Drury University Accolades

Drury University continues to receive national and international recognition. Here's a quick look at some of our most recent accomplishments.

National Recognition

The Princeton Review

Drury University has been named one of the top schools in the country by The Princeton Review in the 2019 edition of its annual publication, The Best 384 Colleges.

One of The Princeton Review’s most popular guides, The Best 384 Colleges rankings are based on surveys of 138,000 students at top colleges that includes a wide representation by region, size, selectivity and character. Published annually since 1992, the book has detailed profiles of the colleges with rating scores in eight categories. This is the first time Drury has been included in the annual guide, and is one of only five new schools on the list.

In its profile on Drury, surveyed students gave the university high marks for offering a “well-rounded” education, “close community,” and “numerous opportunities for leadership.” Students also praised the flexibility they have in charting their own academic journey at Drury, with the ability to be involved in areas outside of their major or minor simply because it interests them or to bolster their professional career.

U.S. News & World Report

Drury is ranked No. 8 on the U.S. News list for best value among Midwest regional universities. U.S. News joins other national publications such as Kiplinger’s Personal Finance and Washington Monthly in recognizing the value of a Drury education for lifelong success.

More broadly, Drury was also named among the top schools in the Midwest on the U.S. News “Best Regional Universities” list. Drury earned high marks for its ability to deliver personalized attention to students, thanks to a student-to-faculty ratio of 12 to 1 and small class sizes. Nearly two-thirds of Drury’s classes have less than 20 students and 99 percent of classes have less than 50 students.

U.S. News editors also singled out Drury as the kind of school where students who display “spirit, individuality and seriousness of purpose” are able to grow and thrive thanks to its engaging student life and rewarding academic atmosphere.

Additionally, Drury was listed as one of the Top 10 Midwest Regional Universities with the highest percentage of international students (10 percent).

Princeton Review "Best in the Midwest" University

The Princeton Review has named Drury University one the best colleges in the Midwest in its website feature “2017 Best Colleges Region by Region.” 

Kiplinger's Personal Finance Best Value Private University

Kiplinger’s Personal Finance named Drury a top 100 best value private university for 2016.

Best College for Veterans: U.S. News & World Report

Drury is ranked No. 3 in the Midwest in U.S. News & World Report's 2014 Best Colleges for Veterans. The rankings are determined by the university's participation in federal initiatives to help veterans and active service members apply, pay for and complete their degrees.

Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges

In 2014, Drury was named in "The Princeton Review's Guide to 311 Green Colleges" for the fifth year in a row. This recognition identifies the nation's most environmentally responsible colleges. The criteria for inclusion focuses on institutions that have demonstrated an above average commitment to sustainability in terms of campus infrastructure, activities and initiatives.

Institute of International Education

Drury is ranked as a top producer of Fulbright Scholars by the Institute of International Education.

College Consensus

Drury was listed as the number three school in Missouri by College Consensus, which aggregates data from reputable college ranking outlets and student review scores. College Consensus identified about 1,000 out of more than 2,300 four-year schools in the United States as the best of the best - Drury landed at number 83 overall. 

National Survey of Student Engagement

The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) tracks how motivated and challenged students are, based on surveys of 135,000 students at more than 600 colleges and universities. Drury was awarded high marks in the survey, compared to other master's universities.

The Policy Center on the First Year of College: Institutions of Excellence

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.

Barron's Best Buy in College Education

Drury has been named a Barron's Best Buy in College Education.

American Heart Association

Drury was named a Gold Fit-Friendly Company by the American Heart Association.

Division Highlights

  • The Breech School of Business accounting and finance majors are ranked #3 for best top small colleges for accounting and finance degrees by Master of Finance Degrees.
  • 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.
  • One hundred percent of all Drury business students graduate with practical internship experience and global study abroad experience.
  • 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. 
  • 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.
  • Drury's communication department offers a "4+1" program that allows students to earn their Bachelor's degree and M.A. in communication in five years. 
  • One hundred percent of environmental science students graduate with internship or meaningful research experience.
  • One of only 62 schools in the nation with a music therapy program.
  • Pre-health students at Drury boast a 95% acceptance rate to graduate and health professional schools. 
  • History students have been awarded the prestigious Teach for American fellowship as well as scholarships for law school and graduate studies in history, divinity studies, medieval studies, Central European studies and political science. 
  • Political science majors have opportunities to complete an internship at the Washington Center in Washington, D.C.
  • 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. 


  • More than 300 bicycles are ridden on campus annually, 25% of which are maintained through Drury's D.Cycle bicycle 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.