Life in Drury's Hometown
Springfield, Mo., is the big, small town that has it all. A robust economy, health care, excellent schools, a safe and temperate climate, an active arts and entertainment community, and opportunities for local outdoor recreation are driving the community’s rapid growth. From the Springfield Cardinals AA baseball team to Jordan Valley Park and indoor skating facility, both within walking distance of campus, there is always something to do after class.
The Ozarks of southwest Missouri and northwest Arkansas are known for their unique natural resources. Pristine streams, rivers and lakes offer amazing opportunities to canoe, fish and boat within minutes of campus. The renowned Buffalo National River watershed with incredible hiking, fishing and breathtaking vistas can be accessed within two hours. Drury’s commitment to sustainability is a logical outgrowth of this geographical location. Faculty often use the Ozarks as Drury’s own laboratory for learning about things natural and unique. If you love the outdoors, awesome adventure awaits you at Drury University.
Drury’s rich and colorful history remains an important part of campus culture. Founded by Congregationalists in 1873 to “help heal the wounds of the Civil War,” Drury’s first students included women and Native Americans. From iconic Stone Chapel, the oldest stone building in the region, to Springfield Hall (1909), which serves as the student CX, Drury has preserved its timeless physical treasures while protecting the historical feel in new and modern structures like Olin Library and the soon-to-be-completed O’Reilly Family Event Center. This fall, the university commemorated the 136th anniversary of Drury’s first class by ringing an old school bell to mark the moment.
Tradition at Drury is a living thing.