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Kiplinger’s again ranks Drury as one of America’s best value schools

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., January 19, 2017 — Kiplinger’s Personal Finance has again included Drury University on its list of the nation’s best values in higher education.

Kiplinger’s annual list ranks the Top 100 schools in three categories: private universities, public universities and liberal arts colleges. This is the fourth year in a row Drury has made the private universities list, at No. 49. Drury is No. 153 on Kiplinger’s combined list of 300 schools.

The complete rankings are available online at kiplinger.com/links/college and in the current issue of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance.

“Year after year, objective researchers and publications tell the nation what Drury students, families and alumni already know: Drury provides an outstanding value to our graduates,” says Kevin Kropf, executive vice president of enrollment management at Drury.

Kiplinger’s assesses value using measurable standards of academic quality and affordability. Quality measures include admission rates, percentage of students who return for sophomore year, student-faculty ratio and four-year graduation rate. Cost criteria include “sticker” price, financial aid and average debt at graduation. Drury’s average student debt upon graduation is below the state, regional and national averages; and 97 percent of Drury students receive a portion of over $30 million in financial assistance each year.

Drury is consistently recognized for providing outstanding educational value for students and families. Drury was recognized as a Top 20 “Best Value School” in the Midwest (at No. 18) by U.S. News & World Report earlier this year, and Washington Monthly named Drury a “Best Bang for the Buck” school in its 2016 college guide.

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Kiplinger again ranks Drury as one of America’s best value schools

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Jan. 12, 2016 — Kiplinger’s Personal Finance has again included Drury University on its list of the country’s best values in higher education.

Kiplinger’s annual list ranks the Top 100 schools in three categories: private universities, public universities and liberal arts colleges. This is the third year in a row Drury has made the private universities list. Drury is ranked 40th, up from 41st last year. Drury also ranks in the top half of the combined list of 300 schools.

The complete rankings are available online at kiplinger.com/links/college and in the current issue of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance.

Kiplinger’s assesses value using measurable standards of academic quality and affordability. Quality measures include admission rates, percentage of students who return for sophomore year, student-faculty ratio and four-year graduation rate. Cost criteria include “sticker” price, financial aid and average debt at graduation. Drury’s average student debt upon graduation is below the state, regional and national averages; and 97 percent of Drury students receive a portion of $29 million in financial assistance each year.

Drury is consistently recognized for providing outstanding educational value for students and families. Drury is the top-ranked school in Missouri on the U.S. News & World Report 2016 “Best Value Schools” Midwest region list. Drury is No. 3 on that list, which includes both public and private schools.

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

Drury improves ranking on Kiplinger’s list of 100 best value private colleges

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Jan. 20, 2015 — Kiplinger’s Personal Finance has included Drury University on its list of the country’s best values in private universities. Kiplinger’s annual list ranks 100 private universities and 100 liberal arts colleges. This is the second year in a row Drury has made the list. It was ranked 41st among private universities, up from 70th last year.

The complete rankings are available online at kiplinger.com/links/college and in the February 2015 issue of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, on newsstands now.

Kiplinger’s assesses quality according to measurable standards such as admission rate, percentage of students who return for sophomore year, student-faculty ratio and four-year graduation rate. Cost criteria include sticker prices, financial aid and average debt at graduation. Drury’s average student debt upon graduation is lower than the statewide average for students in Missouri.

This is the latest national recognition of the outstanding educational value Drury provides for students and families. U.S. News & World Report named Drury as the No. 1 best value college in the Midwest in its 2015 rankings last fall.

“We salute this year’s top schools,” says Janet Bodnar, editor of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine. “Balancing top-quality education with affordable cost is a challenge for families in today’s economy, which is why Kiplinger’s rankings are such a valuable resource. The schools on the 2015 list offer students the best of both worlds.”

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Kiplinger’s ranks Drury in its list of the top 100 private colleges

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Oct. 17, 2013 —Kiplinger’s Personal Finance has included Drury University on its list of the country’s best values in private universities. Kiplinger’s annual list ranks 100 private universities and 100 liberal arts colleges. Drury was ranked 70th among private universities. The full list is available online now at www.kiplinger.com/links/college.

Drury University and the other schools included in the 2014 lists represent the colleges that provide high-quality academics at a reasonable cost during these continued tough economic times. The colleges exemplify the attributes parents and students look for in higher education, including small class sizes, a good freshman retention rate and a high four-year graduation rate.

Although private schools generally carry higher sticker prices than in-state prices at public schools, private schools can actually be less expensive than public schools because of their generous financial aid. For example, Drury’s average student debt upon graduation is nearly $3,000 lower than the Missouri average for student debt.

“With President Obama’s recent emphasis on rating colleges and universities based on their value, our rankings serve as a valuable resource to help students and families make more informed choices,” says Janet Bodnar, editor of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine. “Combining a high-quality education with an affordable price tag is a challenge, but the colleges on this year’s list offer the best of both worlds.”

Kiplinger’s rankings measure academic quality and affordability. Academic criteria include the student admission rate (the number of students accepted out of those who apply), the test scores of incoming freshmen, the ratio of students to faculty members, and the four- and five-year graduation rates. On the cost side, Kiplinger’s measures the sticker price, the availability and average amount of need-based and merit-based financial aid, and the average student debt at graduation. Many of the schools on the top 200 list have appeared in Kiplinger’s rankings in previous years, demonstrating that these schools consistently deliver good value.

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Kiplinger’s ranks Drury one of the “Best Values” in private higher education

Washington D.C., Oct. 24,  2012 —Kiplinger’s Personal Finance named Drury University one of the best values in private colleges and universities for 2012-13. Drury is ranked 53rd out of 100 private universities from around the country. That represents a 13 place improvement over the 2011-12 ranking when Drury was 66th. You can view Drury’s profile here.

Drury is one of only five private universities from Missouri to make the rankings. Washington University in St. Louis, at number 19, was the only Missouri private university ranked higher than Drury. Drury’s cost of attendance was the lowest among the five ranked Missouri universities.

Drury Graduation

The 2012-13 rankings highlight schools that offer high-quality academics and generous financial aid. The annual private university report ranked Yale University in New Haven, Conn. as its best value school with Rice University in Houston coming in at number two.

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Drury named a Best Value Private University by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance

Washington D.C., Oct. 25, 2011 —Kiplinger’s Personal Finance named Drury University one of the best values in private colleges and universities for 2011-12. Drury is one of only four private universities from Missouri to make the university rankings. Drury is ranked 66th out of 100 private universities from around the country. You can view Drury’s profile here.

Kiplinger ranked 100 private universities and 100 liberal arts colleges that combine outstanding education with economic value.  The annual private school report appears in Kiplinger’s December issue—on newsstands Tuesday, Nov. 8—and online now at www.kiplinger.com/links/college.

Drury 2011 Graduation

Drury University, and the other schools included in the 2011-2012 lists, represents the colleges and universities that are providing high quality academics, in addition to great cost value, even during these tough economic times.  These private schools exemplify the traits parents and students want when looking into higher education options: small class sizes, many financial aid options, high four-year graduation rates and low debt for students after graduation.

“The Drury family is proud to be recognized by Kiplinger’s. This ranking reflects a rigorous academic program, affordability and a university-wide commitment to enhance the student experience,” said Drury President Todd Parnell. “We believe the value a student gets at Drury doesn’t stop at graduation, it continues as the connection to the university enhances a student’s life and career.”

This year, Kiplinger adjusted its criteria to better reflect the issues affecting families. Now, the rankings give more weight to the four-year graduation rate—a measure of the college’s ability to deliver academic support and of the overall cost to families—and to colleges that keep student debt down. While the criteria have shifted, the overall focus on value remains the same.

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