Office of Marketing & Communications
Office: (417) 873-7228
Fax: (417) 873-7435

Drury University Sees An Increase in Students on Opening Day

For Immediate Release: August 27

Mark Miller
Director of Media Relations, University Communications
Office: (417) 873-7390
Mobile: (417) 839-2886

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Aug. 27, 2009
— Drury University had an enrollment of 1,560 students in the traditional Day School when classes began on Wednesday, says Drury President Todd Parnell, who made the announcement at the opening convocation today (Thursday, Aug. 27). That total reflects an increase from the fall 2008 official enrollment.

“We are pleased that students continue to view Drury as a quality value for their college experience,” Parnell says. “We had a surge of students who said they wanted to attend Drury in the days leading up to orientation.”

362 freshmen join 120 transfer and exchange students for a total of 482 new students on campus.

The opening day numbers are also up in the College of Graduate and Continuing Studies (CGCS). 3,914 students are getting an education in the adult evening college, which reflects an increase of 369. Overall, CGCS students are taking 36,330 credit hours.

The total of 5,474 students reflects a record opening day enrollment at Drury. Official enrollment numbers will come out in early October following the census of Drury’s campuses across southwest Missouri.


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 a global community. For more information, visit

University Communications staff are available to news media 24 hours a day at (417) 839-2886. Visit the Office of University Communications online at Resources include a searchable Expert Guide, staff contacts and downloadable print-quality images and logos.