October 17, 2013
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.
September 9, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Sept. 9, 2013 —Drury University is ranked 8th among Midwest Regional Universities in the United States in the publication U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges 2014. The rankings can be viewed at www.usnews.com/colleges.
Regional universities are defined by U.S. News as institutions that provide a full range of undergraduate and graduate degrees, but few, if any, doctoral programs. Drury is the highest ranked university in Missouri in this category.
Over the last five years, Drury has been ranked:
“Drury’s outstanding reputation was a big part of the reason I sought the presidency,” said Dr. David Manuel who became Drury’s 17th president on June 1, 2013. “Having a respected third party like US News & World Report tell us that we are doing a good job is a source of pride for students, faculty, staff and alumni.”
In addition, Drury was ranked 15th in the Midwest in the “Great Schools at Great Prices” category, and Drury was listed in the category “A-plus schools for B students” in the Midwest. U.S. News says the “A-plus schools for B students” category is for universities “where spirit and hard work make all the difference to admission offices.”
The 2014 edition of the Best Colleges guidebook is available at USNews.com and will be on newsstands September 24.
To learn more about the methodology behind the rankings visit: http://www.usnews.com/collegemeth
October 24, 2012
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.
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.
September 11, 2012
SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Sept. 11, 2012 — Drury University is ranked 11th among Midwest Regional Universities in the United States in the 2013 edition of the U.S. News and World Report Best Colleges 2013. The rankings can be viewed at www.usnews.com/colleges.
Regional universities are defined by U.S. News as institutions that provide a full range of undergraduate and graduate degrees, but few, if any, doctoral programs. In the 2012 edition of the college guide, Drury was ranked 10th in the Midwest. In 2010 and 2011, Drury was 11th.
“While no external ranking can fully capture the essence of the Drury experience, whenever an unbiased, respected third party tells an institution that it is doing a good job, it is a source of pride,” said Dr. Charles Taylor, vice president of academic affairs. “Drury students, faculty, staff members and alumni should be proud knowing that we are highly regarded by our peers, and it is gratifying to know that we’re one of only two schools in the state ranked in the top 20.”
The 2013 edition of the Best Colleges guidebook is available at USNews.com and will be on newsstands September 18.
To learn more about the methodology behind the rankings visit: http://www.usnews.com/collegemeth
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August 27, 2012
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.
October 25, 2011
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.
August 19, 2011
Springfield, Mo., Aug. 19, 2011—Drury University is one of the “Coolest Schools” in the United States according to Sierra magazine, a publication of the Sierra Club. Drury is ranked 85th.
According to its website, Sierra ranked schools on ten criteria: energy supply, efficiency, food, academics, purchasing, transportation, waste management, administration, financial investments, and a category called “other initiatives.”
Drury's geothermal Stone Chapel
Sierra based its rankings on answers provided in the survey, but in some cases the publication conducted follow-up research. magazine sent questionnaires to 940 four-year colleges and universities last spring.
“I always knew Drury was cool, but now it’s confirmed,” said Dr. Wendy Anderson, director of campus sustainability at Drury. “Everything from using geothermal heating and cooling in Stone Chapel to little things like riding a bike to campus contributed to this recognition. Being a good steward of the environment is not only the right thing to do, but it’s the campus culture Drury students expect.”
To view a complete list of the ranked schools go to: http://www.sierraclub.org/sierra/201109/coolschools/all-schools.aspx
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