Rankings

Drury is 8th in the Midwest 2015 U.S. News & World Report rankings

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Sept. 9, 2014 —U.S. News & World Report has once again ranked Drury among the Midwest’s top colleges and universities for both quality and value in its “Best Colleges 2015” publication, released today.

Drury is ranked No. 8 in the Midwest in the U.S. News “Best Regional Universities” list. This is the same position Drury held last year, after jumping up from No. 11 the prior year. Drury earned outstanding marks for its small class sizes, with the highest percentage of classes under 20 students (71 percent) and the lowest student-to-faculty ratio on the list. Drury is the highest-ranked university in the state of Missouri on this year’s list.

Additionally, Drury is ranked No. 1 in the Midwest on the U.S. News “Great Schools, Great Prices” list and is ranked No. 3 on its 2015 “Best Colleges for Veterans” list.

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,” says Drury President Dr. David Manuel. “It’s especially gratifying to be on top of the ‘Great Schools, Great Prices’ list and to be recognized for the incredible value of a Drury degree. The accomplishments of our faculty and the career outcomes of our graduates reflect the value that Drury delivers.”

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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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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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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Drury is 8th in the Midwest in the 2014 US News & World Report rankings

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:

  • 2014-8th
  • 2013-11th
  • 2012-10th
  • 2011-11th
  • 2010-11th

“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

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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 is ranked 11th in the Midwest by U.S. News and World Report

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

Media Contact: Mark Miller, M.A., Associate Director of Marketing and Communications, Office: (417) 873-7390, Mobile: (417) 839-2886, E-mail: markmiller@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 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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Her Campus magazine ranks Drury #1 in social media

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Aug. 24, 2011 — Her Campus, an online magazine for college women based in Cambridge, Mass., ranks Drury No. 1 in the nation on its list of “Social Media Savvy” colleges and universities.

In its description of Drury, Her Campus says, “Drury is one of the few schools in the country to offer a Social Media Certificate Program. They also have an excellent presence on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, including a recently revamped and beautified Facebook page.”

The magazine made note of the time-lapse video that chronicles how Drury senior design arts major John Dozier drew the artwork for Drury’s Facebook page in chalk. Check out the video on YouTube.

“Drury is thrilled to be recognized for its efforts to connect with key stakeholders across the new media landscape, and its courses that teach best practices and strategic thinking in social media,” says Mark Miller, Drury spokesperson. “We thank Her Campus for acknowledging our social media achievements in the classroom and online.”

For the complete list, visit Her Campus magazine.

Media Contact:

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

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Drury is named “A Cool School” by Sierra magazine

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

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

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