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Drury University boosts incoming class enrollment by nearly 40 percent

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., August 25, 2016 — Drury University has recruited its largest incoming freshman class in five years. More than 500 new students were on campus when classes began in the traditional Day School on Tuesday, putting the University on solid footing for growth in the years to come.

The Class of 2020 represents a jump in enrollment in terms of both headcount and percent growth. Year-over-year enrollment has grown by 39 percent, with 140 more freshmen, transfer and international students coming to Drury this fall than last fall (503 compared to 363). Drury’s largest-ever incoming class was 538 students in the fall of 2010.

The number of first-time domestic students rose by 107, or 42 percent. International enrollment grew by 16 students, or 55 percent. The transfer student population grew by 27 students, or 38 percent.

All data is preliminary, and is based on opening week headcounts.

“I am extremely proud of the work that has been done by our faculty and staff to bring in one of the largest classes in Drury’s history,” says Drury President Dr. Tim Cloyd. “There is truly a demand for a Drury education, and for the kinds of engaged learning experiences and mentorship that are an integral part of the Drury experience.”

The enrollment boost is a result of a multi-faceted market expansion and faculty outreach plan, combined with new academic degree programs and new athletic programs. Enrollment is up in the Springfield area (32 percent) and in key outlying markets such as Kansas City (52 percent) and St. Louis (58 percent). In addition, this year’s increase in the number of students from Chicago now rank that city as Drury’s fourth biggest metropolitan market.

The overwhelming majority of first-time students (88 percent) are living on campus, which has helped push occupancy in Drury’s three residence halls to near maximum capacity (99 percent). Two-thirds (66 percent) of all Day School students are living on campus this semester, which breaks a previous high-water mark of 62 percent.

“National studies and our own research clearly show that students who live on campus for at least a portion of their college career have a more engaging and fulfilling experience, and are more likely to persist to graduation,” says Dr. Tijuana Julian, Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students.

Drury’s Census Day is Friday, Sept. 9, and final enrollment totals will be available the following week.

JUST FOR FUN: Meet the Class of 2020 in their own words and through the eyes of their parents.

VIDEOS: Move-In Day and the annual Service Plunge & Kick-Off Celebration.

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Media Contact: Mike Brothers, Director of Media Relations: (417) 873-7390 or mbrothers@drury.edu.

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