Drury University is a private liberal arts college in Springfield, Missouri. The university enrolls about
1,550 undergraduates, over 2,000 adult part-time undergraduates and around 400 graduate students in six master’s programs. In total, its enrollment numbers at about 3,550 students.
Congregationalist church missionaries in the mold of other Congregationalist universities such as Dartmouth College and Yale University founded Drury as Springfield College in 1873.
Since its founding, Drury has been affiliated with the Congregationalist church and its successor, the United Church of Christ. It has also been affiliated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) since the founding of the Drury School of Religion in 1909.The religious foundation of the university still manifests itself in a faith community on campus.
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The student-faculty ratio at Drury University is 12:1, and the school has 65.4 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Drury University include: Biological and biomedical sciences; Business, management, marketing, and related support services; Education; Psychology; and Security and protective services. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 82.2 percent.
Drury University offers a number of student services including placement service and health service. Drury University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). 80 percent of students have cars on campus.
The school was a founding member of the Heartland Conference. In the Fall of 2005, the Drury Panthers joined the Great Lakes Valley Conference. Drury sponsors NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletic teams in men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s swimming, men’s and women’s tennis, men’s baseball, women’s softball, and women’s volleyball.
At Drury University, 94.9 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $6,990.
Notable alumni include Bob Barker, former gameshow host and executive producer of The Price Is Right; Ernest R. Breech, chairman of Ford Motor Company and Trans World Airlines and Charles H. Brown, member of the United States House of Representatives from 1957-1961.
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