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Fall 2020 New Transfer Student Information

My name is Jennifer Stewart, and I am the Director of Orientation and New Student Programs. My main focus is to make sure all new students – freshmen, transfers and internationals – have a smooth transition into the Drury community. If you have any questions about the information below please contact me at jstewart012@drury.edu or (417) 873-6919.

Advising and Registration

Students transferring to Drury in Fall 2020 can register for classes as early as April once accepted to the University and deposits are paid. Transfer students will meet with an advisor in person or by phone to discuss how transfer courses have been received and how they will apply to Drury’s degree requirements. Students will then register for the first semester following a discussion of all options.

Students should contact Kristie Vincent, Transfer Admissions Coordinator  at (417) 873-6395 or kvincent@drury.edu with any questions. Kristi will schedule an advising and registration appointment once the admission process is complete.

New Transfer Students moving into Apartments:

Due to COVID-19 we must make some changes to our move-in process to help ensure the health and safety of our students and families. We will have a sign-up process for move-in this year. All new students will need to complete the online sign-up form and choose a day/time to move your belongings into the apartments. We will start move-in on Saturday, August 15. Students will be given a four-hour time slot to move their belongings into their room. Please note that there will not be food service available until Sunday for lunch. We recommend local students move in on Saturday and stay that night at their homes and return to campus on Sunday. You should plan to arrive within the first hour of your time block in order to check in and receive your keys.

All students and guests will check in at the Findlay Student Center Ballroom where everyone will have their temperature taken. We recommend everyone check their temperature before traveling to campus.  If anyone has a temperature of 100.4 or higher at check-in they will not be allowed to move in at that time.  If the student has a temperature of 100.4 or higher they will be asked to quarantine for a period of 14 days before returning to campus to move in. Students will need to contact their professors to make arrangements for classes during this time. All students and guests will be required to wear a face covering and maintain social distancing while moving belongings in and while in the residence hall. Only two guests per student will be allowed in the apartment at a time. At check-in, students and guests will be given stickers to indicate their designated time slot as well as their room keys and student IDs. Please wear your stickers in a prominent location while moving in. If you did not get your photo taken at Fusion First Day for your student ID, you will be able to do so at this time. 

After check-in, you will proceed to the apartment areas to unload your vehicle. In apartments with community gates or entrances, there will be designated entrances and exit routes for each building. If you use a designated unloading zone, please unload your vehicle and move it from this area ASAP so other students can unload. Please do NOT leave your vehicle in the unloading lots. We recommend bringing no more than 2 vehicles. Once your vehicle(s) is unloaded, you may park in any legally designated parking spot on campus, with the exception of lots B and C. Lot 7 will offer the most spill over parking.

Two guests will be allowed into housing per student during their move-in time slot. Once the time expires, we ask all guests to leave campus.  Lunch will be available on Sunday – please indicate on your sign-up sheet if you plan to eat lunch.  Student meal plans will take effect for dinner on Sunday, August 16.

Students who have already moved in will meet with their Orientation groups Sunday afternoon and then they will have dinner together. We will have some orientation activities that evening. Orientation will officially start at noon on Monday, August 17 and run through Wednesday, August 19.

Deadline to sign up for move-in is Monday, August 10 at noon. 

DU Bridge Program

The DU Bridge Program is a free program organized through the Office of Diversity Support Services. This program is held prior to the start of the Fall 2020 New Student Orientation event from Friday, August 14 – Sunday, August 16.  The primary focus is to give our incoming students of color an opportunity to build connections and accelerate friendships, meet influential people in the community and on campus that can make their initial college experience a positive one. For questions about Drury’s Bridge Program, please contact Rosalyn Thomas, Coordinator of Diversity Support Services at rthomas005@drury.edu or (417) 873-6827.

Commuter Student Association

The purpose of the Commuter Student Association is to provide services and activities for Commuter Students at Drury University as well as serve as the voice for commuter students.

Orientation Leaders

Orientation Leaders will be present throughout New Student Orientation. They are available to assist new students by answering questions, providing guidance and providing information about what to expect once classes begin on Thursday, August 20.

Student Activities Fair

This event is held during New Student Orientation. The purpose of the fair is to encourage students to sign up for campus organizations, clubs and groups early on, before classes begin. There are over 90 student organizations available for Drury students to choose from.

Office of New Student Programs

The first year of college often presents students with new challenges as they face the academic and personal transitions required of them. This office, located in Findlay Student Center 120, serves as a resource for students who would like to discuss and resolve any issues that are preventing them from succeeding at Drury. We can assist students with goal setting, time management, academic concerns, and personal issues. We are here to listen, offer advice, point out new alternatives, and understand the exciting times and difficulties that lie ahead.

If you have any questions about your transition to Drury University, please do not hesitate to contact Jennifer Stewart, Director of New Student Programs at jstewart012@drury.edu or (417) 873-6919.