Rankings

Drury once again recognized for value, excellence in U.S. News rankings

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Sept. 12, 2017 — U.S. News & World Report has once again recognized Drury University for providing outstanding value to its students, and named Drury among the top universities across the Midwest in its “Best Colleges 2018” publication released today.

Drury is ranked No. 8 on the U.S. News list for best value among Midwest regional universities. U.S. News joins other national publications such as Kiplinger’s Personal Finance and Washington Monthly in recognizing the value of a Drury education for lifelong success.

More broadly, Drury was also named among the top schools in the Midwest on the U.S. News “Best Regional Universities” list. Drury earned high marks for its ability to deliver personalized attention to students, thanks to a student-to-faculty ratio of 12 to 1 and small class sizes. Nearly two-thirds of Drury’s classes have less than 20 students and 99 percent of classes have less than 50 students. U.S. News editors also singled out Drury as the kind of school where students who display “spirit, individuality and seriousness of purpose” are able to grow and thrive thanks to its engaging student life and rewarding academic atmosphere.

Additionally, Drury was listed as one of the Top 10 Midwest Regional Universities with the highest percentage of international students (10 percent).

The listings continue a trend of excellence for Drury, which has been named to the U.S. News “Best Regional Universities” list every year for more than two decades.

(Please note: U.S. News creates separate lists for regional universities and regional colleges in some categories.)

The rankings can be viewed online at www.usnews.com/colleges.

“Those alumni who hold a Drury degree know first-hand the value of a Drury education, and the power this institution has to transform people into lifelong learners and community leaders,” says Drury President Dr. Tim Cloyd. “It’s gratifying to see others recognize that as well. This is a testament to the dedication of our faculty, staff and alumni.”

About the Rankings

U.S News & World Report’s “Best Colleges” rankings include nearly 1,400 schools nationwide, and are designed to give a quick comparison of the relative quality of institutions based on such widely accepted indicators of excellence as freshman retention and graduation rates and the strength of the faculty. The ranking system uses quantitative measures that education experts have proposed as reliable indicators of academic quality, as well as the publication’s own researched view of what matters in education.

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

Drury ranks among the best colleges in Missouri and America

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., August 14, 2017 — Drury University has been named one of the top schools in Missouri and the nation on a new list that aggregates scores from the most well-respected college rankings in America.

Drury was listed as the No. 3 school in Missouri by College Consensus, which aggregates data from two types of sources: the combined average score from a respected list of college rankings by outlets such as U.S. News & World Report and Washington Monthly; and the combined average score of a school’s real student review scores from reputable sites around the web.

Overall, College Consensus identified about 1,000 of the more than 2,300 four-year schools in the United States as the best of the best – Drury landed at No. 83 overall.

In its description of Drury, College Consensus noted that the university has recently been named among the best colleges in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report, one of the Top 100 Best Value Private Universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, and one of the top “green” colleges by The Princeton Review. Drury’s personalized approach to education, small class sizes, and student life opportunities were also cited.

“There’s a proliferation of college rankings and ‘best of’ lists out there these days,” says Wendy Flanagan, Drury’s vice president of marketing and communications. “Students and families need to look carefully at the data and methodology underlying any such list. College Consensus is the first that we’re aware of that aggregates some of the most recognized data sources out there. It’s gratifying to see Drury ranked so highly in this way, and it’s a testament to the true value of a Drury education.”

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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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Drury earns high marks in 2017 U.S. News & World Report rankings

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Sept. 13, 2016 — U.S. News & World Report has once again ranked Drury among the Midwest’s top universities in its “Best Colleges 2017” publication, released today.

Drury is ranked No. 11 in the Midwest on the U.S. News “Best Regional Universities” list. Drury earned outstanding marks for its ability to deliver personalized attention to students, thanks to a high percentage of classes with 20 or fewer students (70 percent) and a student-to-faculty ratio of 10 to 1. Drury’s graduation and retention rates were also highlights.

Additionally, Drury was recognized as a Top 20 “Best Value School” in the Midwest (at No. 18) and was one of the Top 12 Midwest Regional Universities with the highest percentage of international students (13 percent).

(Please note: U.S. News creates separate lists for regional universities and regional colleges in some categories.)

The listings continue a trend of excellence for Drury, which has been in the Top 15 of the U.S. News “Best Regional Universities” list every year for the past two decades.

The rankings can be viewed online at www.usnews.com/colleges.

The U.S. News ranking comes on the heels of Drury’s selection as a “Best in the Midwest” University by The Princeton Review, and as a “Best Bang for the Buck College” by Washington Monthly magazine.

“It’s an honor to receive national recognition from publications such as U.S News & World Report, Washington Monthly and The Princeton Review,” says Drury President Dr. Tim Cloyd. “We know the transformational power of a Drury education, and it’s wonderful to see others recognize that as well. It’s a testament to the dedication of Drury’s faculty, staff and alumni network.”

About the Rankings

U.S News & World Report’s “Best Colleges” rankings include nearly 1,400 schools nationwide, and are designed to give a quick comparison of the relative quality of institutions based on such widely accepted indicators of excellence as freshman retention and graduation rates and the strength of the faculty. The ranking system uses quantitative measures that education experts have proposed as reliable indicators of academic quality, as well as the publication’s own researched view of what matters in education.

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

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

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Sept. 8, 2016 — 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 “2017 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 focus on sustainability and global awareness thanks in large part to the fact that about half of DU students study abroad.

The Princeton Review solicits student feedback for its college guides and Drury students spoke highly of their teachers and faculty mentors. “The relationships I’ve developed with my professors are just as important to me as the relationships I’ve developed with my peers,” one student said. “Drury professors are some of the most interesting characters I’ve ever experienced,” said another. “You never know what you’re going to get, but you’ll never be bored.” Others remarked on the variety of activities available to them and the extent to which their peers are involved in campus life.

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 give 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.

The Princeton Review is a leading tutoring, test prep and college admission services company. Every year, it helps millions of college- and graduate school-bound students achieve their education and career goals through online and in person courses delivered by a network of more than 4,000 teachers and tutors, online resources, and its more than 150 print and digital books published by Penguin Random House. For more information, visit www.princetonreview.com.

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Washington Monthly recognizes Drury as a “Best Bang for the Buck” school

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Sept. 6, 2016 — Washington Monthly magazine has recognized Drury University as one of the nation’s top values in higher education.

Drury has been named a Midwest Region “Best Bang For the Buck College” in the magazine’s 2016 college guide issue released this month. The “Best Bang for the Buck” list examines colleges that help students attain marketable degrees at affordable prices, according to Washington Monthly. Drury is No. 49 on the list. Drury was also named to Washington Monthly’s national list of best liberal arts colleges.

Drury has been recognized before for its outstanding value to students and families. U.S. News & World Report and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance both named Drury as a best value school in 2015.

Washington Monthly’s annual college guide began in 2005 as a counter balance to the dominant U.S. News & World Report Rankings, according the magazine. Washington Monthly’s lists are based “not on what (colleges) did for themselves, but on what they did for their country,” according to guest editor Kevin Carey, who directs the education policy program at the New America Foundation. All of the magazine’s rankings are based on three broad categories: social mobility, research and service.

The complete list of rankings are available online, as is more information about the magazine’s methodology.

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

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 earns high marks in U.S. News & World Report rankings

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Sept. 9, 2015 — U.S. News & World Report has once again ranked Drury among the Midwest’s top schools for both quality and value in its “Best Colleges 2016” publication, released today.

Drury is ranked No. 11 in the Midwest on the U.S. News “Best Regional Universities” list. Drury earned outstanding marks for its ability to deliver personalized attention to students, thanks to a high percentage of classes with 20 or fewer students (69 percent) and a student-to-faculty ratio of 10 to 1. Drury’s graduation rate and alumni giving rate were also highlights.

Drury is the top-ranked school in Missouri on the U.S. News “Best Value Schools” Midwest region list – a crucial measure given today’s concerns about student debt. Drury is No. 3 on that list, which includes both public and private schools. Additionally, Drury ranked No. 11 on the 2016 “Best Universities for Veterans” list.

(Please note: U.S. News creates separate lists for regional universities and regional colleges in some categories.)

The listings continue a trend of excellence for Drury, which has been in the Top 15 of the U.S. News “Best Regional Universities” list every year for the past two decades. Drury has consistently ranked high as a “Best Value” school for more than 15 years.

The rankings can be viewed online at www.usnews.com/colleges.

“To be highly ranked by your peers and confirmed by independent data is gratifying and affirming,” said Drury President Dr. David Manuel. “It’s especially gratifying to be recognized for the incredible value Drury provides. Students today are looking closely at the return on investment when choosing where to earn their degree. The accomplishments of our faculty and the career outcomes of our graduates demonstrate that value every day.”

The U.S. News ranking comes on the heels of Drury’s selection in August as a “Best in the Midwest” college by The Princeton Review.

About the Rankings

U.S News & World Report’s “Best Colleges” rankings include nearly 1,400 schools nationwide, and are designed to give a quick comparison of the relative quality of institutions based on such widely accepted indicators of excellence as freshman retention and graduation rates and the strength of the faculty. The ranking system uses quantitative measures that education experts have proposed as reliable indicators of academic quality, as well as the publication’s own researched view of what matters in education.

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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.

The Princeton Review is a leading tutoring, test prep and college admission services company. Every year, it helps millions of college- and graduate school-bound students achieve their education and career goals through online and in person courses delivered by a network of more than 4,000 teachers and tutors, online resources, and its more than 150 print and digital books published by Penguin Random House. For more information, visit www.princetonreview.com.

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

Drury’s online paralegal program ranked No. 2 in the nation

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., March 4, 2015 — The Open Education Database (OEDB) has ranked the Drury University College of Continuing Professional Studies’ paralegal program second in its listing of the top online paralegal programs in the nation. View a complete listing of the top online paralegal programs in the country at www.bestcolleges.com.

“Drury is pleased that its robust online educational offerings are being recognized by an independent third party,” said Steve Hynds, Drury’s director of online education. “Paralegal is one of the 18 Drury degrees that can be completed entirely online, and Drury works to ensure that our online offerings match the rigor and value expected of a Drury education.”

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Drury’s College of Continuing Professional Studies offers an associate of science in paralegal studies. The program provides a solid foundation in areas such as civil litigation, business law, real estate law, family law and more. The degree offers opportunities for career advancement in legal environments such as private law firms, corporate legal departments and governmental agencies.

The program is currently accepting students. Newly enrolled students could begin classes as early as March 23. For more information, call 873-7727 or visit www.drury.edu/ccps.

The Open Education Database recognizes the top U.S. colleges that offer online learning for undergraduate degree programs in a variety of fields, including paralegal. It was the first organization to release online college rankings in 2007, and uses the most recently available school-specific data such as graduation rates and tuition to compile its lists.

For more information on OEDB, contact Brooke Watson at brookewatson@bestcolleges.com.

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