Drury’s overall Day School enrollment increases by 4 percent
SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Sept. 22, 2016 — The largest incoming freshman class in five years, combined with a solid retention rate, has helped increase Drury University’s overall Day School enrollment by 4.1 percent.
The official enrollment for Drury’s traditional undergraduate population for the 2016-17 academic year is 1,372, an increase of 54 students over last year. Official totals are taken at the end of the third week of classes in order to account for late enrollees and transfer students.
Drury’s incoming freshman class is 38 percent larger than last year, with 500 new students on campus this year compared to 363 in fall 2015. This represents the largest year-over-year increase in freshman class size in Drury’s history. The Day School year-over-year retention rate was 83 percent, and the spring-to-fall retention rate was 90.7 percent. Day School students hail from 31 states and 53 countries around the world.
The boost in freshman enrollment was a result of a multi-faceted market expansion and faculty outreach plan, combined with new academic degree programs and new athletic programs. In addition, 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. Two-thirds (66 percent) of all Day School students are living on campus this semester, which breaks a previous record of 62 percent.
Drury’s revamped recruiting process is in full swing this fall, with special “Fridays @ DU” events for prospective students happening nearly every week.