Drury University Has Record Enrollment for Spring 2009

For Immediate Release: March 3

Contact:
Mark Miller
Director of Media Relations
Office of University Communications
Office: (417) 873-7390
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E-mail: markmiller@drury.edu

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., March 3, 2009 - Drury University has a record enrollment of 5,163 students for spring semester 2009. This figure includes adult evening and online programs, graduate classes and the traditional Day School.

Drury's College of Graduate and Continuing Studies set new all-time records for student enrollment in spring 2009. CGCS had 3,157 undergraduate students taking 32,022 credit hours. That's nearly 8 percent growth in all CGCS undergraduate classes from fall to spring.

"These numbers reflect the diversity of educational opportunities we provide at Drury," says Drury President Todd Parnell. "During a time when many private universities are struggling, our broad range of programs for adults, graduate students and traditional undergrads have allowed us to achieve record enrollment."

CGCS features a blend of seated and online classes at nine campuses around the Ozarks. Those multiple campuses helped Drury's CGCS reach unprecedented student numbers says Parris Watts, dean of the College of Graduate and Continuing Studies.

"Even during an unsettled economy, Drury's CGCS strives to make it convenient for adult students to achieve their educational goals," Watts says. "With nine campuses and numerous online degree programs, we continue to meet the educational needs of individuals within communities throughout the southwest, southern and mid-Missouri areas."

Enrollment in online courses has grown 21 percent over last spring while overall GGCS has grown 9.5 percent over last spring. Online course offerings now make up 27 percent of CGCS programming, up from 24.5 percent last spring.

This semester, 515 students are enrolled in Drury's five graduate programs. A record 411 of those students are pursuing master's degrees in education. Drury also offers master's degrees in art, business, communication and criminology.

Drury's traditional undergraduate Day School has 1,491 students enrolled for spring 2009. That's a 4.1 percent decrease from the fall semester of 2008. That decrease reflects the normal attrition rate from fall to spring semesters due to December graduation and other factors. That's the lowest percentage drop from fall to spring in the last six years. Drury's 1,491 students is the fourth highest spring Day School enrollment of all-time.

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