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The Princeton Review names Drury a “Best in the Midwest” college

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., August 31, 2015 — Drury University has again been named one of the best colleges in the Midwest by The Princeton Review. The education services company included Drury in its online listing for “2016 Best Colleges: Region by Region.”

In its profile on Drury, The Princeton Review highlighted Drury’s academic rigor, the school’s personalized approach to learning and teaching, and its beautiful campus. Other factors included a strong focus on sustainability and global awareness, and – in the words of one of the students interviewed by The Princeton Review – Drury’s “mission to give students the opportunity to fight for what they believe in, but to understand the views of others as well.”

“We chose Drury University and the other outstanding institutions on this list primarily for their excellent academics,” said Robert Franek, The Princeton Review’s Senior VP-Publisher.

Editors made selections based on data the company collected from its survey of administrators at several hundred colleges in each region, as well as its staff visits to schools over the years, and the perspectives of college counselors and advisors whose opinions the company solicits. They also gave careful consideration to what students enrolled at the schools reported about their campus experiences on its independent student survey designed to include the same types of questions prospective students might ask on a campus visit.

“Only schools at which we see a strong level of satisfaction among their enrolled students make it to our final slate of regional best college selections,” Franek said.

“The voices of our satisfied students are powerful validation for us,” said Drury president Dr. David Manuel. “Drury’s focus on mentorship, high academics standards and engaged learning are all recognized by our students as keys to their success in life after college.”

There are 159 colleges in 12 Midwestern states on the “Best in the Midwest” list for 2016. Overall, the 649 colleges listed in the North, South, Midwest and West regions constitute about 25 percent of the nation’s 2,500 four-year colleges and universities.

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

Drury Again Earns Recognition in the Princeton Review’s Green Guide

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., April 21, 2015 — The Princeton Review has named Drury University in its annual Guide to 353 Green Colleges for the sixth year in a row.

Drury is one of the 353 most environmentally responsible colleges in the United States and Canada, according to The Princeton Review. Drury is one of seven Missouri colleges selected, and the only one in the Springfield area.

The Princeton Review selection process is based on ratings that were tallied for 861 schools in the summer of 2014. The Princeton Review uses data from annual surveys to evaluate a school’s environmental and sustainability-related policies, practices and academic offerings.

Sustainability efforts are a priority on Drury’s campus. Drury University recently earned recognition as a “Tree Campus USA” by the Arbor Day Foundation. Drury has prioritized new LEED-certified buildings such as the University Suites and the O’Reilly Family Event Center, and has retrofitted existing structures such as Stone Chapel with geothermal heating and cooling. Also important are everyday actions such as bike rentals for students and the removal of trays in the cafeteria to reduce water use.

Academically, Drury is currently participating in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon 2015 and together with Crowder College in Neosho are designing and constructing a solar powered, storm resistant home. Students will take a multi-disciplinary approach to design, build and operate an off-the-grid home. There are about 50 Drury students with various majors involved in the project.

The complete list of 353 schools and a PDF of the Green Guide can be found online at: http://www.princetonreview.com/green-guide.aspx.

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Drury named a “Best In the Midwest” college by Princeton Review

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Aug. 21, 2014 —Drury University has once again been named one of the best colleges in the Midwest by The Princeton Review. The education services company included Drury in its online listing for “2015 Best Colleges: Region by Region.”

In its profile on Drury, The Princeton Review commends the school for its small class sizes, academic rigor, the individualized mentorship students receive from professors, and the fact that more than half of undergraduate students study abroad.

The Princeton Review editors narrowed their choices based on institutional data collected directly from colleges in each region, staff visits to schools over the years and the opinions of college counselors and advisors. Crucially, the selections also take into account what students at the schools report to The Princeton Review about their experiences in an 80-question survey.

“Only schools that permit us to independently survey their students are eligible to be considered for our regional ‘best’ lists,” says Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s Senior Vice President and Publisher.

“It is always powerful and gratifying when students are the ones touting what the University has to offer,” said Drury President Dr. David Manuel. “Small class sizes, the highest quality academic offerings and engaged learning are all recognized by our students as key to their success.”

The Princeton Review asks students to rate their schools on several issues – from the accessibility of their professors to the quality of their science lab facilities – and answer questions about themselves, their fellow students and their campus life. Comments from surveyed students are quoted in the school profiles on The Princeton Review site. Students remarked that Drury “has the mission to give students the opportunity to fight for what they believe in, but to understand the views of others as well;” and “the relationships I’ve developed with my professors are just as important to me as the relationships I’ve developed with my peers.”

The “Best Colleges: Region by Region” lists are designed to offer guidance to the growing number of prospective college students and parents seeking colleges closer to home, with an emphasis on academic excellence, Franek says. The Princeton Review does not rank the colleges in its “Region by Region” list hierarchically or in various categories. The 648 colleges named in the North, South, Midwest and West regions constitute about 25 percent of the nation’s 2,500 four-year colleges.

The Princeton Review is an education services company known for its test-prep courses, tutoring, books, and other student resources. The Company is not affiliated with Princeton University and it is not a magazine. The Princeton Review is headquartered in Natick, MA.  For more information, visit www.princetonreview.com and www.facebook.com/ThePrincetonReview.

Media Contacts for The Princeton Review: Kristen O’Toole, The Princeton Review, (888) 347-7737, ext. 1405 and kotoole@review.com; or Jeanne Krier, Princeton Review Books, (212) 539-1350.

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Drury earns more national recognition for “green” efforts across campus

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., May 12, 2014 — Two national organizations have recently highlighted Drury University’s ongoing commitment to sustainability. The U.S. Green Building Council has awarded the University Suites residential building with a LEED Platinum certification, and The Princeton Review has once again named Drury in its annual guide to green colleges.

LEED Platinum Certification

The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification is the most prominent system worldwide for measuring and recognizing the energy efficiency and environmental sustainability of buildings. Opened to students in August 2012, the 72-bed University Suites residence hall was designed by Bates & Associates Architects and built by Morelock-Ross. Drury currently leases the property from developer Bryan Magers.

“For Drury to be the home of a LEED Platinum certified project demonstrates commitment to values we can be proud of passing on to our students,” says Robert Weddle, Professor and Assistant Director for Academic Initiatives at the Hammons School of Architecture.

Only about a dozen other university residential buildings in the United States have achieved LEED Platinum certification. University Suites is the first in the state of Missouri to do so. It is the second building on Drury’s campus to earn a LEED designation – The O’Reilly Family Event Center has achieved LEED Gold certification.

Green Colleges Guide

For the fifth year in a row, Drury University is one of the 322 most environmentally responsible colleges in the United States and Canada, according to The Princeton Review. Drury is one of six Missouri colleges selected, and the only one in the Springfield area.

The Princeton Review selection process is based on “Green Ratings” that were tallied for 832 schools in the summer of 2013. The Princeton Review uses data from annual surveys to evaluate a school’s environmental and sustainability-related policies, practices and academic offerings.

Sustainability efforts can be seen across Drury’s campus. They range from buildings like University Suites and the O’Reilly Family Event Center to everyday actions such as bike rentals and the removal of trays in the cafeteria to reduce water use. Just last week, two golf carts used for campus tours were fitted with solar panels that will keep their batteries charged so they will no longer need to be plugged in overnight.

Other Drury sustainability initiatives cited by The Princeton Review include:

  • Converting Stone Chapel to geothermal heating and cooling
  • Establishing the Central Street Recycling Center
  • Installing solar panels on the roof of Smith Hall
  • Building a LEED Platinum certified Habitat for Humanity home

The complete list of 332 schools and a PDF of the Green Guide can be found online at: http://www.princetonreview.com/green-guide.aspx.

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The Princeton Review names Drury a “Best in the Midwest” university

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., August 6, 2013 —The Princeton Review has named Drury University one the best colleges in the Midwest in its website feature “2014 Best Colleges Region by Region.” Drury is one of 155 institutions named to the Princeton Review’s “Best in the Midwest” section.

In the profile on Drury University at Princeton Review’s website, Drury students offered the following descriptions:

  • “The global awareness aspect is one of the greatest strengths of the school.”
  • “My professors truly care about their students: they know each of us by name.”
  • “I fell in love with the school immediately. It is small and intimate, but still has things to do.”

The 155 colleges named to the “Best in the Midwest” section come from 12 states: Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. Collectively, the 643 colleges named “regional bests” constitute about 25 percent of the nation’s 2,500 four-year colleges

The Princeton Review is an education services company known for its test-prep courses, tutoring, books and other student resources. The Princeton Review is not affiliated with Princeton University.

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Drury is named to the Princeton Review’s Green Guide for the 4th straight year

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., April 22, 2013 — Drury University is one of the 322 most environmentally responsible colleges in the U.S. and Canada, according to The Princeton Review. The education services company profiles Drury in the fourth annual edition of its free downloadable book, The Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 Green Colleges.

“Being included in this ranking four years in a row is a testament to our solid progress on our sustainability initiatives,” said Dr. Wendy Anderson, director of campus sustainability. “Drury’s LEED Gold O’Reilly Family Event Center and other major renovations have incorporated established green building standards. Moreover, we remain committed to helping create a more sustainable region by offering three environmentally oriented majors and connecting students to regional organizations for service learning, research and internships.”

The Princeton Review chose the schools for this guide based on a 50-question survey it conducted in 2012 of administrators at hundreds of four-year colleges. The company analyzed data from the survey about the schools’ course offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation to measure their commitment to the environment and to sustainability.

The 215-page guide can be downloaded at www.princetonreview.com/green-guide and www.centerforgreenschools.org/greenguide.

The 322 school profiles in the guide feature essential information for applicants – facts and stats on school demographics, admission, financial aid – plus write-ups on the schools’ specific sustainability initiatives.  A “Green Facts” sidebar reports on a wide range of topics from the school’s use of renewable energy sources, recycling and conservation programs to the availability of environmental studies and career guidance for green jobs.

In the guide’s profile on Drury, The Princeton Review writes, “The elimination of trays in the university’s dining commons has served to conserve food, water and energy, thereby reducing environmentally damaging chemicals and detergents and reducing food waste by 25 to 30 percent per person. Bicycle rentals are available for students for $25 per semester as an environmentally friendly alternative to driving.”

Media Contact:

Dr. Wendy Anderson, Director of Campus Sustainability, Office: (417) 873-7445, Email: wanderso@drury.edu

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The Princeton Review names Drury a “Best in the Midwest” university

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Aug. 27, 2012 — Drury University is one of the best colleges in the Midwest according to The Princeton Review. Drury is one of 153 institutions The Princeton Review recommends in the “Best in the Midwest” section of its website feature, “2013 Best Colleges: Region by Region,” which was released this month by the Princeton Review.

In the profile on Drury University at Princeton Review’s website, students offered the following description, “The campus is beautiful and the class sizes are just right.” Another anonymous student comment said, “Drury has the mission to give students the opportunity to fight for what they believe in, but to understand the views of others as well.”

“We’re pleased to recommend Drury to users of our site as one of the best schools to earn their undergrad degree. We chose it and the other terrific institutions we name as ‘regional best’ colleges mainly for their excellent academic programs,” said Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s senior vice president/publisher. “Only schools that permit us to independently survey their students are eligible to be considered for our regional ‘best’ lists.”

The 153 colleges that The Princeton Review chose for its “Best in the Midwest” list are located in twelve states: Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. Collectively, the 633 colleges named “regional bests” constitute about 25 percent of the nation’s 2,500 four-year colleges.

The Princeton Review is an education services company known for its test-prep courses, tutoring, books and other student resources. The Princeton Review is not affiliated with Princeton University.

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Drury makes Princeton Review’s Green Guide three straight years

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., April 19, 2012 — For the third straight year, Drury University is highlighted in The Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 Green Colleges: 2012 Edition. According to the Princeton Review, the free downloadable book profiles institutions of higher education that “demonstrate notable commitments to sustainability in their academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation.”

The book can be downloaded at http://www.princetonreview.com/green-guide and http://www.centerforgreenschools.org/greenguide.

In the past few years, Drury has embarked on several projects aimed at sustainability, including:

  • The O’Reilly Family Event Center earned Gold LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification.
  • Converted Stone Chapel to geothermal heating and cooling.
  • Established the Central Street Recycling Center.
  • Installed solar panels on the roof of Smith Hall.
  • Drury students, faculty and staff built a Platinum LEED certified Habitat for Humanity home.
  • Eliminated trays in the cafeteria to reduce water and detergent usage.

The Princeton Review made note of several of these accomplishments in Drury’s profile found on page 64 of the book. The profile also includes this statement, “The University is focusing its energy management efforts on its buildings through renovation and retrofitting. The Trustee Science Center features bamboo flooring and energy efficient fixtures.”

“”Drury is honored to be recognized, once again, by the Princeton Review. Our widespread efforts across campus to operate with minimal environmental impact and our commitment to integrating themes of sustainability throughout our curriculum ensure that we are modeling the sustainable lifestyles we hope all students will carry forward from their years at Drury,” said Dr. Wendy Anderson, director of campus sustainability.

Drury and the University of Missouri are the only two schools in Missouri listed in theThe Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 Green Colleges: 2012 Edition.

As part of Drury’s sustainability efforts, on Monday, April 23 it will host the Campus Consciousness Tour. The Campus Consciousness tour describes itself as, “Half music tour, half environmental campaign, the Campus Consciousness Tour aims to inspire and activate students in an electric atmosphere while leaving a positive impact on each community the tour visits. In addition to educating and mobilizing students, the tour includes many greening elements and is run to have a minimal environmental footprint.”

Grammy nominated rapper J. Cole will headline the Campus Consciousness tour with a show at 8 p.m. in the O’Reilly Family Event Center. Ticket prices range from $20-$38. Tickets can be purchased online at drurytickets.com, by calling (417) 873-6389, or in person at the O’Reilly Family Event Center box office.

CONTACTS: The Princeton Review / Joseph Iovino, 888-865-7737 ext. 5678, jiovino@review.com

WEBSITES:
www.princetonreview.com/green-guide www.centerforgreenschools.org/greenguide

REPORTER RESOURCES:
Lists of the 322 colleges in the book—alpha by location (state/school) and alpha by school—are posted at www.princetonreview.com/green-guide

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Drury is named “A Best in the Midwest” college by The Princeton Review

Springfield, Mo., Aug. 2, 2011Drury University is one of the best colleges in the Midwest according to The Princeton Review. It is one of 153 institutions The Princeton Review recommends in its “Best in the Midwest” section of its website feature, “2012 Best Colleges: Region by Region,” that was released Monday, August 1 on PrincetonReview.com.

In the profile on Drury University on its site located at:http://www.princetonreview.com/DruryUniversity.aspx, The Princeton Review describes a robust student life, “There is always something going on at Drury that you can participate in, because ‘it seems like there’s always something going on on-campus whether it’s a sport or an art gallery opening.’”

“Earlier this year, Drury was named to the Princeton Review’s Green Guide for our sustainability efforts. Now, to be named one of the Best in the Midwest acknowledges Drury’s rigorous academic programs and robust social and extracurricular opportunities,” said Drury President Todd Parnell. “Drury is honored to be recognized, once again, by the Princeton Review as one of the Best in the Midwest.”

“We’re pleased to recommend Drury to users of our site as one of the best schools to earn their undergrad degree. We chose it and the other terrific institutions we name as ‘regional best’ colleges mainly for their excellent academic programs,” says Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s senior vice president/publisher. “From several hundred schools in each region, we winnowed our list based on institutional data we collected directly from the schools, our visits to schools over the years, and the opinions of our staff, plus college counselors and advisors whose recommendations we invite.”

The 153 colleges that The Princeton Review chose for its “Best in the Midwest” list are located in twelve states: Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. Collectively, the 629 colleges named “regional bests” constitute about 25 percent of the nation’s 2,500 four-year colleges.

The Princeton Review, headquartered in Framingham, MA with editorial offices in New York City and test preparation locations across the country and abroad, is not affiliated with Princeton University and it is not a magazine.

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

Media Contacts for The Princeton Review:
Joseph Iovino
Office: (888)-865-7737 ext 5678
Jeanne Krier
Office: (212)-539-1350

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Drury University makes the Princeton Review’s “Green Guide” for 2011

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., April 20, 2011— Drury University is one of the country’s most environmentally responsible colleges according to The Princeton Review. The nationally known education services company selected Drury University for inclusion in a unique resource created for college applicants – “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 311 Green Colleges.” This is the second straight year Drury has been included in the list.

Developed by The Princeton Review in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council, the “Guide to 311 Green Colleges” is the first, free comprehensive guidebook focused solely on institutions of higher education that have demonstrated an above averagecommitment to sustainability in terms of campus infrastructure, activities and initiatives.

In the past few years, Drury has embarked on several projects aimed at sustainability, including:

Drury's geothermal Stone Chapel

· Converted Stone Chapel to geothermal heating and cooling.
· Established the Central Street Recycling Center.
· Installed solar panels on the roof of Smith Hall.
· Built the O’Reilly Family Event Center to Gold LEED (Leadership in Energy     and Environmental Design) specifications.
· Drury students, faculty and staff built a Platinum LEED certified Habitat for Humanity home.
· Eliminated trays in the cafeteria to reduce water and detergent usage.


“We continue to make progress on all of our goals for reducing the environmental footprint of our operations and for integrating sustainability across our curriculum,” says Dr. Wendy Anderson, director of campus sustainability. “Even adding a new, large facility such as our O’Reilly Family Event Center takes us in the right direction because it is designed, built, and operating to veryhigh environmental standards. It’s nice to be recognized again as one of the nation’s top green schools!”

The free guide can be downloaded at: http://www.princetonreview.com/green-guide.aspx, and at the U.S. Green Building Council’s Center for Green School’s website at: http://www.centerforgreenschools.org/greenguide

The Princeton Review chose the 311 schools in the guide based on the “Green Rating” scores it tallied for them in 2010 and reported in the profiles of these schools published in summer 2010 on its website and in some of its print edition college guides. The Green Rating is a numerical score from 60 – 99 that’s based on data from a 50-question survey Princeton Review conducts among hundreds of higher education administrators about their school’s environmental and sustainability-related commitments and initiatives. All schools on the list scored in the 80th percentile or higher.

Contact:
Dr.Wendy Anderson
Director of Campus Sustainability
Office: (417) 873-7445
Mobile: (417) 353-0084
E-mail
: wanderso@drury.edu

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