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Drury's Accolades

Drury University continues to receive national and international recognition. Here's a quick look at some of our most recent accomplishments.


National Recognition

U.S. News & World Report Ranking

Drury is ranked No. 8 on the list of best regional universities in the Midwest, a category U.S. News & World Report officially names "Best Regional Universities-Midwest." In addition, Drury was ranked 15th in the Midwest in the “Great Schools at Great Prices” category, and Drury was listed in the category “A-plus schools for B students” in the Midwest. U.S. News says the “A-plus schools for B students” category is for universities “where spirit and hard work make all the difference to admission offices.”

Princeton Review "Best in the Midwest" University

The Princeton Review has named Drury University one the best colleges in the Midwest in its website feature “2014 Best Colleges Region by Region.” Drury is one of 155 institutions named to the Princeton Review’s “Best in the Midwest” section.

Best Value Private University - Kiplinger's Personal Finance

Kiplinger's Personal Finance named Drury University one of the best values in private colleges and universities for 2011-12. Drury is one of only four private universities from Missouri to make the university rankings. Drury is ranked 66th out of 100 private universities from around the country.

Best College for Veterans: U.S. News & World Report

Drury is ranked No. 3 in the Midwest in U.S. News & World Report's 2014 Best Colleges for Veterans. The rankings are determined by the university's participation in federal initiatives to help veterans and active service members apply, pay for and complete their degrees.

Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges

In 2013, Drury was named in "The Princeton Review's Guide to 311 Green Colleges" for the fourth year in a row. This recognition identifies the nation's most environmentally responsible colleges. The criteria for inclusion focuses on institutions that have demonstrated an above average commitment to sustainability in terms of campus infrastructure, activities and initiatives.

National Survey of Student Engagement

The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) tracks how motivated and challenged students are, based on surveys of 135,000 students at more than 600 colleges and universities. Drury was awarded high marks in the survey, compared to other master's universities.

The Policy Center on the First Year of College: Institutions of Excellence

Drury is one of 13 colleges and universities nationwide chosen as "Institutions of Excellence in the First College Year" by The Policy Center on the First Year of College. The Policy Center identifies institutions doing an exemplary job of helping new students make a successful transition to the academic and social demands of college, as measured through reliable assessment.

American Colleges and Universities

Drury was honored for its commitment to global education when it was named on the Association of American Colleges and Universities list of More Reasons for Hope: Diversity Matters in Higher Education. One of 32 institutions selected for the honor, Drury was recognized for its former Global Perspectives 21 curriculum, in which "students gain an understanding of global issues both locally and beyond our borders, competency in a second language, communication skills, reasoning and problem-solving skills, and a greater awareness and understanding of other cultures."

Barron's Best Buy in College Education

Drury has been named a Barron's Best Buy in College Education.

#1 in Social Media Savvy by Her Campus Magazine

In 2011, Her Campus magazine named Drury in its top spot for "social media savvy," citing the university's Social Media Certificate Program and presences on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

American Heart Association

Drury was named a Gold Fit-Friendly Company by the American Heart Association. In a letter to Drury President Todd Parnell, American Heart Association Chief Executive Officer Nancy Brown said, "As a Gold Level Award recipient you have not only recognized the importance of a healthy workplace for your employees but have taken important steps to create a culture of physical activity in the workplace. Promoting a wellness culture by providing support to employees and implementing physical, nutritional and cultural changes are extraordinary efforts, and we commend you and your employees." Go to the American Heart Association website to learn more about Fit-Friendly companies.