Drury University is one of The Princeton Review’s 384 Best Colleges

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Aug. 7, 2018 — Drury University has been named one of the top schools in the country by The Princeton Review in the 2019 edition of its annual publication, The Best 384 Colleges.

One of The Princeton Review’s most popular guides, The Best 384 Colleges rankings are based on surveys of 138,000 students at top colleges that includes a wide representation by region, size, selectivity and character. Published annually since 1992, the book has detailed profiles of the colleges with rating scores in eight categories. This is the first time Drury has been included in the annual guide, and is one of only five new schools on the list.

In its profile on Drury, surveyed students gave the university high marks for offering a “well-rounded” education, “close community,” and “numerous opportunities for leadership.” Students also praised the flexibility they have in charting their own academic journey at Drury, with the ability to be involved in areas outside of their major or minor simply because it interests them or to bolster their professional career.

Meaningful relationships with professors who act as mentors was also mentioned often by students, according to TPR editors. “[Professors] are always available outside of class and really work with me on topics I am struggling with.” They make it evident that “they really care about what they are teaching.”

Students touted a vibrant on-campus social life “sprinkled with friendly gatherings and discussions,” and myriad opportunities to volunteer in the Springfield community on a regular basis in order to get real-world experience. Of their fellow students, Drury undergrads described their peers as “bright and ambitious” with “awesome school spirit.”

They also cited Drury’s large number of international students, small class sizes, and pervasive sense of friendliness and unity across campus. “I never imagined a college campus could feel so supportive and connected until I came to Drury,” one student said.

Drury University is frequently noted by national outlets for outstanding value and academic excellence. Drury is consistently ranked as one of the best colleges in the Midwest by U.S. News and World Report and has been cited as a top value by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance and Washington Monthly. In 2018, Drury was listed as the No. 3 school in Missouri by College Consensus, which aggregates data from a combination of national rankings and the combined average of real student review scores from reputable sites around the web.  

The Princeton Review’s Best 384 Colleges is out today. For more information on the rankings and methodology visit

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