Drew University

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36 Madison Avenue

Madison, NJ 07940-1493

Phone: (973) 408-3000
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
male /
Feb. 15
application deadline

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U.S. News Rankings

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#107 Overall Score: 53 out of 100. National Liberal Arts Colleges

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Drew University is a private institution that was founded in 1867. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,636, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 186 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Drew University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Liberal Arts Colleges, 107. Its tuition and fees are $43,918 (2013-14).

At Drew University, a private school in Madison, New Jersey, students aren't far from New York City, a hub of internship opportunities, weekend activities and more. For students who'd like to spend more time in the city, the school offers a variety of programs, including a Wall Street Semester and a United Nations Semester. On the school's Madison campus, undergraduates are guaranteed housing, and many students take advantage of the guarantee for all four years at school. There are more than 50 student clubs to check out, as well as the Drew University Rangers sports teams, which compete in the NCAA Division III Landmark Conference.

For graduate students, Drew University offers degree programs in the social sciences and humanities and also runs a Theological School that grants degrees, including a Doctor of Ministry, Master of Divinity and Master of Sacred Theology. Notable Drew University alumni include Soon-Yi Previn, wife of director Woody Allen, and Clint Bolick, co-founder of the Institute for Justice, a public interest law firm.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Drew, a traditional small liberal arts college, delivers full-impact learning--a unique approach to education that combines the best of the classic 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, along with several cutting-edge interdisciplinary and area-studies programs. Located on nearly 200 beautifully wooded acres known by students as "the Forest", Drew's campus is only 30 miles west of New York City, with convenient rail access. Students can take advantage of our location by participating in Drew programs in the city, including the Wall Street Semester, the Art Semester, and the United Nations Semester, all directed by Drew faculty. New programs include majors in Business Studies, and Environmental Studies and Sustainability along with a minors in Public Health and Film & Media Studies. Many opportunities also exist for study abroad, including the unique and popular Drew International Seminars, a collection of three-week long international experiences aimed at sophomores, a semester-long program in London, and numerous summer programs for foreign languages like Italian and Spanish, all run by Drew's own faculty. Because of Drew's location, students benefit from extraordinary internship opportunities at corporate headquarters, research laboratories, foundations, charitable organizations, and government agencies. Drew's low student to faculty ratio and small class size enable its dedicated and accomplished faculty to develop close mentoring relationships with students. Drew seeks to promote diversity, civic engagement, and social responsibility both in and out of the classroom.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1867
Religious affiliation Methodist
Academic calendar semester
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $169,130,000


When applying to Drew University, it's important to note the application deadline is February 15, and the early action deadline and the early decision deadline are January 15 and November 1, respectively. The application fee at Drew University is $60. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 85.1 percent.

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Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 85.1%
Application deadline February 15
SAT/ACT scores must be received by N/A

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Drew University is 10:1, and the school has 69.8 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Drew University include: Political Science and Government, General; Psychology, General; Economics, General; English Language and Literature, General; and Sociology. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 79.8 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 10:1
4-year graduation rate 66%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Political Science and Government, General 9%
Psychology, General 9%
Economics, General 8%
English Language and Literature, General 8%
Sociology 5%

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Student Life

Drew University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,636, with a gender distribution of 39.9 percent male students and 60.1 percent female students. At this school, 78 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 22 percent of students live off campus. Drew University is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 2,447
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity N/A
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority N/A
Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

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Campus Info & Services

Drew University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. Drew University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Drew University, 35 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Drew University.

Students who have cars on campus 35%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Drew University, 67.9 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $27,685.

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Tuition and fees $43,918 (2013-14)
Room and board $11,944 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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