Welcome to the Drury Family: Information for Parents & Families
You've been there for first steps, first words, first cars and first loves. And now your student is taking the next big step: college.
This decision is one of the biggest your family has faced. We hear you. We are here to help.
Common Parent Questions:
Will my student be safe, healthy and happy here?
Yes! Here's why:
- Drury Security officers are on duty 24/7.
- Our campus is equipped with security call boxes plus a Springfield Police substation located in College Park.
- A support system of professionals and student staff is here to guide your student through freshman year. Resident assistants are student mentors who reside in campus housing and help ensure safety and build community.
- Residence halls have key-card access for students and an open hours system for checking in outside guests.
- Drury ensures that your student is also taken care of physically, professionally and socially with a first-rate wellness program, on-campus career center and counseling services office.
- Each CORE 101 class is assigned a group of upperclassmen who act as mentors during orientation and throughout the first year.
What is a liberal arts education all about?
"We're a firm believer in liberal education." - That's the hiring philosophy of Wayne Johnson, vice president of university relations for Hewlett- Packard, who says HP seeks graduates who:
- possess critical thinking skills
- have the ability to work in a team
- are understanding of the broad-based world
The Association of American Colleges and Universities surveyed Johnson and other employers, finding that both in-depth knowledge and a broad range of skills are necessary for career success.
That's what liberal arts education at Drury provides.
Traditionally, liberal arts colleges teach a variety of areas and skills (history, philosophy, math and science, literature and the arts) in addition to a student's chosen area of concentration.
Drury integrates professional programs with a liberal arts foundation so students leave prepared for any path they choose.
Students find opportunities to think critically in the classroom and gain experience in the community and around the world. More than 50% of Drury students study abroad—in places like China, England, France, Germany, Greece and Spain.
Can we afford Drury?
Yes! Education at Drury is more affordable than you might think. Drury's tuition and fees add up to less than Butler, Creighton, Drake, Hendrix, Rockhurst, Wash U and William Jewell. (according to U.S. News and World Report)
- 94% of current Drury students receive financial aid or scholarships. Drury students received $8.8 million in financial assistance last year alone.
- Drury's Office of Admission is available to make sure you understand the financial aid process every step of the way.
AND...YOU'LL GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR:
The true value of a college experience is not in what you pay. It's what you get in return.
- Most schools talk about small class size and personal attention, but Drury delivers. 90% of classes have fewer than 25 students, and every class at Drury is taught by a professor — not a graduate student or teaching assistant.
- Drury alumni find fulfilling careers and competitive post-graduate opportunities. Graduates report 98% placement success, with 25.6% going on to graduate school, within six months.
- In the past two years, our students have completed internships with 300+ companies all over the world.
- 75% of accounting students pass the CPA exam on the first try (the national average is only 47%), and 100% of 2011 accounting grads were placed in careers.
- More than 90% of students who complete the pre-law program and take the LSAT are accepted to law school.
- Students who complete the Pre-Med Scholars Program are guaranteed early admittance into the following medical schools:
- St. Louis University
- University of Missouri-Columbia
- Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences
- Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine
What does Springfield have to offer?
Springfield is the third-largest city in Missouri, where you'll find big-city amenities in a hometown neighborhood atmosphere.
It's no wonder Springfield's visitors bureau has the slogan: "Welcome to the middle of everywhere!" Here are just a few things Springfield has to offer:
- Springfield's weather earned the title "Most Variety" from Forbes magazine in 2007, so you know we have it all: fall leaves, winter snow, spring rain — and plenty of sunshine.
- Outdoor fun is easy to find in the beautiful natural surroundings of the Ozarks. Take a bike ride to one of Springfield's 100 parks — or explore 100 miles of trails. Area lakes and rivers give you space to camp, climb or canoe.
- Just a short walk or bike ride from campus you'll find downtown and the historic Commercial Street district, which both offer restaurants, entertainment and shopping. Our 150-store mall is a 15-minute drive away.
- Springfield is just a road trip away from Fayetteville, Kansas City, St. Louis and Tulsa. Plus our airport offers direct flights that connect with Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Orlando and more!
- Downtown is home to the Springfield Cardinals, the Double-A affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals. The weather is great, the tickets are cheap and even our mascot, Pouncer, loves to enjoy America's pastime.
- Just across the street is Jordan Valley Park, where you'll find an ice skating rink, outdoor amphitheater and plenty of space for exploring, plus a 21,000-gallon fountain — made by the same designers who created the world-famous Bellagio fountains in Las Vegas.
- Springfield has plenty of options to entertain your inner artist, foodie, sports fan or theatre critic. First Friday Art Walk, sponsored by Springfield Regional Arts Council, includes free food, exhibits, music and performances at 25 gallery venues.
- Springfield was named the 2009 "Creative Community" by the Missouri Arts Council.
- Choose from our 60+ arts and cultural organizations including 10 live theatre venues and one of the state's largest arts districts.
How can I stay connected to my student & Drury?
There are many ways for you to be a part of Drury after move-in day:
- Sign up for Campus Link emails and the Parent Connection newsletter — with tips, advice and important reminders for parents every month.
- "Like" Drury University on Facebook to keep up with news and photos throughout the year.
- Empower your student to take advantage of campus resources. Faculty advisors, counseling services, academic planning and residence life staff are all here to make sure your student succeeds.
- Plan to visit campus for Family Day in October. We'll see you then!