Another large freshman class boosts Drury’s overall day school enrollment

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., August 23, 2017 — A large incoming freshman class and a strong retention rate have helped push overall enrollment in Drury University’s traditional day school upward for the second year in a row. Day school enrollment has grown more than 8 percent over the last two years.

An incoming freshman class totaling 460 students, together with a 90 percent retention rate for eligible returning students, means a total of 1,425 students were on campus when classes began on Tuesday. This is an increase of 53 students – up nearly 4 percent over last year’s total of 1372. Drury saw growth in the numbers of new freshmen from the Springfield, Kansas City, and Dallas areas compared to last year. Once again, the overwhelming majority of first-time students (84 percent) are living on campus in one of Drury’s three residence halls.

All data is preliminary and based on opening week headcounts. Drury’s census day is Friday, Sept. 8, and final enrollment totals will be available the following week.

“Our enrollment boost is a result of efforts geared toward getting us to capacity in terms of on-campus housing, which allows us to fully embody the kind of intellectually robust residential community that is central to our mission of offering an education for the 21st century. We set out to accomplish this over three years and have done it in two,” says Kevin Kropf, executive vice president of enrollment management at Drury. “We like to say it takes a campus to enroll a Panther and our faculty, staff, coaches, and current students have gone above and beyond to demonstrate our vibrant intellectual community, campus traditions, and active student life.”

The incoming class of 2021 has a higher academic profile than the previous year’s class, with a cumulative one-point increase in ACT scores, for an average of 26. The class also has a combined, weighted high school grade point average of 3.9.


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