Drury University is a private, residential, liberal arts college located in Springfield, Missouri on a 90 acre campus. Affiliated with the United Church of Christ Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Drury University has received a number of notable honors and recognitions, including being named the #1 Best in the Midwest by US News & World Report, one of the top 100 Best Value Private Universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, and one of the top “green” colleges by The Princeton Review. Drury University was established in 1873 as Springfield College by Congregational home missionaries who felt the need to organize a liberal arts college, reminiscent of those in the North. In 2008 the school formally adopted its new name, Drury University, in recognition of growth in its role as an institute of higher education.
Drury University is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1915. The University consists of several colleges, and schools, including the Breech School of Business Administration; the College of Continuing Professional Studies; the College of Humanities & Social Sciences; the College of Natural and Mathematical Sciences; the College of Graduate Studies; the Hammons School of Architecture; and the School of Education and Child Development. In addition, Drury University is also made up of several departments, including Behavioral Science; Biology; Chemistry & Physics; Communication; Fine & Performing Arts; History, Philosophy & Religion; Languages & Literature; Math & Computer Science; and Political Science.
Drury University offers more than 45 undergraduate majors and nearly 40 minors along with graduate-level programs including: MA in Communication; MA in Studio Art & Theory; Master in Education; and Master in Nonprofit & Civic Leadership. In addition, numerous online programs are also offered, ranging from associate degrees to graduate-level degrees and certificates. A variety of study abroad programs are offered at Drury University, including an ongoing program with the Drury Center in Greece as well as partnerships with institutions in countries around the globe.
Drury University has a total enrollment figure of nearly 4,500 students, including nearly 4,000 undergraduates. International students make up more than 10% of the student population, hailing from more than 50 foreign countries; the male to female ratio is split approximately 45% to 55%, respectively. Students are offered on-campus housing in one of the University’s several residence halls and apartment-style housing, with options including fraternity houses, Honors house, Living Learning Communities, and more.
Approximately half of all Drury University students participate in collective Campus Recreation, which offers safe, fun, high-quality extra-curricular activities. Campus events include numerous music events, theatre performances, sporting events, and more. Over 80 student-led organizations also exist on campus, catering to a wide range of interests and providing students with ample opportunity to connect with fellow students outside of the classroom. As an NCAA Division II school, Drury University’s varsity athletic teams complete in the Great Lakes Valley Conference.