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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 2016 Enrollment
1,407 undergraduate students
98% of undergrad students are full time
39% male — 61% female
41% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2016-2017 Academic Year
150 full-time faculty
101 part-time faculty
10 to 1 student-to-faculty ratio

Residence Life

Fall 2016
92% of first-year students live on campus
78% of all students live on campus

School Location

Drew University students aren’t far from New York City, meaning that they are directly nearby a hub of internship opportunities, weekend activities, and more.

High-Impact Practices

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First-Year Seminars and Experiences X
Common Intellectual Experiences X
Learning Communities X
Writing-Intensive Courses X
Collaborative Assignments and Projects X
Undergraduate Research X
Diversity/Global Learning X
Service-Learning, Community-Based Learning X
Internships/Coops/Practicums X
Capstone Courses and Projects/Senior Experience X


87% of students began in Fall 2015 and returned in Fall 2016 (full-time, first-time freshmen)

6-Year Graduation Rate 2016

61% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 8%
Hispanic/Latino 11%
Black or African American 9%
White 55%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 6%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 5%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 7%


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. With an average class size of 17, students learn in small settings that are designed to encourage their participation and active involvement. 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 the responsibility to discover their full potential ultimately rests on the students themselves. Even after course material has been absorbed, students are encouraged to remain hungry for more.

Why Liberal Arts?

Drew is proud of its academic traditions and embraces the many benefits that a liberal arts degree affords. A college education should be about the growth of the entire individual, a process by which learning transcends disciplines and concentrated niches. While students do choose a dedicated area of focus, they also bolster their education with experience in several other subjects. This well-rounded education prepares them to solve the challenges of society while also acting as upstanding citizens of the global community.

Active Learning

Drew advocates for active learning, expecting students to participate and involve themselves with the subject matter. In order to immerse themselves in their fields of study, students become true practitioners of their interests. Many courses take students out into the field to apply their material to the real world, emphasizing the true, tangible value of their subjects. Some even incorporate supplementary service initiatives that benefit the wellness of the citizens of the surrounding neighborhood. Such a learning style allows students not only to see academic theory in action, but it also makes a positive impact on the local community.

The Seven 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 structured to develop students’ proficiency in:

  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


Campus Ministries X
Choral groups X
Concert band  
Dance X
Drama/theatre X
International Student Organization X
Jazz band X
Literary magazine X
Marching band  
Model UN X
Music ensembles X
Musical theatre X
Pep band X
Radio station X
Student government X
Student newspaper X
Student-run film society X
Symphony orchestra X
Television station  
Yearbook X

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 the values of freedom, joy, career fulfillment, self-discovery, and society into their course material.

An Individualized Learning Experience

Drew’s full-time faculty are not just professionals in their fields; they are first and foremost dedicated mentors to their students. Professors work in close collaboration with their students, enhancing each individual’s educational experience. Because 72% of the classes taught at Drew have fewer than 20 students, students are guaranteed a meaningful and individualized college education. In such intimate settings, professors make is easy for students to step out of their comfort zones and think critically by utilizing their unique talents.


Arts/fine arts X
Computer literacy X
English (including composition) X
Foreign languages X
Humanities X
Sciences (biological or physical) X
Social science X


Other: Quantitative Literacy


Size 2-9 10-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-99 100+ Total
Number of Classes 58 150 42 28 5 3 0 286

Student Organizations

Drew provides access to several clubs and organizations, affording students numerous opportunities to be social outside of class and explore their hobbies. Club interests span from academic to athletic, providing plenty of options to choose from. It’s also easy for students to create their own groups if they want a platform for other interests.


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 also club and intramural sports available for those who want a more casual experience on the field. For those who are simply interested in exercising, Drew also offers fitness classes that range in activity.


Coed dorms X
Men’s dorms  
Women’s dorms  
Apartments for married students  
Apartments for single students  
Special housing for disabled students X
Special housing for international students X
Fraternity/sorority housing  
Cooperative housing  
Theme housing X
Wellness housing X
Other housing options X


Other: Single-Sex Floors, Substance-Free Floors

Postgraduate Success

Drew works hard to prepare its students for success in the workforce. Within one year of graduation, 95% of Drew students are employed or admitted to graduate school. Having become masters of their subjects, Drew grads are given the means to excel at what they love to do. In fact, 91% of graduates claim that 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, encouraging them to seek out answers for themselves rather than handing out basic information. 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 2016

3,494 Total Applicants 
1,997 Total Admissions 
350 Total Freshman Enrollment

57.16% of applicants admitted

Admissions Deadlines for 2017-18 Admission

Rolling admission? No

Closing date: Feb 1
Priority date: Nov 15 & Jan 15

Admissions Factors

Very Important
Rigor of secondary school record
Academic GPA

Application Essay
Extracurricular activities
Character/personal qualities

Class rank
Standardized test scores
Alumni/ae relation
Racial/ethnic status
Volunteer work
Work experience
Level of applicant’s interest

Freshman Profile Fall 2016

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 520 640
SAT Math 510 610
SAT Writing    
SAT Essay    
ACT Composite 23 28
ACT Math 22 28
ACT English 22 29
ACT Writing    


Net Price Calculator



Tuition $38,668
Fees $582
Total $39,250
Room and Board (on campus) $14,108
Estimated Total On Campus $53,358


Average Financial Aid Packages 2016-2017 estimated

$43,195 First-year students
$36,371 All undergrads

Financial Aid Breakdown 2016-2017 estimated

83.5%  on average, the percentage of need that was met
16% of financial need students that had need fully met

$36,371 Average need-based scholarship or grant award
$4,541 Average need-based loan

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