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Drew University
Drew combines the best of the classical liberal arts tradition with innovative programming across...

Drew University

Madison, New Jersey

Drew combines the best of the classical liberal arts tradition with innovative programming across the curriculum, upholding the highest intellectual standards. Drew offers the full range of traditional majors in the liberal arts.

Student Profile

Fall 2014 Enrollment
1,417 undergraduate students
96% of undergrad students are full time
38% male — 62% female
35% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2014-2015 Academic Year
146 full-time faculty
106 part-time faculty
9 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

82% of students living on campus.

School Location

At Drew University, students aren’t far from New York City, a hub of internship opportunities, weekend activities, and more.

Retention Fall 2014

84% of students began in Fall 2013 and returned in Fall 2014 (full time, first time freshmen)

6 Year Graduation Rate 2014

62% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 6%
Hispanic/Latino 12%
Black or African American 10%
White 53%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 6%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 3%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 11%


NCAA Division I-A with 11 Varsity Sports for both men and women including baseball, football, golf, and soccer.  Mascot: Rangers Colors: Blue and Green

Academic Programs

African American Studies, Chinese Studies, Women’s Studies, Biochemistry, Biology, Neuroscience, Business Administration, Computer Science, Secondary Education, Creative Writing, English Language and Literature, Classical Languages, French, German, Spanish, Bioethics, History, Liberal Arts, Mathematics, Behavioral Sciences, Environmental Studies, Philosophy, Religion Studies, Chemistry, Physics, Psychology, Anthropology, Economics, Anthropology, Political Science, Sociology, Religious Studies, Art, Drama, Fine Arts, Music

The educational experience at Drew University is a hands-on effort. Students learn in small classes, designed to encourage participation and involvement. The average class size is 17. Drew University embraces “full-impact” learning, a style of education that inspires students to find their own answers to hard questions. Professors equip their students with the tools to succeed in their courses, but ultimately the responsibility to discover one’s full potential rests on the student. Even after course material has been absorbed, students are encouraged to remain hungry for more.

The 7 Skills
No matter what field of study a student chooses, they will graduate with seven important skills that they can apply to any position. Every course offered at Drew is evaluated to measure the level of delivery for these skills. The skills include:

  1. Critical thinking and problem solving
  2. Creativity, design, and innovation
  3. Collaboration and teamwork
  4. Written, oral and visual communication
  5. Cross-cultural understanding and communication
  6. Research, observation, and experimentation
  7. Leadership, direction, and self-awareness


Why Liberal Arts?
Drew is proud of its academic traditions. The University supports the many benefits that a liberal arts degree affords. A college education should be about the growth of the entire individual, a process where learning must transcend disciplines and niches. While students will chose a dedicated area of study, they will also have experience with several other subjects. This well-rounded education prepares students to solve the challenges of society, while acting as upstanding citizens of our global community.

Active Learning
Drew is an advocate for active learning. Students are expected to participate and involve themselves with the subject matter. Students take to the community and other social venues for class. Drew wants its students to become so immersed in their fields of study that they become practitioners of their interests. It’s about loving what you do.

Community-based Learning
Drew affords its students the opportunity to work in collaboration with the community. Students can take courses with supplementary service learning initiatives. This learning style allows students to apply theories learned in class, while making a positive impact on the local community.

Drew’s full-time faculty are not just professionals in their fields, but mentors and advisors to their students. Professors work in close collaboration with their students, enhancing each individual’s educational experience. 72% of the classes taught at Drew have fewer than 20 students. This allows for a more meaningful and individualized college education.

Reasons to Learn
Drew faculty are hard-working members of the University’s community. They remind students that there are several reasons to learn, and they work to integrate those values into their course material. Those reasons include:
        1. Freedom to learn
        2. Joy
        3. Career
        4. Self-Discovery
        5. Society

An Individualized Learning Experience 
An individual’s college experience should be unique to their specific goals, interests, and talents. Drew recognizes this critical fact and prepares its faculty to deliver a meaningful experience for each student. Professors teach in small classrooms, encourage students to step outside of their comfort zones, and teach students how to think critically.

Drew provides access to several clubs and organizations, affording students numerous opportunities to be social outside of class. Club interests span from academic to athletic. There are plenty of options to choose from, but students also have the opportunity to start their own group.

Drew’s athletic affiliations include: NCAA (Division III), ECAC, Landmark Conference, MACFA, and IHSA. Students have the chance to cheer on their fellow peers at athletic events or they may choose to get involved themselves. There are club and intramural sports available for those who wish to participate on a non-collegiate level. For those who are simply interested in exercising, Drew offers fitness classes.

Drew works hard to prepare its students for success when they enter the workforce. One year after graduating, 95% of Drew students are in graduate school or employed. Having become masters of their subjects, Drew grads are given the means to excel at what they love to do. 91% of graduates claim they feel prepared to pursue their career goals by the end of their educational experience.

The Right Tools
Ingrained in the Drew mindset is the dedication to student success. Faculty members provide students with the tools to succeed. They do not tell the students everything they need to know, but rather push them to figure it out for themselves. This educational responsibility, paired with a well-rounded liberal arts degree makes for successful graduates who are prepared to take on any challenge. Some of Drew’s alumni have gone on to be top-tier executives at Apple, television producers, and accomplished graduate students.


Admissions Fall 2014

3,413 Total Applicants
2,395 Total Admissions
302 Total Freshmen Enrollment

70.17% of applicants admitted

Freshmen Profile Fall 2014

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 500 620
SAT Math 500 600
SAT Writing 500 610
ACT Composite 22 28
ACT Math 20 26
ACT English 21 29
ACT Writing    





Tuition $44,232
Fees $982
Total $45,214
Room and Board (on campus) $12,302
Room Only $7,914
Board Only $4,388
Estimated Total On Campus $57,516


Financial Aid Breakdown 2014-2015

97% of full-time first-time undergraduates receiving any financial aid
60% of full-time first-time undergraduates receiving student loan aid

$31,543 Average amount of federal, state, local, or institutional grant aid received
$5,643 Average amount of student loan aid received by full-time first-time undergraduates

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