Fall 2014 New Transfer Student Information

My name is Emily Givens, and I am the Director of Transitional Programs. My main focus is to make sure all new students – freshmen, transfers and internationals – have a smooth transition into the Drury community. If you have any questions about the information below please contact me at egivens@drury.edu, or 417-873-6894.

Advising and Registration
Beginning in April, students who are admitted and have paid the tuition and housing deposits ($100 tuition deposit and $200 housing deposit for those planning to live on campus) should contact Kelli Roberts, Director of Transfer Admission at (417) 873-6349 or kroberts001@drury.edu to schedule an advising and registration appointment. Students will meet one-on-one with an academic advisor to build an appropriate schedule for the fall semester. A first-semester class schedule will be created to help students achieve educational goals, without the stress that sometimes accompanies the registration and advising process.

DU Bridge Program
DU Bridge is organized through the Office of Diversity Support Services. The program will be held Wednesday, August 13 – Friday morning, August 15. The primary focus is to give our incoming students of color an opportunity to build connections and accelerate friendships, meet influential people in the community and on campus who can make their initial college experience a positive one. We plan on having many fun activities planned as well! This program is free. For questions about Drury’s Bridge Program, please contact Francine Pratt, Coordinator of Diversity Support Services at fpratt@drury.edu or (417) 873-6827.

Transfer Student Orientation
Transfer Student Orientation will be held Friday, August 15 – Monday, August 18, 2014 and is strongly recommended for all new transfer students. Some of the events students will participate in are: bowling, ice skating and broomball, an off-campus community service event, dinner with Drury faculty members, student activities fair, a huge fireworks show, and much more! This is a great opportunity for new members of the Drury community to get to know both new and returning Drury students!

Orientation Leaders
Orientation Leaders will be present throughout the four days of orientation to assist new students by answering questions, providing guidance and providing information about what to expect once classes begin on Monday, August 18 at 5 p.m.

Student Activities Fair
This event is held the third day of Transfer Student Orientation. The purpose of the fair is to encourage students to sign up for campus organizations, clubs and groups early on, before classes begin. There are over 90 student organizations available for Drury students to choose from.

CORE 104
This 0.5-credit course is required for all transfer students in their first semester at Drury, helping them connect with academic and co-curricular opportunities. There will be at least two group meetings and two one-on-one meetings with the instructor, with follow-up assignments tracked through Blackboard.

Office of Transitional Programs
The first year of college often presents students with new challenges as they face the academic and personal transitions required of them. This office, located in Findlay Student Center 120, serves as a resource for students who would like to discuss and resolve any issues that are preventing them from succeeding at Drury. We can assist students with goal setting, time management, academic concerns, and personal issues. We are here to listen, offer advice, point out new alternatives, and understand the exciting times and difficulties that lie ahead.

You can contact Emily at egivens@drury.edu or (417) 873-6894.