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Located in Madison, New Jersey, Drew University is just a hop-and-a-skip away from the New York City universe, and the school takes full advantage of its proximity to industry hubs. The 1,500 undergraduates have access to more than fifty majors and thousands of related internships, as well as lots of study abroad options. Drew's unique NYC semesters allow students to do coursework with professors and then commute into New York City to learn in the field (for example, on Wall Street, at the United Nations, or in the art, communications, social entrepreneurship and theatre scene). The science departments are standouts, and its top-ranked theatre program is "comprehensive in such a way that every graduate of the program will have at least tried every single part of the theatrical process."

The "incredibly engaging" professors go "above and beyond the role of just... teacher" and are "very much willing to assist in any way." They "facilitate conversations so that you learn in a way that's not just your average PowerPoint [presentation]" and "invest time in you academically and as a young adult looking for a career." The university does an excellent job of fostering undergraduate student research, and professors "require a level of accountability that motivates a student to perform" both in and out of the classroom. Far and away the things that students appreciate the most about Drew are its small class sizes, which bolster the personal attention from teachers, almost all of whom have PhDs. ("There are no classes taught by TAs, which makes for better quality learning.") This "mentorship with professors" is a lasting benefit to students, who say that "you really get to know your professors in an impactful way."

Student Body

While the majority hales from New Jersey, the student body is diverse and includes a growing international student population. As a small school, "Everyone at least knows of everyone else and is friendly with them." "Drew students are the type that see a $50 bill in the street and find the person who dropped it," says one student of this group that is "attractive inside and out." There's a large percentage of people actively involved in both the arts and sciences, and the regular cliques—"jocks, theatre kids, science nerds"—all "blend together and overlap so that there are no definite lines separating people." Drew is an eco-friendly campus, and "there is a fairly large number of gluten free/vegetarian students."

Campus Life

While the small, wooded town of Madison isn't exactly hopping, students make the most of the "gorgeous" campus (where housing is guaranteed all four years; currently 92 percent of the student body lives on campus) and "tend to be proactive in creating their own recreational experiences." People "are very involved in sports and activities, such as clubs and organizations," and many have jobs or internships. New York City is a short 50-minute train ride away, and nearby Morristown also provides some flavor. Academics "take up a good amount of daytime, but life at school is "always manageable"; "classes are challenging enough and the workload isn't overbearing" so "there is always time to relax if you're responsible and manage your time well." Tuesdays and Thursdays are dollar beer nights, so "many students take time out of studying to go out for a little," but "most free time is spent in friends' rooms, playing video games or watching shows." Though school events aren't terribly well-attended, from time to time there are things which students make sure to have fun at, "such as Bingo night, the holiday ball, and Drewchella (a live music festival)." All in all, "there is a good balance of leisure and education."

Overview

Applicants
3,494
Acceptance Rate
57%
Average HS GPA
3.44

GPA Breakdown

28%
Over 3.75
21%
3.50 - 3.74
15%
3.25 - 3.49
19%
3.00 - 3.24
16%
2.50 - 2.99
1%
2.00 - 2.49

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SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
520 - 640
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
510 - 610
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
500 - 620

Concordant SAT Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
570 - 680
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
540 - 630

ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
23 - 28

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines

Early Decision — November 15

Early Decision II — January 15

Regular — February 1


Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Non-Academic

Interview

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
10:1
Total Faculty
251
with Terminal Degree


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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
57%
Graduate in 5 years
61%
Graduate in 6 years
61%

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
  • Italian 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


Degrees

Bachelor's
Doctoral Other
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

Craig Sanford
Professor, and Co-Director, Jane Goodall Research Center, U of Southern CA

Kevin Murphy
Screenwriter, Television Producer, Lyricist, Composer

Jennifer Velez
Former 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
57%
Graduate in 5 years
61%
Graduate in 6 years
61%

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


Drew University excels—thanks to well-regarded programs in theatre and the sciences and its array of real-world work experiences—at "helping you achieve any dreams you have, from being the next big Broadway star to being the President of the United Nations," as one economics major put it. For example, through the Digital Humanities Summer Institute students work on research projects, collaborating closely with faculty mentors. The university has cultivated relationships with employers in the region, which afford students internship opportunities that often lead to post-graduate employment. The long list of companies where students have interned include Bank of America, Morgan Stanley, Lincoln Center, CBS Sports, CNN, the Audubon Society, HarperCollins, the New York City Police Department, Planned Parenthood, Revlon, Johnson & Johnson, and many others. "I even got an amazing internship at Sony Music," an English literature major told us. Additionally, the Thomas H. Kean Summer Internship Program provides a stipend to support students' completion of a full-time political science or international relations–related summer internship. Alumnus Thérèse Postel told us, "If it wasn't for this scholarship, I couldn't have interned on a political campaign in New York City that eventually helped me land my first job with New York City Council."

Dates

Application Deadlines
Feb 15
Notification Date
Mar 25

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$37,882

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$36,371

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,541

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
67%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$24,964

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$36,842

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$48,336
Required Fees
$832
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,200

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$5,046
Transportation for Commuters
$2,560

On-Campus Room and Board
$13,694
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
1,521
Foreign Countries Represented
45

Demographics

5.69%
Asian
9.24%
African-American
10.87%
Hispanic
55.08%
Caucasian
6.68%
Unknown
7.75%
International

59% female
41% male
33% are out of state
97% are full time
3% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
78%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
92%

Campus Environment
Village

Housing Options

Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
International Student
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
96
Number of Honor Societies
17

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
9

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

17% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Rangers)
9 Sports

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

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

Student Services

Day Care
Health
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Seton Hall University

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!

88/99
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
19%

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

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
Yes

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
Yes

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
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, 2016.

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
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
Yes

Undergraduates that Own Computers
100%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
All undergraduate students at Drew are required to have a recent laptop that is supported by the vendor and can run the latest tools and software. Students have the option to buy a recommended laptop through Drew from either Apple or Lenovo, and get the advantage of additional onsite repair options and free loaner laptops while your computer is being repaired. Students are welcome to bring another computer that meets our general specifications, but will not be eligible for the premium support that people who order a laptop through the Drew website will receive.

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: Yes
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
Not Available

Arrangements
Other

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


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