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Drury University

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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.


Drury offers the Global Perspectives program, which is designed for providing a context for the academic major that enhances the student’s success rate in graduate schools and professions. The university offers undergraduate, graduate, and certificate programs and maintains a low student to faculty ratio.

Undergraduate Degrees

The undergraduate degree programs offered by Drury include the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Arts with Honors, Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Business Administration with Honors, Bachelor of Music Education, Bachelor of Music Therapy, Associate of Science, Bachelor of General Studies, and Bachelor of Science degrees. Students pursuing the Bachelor of Arts program can specialize in areas such as Advertising and Public Relations, Chemistry, Communication Studies, Design Arts, Fine Arts, Environmental Science, History, and Mathematics. The majors offered within the Bachelor of Business Administration program include Accounting, Economics, Computer Information Systems, Marketing, and Finance.

Graduate Programs

The university offers graduate degree programs such as Master of Architecture, Master of Arts, Master of Business Administration, Master of Education, Master of Music Therapy, and Master of Science. Different areas of specialization available for graduate studies include Communication, Architecture, Teaching, Business Administration, Human Services, Instructional Technology, Special Reading, and Criminal Justice.

Most Popular Fields of Study


Undergraduate Admissions

To seek admission to Drury, students need to submit the application form along with their high school transcripts. Students are also required to submit a reference form filled out by their high school counselors or principals. They are required to share their ACT / SAT scores at the time of admission as well. Students also need to complete and submit the required essay as specified on the application form.

Selection of candidates is typically based on the academic courses taken, grades, test scores, and recommendations. The high school curriculum recommended for the students includes English (4 units), mathematics (4 units), social studies (3 units), natural sciences (3 units), and foreign language (2 units).

International Applicants

International Applicants are recommended to apply as early as practical, and they’re required to submit the appropriate application form and an essay on a specified topic on the application. Prospective international students are also required to submit official transcripts from all secondary and post-secondary institutes and letters of recommendation. A certificate of finances to demonstrate availability of funds to finance their education and living expenses for a year is also a requirement of international applicants. Applicants demonstrate their English proficiency by submitting TOEFL or IELTS scores.

Financial Aid

Drury provides financial aid to students to help them meet their educational expenses. Available programs include: grants, work-study opportunities, scholarships, and student loans.

Scholarships, Grants, and Loans

The university offers various types of need-based financial assistance to students. The need-based grants options include the Federal Pell Grant, Academic Competitiveness Grant, National SMART and TEACH grants, and Access Missouri State Grant. Students may be eligible for various loan options, such as subsidized and unsubsidized Federal Direct loans, Perkins Loans, and Parent PLUS Loans. Students can also apply for numerous on-campus jobs, both regular and work-study positions. Merit-based awards available include the Presidential Scholarship, Dean’s Scholarship, Missouri A+ Scholarship, Bright Flight Scholarship, Trustee Scholarship, and Church Scholarship.


To apply for financial aid from Drury, students are required to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to the U.S. Department of Education. Check with the Financial Aid Office to learn more, particularly regarding the important deadlines.

Student Financial Aid Details

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Student Organizations and Services Available

Drury University believes that learning occurs both within and without the classroom and provides numerous opportunities for students to explore their potential. The student government is comprised of senators from each class and is responsible for governing student affairs and promoting various extracurricular activities on campus. The weekly student newspaper is known as The Mirror.

The Career Planning and Development Center provides services such as valuable career advice, interest and personality assessment, online job posting, on-campus interviewing, and resume assistance. It also organizes job fairs and career development workshops for the students. The Counseling Center offers personal and academic counseling for the students to address their concerns. The Leadership and Volunteer Development Center encourages students to take up volunteer opportunities and contribute toward short-term service projects.

On-Campus Housing and Facilities

Drury offers numerous housing options for students in the form of residence halls, apartment-style housing, fraternity houses, and living-learning communities. There are three residence halls—Sunderland, Smith, and Wallace—that offer suite-style living arrangements. Apartment-style housing options are available at College Park, Jefferson Park, Manley Hall, Honors House, and Division Street Apartments.

Dining options are available for the students at FSC Commons and the Campus eXchange. The menu at FSC Commons includes made-to-order deli, fast food items, and main plate comfort foods. The Campus eXchange offers Grab n’ Go menu items and pre-packaged food items, such as entree salads and super sandwiches.

The university bookstore, located in the Findlay Student Center, stocks new and used text books, office supplies, art and architecture supplies, sportswear, greeting cards, and gift items.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics


Drury is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II and the Great Lakes Valley Conference. There are 17 intercollegiate sports teams. The men’s teams include soccer, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, golf, cross-country, basketball, and baseball. The women’s sports include basketball, cross-country, golf, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, and volleyball.

Sports facilities are available on campus at the Curry Sports Complex, which features the Harrison Stadium for the soccer teams and Tindle facility for the baseball and softball teams.

Information Summary

Ranks 19th in Missouri and 746th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 3 0.06
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 4 0.08
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 1 0.02
Arrest 4 0.08

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 905 0.57
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 5 0.00
Forcible Rape 110 0.07
Robbery 286 0.18
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 2,053 1.28
Larceny 11,391 7.12
Vehicle theft 974 0.61

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Springfield, MO 65802-3791
Surrounding communityMidsize city (inside urban area, pop. between 100,000 to 250,000)
Total Population39,272 (35,211 urban / 4,061 rural)
Households15,778 (2.32 people per house)
Median Household Income$28,203
Families9,518 (2.91 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (medium programs)
UndergraduateBalanced arts & sciences/professions, some graduate coexistence
GraduatePostbaccalaureate with arts & sciences (education dominant)
Undergraduate PopulationMedium full-time four-year, selective, lower transfer-in
EnrollmentVery high undergraduate
Size & SettingMedium four-year, primarily residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringMaster's degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District2907

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 978th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $21,700 $21,700 $21,700
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $595 $595 $595
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $730 $730 $730
FT Graduate Tuition $16,440 $16,440 $16,440
FT Graduate Required Fees $250 $250 $250
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $685 $685 $685
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $34,719 $34,719 $34,719
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $32,985 $32,985 $32,985
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $26,695 $26,695 $26,695

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $21,043 $22,075 $21,043 $22,075 $21,043 $22,075
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,200(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $7,466 $7,700
On-Campus – Other Expenses $3,200(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $5,220 $5,376
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $3,200(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $3,200(N/C)

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$50
Graduate Application Fee$25
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 1,076 (462 male / 614 female)
Admitted 871 (379 male / 492 female)
Admission rate 81%
First-time Enrollment 325 (143 male / 180 female)
FT Enrollment 324 (142 male / 180 female)
PT Enrollment 1 (1 male / N/A female)
Total Enrollment4,649

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. CompletionN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Basketball Conference Great Lakes Valley Conference
NCAA Baseball Conference Great Lakes Valley Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Great Lakes Valley Conference

ACT Test Admission

250th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 86%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 22 / 29
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 22 / 27
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 22 / 28

SAT Test Admission

277th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 11%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 525 / 650
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 515 / 615
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 1040 / 1265

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity1,022
Meals per Week20
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 25 37 32 14 4 1,018 1,137
Accounting 1 4 5
Advertising 1 8 9
American Government and Politics (United States) 3 3
Architecture 3 1 27 31
Art History, Criticism and Conservation 1 1
Arts, Entertainment,and Media Management, General 3 3
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 3 6 3 3 94 110
Broadcast Journalism
Business Administration and Management, General 9 1 2 2 85 100
Chemistry, General 9 9
Communication, General 2 16 18
Computer Science 2 2
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration 7 3 2 78 91
Criminal Justice/Police Science 6 6
Criminology 2 6 8
Curriculum and Instruction 2 2 26 30
Customer Service Management
Design and Visual Communications, General 1 17 18
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 9 9
Economics, General 4 4
Education, General 1 2 11 14
Education/Teaching of the Gifted and Talented
Educational/Instructional Technology 1 18 19
Elementary Education and Teaching 86 86
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic) 2 2
English Language and Literature, General 1 33 34
Environmental Health
Environmental Science 5 5
Environmental Studies 2 3
Finance, General 5 5 10
Fine and Studio Arts Management 1 9 10
Fine/Studio Arts, General 1 1 10 12
French Language and Literature 2 2
General Studies 7 2 1 1 105 118
German Language and Literature
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General 17 17
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General 2 2
History, General 32 32
Human Services, General 1 16 17
International Business/Trade/Commerce
International Relations and Affairs 1 3 4
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching 1 1
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 5 5
Legal Assistant/Paralegal 8 8
Management Information Systems, General 9 10
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 1 5 6
Mathematics Teacher Education 3 3
Mathematics, General 1 2 3
Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist 1 8 9
Music Teacher Education 2 2
Music Therapy/Therapist 4 4
Music, General 3 3
Natural Resources Management and Policy 2 2
Organizational Leadership 1 22 23
Philosophy 1 1
Philosophy and Religious Studies, General
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Physics, General 1 4 5
Political Science and Government, General 1 1 2
Psychology, General 3 5 2 2 103 115
Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication 2 11 13
Public Relations/Image Management
Radio, Television, and Digital Communication, Other
Reading Teacher Education 8 8
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Religion/Religious Studies 3 3
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist
Secondary Education and Teaching
Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education 1 1 10 12
Sociology 1 1 7 9
Spanish Language and Literature 1 1 2
Special Education and Teaching, General 4 29 33
Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Surgical Technology/Technologist 1 1
Technology Teacher Education/Industrial Arts Teacher Education
Writing, General 1 9 10

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 1782nd for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $64,682 ($69,172 male / $55,877 female)
Number of FT Faculty 144 (80 male / 64 female)
Number of PT Faculty 556
FT Faculty Ratio 0.3 : 1
Total Benefits $3,713,647

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