DRURY UNIVERSITY, formerly DRURY COLLEGE and originally SPRINGFIELD
COLLEGE, is a private liberal arts college in
Established in 1873, Drury is consistently ranked among the best
liberal arts universities in the American Midwest . In 2013, the Drury
Panthers Men's Basketball team won the NCAA Men\'s Division II
Basketball Championship . The Drury Men's and Women's Panthers are
quite decorated and have accumulated 22
NCAA Division II
* 1 History
* 1.1 Religious affiliations
* 2 Academics
* 2.1 Awards * 2.2 Housing * 2.3 Study abroad
* 3 Athletics * 4 Greek organizations * 5 Notable alumni * 6 References * 7 External links
Drury was founded as SPRINGFIELD COLLEGE in 1873 by Congregationalist
church missionaries in the mold of other Congregationalist
universities such as
The early curriculum emphasized educational, religious, and musical strengths. Students came to the new college from a wide area, including the Indian Territories of Oklahoma . The first graduating class included four women.
When classes began in 1873, they were held in a single building on a campus occupying less than 1 1⁄2 acres (0.61 ha). Twenty-five years later the 40-acre (16.2 ha) campus included Stone Chapel, the President's House and three academic buildings. Today, the university occupies a 115-acre (46.5 ha) campus, including the original historic buildings.
On April 28, 1960, Drury College was the setting for an episode of
Drury College became Drury
The current president is J.
Timothy Cloyd , formerly president of
Hendrix College in
Drury, like Dartmouth and Yale, was founded by Congregationalist
missionaries, and like these schools, it is no longer a religious
institution. It remains affiliated with the Congregationalist church
and its successor, the
United Church of Christ
Drury is a mid-size undergraduate and graduate research university,
The Higher Learning Commission
Drury has been at or near the top of the U.S. News and World Report
"Great Schools at Great Prices" list for the Midwest since 1999,
including five years in the #1 slot. It was ranked No. 8 on U.S. News
and World Report's Best Regional Universities (Midwest) for 2014. It
has been included in
Drury is a residential university. Full-time day school students live on campus until they are a minimum of 21 at the start of an academic year, unless they meet specific criteria to be exempt from the housing policy.
Freshmen live in one of the three residence halls: Smith, Wallace, and Sunderland halls. Smith Hall and Wallace Hall are suite-style double-occupancy rooms, where four students share a bathroom. Sunderland Hall has suite-style single-occupancy rooms, with four students and two bathrooms in a suite. Freshmen in Sunderland Hall live in Living Learning Communities (LLCs). Each LLC is composed of 16-20 students interested in a common theme, interacting together and with faculty and staff through a shared class, CORE 101.
Upperclassmen may choose to live in university-owned apartments, houses, fraternity houses, or the Summit Park Leadership Community (an upperclassman LLC). A majority of campus apartments have 4 single-occupancy bedrooms and are fully furnished. There are a limited number of studios, 1-bedroom, 2-bedroom and 3-bedroom apartments, both furnished and unfurnished. Summit Park residents (usually sophomores) in groups of 4 or 8 form a year-long partnership with a local community agency and commit to 15 hours of community service a semester.
Amenities for the residence halls and fraternity houses include furnishings, mini-fridge/microwave, wireless and network Internet, expanded basic cable TV service, community laundry facilities for no additional charge, all utilities, including trash and co-mingled recycling.
Campus apartments include expanded basic cable television service, Internet access, all utilities including trash and co-mingled recycling. Furnishings, laundry facilities and kitchen appliances will vary by location.
All residents may attend Residence Life Association (RLA) events for no additional charge, as well as programs hosted by Resident Assistants or Community Assistants.
Drury's study abroad program is an integral part of the college experience. Almost half of the student body studies overseas at some point in short-term, semester, or year-long programs. Foreign learning is a requirement for most students with majors in the schools of Business and Architecture.
Drury also maintains a satellite campus in
Main article: Drury Panthers
NCAA Division II
Drury currently has four sororities and four fraternities.
* ^ As of June 30, 2012 "NCSE Public Tables Endowment Market
Values" (PDF). February 4, 2013. Retrieved March 20, 2013.
* ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-18.
Retrieved 2010-10-14. Drury