Multiple media outlets again rank Drury as one of the best schools in the Midwest for value, excellence
SPRINGFIELD, Mo., October 1, 2018 — Multiple national media outlets have again recognized Drury University among the best schools in the Midwest and the nation for excellence, value, and high-impact teaching this year. These rankings by independent editors and publications continue a trend for Drury that reaches back many years. For as long as such lists have been published, Drury University’s name has been among the schools listed as the best in American higher education.
Recognition during the fall 2018 rankings season includes nods from U.S. News & World Report, Washington Monthly, and the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education.
U.S. News & World Report
U.S. News named Drury among the top universities across the Midwest in its “Best Colleges 2019” publication. Drury ranked No. 29 on the Midwest regional list. Drury was also listed among the Midwest schools that offer the best value for students and that have the highest proportion of international students enrolled.
U.S. News editors noted Drury for its ability to deliver personalized attention to students, and Drury was cited as the kind of school where students who display “spirit, individuality and seriousness of purpose” are able to grow and thrive thanks to its engaging student life and rewarding academic atmosphere.
Other factors that helped Drury stand out included:
- Close relationships and faculty mentoring: Drury’s student-to-faculty ratio is 13-to-1.
- Small, highly-interactive classes: the vast majority of Drury’s classes have less than 20 students.
- A scholarly student body: Two-thirds of incoming students graduated in the top 25 percent of their high school class.
- An alumni giving rate of 12 percent, tied for 8th highest on the Midwest Regional list.
The U.S. News “Best Colleges” rankings include nearly 1,400 schools nationwide and are designed to give a quick comparison of the relative quality of institutions based on widely accepted indicators of excellence such as freshman retention and graduation rates, and the strength of the faculty. The ranking system uses quantitative measures that education experts have proposed as reliable indicators of academic quality, as well as the publication’s own researched view of what matters in education.
Washington Monthly magazine has recognized Drury University in two categories in its 2018 College Guide and Rankings issue.
Drury ranks No. 96 on Washington Monthly’s list of Masters Universities. Drury has also been named a Midwest Region “Best Bang For the Buck College.” The “Best Bang for the Buck” list examines colleges that help students attain marketable degrees at affordable prices, according to Washington Monthly. Drury is No. 16 on the list and has made the list each of the last three years.
Washington Monthly’s annual college guide began in 2005 as a counter balance to the dominant U.S. News & World Report Rankings, according the magazine. Washington Monthly’s guide “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.
The complete list of rankings are available online.
Wall Street Journal/THE World University Rankings
A collaboration between the Wall Street Journal and Times Higher Education (spun off from The Times of London), this list puts student success and learning – based on around 200,000 current student voices – at its heart.
Drury scored high in the survey’s examination of engagement. Drury received marks in the mid- to high-80th percentiles in terms of Student Engagement, Student Recommendations and Student Interaction. The scores placed Drury in the top third of all colleges and universities nationwide.
The ranking includes clear performance indicators designed to answer the questions that matter the most to students and their families when making one of the most important decisions of their lives – who to trust with their education. The ranking includes the results of the THE U.S. Student Survey, which examines a range of key issues including students’ engagement with their studies, their interaction with their teachers, and their satisfaction with their experience.