Kiplinger’s Personal Finance has again included Springfield’s 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 fifth year in a row Drury has made the private universities list; Drury is No. 153 on Kiplinger’s combined list of the 300 schools.

The complete rankings are available online at and in the February issue of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, which hits newsstands tomorrow.

“Drury’s focus on educating students through real-world experiences and life-changing mentorship that prepares them for both a successful career and a life well-lived provides an outstanding value to our graduates,” said Kevin Kropf, executive vice president of enrollment management at Drury. “This distinctive approach to educating the whole person sets up Drury alumni for success as leaders in their chosen fields and in their communities around the world.”

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 is consistently recognized for providing outstanding educational value for students and families. Drury was recognized as a Top 10 “Best Value School” in the Midwest (at No. 8) by U.S. News & World Report last fall, and Washington Monthly has named Drury a “Best Bang for the Buck” school in each of the last two years.

Drury is an independent university, church related, grounded in the liberal arts tradition and committed to personalized education in a community of scholars who value the arts of teaching and learning. Education at Drury seeks to cultivate spiritual sensibilities and imaginative faculties as well as ethical insight and critical thought; to foster the integration of theoretical and practical knowledge; and to liberate persons to participate responsibly in and contribute to a global community.

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