Drury University at a Glance: Fast Facts

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


  • 3,569 total enrollment
  • 1,372 traditional undergraduate students on campus
  • 1,958 total enrollment in the College of Continuing Professional Studies
  • 239 graduate students

Traditional Undergraduate Student Population

  • 12% international students / 51 countries represented
  • 11% ethnic origin of domestic students other than white, non-Hispanic
  • 53 countries represented
  • 55% female / 45% male


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

Class of 2020 Profile

  • 493 first-time freshmen
  • Avg. ACT: 25
  • Avg. GPA: 3.6


  • 13:1 student to faculty ratio
  • Average class size: 18
  • 85% of classes have 25 or fewer students
  • Over 70 majors and programs
  • 39 minors
  • 5 graduate programs
  • 82% of full-time faculty members hold the highest degree in their field
  • 42.5% of May 2016 graduates studied abroad, more than 33% above the national average.
  • 284 double majors and 21 triple majors

Work Experience

  • 69.8% of students completed an internship for credit in 2015-2016
  • Survey results reflect that 94.8% of site supervisor respondents stated they would like to hire their Drury intern for full-time work if a position were available.
  • 96% of the 2014-2015 graduates stated that they were employed, in graduate school or taking a gap year within six months of graduation *84% knowledge rate


  • 97.3%* of ’13 post-graduation survey respondents stated that they were employed, in graduate school or taking a gap year within six months of graduation. *(Based on 83.8% response rate)
  • Drury’s average student debt is below the national, regional and state averages.


  • Drury students provided more than 152,700 service hours to Springfield and the surrounding communities over the 2015-2016 academic year.
  • During 2015-2016, Greek students completed over 4,000 hours of community service and raised over $39,000 for philanthropies.
  • 20 organizations on Drury’s campus are dedicated to service and volunteerism.


  • 2016: $25,905 annually (based on 12-17 hours each semester)
  • 98% of Drury students receive a portion of over $26 million in financial assistance
  • Drury’s average student debt is below the state, regional, and national averages


  • 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
  • 162 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.
  • Drury’s streak of nine consecutive men’s and nine consecutive women’s swimming & diving national championships is the longest in NCAA Division II history.
  • Men’s basketball won the West division of the GLVC for the fourth straight year and finished 19-8 overall. 
  • Women’s basketball advanced to the NCAA-II regional tournament and the national round of 16 for the eighth time in the program’s 16-year history. The Lady Panthers finished 26-5 and won the GLVC West division for the third straight year and ninth time in 11 years.
  • 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.
  • Ten Drury teams earned conference awards for having a team GPA of 3.30 or better. Women’s soccer, with a 3.78 team GPA, had the highest grade point average of all women’s sports teams in the conference. 
  • Drury Athletics had 48 student-athletes earn all-conference honors in the GLVC and 16 were named NCAA-II All-Americans.
  • Freshman swimmer Bailee Nunn, from Marshfield, competed in three events in the U.S. Olympic Trials along with men’s swimming alum and current graduate assistant coach, Sean Feher (’15), who competed in the trials in one event.

University Accolades

  • Drury was listed as the number three school in Missouri by College Consensus in 2017. 
  • Drury was named a Midwest Region “Best Bang For the Buck College” in Washington Monthly magazine’s “2016 College Guide.”
  • Drury is ranked eleventh in U.S. News & World Report’s “Midwest Regional Universities” rankings for 2017. Drury has been near the top since 1999.
  • The Princeton Review named Drury one of the best colleges in the Midwest in its website feature “2017 Best Colleges Region by Region.”
  • U.S. News & World Report ranked Drury number three in the Midwest on its “Best Colleges for Veterans” list in 2015. 
  • Drury is featured in Barron’s “Best Buy in College Education” latest edition.
  • Drury was named “Best Value Midwest Regional University” by U.S. News and World Report’s Midwest Regional Universities rankings for 2016.

Academic Highlights

  • Olin Library houses one of the finest rare book collections in the region, which includes volumes printed as early as 1472. 
  • The Breech School is one of only five schools in the U.S. that offers dual accreditation of AACSB and ACBSP.
  • 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.
  • Approximately one-third of history students will become high school history teachers, graduating with a secondary education degree. Of those graduates in the last five years, 100% have found employment with a school within a year.
  • 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.
  • In the last decade alone, more than 600 Drury graduates have gone on to pursue careers in healthcare.
  • Computer science majors regularly produce award-winning research, some of it for national agencies such as NASA.
  • The Drury/Crowder team placed eighth in the prestigious 2015 Solar Decathlon national competition: 140 teams applied and 14 competed.
  • More than half of Drury’s philosophy graduates from 2002 to 2013 have moved on to graduate study; many have been accepted at elite programs in the United States. 
  • The English department maintains an active publication culture, with Currents (a student publication) and the Gingko Tree Review (edited by the faculty).