Drew University campus


Acceptance Rate
Average HS GPA

GPA Breakdown

Over 3.75
3.50 - 3.74
3.25 - 3.49
3.00 - 3.24
2.50 - 2.99
2.00 - 2.49

Test Scores

SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
500 - 620
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
500 - 600
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
500 - 610
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
22 - 28


Early Decision
December 1

Early Decision II
February 1

February 15

Other Admission Factors


Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA

Selectivity Rating

Faculty and Class Information

Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years


  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • African-American/Black Studies
  • Chinese Studies
  • Women's Studies

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biochemistry
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Neuroscience

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Business Administration and Management, General

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer Science

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • French Language and Literature
  • German Language and Literature
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • History

  • History, General

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Studies

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy
  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Economics, General
  • International Relations and Affairs
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Music, General

Students Say

Drew University features three major draws, according to current students: a gorgeous campus, a prime location (less than an hour from New York City by train), and strong academics. As at many schools, “some majors…are stronger than others,” and introductory classes tend to be large lectures, but “class sizes, especially in upper-level courses, are generally small,” which allows for “meaningful discussions.” Though some say the administration “tends to be aloof,” this obviously isn’t a problem with the faculty. Students say professors are “very approachable, accommodating, and enthusiastic about what they teach.” “They are quite engaging…have PhDs in the field that they teach, and…seem genuinely interested in helping us improve.” “They’re always there when students want extra help and are very understanding.” One happy English major tells us, “My professors have really encouraged me to pursue the most out of my education here. One provided me with the opportunity to read my original poetry in NYC with distinguished poets. Another has influenced my decision to write a senior thesis. Within my major, I feel like part of a family. All of my professors know me, and I think they truly care about my performance.” A neuroscience major raves, “Science professors will be acting out the material or showing demos of the material.” Study abroad opportunities also abound, and the proximity to New York City gives students amazing internship opportunities.


Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


Prominent Alumni

Leo P. Grohowski
Chief Investment Officer, BNY Mellon

Emilia Fabricant
Executive Vice President, Aeropostate, Inc.

Kevin Murphy
Screenwriter, Television Producer, Lyricist, Composer

Jennifer Velez
Commissioner, New Jersey Department of Human Services

Hon. Teresa Ruiz
New Jersey State Senator

Sanjay Mirchandani
Corporate VP VMware

Hon. Peter Verniero
Former Justice, NJ Supreme Court

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


ROI & Outcomes

Colleges that Create Futures

Hands-on Coursework

Drew’s 186-acre wooded campus in Madison, New Jersey is within walking distance of the Madison train station, with direct service to New York City’s Penn Station. Students take advantage of this easy access to Manhattan for both recreation and cultural enrichment. “New York City is only an hour away by train, so it’s perfect for a day trip on the weekend,” a women’s and gender studies major told us, while an English literature major explained, “I got to perform my poetry in NYC under a professor’s invitation.” Thanks to the school’s proximity to New York City, the city also becomes a classroom for students, through programs such as the Semester at the United Nations, Semester on Communications and Media, Semester on Contemporary Art, and the Wall Street Semester.
Professor Marc Tomljanovich, chair of the Department of Economics and Business, runs the Wall Street Semester, and explained what students selected to participate do during the two days each week they spend in New York. “Each day is split up into two parts. The mornings are lecture-based, during which I teach them about the historical, structural and institutional aspects of financial markets. More specifically, the semester is split into four main themes—bonds and bond markets, stocks and stock markets, the role of regulators in financial markets, and financial derivatives. The afternoons are experiential-based, and tied into the morning’s lectures. For example, if I am talking about bond markets in the morning, we will go visit a bond trader from Barclay’s in the afternoon. If I am discussing the risk structure of interest rates in the morning, we will head over to Moody’s or S&P in the afternoon. The point of the afternoon is so that students get the practical viewpoints to augment (or contradict) the morning’s information.”
Fatima Diallo, who graduated in 2013, credits her involvement in the United Nations Semester with helping her to secure a job after graduation. “Due to my semester at the UN with Drew, I was able to get an internship with the UN Wider network which led to another two internships at UN-Habitat and the UN Millennium Campaign. The latter then turned into a consultancy position after graduation.”
Global Education

In addition to organizing the previously mentioned semesters in New York City, the Center for Global Education offers Drew students the opportunity to study abroad, something nearly 50 percent of students choose to do. One English literature major we surveyed “went to Paris and London to study urban culture and space.” Other students have the option to study with partnering colleges and universities in Morocco, Brazil, South Africa, Israel, and Spain, to name just a handful of locations. Students also have the opportunity to pursue summer projects abroad, again emphasizing Drew’s focus on experiential learning. During the summer of 2015, for example, Drew students performed hands-on archaeological field research in Ecuador, developed anthropological field research studies on race and ethnicity in Bahia, Brazil, researched the energy industry and its impact on the economy and the environment in Wyoming, and explored public health in the Republic of South Africa by studying and working in hospitals, herbal clinics, healing centers of several faith traditions and indigenous religious shrines.
These global experiences lead to even closer relationships between faculty and students. Professor Tomljanovich described trips he took with students “to London and Dublin to study global financial markets . . . to Brussels and London to learn about the economics of European integration” and to Tokyo “to compare and contrast U.S. and Japanese business goals, strategies and corporate cultures. . . .I can honestly now say I’ve been around the world with them.” Dr. Lillie J. Edwards, the founding director of the Pan-African Studies program agreed: “PANAF has taken students to Africa almost every year during my twenty-three years at Drew. . . they have also gone to Egypt with Drew’s Middle East Studies Program, to Cuba with the Spanish Department and to Brazil with the Anthropology Department.”
Undergraduate Research

Science-minded students will appreciate the Research Institute for Scientists Emeriti (RISE), which was recognized with a Merck Innovation Award for Undergraduate Science Education. Through this program, believed to be one-of-a-kind, hundreds of Drew students have conducted research with senior scientists in state-of-the-art labs which have recently undergone extensive renovations. Through RISE, students have access to state-of-the-art, analytical instrumentation typically found only at Tier 1 research universities, including liquid chromatography and mass spectrometry (LC/MS) for separating and identifying components of a mixture and high-field nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometry (NMR) for determining molecular structures.
Through the Drew Summer Science Institute (DSSI), students of science receive a stipend and housing for the summer to work one-on-one with a faculty mentor on a real-world research project. During the summer, DSSI students meet to discuss their projects on a weekly basis, and then present their results to the Drew community at the annual Fall Poster Session. Recent projects completed by DSSI students include “Analysis of Environmental Risk Assessment of Toxins in Fish: Food Security Implications for Inuit”; “Analysis of Eye Movements to Biological Motion”; and “Modeling Atmospheric Aerosols: Ozonolysis of Surface Adsorbed Vanillin in the Presence and Absence of Light.”
Faculty Mentors

As evidenced by the small class sizes and the faculty mentoring program, Drew’s philosophy emphasizes a close relationship between students and faculty. The school’s 9:1 student-faculty ratio, and its commitment to hiring faculty who are passionate about teaching and the undergraduate experience help turn this philosophy into reality, leading students in our survey to frequently cite the faculty as Drew’s biggest strength. An economics and mathematics major told us, “The professors are generally very accessible outside of class. Not only will they provide help in their own courses, but they will also discuss your interests in the field, their personal research, and future career options.” A chemistry major agreed, explaining, “The professors at Drew are always eager to help the students, whether during class or outside of class. The professors have helped me understand the material by working with me one-on-one.” Professors are supportive outside the classroom as well. “They also seem genuinely interested in helping us improve as students and human beings, and in getting to know us as maturing adults,” a psychology major reported, while an English literature major wrote about the close relationship she has developed with her professors: “My professors have really encouraged me to pursue the most out of my education here. One provided me with the opportunity to read my original poetry in NYC with distinguished poets. Another has influenced my decision to write a senior thesis. Within my major, I feel like part of a family. All of my professors know me and I think truly care about my performance.” Finally, a neuroscience major told us, “The greatest strength of this school is how supportive administration and faculty are. A lot of them tend to be like family to students.”
Patrick McGuinn, associate professor and chair of the political science department told us, “A number of faculty have incorporated various forms of experiential learning into their regular courses.” For example, Associate Professor McGuinn himself offers “Social Policy and Inequality in America,” a community-based learning course in which “students surveyed over one hundred local food pantries, social service organizations, and municipal governments to determine the kinds of food assistance that is being provided to those in need in Morris County and indemnity where gaps in access to food exist.” Dr. Edwards, speaking of PANAF, told us: “Several of the faculty in our program direct major off-campus initiatives. Professor Kesha Moore (sociology) directs NJSTEP, a program that takes the Drew classroom into men’s and women’s prisons, and Professor Lisa Brennan (theater) co-directs a Newark project in which Drew students help middle school students write and produce plays.” Beyond their care and concern for their students, Drew faculty are award-winning scholars in their fields, deeply engaged in their own scholarly research and professional pursuits.


Application Deadlines
Feb 15

Required Forms


Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Need-Based Loan

Average amount of loan debt per graduate

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package

Financial aid provided to international students

Expenses per Academic Year

Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology

Scholarships and Grants


Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
State Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)

Direct Lender

Financial Aid Rating


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Out of State

Foreign Countries Represented


62% female
38% male
31% are out of state
96% are full time
4% are part time

Students Say

“A typical student at Drew is smart, driven,” and “hardworking, but still parties at least once a week.” “Talkative,” “outgoing,” and “social” also come up a lot when Drew students describe themselves. While some say “the typical Drew student is white, American, [and] from the East Coast,” “we have an abundance of students from diverse ethnic backgrounds,” and “there’s a lot of different types of people, from jocks to hipsters.” “There are jocks, theater junkies, musicians, premed students, international students, political science enthusiasts, and everything else.” “It’s mind-boggling how different the... undergraduates are,” but “with an outstanding number of clubs and other social groups, literally any student can find a group of people to click with,” and students suggest “to get the best experience out of Drew…you need to get involved.”


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment

Housing Options

Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Students Say

Life at Drew is typical of life on other small, Northeastern campuses, with a balanced blend of school-sponsored events, student clubs, and “of course, like any other college, students drink and party once the weekend comes, but it’s not the only focus here.” Students also enjoy heading off campus to nearby Morristown, and “trips to NYC are funded to go to museums, the outlet mall, basketball games, etc.” Also on campus is the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, and students are happy to take advantage of work-study opportunities there, as well as performances. On campus, there are a lot of “activities—at least one every night,” and “facilities and living councils are constantly making improvements.” “Students tend to try and get their money’s worth by participating in as many opportunities as they can,” and whether it’s “environmental film screenings, a lecture by Anderson Cooper, or free food from the Polish Culture Club, there is always something you can become involved in.” “There are lots of alcohol-free events planned for the weekends,” “for example, sometimes performers like musicians or comedians come and perform, or sometimes there are guests.” Club Drew, “a club [night] once a month on campus with a DJ,” is well-attended.

Special Needs Admissions

College Entrance Tests Required

Interview Required

Special Need Services Offered

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations


Athletic Division
Division III

Men's Sports (Rangers)
8 Sports

Cross Country
Women's Sports (Rangers)
10 Sports

Cross Country
Equestrian Sports
Field Hockey

Student Services

Day Care
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups


Drew is home to an on-campus arboretum that serves as a laboratory for students enrolled in its Environmental Studies and Sustainability program. The major includes a science option, an environmental justice initiative, and a GIS center, and it provides opportunities to collaborate with many other departments on sustainability research projects. All majors complete internships, most with nonprofit environmental groups. An ACUPCC signatory, the university constructed New Jersey’s first LEED Silver dorm with a variety of eco-friendly features, including a geothermal heating and cooling system, energy-efficient light fixtures, water-efficient plumbing, and low-emissions paint. Drew’s Earth House is a sustainable living and learning community that provides a forum where environmentally concerned students can exchange ideas and views. Recycling is a community effort at Drew and mandatory for all students, staff, and faculty; the university recycles 100 percent of its landscape waste. Student groups—committed to the school’s declaration that “ colors are blue and green”—have flourished at Drew. The Drew Environmental Action League—DEAL, and the Graduate and Theology Student Environmental Group—TERRA, have emphasized awareness of ecological issues. Students for Sustainable Food was recognized by the nationally recognized Real Food Challenge as Regional Grassroots Leaders for their efforts to incorporate more local, organic, humane and overall sustainable foods to campus. Drew ensures that these leaders of today are well positioned to lead tomorrow; the university’s career center assists with research for green jobs, and provides information sessions and career panels with green jobholders, often headlined by Drew University graduates!

School Has Formal Sustainability Committee

Sustainability-focused degree available

School employs a sustainability officer

Public GHG inventory plan

% food budget spent on local/organic food

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share

Car Sharing Program

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling

School Developed Bicycle Plan

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2015.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security

Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network

Email and Web Access Available

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms

Average Number of PC's per Lab

Network Access in Dorm Rooms

Network Access in Dorm Lounges

Fee for Network Use

Student Web Pages Permitted

Student Web Pages Provided

Partnerships with Technology Companies

Online Class Registration Available

Personal computer included in tuition for each student

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers

Undergraduates that Own Computers

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors

Most students purchase their laptop from Drew, which Drew arranges with Apple and/or IBM/Lenovo.

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations

Campus Visits Contact

James Skiff
Director of College Admissions

College Admissions
36 Madison Ave.
Madison, NJ 07940



Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Ehinger Center
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts
Simon Forum
Rose Memorial Library
The Ehinger Center (EC) has many resources and services that touch the daily lives of the Drew community. Located between most student residences and the academic centers on campus, the EC is a gathering place for students, staff, faculty, alumni, and guests. There are a variety of programs, resources, services, and facilities that have a meaningful impact on the community.

Most Popular Places Off Campus
New York City (less than one hour away)
Meadowlands - NFL, NBA, NHL teams
Prudential Center - concerts, sports
NJ PAC Center - concerts, events
Short Hills Mall
Because of our close proximity to the rail station, Drew offers students the ability to hop a train to New York's Penn station. With direct rail service, students can be in midtown in less than 60 minutes. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Natural History, the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim, the Whitney, the Frick Collection are among many accessible museums.

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: No
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions


Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Coach Directly

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays

Contact Admissions Office

1-night stay; no additional friends may


Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Newark International Airport is 20 miles from campus. Private limousine services are available for the trip to and from campus. NJ Transit provides train service from NYC (Penn Station)to Madison, NJ. The Madison train station is about a mile from campus.

Local Accommodations