Drury University is a private university situated on an area of 88 acres in Springfield, Missouri. The university was established in 1873 by the Congressional home missionaries to cater to the need of a strong liberal arts college in the area. Springfield was selected as the location for setting up the college, and the first classes were conducted in 1873 from a single building on a campus spread over an area of less than one and a half acres. Gradually, more buildings were built and the campus expanded. In the year 2000, Drury College a full-fledged University.
The university is comprised of Drury College and the College of Graduate and Continuing Studies (CGCS). In 2009, Drury was ranked at number 11 on U.S. News and World Report’s Best Regional Universities (Midwest) for 2009. The university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association.