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Another large freshman class boosts Drury’s overall day school enrollment

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., August 23, 2017 — A large incoming freshman class and a strong retention rate have helped push overall enrollment in Drury University’s traditional day school upward for the second year in a row. Day school enrollment has grown more than 8 percent over the last two years.

An incoming freshman class totaling 460 students, together with a 90 percent retention rate for eligible returning students, means a total of 1,425 students were on campus when classes began on Tuesday. This is an increase of 53 students – up nearly 4 percent over last year’s total of 1372. Drury saw growth in the numbers of new freshmen from the Springfield, Kansas City, and Dallas areas compared to last year. Once again, the overwhelming majority of first-time students (84 percent) are living on campus in one of Drury’s three residence halls.

All data is preliminary and based on opening week headcounts. Drury’s census day is Friday, Sept. 8, and final enrollment totals will be available the following week.

“Our enrollment boost is a result of efforts geared toward getting us to capacity in terms of on-campus housing, which allows us to fully embody the kind of intellectually robust residential community that is central to our mission of offering an education for the 21st century. We set out to accomplish this over three years and have done it in two,” says Kevin Kropf, executive vice president of enrollment management at Drury. “We like to say it takes a campus to enroll a Panther and our faculty, staff, coaches, and current students have gone above and beyond to demonstrate our vibrant intellectual community, campus traditions, and active student life.”

The incoming class of 2021 has a higher academic profile than the previous year’s class, with a cumulative one-point increase in ACT scores, for an average of 26. The class also has a combined, weighted high school grade point average of 3.9.

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

Drury’s overall Day School enrollment increases by 4 percent

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Sept. 22, 2016 — The largest incoming freshman class in five years, combined with a solid retention rate, has helped increase Drury University’s overall Day School enrollment by 4.1 percent.

The official enrollment for Drury’s traditional undergraduate population for the 2016-17 academic year is 1,372, an increase of 54 students over last year. Official totals are taken at the end of the third week of classes in order to account for late enrollees and transfer students.

Drury’s incoming freshman class is 38 percent larger than last year, with 500 new students on campus this year compared to 363 in fall 2015. This represents the largest year-over-year increase in freshman class size in Drury’s history. The Day School year-over-year retention rate was 83 percent, and the spring-to-fall retention rate was 90.7 percent. Day School students hail from 31 states and 53 countries around the world.

The boost in freshman enrollment was a result of a multi-faceted market expansion and faculty outreach plan, combined with new academic degree programs and new athletic programs. In addition, the overwhelming majority of first-time students (88 percent) are living on campus, which has helped push occupancy in Drury’s three residence halls to near maximum capacity. Two-thirds (66 percent) of all Day School students are living on campus this semester, which breaks a previous record of 62 percent.

Drury’s revamped recruiting process is in full swing this fall, with special “Fridays @ DU” events for prospective students happening nearly every week.

VIDEOS: Check out Freshman Move-In Day 2016 and the annual Service Plunge & “Fun on the Lane” kick-off events.

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Drury University boosts incoming class enrollment by nearly 40 percent

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., August 25, 2016 — Drury University has recruited its largest incoming freshman class in five years. More than 500 new students were on campus when classes began in the traditional Day School on Tuesday, putting the University on solid footing for growth in the years to come.

The Class of 2020 represents a jump in enrollment in terms of both headcount and percent growth. Year-over-year enrollment has grown by 39 percent, with 140 more freshmen, transfer and international students coming to Drury this fall than last fall (503 compared to 363). Drury’s largest-ever incoming class was 538 students in the fall of 2010.

The number of first-time domestic students rose by 107, or 42 percent. International enrollment grew by 16 students, or 55 percent. The transfer student population grew by 27 students, or 38 percent.

All data is preliminary, and is based on opening week headcounts.

“I am extremely proud of the work that has been done by our faculty and staff to bring in one of the largest classes in Drury’s history,” says Drury President Dr. Tim Cloyd. “There is truly a demand for a Drury education, and for the kinds of engaged learning experiences and mentorship that are an integral part of the Drury experience.”

The enrollment boost is a result of a multi-faceted market expansion and faculty outreach plan, combined with new academic degree programs and new athletic programs. Enrollment is up in the Springfield area (32 percent) and in key outlying markets such as Kansas City (52 percent) and St. Louis (58 percent). In addition, this year’s increase in the number of students from Chicago now rank that city as Drury’s fourth biggest metropolitan market.

The overwhelming majority of first-time students (88 percent) are living on campus, which has helped push occupancy in Drury’s three residence halls to near maximum capacity (99 percent). Two-thirds (66 percent) of all Day School students are living on campus this semester, which breaks a previous high-water mark of 62 percent.

“National studies and our own research clearly show that students who live on campus for at least a portion of their college career have a more engaging and fulfilling experience, and are more likely to persist to graduation,” says Dr. Tijuana Julian, Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students.

Drury’s Census Day is Friday, Sept. 9, and final enrollment totals will be available the following week.

JUST FOR FUN: Meet the Class of 2020 in their own words and through the eyes of their parents.

VIDEOS: Move-In Day and the annual Service Plunge & Kick-Off Celebration.

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

Kevin Kropf named Executive Vice President of Enrollment Management

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., July 25, 2016 — Drury University is pleased to announce that Kevin Kropf has been selected as Executive Vice President of Enrollment Management, effective July 28.

Kropf comes to Drury from Baker University in Baldwin City, Kansas, where he has worked since 2010. He served first as director of enrollment management and in 2012 was promoted to senior director of admissions. In this role, Kropf oversees admission operations at Baker’s College of Arts and Sciences and the Graduate School of Education.

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During his tenure at Baker, Kropf exceeded enrollment goals for first-year students in 2013, 2014 and 2016, including increases in students of color and non-athlete students. Prior to Baker, he worked for 12 years at Albion College in Albion, Michigan and three years at Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas. Kropf has experience with the creation and implementation of university-wide marketing and recruitment plans, accompanied by award-winning marketing materials. He also has experience in developing award-winning campus visit programs. The revamped campus visit program Kropf spearheaded at Hendrix was featured in the New York Times, the Chronicle of Higher Education and other media outlets.

Kropf has presented at a number of admission counseling events and conferences on topics ranging from admissions data mapping and moral dilemmas in college admissions to creating a better visit experience and transforming tour guides.

“Kevin has an outstanding track record of results both as a leader of admissions teams and transforming enrollment efforts, especially campus visits,” said Drury University President Dr. Tim Cloyd. “This is a critical touch point for prospective students and their families, and with Kevin’s leadership, we have the opportunity to make our visit program the best in class.”

“My family and I are excited to be joining the Drury community and I look forward to advancing the mission of the university,” Kropf said. “There are myriad reasons why Drury is poised for growth and the long list starts with dynamic and committed people. Drury possesses a great leadership team, an experienced enrollment staff, and a campus-wide commitment to enrolling the best and brightest students possible. I am honored to be joining the university and I look forward to engaging key stakeholders in conversations on how Drury can achieve its enrollment goals.”

Kropf received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Sociology from Kenyon College, a Master of Arts in Education at Baldwin Wallace University and has been working on his Doctorate of Educational Leadership while at Baker.

Kropf succeeds Jay Fedje, who accepted a similar position at Clarke University in Dubuque, Iowa this spring.

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Drury University has its third highest spring enrollment of all-time

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., March 1, 2012 — Drury University has its third highest spring enrollment of all time with 5,187 students for the 2012 spring semester following the census of the school’s multiple campuses and online programs. This figure includes adult evening and online programs, graduate classes and the traditional Day School.

Drury 2011 Graduation

There are 1,510 undergraduates enrolled in the traditional Day School for the spring semester 2012. Drury’s College of Graduate and Continuing Studies has 3,165 undergraduate students taking 31,750 credit hours. Besides the main campus in Springfield, CGCS offers courses through nine locations across southwest Missouri in addition to online classes. Drury’s seven graduate programs have 512 students.

Online education continues to see record growth at Drury accounting for 10,300 credit hours.

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More than 5,300 students attend Drury for the fall 2011 semester

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Oct. 19, 2011 — Drury University has its third highest fall enrollment of all time with 5,371 students for the 2011 fall semester following the census of the school’s multiple campuses and online programs. This figure includes adult evening and online programs, graduate classes and the traditional Day School.

Drury’s traditional undergraduate Day School has its second highest enrollment of all-time with 1,618 students, which is just 13 shy of the 2010 record of 1,631 students.

“These numbers reflect the value of a Drury education,” says Dawn Hiles, Drury vice president of enrollment management. “From their first campus visit until long after they’ve graduated, the connections a Drury student makes will benefit them throughout their lives.”

Drury’s College of Graduate and Continuing Studies has its third highest fall enrollment. CGCS has 3,283 undergraduate students taking 33,114 credit hours. Besides the main campus in Springfield, CGCS offers courses through nine locations across southwest Missouri in addition to online classes.

This semester, 470 students are enrolled in Drury’s seven graduate programs. Drury CGCS offers master’s degrees in art, business, communication, criminal justice, criminology, education and music therapy.

Enrollment in online courses has grown 4 percent over fall 2010. Drury’s online courses make up 31 percent of CGCS undergraduate enrollment. Drury offers 11 bachelor’s degrees that can be completed entirely online.

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Drury has its second highest opening day enrollment of all-time

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Aug. 23, 2011 — Drury University has an opening day enrollment of 1,628 in the traditional Day School. That number is the second highest Day School enrollment of all-time. Just 5 shy of the record opening day enrollment of 1,633 set in 2010. Classes at Drury began Monday night, Aug. 22, at 5 p.m.

“Coming off of a record year, this is an outstanding opening day enrollment,” said Todd Parnell, Drury president.

Drury students move in on Aug. 19, 2011

“Even with a fragile economic recovery nationally, students continue to see the relevance of the education they’ll receive during their time at Drury and the connections they’ll have for the rest of their lives.”

In Drury’s College of Graduate and Continuing Studies (CGCS), students have registered for more than 32,500 credit hours, including more than 10,300 online. Registration for CGCS classes continues into next week; go to www.drury.edu/cgcs for more information.

Official enrollment numbers will come out later this fall following the census of Drury’s course delivery sites across southwest Missouri.

Media Contact: Mark Miller, Associate Director of Marketing and Communications, Office: (417) 873-7390, Mobile: (417) 839-2886, E-mail: markmiller@drury.edu

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Drury University has its second highest spring enrollment of all time in 2011

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., February 23, 2011 — Drury University has a spring semester enrollment of 5,389 students. This figure, from the recently concluded university census, includes adult evening and online programs, graduate classes and the traditional Day School.

Drury’s College of Graduate and Continuing Studies (CGCS) has 3,323 undergraduate students taking 33,533 credit hours. Additionally, Drury has 541 graduate students pursuing master’s degrees in art, business, communication, education, criminal justice, music therapy, criminal justice and criminology.

Enrollment in undergraduate online courses has grown 5 percent over Spring 2010. Online course offerings make up 31 percent of CGCS programming.

Drury’s traditional undergraduate Day School has 1,525 students enrolled for spring 2010. That is the third highest spring Day School enrollment of all-time.

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Drury University’s fall 2010 census reveals record enrollment

For Immediate Release: September 28

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Sept. 28, 2010 — Drury University has a record enrollment of 5,625 students for fall semester 2010 following the census of the school’s multiple campuses and online programs. This figure includes adult evening and online programs, graduate classes and the traditional Day School.

Drury’s traditional undergraduate Day School gained 81 students from fall 2009 for a record 1,631 students, which beats the previous record of 1,608 set in 2007. The 1,631 students include a record freshman class of 372 and a total of 538 new undergraduates.

“Even in a difficult economic environment, students continue to see the value that a Drury education will bring them while they’re here on campus and long after they’ve graduated,” says Drury President Todd Parnell. “Everyone at Drury has done a good job of communicating that value and benefit over the last year and we see the rewards of that effort in the new enrollment numbers.”

Drury’s College of Graduate and Continuing Studies set new all-time records for student enrollment, as well. CGCS has 3,457 undergraduate students taking 34,667 credit hours–both numbers are records. Besides the main campus in Springfield, CGCS offers courses through nine locations across southwest Missouri in addition to online classes.

This semester, 537 students are enrolled in Drury’s seven graduate programs. Drury CGCS offers master’s degrees in art, business, communication, criminal justice, criminology, education and music therapy.

“These numbers reflect the broad range of educational options Drury provides for adults, non-traditional students and those seeking master’s degrees,” says Dr. Brian Holloway, Dean of the College of Graduate and Continuing Studies. “By combining seated adult evening programs along with a growing online presence, Drury continues to achieve record enrollment.”

Enrollment in online courses has grown 14 percent over fall 2009. Drury’s online courses make up 30 percent of CGCS class offerings. Drury offers 11 bachelor’s degrees that can be completed entirely online.

Contact:
Mark Miller
Director of Media Relations
Office of Marketing and Communications
Office: (417) 873-7390
Mobile: (417) 839-2886
E-mail: markmiller@drury.edu

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