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Welcome to Drury University

A personal greeting from President David Manuel

This year marks the 142nd anniversary of Drury University’s founding. Tied to the historical significance of Missouri and located as an integral member of Springfield’s historic Midtown District, Drury was modeled after the notable liberal arts universities of the East Coast. Drury is committed to the liberal arts tradition and to personalized education that integrates theoretical and practical knowledge in the context of the 21st century. Thus, students have opportunities to choose majors such as architecture, business, education, behavioral sciences and the traditional arts and humanities.

The breadth of these degrees and the platforms that complement and enhance learning include community-focused engaged learning, service learning, undergraduate research opportunities and study abroad venues (the majority of Drury’s traditional undergraduates study abroad). Drury is pleased that employers and graduate schools have eagerly embraced Drury alumni, evidenced by the enviable placement rate of our graduates and their excellent acceptance rate into graduate and professional schools.

Drury faculty members are committed to student success. Common themes are personalized education, shared excitement for your learning, and an embrace of new technology and learning platforms. A proud member of the New American Colleges and Universities (NACU), Drury has a shared commitment to engaged learning in which our faculty incorporate best practices into teaching, research and service. 

With locations in Missouri, Arkansas and Oklahoma, offerings for students extend beyond the traditional classroom and include online courses tailored to accelerated learning styles. Offered largely through the College of Continuing Professional Studies, the classes are tailored to the lifestyle and learning demands of non-traditional students. 

You will discover many opportunities to immerse yourself in an active campus life. Explore professional academic groups on campus, Student Government Association service, community outreach, Greek life, and join us in supporting our nationally acclaimed Panther athletic teams! I hope you will visit Drury University soon and know that you have an open invitation to do so. Our faculty and staff are committed to your success, and our students and alumni are eager to share their experiences and successes with you.

Best wishes.

David P. Manuel