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Drury University enrollment holds steady, bucking national trendlines

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Aug. 20, 2019 — Drury University’s traditional undergraduate enrollment held steady this fall. Drury has seen growth in the traditional student population of about 12 percent during the last four years – a stark contrast to state and national trends.

There were 1,469 students on campus when classes began Tuesday, compared to 1,476 at this time last year. Of those, 435 were freshmen and new transfer students. Students are coming to Drury from across the Springfield region as well as metro areas such as St. Louis, Kansas City, Tulsa, and Dallas. The incoming class maintains a strong academic profile, including a GPA average of 3.8, an ACT average of 25.

All data is preliminary and based on opening week head counts. Drury’s census day is Friday, Sept. 6 and final enrollment totals will be available the following week.

Drury’s steady enrollment picture stands in contrast to industry trends. College enrollment dropped 1.7 percent nationwide last academic year – the eighth consecutive year of declines. College enrollment has dropped 10 percent statewide over the last five years, according to the Missouri Department of Higher Education. Drury instituted a campus-wide Strategic Enrollment Management plan in 2015 in response to enrollment challenges. The plan laid the groundwork for subsequent growth.

“Colleges and universities are facing strong headwinds when it comes to enrollment,” says Kevin Kropf, executive vice president of enrollment management at Drury. “Some of the reasons why include a strong economy, demographic changes leading to fewer high school graduates and, for some, doubts about making an investment in their education. Drury remains in a strong position because of our recruiting efforts in recent years and because of the great value we provide. We are in an especially strong position today as we launch a new academic experience – Your Drury Fusion – that truly sets a Drury education apart.”

Your Drury Fusion uniquely prepares students for life and career through a blending of academic and professional learning. The new program is the result of more than two years of work by Drury faculty and has already led to a boost in applications and campus visits from prospective students, and has drawn the attention of Forbes and Inside Higher Ed.

Learn more at: drury.edu/fusion.

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

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