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Drury University's fall 2010 census reveals record enrollment

For Immediate Release: September 28

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Sept. 28, 2010 — Drury University has a record enrollment of 5,625 students for fall semester 2010 following the census of the school’s multiple campuses and online programs. This figure includes adult evening and online programs, graduate classes and the traditional Day School.

Drury’s traditional undergraduate Day School gained 81 students from fall 2009 for a record 1,631 students, which beats the previous record of 1,608 set in 2007. The 1,631 students include a record freshman class of 372 and a total of 538 new undergraduates.

“Even in a difficult economic environment, students continue to see the value that a Drury education will bring them while they’re here on campus and long after they’ve graduated,” says Drury President Todd Parnell. “Everyone at Drury has done a good job of communicating that value and benefit over the last year and we see the rewards of that effort in the new enrollment numbers.”

Drury’s College of Graduate and Continuing Studies set new all-time records for student enrollment, as well. CGCS has 3,457 undergraduate students taking 34,667 credit hours--both numbers are records. Besides the main campus in Springfield, CGCS offers courses through nine locations across southwest Missouri in addition to online classes.

This semester, 537 students are enrolled in Drury’s six graduate programs. Drury CGCS offers master’s degrees in art, business, communication, criminal justice, criminology, education and music therapy.

“These numbers reflect the broad range of educational options Drury provides for adults, non-traditional students and those seeking master’s degrees,” says Dr. Brian Holloway, Dean of the College of Graduate and Continuing Studies. “By combining seated adult evening programs along with a growing online presence, Drury continues to achieve record enrollment.”

Enrollment in online courses has grown 14 percent over fall 2009. Drury’s online courses make up 30 percent of CGCS class offerings. Drury offers 11 bachelor’s degrees that can be completed entirely online.

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