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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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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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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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