they would hire their Drury intern for full-time work if a position were available.
  • 96% of the 2016-2017 graduates stated that they were employed, in graduate school or taking a gap year within six months of graduation (*82% knowledge rate)


  • During 2017-2018, Greek students completed over 3,700 hours of community service and raised over $30,500 for philanthropies. 
  • 100% of students participate in community service during their time at Drury. 
  • 20 organizations on Drury’s campus are dedicated to service and volunteerism.


  • 2018: $27,350 annually (based on 12-17 hours each semester) 
  • 96% of Drury students receive a portion of over $32.9 million in financial assistance


  • Mascot: Panther
  • Men’s Sports: baseball, basketball, cross-country, golf, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, wrestling 
  • Women’s sports: basketball, bowling, cross-country, golf, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, volleyball
  • 176 Drury student-athletes were named Academic All-GLVC for maintaining an accumulative grade point average of 3.30 or better. More than half of our total student-athlete population earned an academic award from the conference.
  • Drury has had eight swimming student-athletes represent their country at the Olympic Games.
  • 14 of Drury's 18 teams in the Great Lakes Valley Conference earned league awards for having a team GPA of 3.30 or better. Women's tennis had the highest GPA (3.78) of any team in the GLVC, including both genders and topping 259 conference teams. 
  • 17 senior student-athletes received the Council of Presidents Academic Excellence Award for completing their senior year with a 3.50 GPA or better.
  • Women's tennis went 20-4 and advanced to the NCAA-II Elite Eight. Jarrod Smith was named ITA Midwest Region Coach of the Year and Hadeil Ali was named Senior Player of the Year in the region.
  • Men's basketball won the West division of the GLVC for the fourth straight year and finished 19-8 overall. 
  • Ryan Colombo was named the Baseball Student-Athlete of the Year in the GLVC and Maxi Hepp was selected as the Men's Tennis Student-Athlete of the Year in the GLVC. 
  • Drury Athletics had 45 student-athletes earn all-conference honors in the GLVC, and 25 were named NCAA-II All-Americans.
  • Nine student-athletes were recipients of the inaugural Brother James Gaffney award for maintaining a 4.0 GPA through both semesters of the 2016-2017 academic year. 

University Accolades

  • The Princeton Review named Drury one of the best colleges in the Midwest in its website feature "2017 Best Colleges Region by Region" for two consecutive years. 
  • In 2017, Drury was listed as the #3 school in Missouri by College Consensus.
  • Drury is ranked #8 in U.S. News & World Report's "Midwest Regional Universities" best value rankings for 2017. Drury has been near the top since 1999. 
  • SR Education Group named Drury one of the most affordable online colleges in the nation in its website feature, "2017 Most Affordable Online College Rankings," on
  • Drury was listed as one of the Top 10 Midwest Regional Universities with the highest percentage of international students (10%). 
  • Drury's debate program is currently ranked first in the nation by The International Public Debate Association for having more varsity team points than any other participating school. Additionally, Drury has had top five finishers in both individual and team competition at most of its tournaments. 

Academic Highlights

  • Olin Library houses one of the finest rare book collections in the region, which includes volumes printed as early as 1472. 
  • Drury’s communication and education departments offer a “4+1” program that allows students to earn their Bachelor’s degree and M.A. in communication in a total of five years.
  • The Springfield-Drury Civic Orchestra is a national award winning, 100 piece ensemble that combines students with faculty, professional musicians and members drawn from across the region.
  • Drury's Enactus Team has advanced to nationals for 20 consecutive years, placed first in the National Exposition three times and won two World Cup championships. 
  • History students have been awarded the prestigious Teach for America fellowship as well as scholarships for law school and graduate studies in history, divinity studies, medieval studies, Central European studies and political science.
  • In 2016, Drury-CCPS was awarded a five-year, $1.9 million CAMP grant, which will expand the support for children of migrant workers attending the Drury Monett campus. 
  • Computer science majors regularly produce award-winning research, some for national agencies such as NASA.
  • The Research Experience for Undergraduates (RENS) provides summer funding for students in biomedical research under the direction of a member of the natural sciences faculty.
  • Drury students have access to the Foreign Language Institute, where they can take classes in modern Greek, Hebrew, Arabic, Mandarin Chinese and Italian.
  • Drury has a medical scholars' programs with five medical schools in Missouri. These programs allow students who meet program criteria to apply to medical school at the end of their sophomore year. 
  • Recent signature Washington, DC internships include the State Department, congressional committees, the EPA, the Justice Department, strategic communication firms, the Bulgarian Embassy to the US and Amnesty International. 
  • Drury's Master of Architecture program is accredited by NAAB and required a five-year course of study plus a study abroad experience and an internship experience. It is one of the only liberal-arts-based architecture programs in the country.
  • The English department maintains an active publication culture, with Currents (a student publication) and the Gingko Tree Review (edited by faculty). 
  • The Drury Singers tour internationally every other year. Recent tours include Turkey, Greece, Germany, Denmark and Sweden
  • In 2016, Drury's theatre department secured a $150,000 grant to build the new Sunderland Black Box Theatre. 
  • Drury's elementary education program is nationally recognized by the Association of Childhood Education International as an exemplary program. 


  • More than 300 bicycles are ridden on campus annually, 25% of which are maintained through Drury's D.Cycle bike loan and maintenance services program.
  • Since 2015, Drury has held the national recognition as a "Tree Campus USA" by the Arbor Day Foundation. 
  • Drury has continuously worked to improve energy efficiency across campus, holding two LEED certifications and switching to LED lamps across campus.