Drury University Accreditation and Accolades

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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

Drury University is once again listed in U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges 2022” rankings. Drury moved up on two lists that demonstrate the university’s high-quality education.

Drury leapt 14 spots to No. 12 Best Regional University in the Midwest. This marks more than 25 years that Drury has been in the Top 30. Drury also improved to No. 2 on the Best Value Universities in the Midwest list. The list recognizes schools with outstanding quality-to-price ratios, according to U.S. News editors.

Drury racked up appearances on other U.S. News “Best Colleges 2022” lists, including the national Best Undergraduate Business Programs list, and the Top Performers in Social Mobility. The rankings can be viewed online at

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.

The Princeton Review

Drury made The Princeton Review’s highly selective national list of “The Best 388 Colleges”  and listed Drury as one of the best colleges and universities in the Midwest.

One of The Princeton Review’s most popular guides, “The Best 388 Colleges” ratings are based on surveys of 143,000 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 school with rating scores in multiple categories. This is the third consecutive year Drury has been included in the guide.

In their assessment of Drury, students noted a friendly and actively social environment, opportunities for leadership roles on campus, and a personalized academic experience thanks to the Your Drury Fusion program. Classes are “rigorous” yet “the faculty works closely with students to help them be successful,” according to students quoted in the survey.

A vibrant campus atmosphere helped Drury rank No. 15 on TPR’s short list of schools where students from different types of backgrounds say they interact frequently and easily. Drury also made TPR’s list of the nation’s 400 “greenest” colleges for its sustainability efforts.

Washington Monthly

Washington Monthly placed Drury on two of its annual lists in its current issue: the national list of Best Master’s Universities (four-year schools that also offer a significant number of graduate programs) and the Midwest Region “Best Bang for the Buck” list. That list ranks schools according to how well they help students attain marketable degrees at affordable prices.

Washington Monthly’s annual college guide began in 2005 and “calls attention to colleges that serve the best interests of taxpayers and the country as a whole – including by enrolling and graduating students of modest means,” according to the editors. All of the magazine’s rankings are based on three broad categories: social mobility, research and service.


Personal finance website Money named Drury to its seventh annual list of “Best Colleges in America, Ranked by Value,” which offers a practical analysis of more than 700 four-year colleges from across the country. The editors cited the fact that 97 percent of students at Drury receive grants – include 100 percent of students with demonstrated financial need

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.
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Professional Programs

Drury University’s professional programs are accredited by the following:


Drury University is a member of the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, the Association of American Colleges and Universities, the Associated New American Colleges and Universities, the Council on Undergraduate Research, the Independent Colleges and Universities of Missouri, and the Missouri Colleges Fund. The alumnae of Drury University are eligible for membership in the American Association of University Women.