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


  • 1,454 traditional day students on campus
  • 2,464 total enrollment in the College of Continuing Professional Studies
  • 297 graduate students

Day School Students

  • 12% international students / 41 countries represented
  • 23% ethnic origin other than white, non-Hispanic
  • 15% enrolled from outside Missouri
  • 52% female / 48% male

2013 New Class Profile

  • 310 first-time freshmen
  • Avg. ACT: 25.7
  • Avg. GPA: 3.74
  • 87% graduated in the top half of their high school class; nearly 67% ranked in the top 30% of their class


  • 10:1 student to faculty ratio
  • Average class size: 17
  • 90% of classes have 25 or fewer students
  • 59 majors
  • 41 minors
  • 5 graduate programs
  • 94% of full-time faculty members hold the highest degree in their field
  • 45% of May 2014 graduates studied abroad

Work Experience

  • 62% of students completed an internship for credit in 2013-2014
  • Survey results reflect that 92% of site supervisor respondents stated they would like to hire their Drury intern for full-time work.
  • 84% of post-graduation survey respondents stated that they were either employed or in graduate school within six months


  • In 2013, Drury students provided more than 139,000 service hours to people and organizations in Springfield and throughout the Ozarks
  • During 2013-2014, Greek students completed 10,000 hours of community service and raised $35,650 through philanthropic efforts
  • 20 organizations on Drury’s campus are dedicated to service and volunteerism


  • 2014: $22,750 annually (based on 12-17 hours each semester)
  • 98% of Drury students receive a portion of over $29mm total aid in financial assistance
  • Drury’s average student debt is below the state average
  • Housing varies by meal plan and dorm selection. A general guide to room and board: $8,100.
  • Books are about $1,000


  • Mascot: Panther
  • Average GPA: 3.35
  • 90 student-athletes received NCAA D-II Academic Achievement Awards in 2013
  • 5th in the nation NCAA D-II Power Rankings
  • Men’s sports: baseball, basketball, cross-country, golf, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field
  • Women’s sports: baseball, basketball, cross-country, golf, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, volleyball
  • Drury athletics teams have won 36 national championships; more than any other school in the state of Missouri
  • 2013 NCAA-II men's basketball national champions
  • The Lady Panthers basketball team has never had a losing record in its 14 seasons
  • In 2014, the men’s swimming and diving team achieved a “decade of dominance” with 10 straight NCAA-II championships. The women’s swimming and diving team captured its sixth NCAA-II championship in seven years.
  • In 2014, the men’s and women’s basketball teams both won GLVC championships and advanced to the NCAA-II Elite Eight.
  • “Fanthers” student fans received 2011 NCAA "Game Environment Award of Excellence"

Rankings & Accolades

  • Drury is ranked No. 8 on the list of best regional universities in the Midwest for 2015 by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Drury is ranked No. 1 in the Midwest on the U.S. News “Great Schools, Great Prices” list and is ranked No. 3 on its 2015 “Best Colleges for Veterans” 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 “2014 Best Colleges Region by Region.”
  • In 2014, Drury was named in “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 311 Green Colleges” for the fifth year in a row.
  • Drury is ranked as a top producer of Fulbright Scholars by the Institute of International Education.
  • 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.
  • 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’s arts administration program is one of only 25 of its kind for undergraduates in the nation.
  • 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.
  • All communication majors complete a senior seminar course that provides comprehensive career planning support.
  • 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 15 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.
  • 100% of environmental science students graduate with internship or meaningful research experience.
  • One of only 62 schools in the nation with a music therapy program.
  • Political science and geography majors have opportunities to complete an internship at the Washington Center in Washington, D.C.
  • Drury grounds crew was selected as the 2014 recipient of the Forest ReLeaf of Missouri Exceptional Planting Project for the continued beautification of the campus.
  • 300 bikes are ridden on campus annually, many of which are maintained through the university bike loan program.
  • In 2012, the O’Reilly Family Event Center achieved LEED-Gold Certification.
  • Enactus has advanced to nationals for 16 consecutive years