Drew University campus

Overview

Applicants
3,025
Acceptance Rate
70%
Average HS GPA
3.56

GPA Breakdown

43%
Over 3.75
15%
3.50 - 3.74
18%
3.25 - 3.49
13%
3.00 - 3.24
10%
2.50 - 2.99

Test Scores

SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
500 - 620
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
490 - 620
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
490 - 610
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
22 - 29

Deadlines

Early Decision
November 15

Early Decision II
February 1

Regular
February 15

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Non-Academic

Interview

Selectivity Rating

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
10:1
Total Faculty
253
with Terminal Degree


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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
63%
Graduate in 5 years
66%
Graduate in 6 years
67%

Majors

  • 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.

Degrees

Bachelor's
Doctoral/Professional
Doctoral/Research
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Notable Faculty


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
63%
Graduate in 5 years
66%
Graduate in 6 years
67%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

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.

Dates

Application Deadlines
Feb 15
Notification Date
Mar 25

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$32,459

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$31,323

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,476

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$24,778

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
74%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$31,342

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$45,552
Required Fees
$832
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,128

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$4,388
Transportation for Commuters
$2,560

On-Campus Room and Board
$12,672
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

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

Non-Need-Based
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)
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
1,450
Out of State
32%

International
Foreign Countries Represented
25

Demographics

61% female
39% male
32% are out of state
97% are full time
3% 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.”

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
76%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
87%

Campus Environment
Village

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
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
60
Number of Honor Societies
17

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
9

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

Men's Sports (Rangers)
8 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Fencing
Lacrosse
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Women's Sports (Rangers)
10 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Equestrian Sports
Fencing
Field Hockey
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis

Student Services

Day Care
Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups

Sustainability

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
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
21%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Yes

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

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
Yes

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
Yes

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Yes

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Yes
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
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
3

Average Number of PC's per Lab
10

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
Yes

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
Yes

Undergraduates that Own Computers
100%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

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

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

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

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
James Skiff
Director of College Admissions

Address
College Admissions
36 Madison Ave.
Madison, NJ 07940

Phone
9734083739

Email
cadm@drew.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Ehinger Center
Dorothy Young Center for the Arts
Simon Forum
Rose Memorial Library
Commons
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
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Varies

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Coach Directly

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit
drewathletics@drew.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
1-night stay; no additional friends may

Transportation

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
http://www.campustravel.com/university/drew/visit_drew.html