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Drury University Accolades & Accreditation


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

U.S. News & World Report Rankings

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Drury University boosted its standing in the U.S. News & World Report “Best Colleges 2020” rankings. The rankings can be viewed online at

Drury jumped nine spots to the No. 20 overall position on the Midwest Regional University list. The long-running U.S. News rankings are recognized as the most rigorous national ratings for colleges and universities. The annual list uses data on student outcomes, graduation rates, faculty resources, alumni giving and expert opinions to compare institutions.

In addition to landing in the Midwest Top 20, Drury racked up appearances on other “Best Colleges 2020” lists, including: 

  • Ranked the No. 10 Best Value on the Midwest Regional list, which recognizes schools with outstanding quality-to-price ratios, according to U.S. News editors.
  • Ranked No. 23 for Best Undergraduate Teaching in the Midwest Region. This list is based solely on surveys of top academics who were asked to name schools where they believe faculty and administration have an unusually strong commitment to undergraduate teaching.
  • Ranked No. 42 on Top Performers for Social Mobility in the Midwest region. The list identifies schools that do well in graduating students who were awarded federal Pell grants.
  • Drury was also recognized by peers in the region for the quality of its business school programs.

The Princeton Review

Drury University has once again been named one of the top schools in the country by The Princeton Review in the 2020 edition of its annual publication, The Best 385 Colleges.

One of The Princeton Review’s most popular guides, The Best 385 Colleges rankings are based on surveys of 138,000 students at top colleges that includes a wide representation by region, size, selectivity and character. Published annually since 1992, the book includes detailed profiles of each college with rating scores in eight categories. This is the second consecutive year Drury has been included in the annual guide – which profiles only about 13 percent of the nation’s 3,000 four-year colleges.

 In its profile on Drury, surveyed students gave the university high marks for offering a “well-rounded” education, “close community,” and “numerous opportunities for leadership.” Students also praised the flexibility they have in charting their own academic journey at Drury, with the ability to be involved in areas outside of their major or minor simply because it interests them or to bolster their professional career.

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Kiplinger's Personal Finance Best Value Private University

Kiplinger’s Personal Finance named Drury one of the best values in American higher education. Drury is one of 44 private universities in the Midwest on Kiplinger’s 2019 list of 400 Best College Values.

Wall Street Journal and Times Higher Education

Drury was ranked in the 200,000 student survey conducted by the Wall Street Journal and Times Higher Education. The university scored high in student engagement, student recommendations, and student interaction. The scores placed Drury in the top third of all colleges and universities nationwide. 

Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges

In 2019, Drury was named one of the most environmentally responsible schools in the United States on The Princeton Review's annual "Guide to Green Schools." More than 700 schools were considered for the list. The Princeton Review uses data from annual surveys to evaluate a school’s environmental and sustainability-related policies, practices and academic offerings. Rather than focusing only on the institution’s environmental impact, the guide also considers the degree to which students themselves report that sustainability issues influence their education.

Drury was ranked #26 on the list of the 50 Best Architecture Degrees.


  • More than 300 bicycles are ridden on campus annually, 25% of which are maintained through Drury's D.Cycle bicycle loan and maintenance services program. 
  • Since 2015, Drury has held the national recognition as a "Tree Campus USA" by the Arbor Day Foundation.
  • Drury has continuously worked to improve energy efficiency across campus, holding two LEED certifications and switching to LED lamps across campus. 
  • Stone Chapel was ranked number five on a list of the 30 most beautiful college cathedrals and churches by


Drury University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association:

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View Drury University's current accreditation status by clicking on the Higher Learning Commission mark of affiliation to the right.

Drury University has been approved to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements.