About Drury University

Drury at a Glance: Fast Facts

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


  • 3,690 total enrollment
  • 1,315 traditional day students on campus
  • 2,119 total enrollment in the College of Continuing Professional Studies
  • 256 graduate students

Day School Students

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

2015 New Class Profile

  • 283 first-time freshmen
  • Avg. ACT: 25.2
  • Avg. GPA: 3.81
  • 88% graduated in the top half of their high school class


  • 10:1 student to faculty ratio
  • Average class size: 18
  • 90% of classes have 25 or fewer students
  • 46 majors
  • 39 minors
  • 5 graduate programs
  • 82% of full-time faculty members hold the highest degree in their field

Work Experience

  • 63% of students completed an internship for credit in 2014-2015
  • Survey results reflect that 94.8% of site supervisor respondents stated they would like to hire their Drury intern for full-time work.


  • 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.


  • In 2014, Drury students provided more than 144,000 service hours to people and organizations in Springfield and surrounding communities
  • During 2014-2015, Greek students completed over 4,000 hours of community service and raised over $34,000 for philanthropies.
  • 20 organizations on Drury’s campus are dedicated to service and volunteerism


  • 2015: $23,750 annually (based on 12-17 hours each semester)
  • 97% of Drury students receive a portion of over $29mm in financial assistance
  • Drury’s average student debt is below the state average


  • Mascot: Panther
  • Men’s sports: baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, wrestling 
  • Women’s sports: softball, basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, volleyball
  • In 2015, Drury Athletics set a new GLVC mark with 12 teams earning Team Academic All-GLVC honors by posting a team GPA of 3.30 or higher. The teams included women’s swimming, women’s cross-country, women’s golf, women’s basketball, women’s tennis, women’s soccer, men’s tennis, volleyball, women’s track & field, men’s golf, softball, and men’s track & field. 
  • Drury won a league-high six GLVC Championships in 2014-15 – in men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s swimming and diving, men’s tennis and baseball. 
  • In 2014, Drury was the only school in the country to have both its men’s and women’s basketball teams advance to the NCAA-II Elite Eight
  • In 2014, the men’s swimming and diving team achieved a “decade of dominance” with 10 straight NCAA-II championships, an NCAA-II record. The women’s swimming and diving team captured its fifth NCAA-II championship in six years, before both the men’s and women’s teams finished as national runners-up in 2015. 
  • Drury student-athletes ended the spring 2015 semester with a combined GPA of 3.35. 
  • Drury’s Fanthers—the student athletics fan group and largest club on campus—was recognized by the NCAA as a “Game Environment Award of Excellence” winner for 2010-2011.
  • The Lady Panthers basketball team has never had a losing record in its 15 seasons, has made 12 NCAA-II tourney appearances in that time and has captured three GLVC championships in 10 years as a league member. 
  • The Lady Panthers finished fifth nationally in D-II in team grade-point average at 3.651 in 2014-15.
  • The Panthers’ basketball program won the NCAA-II national championship in 2013, has qualified for the NCAA-II tournament eight times in the last 10 years and has captured three GLVC championships in 10 years as a league member.
  • Both Drury Basketball programs led the GLVC in average home attendance in 2014-15 for the first time in 10 years as a league member, when Drury was one of only five schools in NCAA-II to have both its men’s and women’s basketball programs finish in the Top 10 nationally in attendance at the O’Reilly Family Event Center.
  • Drury Baseball has captured back-to-back GLVC championships and advanced to the NCAA-II tournament for three consecutive seasons.
  • Drury Men’s Soccer has qualified for the NCAA-II tournament in three of the past six seasons
  • Drury Men’s Tennis has qualified for the NCAA-II tournament field for 18 consecutive years, while the DU Women’s Tennis program has made the NCAA-II tourney field for 14 consecutive seasons.
  • Drury Athletics teams have won 37 national championships; more than any other school in the state of Missouri.
  • Drury Athletics has finished in the Top 35 of the final Learfield Sports Director’s Cup all-sports standings nationally – among 300 NCAA-II member schools - for 18 consecutive years.
  • In 2015, Drury captured the Great Lakes Valley Conference Commissioner’s Cup by posting the strongest finish in the league’s seven core sports during the 2014-15 season. 
  • Drury has six non-NCAA sports: cycling, triathlon, bass fishing, bowling, ice hockey and Ultimate Frisbee.

Rankings & Accolades

  • Drury is #1 in the Midwest on U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Value Schools 2016” list.
  • Kiplinger’s Personal Finance named Drury a top 100 best value private university for 2015.
  • The Princeton Review named Drury one of the best colleges in the Midwest in its website feature “2016 Best Colleges Region by Region.”
  • In 2015, Drury was named in “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 353 Green Colleges” for the sixth year in a row.
  • Drury is one of 13 colleges and universities nationwide chosen as “Institutions of Excellence in the First College Year” by The Policy Center on the First Year of College.
  • Drury was named on the Association of American Colleges and Universities’ list “More Reasons for Hope: Diversity Matters in Higher Education.”
  • Victory Media named Drury a Military Friendly School: in the top 20 percent of colleges in the country that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans and spouses.

Division Highlights

  • The NAAB-accredited Hammons School of Architecture has been ranked among the Top 11 architecture schools in the 12-state Midwest region by Design Intelligence.
  • Drury has five unique pre-acceptance programs with prestigious schools of medicine throughout the state of Missouri.
  • Drury boasts an average acceptance rate of 87% for its pre-professional health programs.
  • 100% of all Drury business students graduate with practical internship experience and global study abroad experience.
  • Drury’s Enactus Team (formerly SIFE) has advanced to nationals for 16 consecutive years and has won the National Exposition three times.
  • Drury’s elementary education program is nationally recognized by the Association of Childhood Education International as an exemplary program.
  • The Edward Jones Center stimulates economic development through real-world projects for start-ups and community organizations, internships and the Drury on C-Street space.
  • The only school in the Midwest to offer an on-campus music therapy clinic where students gain hands-on experience starting their freshman year.
  • Political science majors have opportunities to complete an internship at the Washington Center in Washington, D.C.
  • The Drury/Crowder team placed eighth in the prestigious 2015 Solar Decathlon national competition: 140 teams applied and 14 competed.