Introduction to the University

For more than 144 years, Drury University has prepared students for success in life and the professions. Drury’s founders recognized the need for a college that would bring the New England liberal arts tradition to a Midwestern setting. The tradition includes a commitment to helping students learn to serve their communities and the world.

At Drury, students gain the knowledge, experience and skills for graduate school, professional school and careers. Although Drury has grown in size and complexity since those early years, adding resources, graduate studies and a number of professional programs to the traditional liberal arts, the institution maintains its commitment to excellent teaching, a low student-faculty ratio, small class sizes and opportunities for students to engage in individual research. The hallmark of Drury University is a tradition of excellence integrating liberal and professional learning in the service of what Aristotle called phronesis, or practical wisdom.


Drury is an independent university, church-related, grounded in the liberal arts tradition, and committed to personalized education in a community of scholars who value the arts of teaching and learning.

Education at Drury seeks:

  • To cultivate spiritual sensibilities and imaginative faculties as well as ethical insight and critical thought;
  • To foster the integration of theoretical and practical knowledge; and
  • To liberate persons to participate responsibly in and contribute to life in a global community.


To ensure that liberal arts knowledge and understanding are central to the Drury experience and fundamental to all programs, the university maintains and strengthens its commitment to:

  • Develop reading, writing, speaking, foreign language, and critical thinking skills;
  • Cultivate creative capacities and aesthetic appreciation through participation in the arts;
  • Expand logical thinking skills, and mathematical abilities, and apply inquiry based science to investigate the natural world;
  • Examine the complexity of human experience through the study of historical and contemporary events, ideas, artifacts, and behavior;
  • Engage in cross-cultural studies by applying global perspectives to diverse populations and contexts;
  • Understand how globalization impacts, people, societies, ideas and natural processes;
  • Develop personal, civic, and professional responsibility in order to participate ethically and sustainably in a larger community.

Drury University offers a remarkable variety of programs, including day and evening classes; master’s degrees in visual arts, business administration, communication, nonprofit and civic leadership, and education; a professional master of architecture; and a strong liberal arts preparation for careers in the professions. While offering this variety of academic options that characterize universities, Drury also offers the personal attention, flexibility and supportive atmosphere that characterize a college. Students have the opportunity to build on personal strengths in preparing for their future of choice. The combination of excellent academic preparation and engaged learning experiences in service learning, internships, labs and studios gives each student a strong foundation on which to prepare for successful careers in the global economy and lives of meaning in the global community.