Admission Requirements

Drury University welcomes applications from students who have pursued a challenging college preparatory curriculum and desire a strong academic environment. The admission process to Drury is selective and requires submission of the following items:

  • Application
  • Essay or writing sample (about two pages)
  • Official transcripts
  • ACT and/or SAT scores

Drury looks at the individual student's overall performance - cumulative GPA, ACT/SAT scores, class rank, high school curriculum, essay - to determine admission. Drury has a rolling admission policy, which means applications are accepted until the beginning of each term. However, several weeks are usually needed to complete the process of admission. Therefore, the recommended deadline for applying for admission and sending all credentials to the college is a minimum of 60 days prior to the start of the semester.

Freshmen Admission
Incoming freshman may apply to the undergraduate day school any time after completion of their junior year. Drury begins reviewing completed applications on October 1st each year for the following fall semester. We admit students on a rolling basis with notification of the admission decision within 4 weeks.

Standardized Tests
Drury requires students to submit scores from the American College Test (ACT) or the Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT). We will use the highest composite score from either test to determine admission and scholarships. You may have your official scores sent directly from the testing agency or from your high school office. Drury students are high academic achievers earning an average freshman class ACT score of 26 and an average SAT score of 1700.

Required High School Courses:

  • Math: 3 years including Algebra I, Algebra II and Geometry earning a grade of C or higher in each course

Recommended High School Courses:

  • English: 4 years
  • Social Studies: 3 years
  • Natural Science: 3 years
  • Foreign Language: 2 years

Weighted GPA Policy
The maximum GPA for Drury admission and scholarship purposes is 4.0. If your transcript reports both a weighted and unweighted GPA, we will use the GPA that gives you the best advantage, typically the weighted GPA. If the weighted GPA is reported on a 5.0 scale we will treat it like it was calculated on a 4.0 scale.

AP, IB and Dual Credit
Drury accepts an unlimited number of credit hours earned through Advanced Placement (AP) exams, International Baccalaureate (IB) credit or dually enrolled courses with a grade of C or higher. Certain scores must be made in order to receive credit for AP exams and IB credit depending on the exam taken. Visit Transferring of Credit for more information. You must have an official transcript from each college/university or exam scores sent to the Admission Office for evaluation of credit. Drury will not include other school's course work in the calculation of cumulative GPA, only the courses taken at Drury.

Transfer Admission
Drury welcomes transfer students from accredited universities, colleges and community colleges who have a cumulative 2.0 GPA or higher. Students will need to submit official transcripts from each college/university attended as well as high school transcripts. If you have completed at least 30 college credit hours, your admission will be based upon your college work. If you have earned less than 30 credit hours we will consider your high school record and ACT/SAT scores as well.

Making the transition to Drury will require assistance so we encourage you to schedule an appointment with our Transfer Director at (417) 873-6349. You can find further details at Transfer Admission Process.

International Admission
Drury values the diversity of perspectives that international students contribute to the campus community. Each individual is assessed and placed in studies best suited to his or her language level. You can find further details at International Students Admission Process or call our Director of International Admission, at (417) 873-7506.

Deferring Your Admission
As an admitted student, you may defer admission for up to 1 year without having to reapply for admission. Please note that during your deferment changes may take place with course offerings, degree or graduation requirements and financial aid. If you have completed any college credit you must submit all transcripts for your file to be reactivated. Your scholarships will be re-awarded at the time your application is reactivated and complete.

Admission Policy
Drury University actively seeks to enroll a racially, religiously, geographically and economically diverse student body that will enhance growth and understanding. It is Drury's policy not to discriminate on the basis of disability, race, color, creed, gender, age, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, or veteran status in the recruitment and the operations of any of its programs and activities as required by federal, state and local laws or regulations. To be fully considered for possible scholarships, we recommend students complete the application process before January 15th.